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June 22, 2012, 5:40 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.
More: Techland and Techie BuzzTweets: @dannysullivan
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
Tweets: @qthrul
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 …
More: Gizmodo, BuzzFeed and MacStoriesThanks:@gdgt
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 …
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Tweetbot for Mac confirmed as first image surfaces on Twitter  —  We've suspected that the popular iOS Twitter client Tweetbot was coming to the Mac, and now it's been confirmed.  Tapbots' Mark Jardine posted an image on Twitter today, touting the Retina display of a new MacBook Pro …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple sues HTC in Virginia court for abuse of 4G/LTE standard-essential patents  —  On Thursday (June 21), Apple filed FRAND contract and antitrust claims against HTC for the abuse of patents that are allegedly essential to the 4G/LTE standard.  Apple brought those claims as counterclaims …
More: Engadget
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 …
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.
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.
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.
DealBook:
As Facebook Seeks Answers, S.E.C. Investigates Exchanges  —  Nasdaq has blamed Facebook's botched debut last month on flawed computers and “technical errors.”  —  Regulators suspect it may be something more.  The Securities and Exchange Commission has opened an investigation into the exchange …
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.

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