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June 24, 2012, 9:35 PM

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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 …
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Hands-Off: Microsoft Surface Tablet Review  —  After seeing yet another “hands-on” review of the Microsoft Surface tablet, I thought it would be interesting to shed more light on what exactly the journalists who assembled in Hollywood this week for the Surface launch event actually got to do with the tablets.
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.
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.
Devin Coldewey / msnbc.com:
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” …
More: Slashdot
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.
Peter Vogel / TechCrunch:
Why Facebook Is Folding On Credits And Doubling Down On Payments  —  In a surprising move this week, with just a short post on their Developer Blog, Facebook has ended their three-year experi ment with the virtual currency of Facebook Credits.  Credits will be phased out by the end of the year …
More: ReveNews
Somini Sengupta / Bits:
U.S. Military Hunts for Safe Smartphones for Soldiers  —  The military has long needed computers that are tough enough on the outside to withstand the rough and tumble of the battlefield.  Now, with the proliferation of smartphones and tablets in the hands of soldiers, those devices also have to be strong on the inside.
More: CNET, Engadget and eWeek
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 …

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