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June 22, 2012, 8:40 AM

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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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+ …
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.
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.
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 …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Google allegedly testing new, sidebar-free search interface  —  A video from Tecno-Net apparently shows a new version of Google's search interface.  The UI in the short clip is much more vertically-oriented, with sections like images and news placed at the top rather than the side.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Report: Payleven, A European Square From Rocket Internet, Gets Funding From NEA, Holzbrinck, Ru-Net  —  With Square yet to enter Europe, there is an increasing amount of activity from would-be competitors looking to fill the same niche using dongles on smartphones to enable card payments.
More: GigaOM
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

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