June 25, 2012, 4:09 AM

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
‘Find Friends Nearby’: Facebook's New Mobile Feature For Finding People Around You [Updated]  —  Facebook has created a new feature that lets users find friends and potential friends nearby.  Initially called “Friendshake” and also accessible through a URL that is the abbreviation of …
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
With Tablet, Microsoft Takes Aim at Hardware Missteps  —  SEATTLE — Around the time the iPad came out more than two years ago, Microsoft executives got an eye-opening jolt about how far Apple would go to gain an edge for its products.  —  Microsoft learned through industry sources that Apple …
More: CNET and IntoMobileThanks:@nickwingfield
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Microsoft: Apostasy Or Head Fake?  —  My appetite whetted by three days of rumors, I went online last Monday and watched Microsoft introduce its Surface tablets.  After the previous false starts — the moribund Tablet PC and the still-born Courier — Microsoft finally took matters into its own hands.
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
RIM may sell handset business, according to The Sunday Times  —  The Sunday Times reports today that RIM is considering a plan to split its handset division and messaging network into two separate companies, and will sell off the struggling BlackBerry hardware business.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Boxopus Downloads Torrents Directly to Your Dropbox  —  Founded in 2007, Dropbox has quickly become the leading player in cloud hosting and synchronization services.  —  The service is loved by many for its ease of use, and thanks to the newly launched Boxopus site, BitTorrent users …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Winamp's woes: how the greatest MP3 player undid itself  —  15 years on, Winamp still lives—but mismanagement blunted its llama-whipping.  Tens of millions of Winamp users are still out there.  MP3s are so natural to the Internet now that it's almost hard to imagine a time before high-quality compressed music.
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Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Sony Xperia Ion review: an Android handset with a split personality  —  They say absence makes the heart grow fonder.  But that adage, such a truism when applied to interpersonal relationships, doesn't quite carry the same weight when extended to the intimacy between expectant geek and promised hardware.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
PayPal Bans BitTorrent Friendly VPN Provider  —  In response to new Internet surveillance initiatives there is a growing interest in privacy enhancing services such as VPNs and proxies.  —  TorGuard is one of the many companies catering to this demand.  As the name suggests …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Samsung expects sales of the Galaxy S3 to pass 10 million during July  —  Mobile giant Samsung has said that it expects that cumulative global sales of its the Galaxy S III, its latest flagship smartphone, will pass 10 million units during next month, as it begins to see the effects of launching in the US and other significant markets.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
AOL Will Start Paying Out Its Pile-O'-Patent-Cash to Shareholders This Week Via Stock Buyback  —  For those AOL shareholders waiting for a juicy dividend after the Internet company's billion-dollar sale of its patent portfolio to Microsoft, it appears you'll have to get your gains via …
More: CNET
Devin Coldewey /
Wikipedia is editorial warzone, says study  —  The Internet is a wonderland for sociologists, and one of the richest areas of study is Wikipedia, with its years of open collaboration and communication archived for posterity.  But with collaboration comes conflict, and the “edit wars” …
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