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June 22, 2012, 4:50 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:
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.
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.
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.
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 …
More: CNET and The Next Web
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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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 …
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Deborah Netburn / Los Angeles Times:
Online donations to bullied bus monitor Karen Klein top $540,000  —  People of the Internet donated more than $500,000 in just 48 hours to send a bullied bus monitor on a vacation.  —  People of the Internet, you did it: In less than 48 hours you managed to raise more than half a million dollars …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google stock split wins approval; CEO loses voice  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google shareholders gave CEO Larry Page what he wanted Thursday by approving an unconventional stock split meant to cement his authority, but he wasn't around to hail the victory.  —  Page missed the Internet search …

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