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June 22, 2012, 7:40 PM

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Thor Mitchell / Google Geo Developers Blog:
Lower pricing and simplified limits with the Google Maps API  —  Since launching the Google Maps API seven years ago, we've been awed by the many ways developers have used the service to build great mapping apps.  As you may know, last year we introduced limits on the number of free maps …
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
First hints of a Facebook ad network: Sponsored Stories appear on Zynga.com  —  Zynga's off-Facebook games platform Zynga.com now displays Facebook ads and Sponsored Stories, as part of what could be the beginnings of a Facebook ad network across the web.  —  According to the Facebook Help Center …
Mary Branscombe / TechRadar.com:
Hands on: Microsoft Surface tablet review  —  An in-depth look at the new player in the tablet race  —  1.Overview and design  —  Update: We've spent some time updating our experience with the Microsoft Surface tablet's interface - including detailing that elusive portrait mode.
Bloomberg:
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Facebook's Instagram bid to be probed by OFT  —  Office of Fair Trading concerned social network might prevent picture uploads to other sites from the app  —  The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is to investigate Facebook's $1bn bid for Instagram, because it is concerned the giant social network …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
YouTube Revenues Could Pass $3.6 Billion in 2012: Citi's Mark Mahaney  —  Is Google making money off of YouTube?  You betcha, Google execs told shareholders today, without offering the slightest bit of detail.  Par for the course.  —  So in lieu of real numbers from Google …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple expands App Store to 32 new territories in Africa, Europe, Asia-Pacific  —  As promised by Apple CEO Tim Cook at WWDC, Apple has expanded the App Store's reach to 155 total territories, by adding 32 new territories today.  An email to registered iOS and Mac developers went out this evening detailing the change.
Ryan Block / gdgt:
Crunching the numbers on Retina: what to expect in iMacs, MacBook Airs, and Thunderbolt monitors with Retina displays  —  Ready to geek out on pixel densities?  Great, me too.  —  So when Apple announced its first computer with a Retina display, the revamped 15.4 MacBook Pro …
More: Gizmodo, BuzzFeed and MacStoriesThanks:@gdgt
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Comcast Wins Protest Against “Shake Down” of BitTorrent Pirates  —  The place where breaking news, BitTorrent and copyright collide  —  Comcast Wins Protest Against “Shake Down” of BitTorrent Pirates  —  A big win for Comcast and its subscribers in a federal court in Illinois.
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Apple's iPad costs you $1.36 per year to charge  —  Apple's iPad costs precious little for you to charge it each year, according to a new study.  —  The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) conducted a study recently to see how much the iPad costs in electricity if users fully charge it every other day.
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 …
Elinor Mills / CNET:
Facebook to require privacy policies in mobile apps  —  Facebook will require developers to include privacy policies in apps used by mobile users on the social network.  The move is part of an effort led by the California Attorney General's office aimed at getting Internet companies to provide better privacy protections for consumers.
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 …
Tom Hals / Reuters:
Lawsuit over HP ex-CEO Hurd payout dismissed  —  (Reuters) - A shareholder lawsuit seeking to hold the board of Hewlett Packard Co responsible for approving Mark Hurd's $40 million severance after he abruptly quit as chief executive was dismissed by a Delaware court.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Ousted Acer CEO Given $42.9 Million In Severance  —  Acer's leadership shake-up last year cost the company dearly — its status as the world's second-biggest PC company, a potentially strong position in tablet and smartphone markets, and a behemoth severance package paid to the guy who's arguably responsible for losing them both.

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