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June 22, 2012, 12:30 PM

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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.
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 …
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 …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Twitter's Bad Day: Site-Wide Outages Recall the “Fail Whale” Era  —  After nearly a year without any significant periods of downtime, using Twitter was almost nothing like the early days of being on the service.  —  So when Twitter went down on Thursday morning for a period of more than an hour …
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.
Tomio Geron / Social Markets:
Kosmix Founders Leave @WalmartLabs  —  Venky Harinarayan and Anand Rajaraman, the cofounders of Kosmix, which was acquired in April 2011 by Walmart and became the Silicon Valley tech shop for Walmart, are leaving the company.  —  Harinarayan and Rajaraman headed the @WalmartLabs operation …
Derek Mead / MOTHERBOARD:
How Reddit Got Huge: Tons of Fake Accounts  —  Is Reddit the most powerful website on the Internet?  Yeah, that's a pretty bold question to even be asking, especially considering it's only ranked 121 on Alexa.  But in terms of power, not traffic, Reddit is certainly up there.
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Thomas Houston / The Verge:
Flipboard officially debuts on Android, adds Google+ and YouTube, and comes standard on the Galaxy S III in the US  —  Social news reading app Flipboard is today officially launching its Android app after its short beta period, new integration with YouTube as well as Google+ …
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Analysis: Smart logic: Samsung chips away at Intel lead  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics, already a world leader in TVs and smartphones, is taking the fight to Intel Corp for the No.1 slot in semiconductors, betting on strong growth in so-called logic chips that are the brains inside today's fast-selling smart mobile devices.
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
AMD launches Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, demands rematch with NVIDIA  —  If you've been missing out on the graphics card wars of late, then here's a quick rundown.  AMD launched its high-end $549 Radeon HD 7970 at the end of last year, and it reigned comfortably for a few months until NVIDIA came out with the masterful GeForce GTX 680.
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.
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 …
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 …
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Verizon turns on Razrs' GSM radios, pushes out Android 4.0 upgrade  —  We knew international roaming was coming to Verizon's LTE phones - the GSM radios shipped in many of its LTE handsets were just sitting there dormant - but on Friday, Verizon is finally turning them on in two of its devices …
Reuters:
Insight: Look, no hands!  Augmented reality gets a grip  —  (Reuters) - One day in March 2000, just days before the dot-com bubble began its journey back to earth, German engineer Thomas Alt first glimpsed the future of technology.  —  “Do you know augmented reality?” his boss at Volkswagen asked.

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