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June 23, 2012, 7:45 PM

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David Segal / New York Times:
Apple's Retail Army, Long on Loyalty but Short on Pay  —  Last year, during his best three-month stretch, Jordan Golson sold about $750,000 worth of computers and gadgets at the Apple Store in Salem, N.H. It was a performance that might have called for a bottle of Champagne — if that were a luxury Mr. Golson could have afforded.
Katherine Losse / Wall Street Journal:
Katherine Losse, the Woman in the Facebook Frat House  —  An early staffer recalls the raucous days of a company in transition from Harvard dorm room to Silicon Valley  —  The author joined Facebook in 2005 as one of the first members of the company's nascent customer-relations team.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Why Judge Posner pulled the plug on Apple v. Motorola  —  In a ruling sure to be widely cited, an influential jurist put his finger on the problem with Steve Jobs' threat to go “thermonuclear” on Google's Android  —  FORTUNE — Toward the end of his long analysis of Judge Richard Posner's ruling Friday …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Apple v. Motorola: Judge Posner dismisses entire patent case, no injunctions to be issued  —  In US federal court this evening, Judge Richard Posner just ruled that the case of Apple versus Motorola will be dismissed in its entirety.  The case, in which Apple alleged Motorola was in violation …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Maps API Gets Massive Price Cut In The Wake Of Developer Defections  —  Ever since Google introduced limits to how often developers could ping its popular Maps API for free and started charging developers for usage above these limits, we've seen a slew of prominent developers …
MG Siegler / parislemon:
Google Maps Backtracks  —  Google Maps Product Manager Thor Mitchell: … “Since then” — let's be clear, that happened in October of last year.  In the eight months since then, what has changed?  Not much beyond a little company called Apple entering the space.
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
The next-gen MacBook Pro with Retina Display Review  —  Apple makes the bulk of its revenue from devices that don't look like traditional personal computers.  For the past couple of years I've been worried that it would wake up and decide the traditional Mac is a burden …
Chris Crum / WebProNews:
Google Says These New Local Ads Will Increase Click-Through Rates By 100%  —  Google has redesigned its local ad formats for Google Maps for Mobile.  The company says the new formats have performed well in tests, increasing click-through rates by 100%.  —  The calls to action, like …
Scott Lowe / The Verge:
Sony to make $623 million investment in Olympus, Nikkei says  —  Struggling camera manufacturer Olympus may soon find relief from Sony, according to a new report from Nikkei.  The two firms are said to be negotiating a $623 million investment from Sony Corp., which would make it Olympus' largest shareholder …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Amazon Studios goes head-to-head with Netflix, selects first four original TV projects for production  —  Just a month after we brought you news that Amazon Studios was calling for original comedy and children's series projects, the company announced today that it has selected its first four projects …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Private Facebook Data Powering Ads Outside Of Facebook — Is The World Ready?  —  Because investors sure are.  Facebook's share price jumped up 3.8% to $33.05 today on news that it's now showing its ads on Zynga.com in a revenue sharing partnership.  Most amazingly, neither the press nor users seem …
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
Domain Wheeling and Dealing  —  Applicants for New Web Extensions Head to Icann Meeting to Gauge Competition  —  Entrepreneurs and big companies are battling one another for the rights to manage hot new Web address endings, including .app, .home and .book.

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