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June 22, 2012, 3:05 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:
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 Lawler / TechCrunch:
ThisLife Raises $2.75 Million From Madrona And Others To Organize Your Photos In The Cloud  —  ThisLife quietly launched in 2010 as a cloud-based platform for storing and organizing all of a family's photos in a single place.  But after two years of working to refine the service …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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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 …
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.
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+ …
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.
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 …
Aman Govil / The Official Google Blog:
Project Re: Brief, the documentary  —  A few months ago, we introduced Project Re: Brief, our experiment to reimagine online advertising.  We took some of the most loved ad campaigns from the '60s and '70s and and brought them back to life for the digital age with the help of the advertising legends that made them in the first place.
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 …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Larry Page Is Speechless, Literally — And Won't Be Onstage at I/O Next Week  —  Google CEO Larry Page has lost his voice, said Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt today.  —  Page, who is already well known for his reluctance to speak publicly, skipped today's annual stockholder meeting.

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