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June 22, 2012, 4:20 AM

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Mazen Rawashdeh / Twitter Blog:
Today's turbulence explained  —  Not how we wanted today to go.  At approximately 9:00am PDT, we discovered that Twitter was inaccessible for all web users, and mobile clients were not showing new Tweets.  We immediately began to investigate the issue and found that there was a cascading bug in one of our infrastructure components.
Vlad Bobleanta / Unwired View:
Microsoft Surface prices to be above $599, rumor claims  —  Two very important details were left out of Microsoft's big Surface announcement yesterday: the pricing and the exact release dates for the tablets.  And while the latter can be guessed somewhat using the info that the Redmond giant put out …
Bloomberg:
Microsoft's Surface Tablet Said To Be Wi-Fi Only In First Models  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s Surface tablet computer, unveiled this week to compete with Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPad, will initially go on sale without a connection to mobile-phone networks, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft Surface tablets may not match iPad battery life  —  Rough estimates put battery lifespan at between 6 and 12.5 hours, depending on the model and OS  —  Microsoft's new Surface tablets may not match Apple's iPad on battery life, according to estimates made by Computerworld based on comparable devices.
Mary Branscombe / TechRadar.com:
How Microsoft kept Surface tablet a secret  —  Exclusive Underground bunkers, airlock doors - and not telling anyone the screen resolution or price  —  Shhhhh, don't tell anyone  —  How did Microsoft keep Surface a secret for so long?  There were rumours about a Microsoft Windows RT tablet …
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Is the Most Exciting Company in Tech, Hands Down  —  I never thought I'd ever hear myself utter such words post-1995.  But after Monday's reveal of the Surface tablet—complete with an ultra-thin, pressure-sensitive keyboard cover and the most discrete integrated kickstand ever …
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Facebook is now rolling out the ability to edit your comments  —  There's nothing worse than making a typo when you've just left the “perfect” comment on someone's Facebook status update.  Turns out, Facebook feels the same way.  —  The company told TNW that it has just started rolling out the ability to edit your own comments.
Kellex / Droid Life:
Galaxy Nexus Listing in Play Store Outs Jelly Bean as Android 4.1, Arriving “Soon”  —  And I'd say this about settles it.  Jelly Bean will be Android 4.1, according to the Google Play listing for the Galaxy Nexus.  We had all sort of assumed that 4.1 would be next, but now the question remains …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple starts $500 off Macs, $250 off iPads employee discount program  —  In late January, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced to employees that a new major Mac and iPad discount program for employees would kickoff at some point in late June of this year.  Keeping that promise, Apple, today …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Coordinate: A New Service For Managing Mobile Workforces  —  Location-based apps and services like Foursquare have made significant inroads among consumers in the last few years, but most of the recent developments around location-based apps have bypassed the business market.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: Gaming company Gaikai seeks buyer  —  Orange County start-up could be worth well over $500 million.  —  FORTUNE — Gaikai, a popular provider of cloud-based streaming services for PC and console games, in on the block.  Sources tell me it already has hired bankers, and is expecting well in excess of $500 million.
Fred Wilson / A VC:
The art of important work, of making a ruckus and of inventing the future  —  Entrepreneurs teach VCs, not the other way around.  And I was lucky early in my career to back Seth Godin, who taught me a lot.  When I met Seth, he was writing books and building a web company.
More: Techdirt
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator-Backed Local Marketplace App Yardsale Launches Nationwide  —  Yardsale, a mobile app to help folks sell goods to local buyers, is now available throughout the U.S., after a long, long period of testing in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The latest version of the app …
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
TaskRabbit Launches On-Demand Courier Service ‘Deliver Now’ In San Francisco  —  San Francisco is a relatively tiny place — famously just 49 square miles — but now its residents will have the whole city at their fingertips even more so than ever.  —  TaskRabbit, the online marketplace …
More: VatorNews and AllThingsDThanks:@johnnybrackett
Lucian Parfeni / Softpedia News:
Adobe Fixes Flash Player Crashes in Firefox, after Two Weeks  —  Adobe has updated its latest Flash Player plugin to finally fix the crashes that have been plaguing some Firefox users.  Flash 11.3, released a couple of weeks ago introduced the sandbox to Firefox.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Foxconn rumored to begin receiving Apple television LCDs in Q3 2012  —  A new rumor claims Sharp is set to begin delivering LCD TV panels to assembler Foxconn in order to begin building Apple television sets.  —  The details were reported Thursday morning on Chinese news site 21cbh.com …
Paul Sloan / CNET:
Amazon.com's domain power play: We want to control them all  —  If Amazon.com gets its way — and that's still a big “if” — it will soon control 76 new domain extensions on the Internet.  Most observers had expected the company to apply for .amazon and .kindle, but it seems that was just for starters …

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