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June 26, 2012, 1:40 AM

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Microsoft Corporation:
Microsoft to Acquire Yammer  —  Microsoft extends cloud services with best-in-class enterprise social networking.  —  Microsoft Corp. and Yammer Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Yammer, a leading provider of enterprise social networks, for $1.2 billion in cash.
Facebook Newsroom:
Facebook Names Sheryl Sandberg to Its Board of Directors  —  Facebook announced today that Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook, has joined the company's board of directors.  —  Sandberg oversees Facebook's business operations including sales, marketing, business development …
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Facebook forces all users over to @facebook.com e-mail addresses  —  Facebook began its jaunt as an e-mail service in November 2010, when it started allowing users to make @facebook.com addresses and receive conventional e-mails addressed there in their messages inboxes.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
The unedited Q&A: Apple retail employees respond to NYT's profile, share life from inside the Apple Store  —  Apple retail employees cheering ahead of third-generation iPad launch (SJMN)  —  Over the weekend, The New York Times profiled Apple's retail operations and controversially touched upon Apple's retail employees.
Hamish Barwick / PC World:
Apple Quietly Pulls Claims of Virus Immunity  —  In the wake of the Flashback botnet which targeted Mac computers, Apple has removed a statement from its messages on its website that Mac operating system X (OS X) isn't susceptible to viruses.  —  Apple removed the previous statement …
John Markoff / New York Times:
In a Big Network of Computers, Evidence of Machine Learning  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Inside Google's secretive X laboratory, known for inventing self-driving cars and augmented reality glasses, a small group of researchers began working several years ago on a simulation of the human brain.
More: CNET and AllThingsD
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Microsoft: We Won't Build Own Windows Phones  —  Microsoft exec categorically denies reports that the company plans to bring its Surface tablet strategy to the smartphone market.  —  A Microsoft executive said the company has no plans to manufacture its own company-branded smartphones …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Miami Heat Owner Sues Blogger & Google Over ‘Unflattering’ Photo  —  What is it with super rich sports owners and SLAPP suits?  Remember Redskins owner Dan Snyder?  Well here's a situation that seems even more ridiculous.  Ranaan Katz is a minority owner of the Miami Heat, who just won the NBA championship.
Chris Dixon:
Why the integrated approach to mobile devices is winning  —  Until last week's announcement of the new Surface tablet, Microsoft had taken the same approach to mobile devices that they had with PCs: build the software themselves and let partners build the hardware.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
How close is Windows 8 to being ‘done’?  —  Summary: When will Microsoft christen Windows 8 as being “done”?  At this point in the game, no one from Microsoft has stated this in any official capacity.  —  Believe or not, folks, Microsoft execs still have not said when Windows 8 will be “done.”
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Wired and The New Yorker Pull Back on Flipboard  —  Shelving Efforts to Sell Ads, Curtailing ‘Flip-able’ Content  —  Some magazines are developing Flipboard fatigue.  —  Wired and The New Yorker are suspending efforts to sell ads on the platform and replacing their robust Flipboard feeds next month …
Mike Kelly / SpiderLabs Anterior:
eHarmony Password Dump Analysis  —  Unless you've been hauled up in a bunker, eating MREs and watching Doomsday Preppers marathons, you've likely heard of the recent compromise of over 1.5 million eHarmony password hashes.  After a little work tracking down the hashes, we launched several attacks …
More: CNET and The Register
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Netflix open sources Asgard cloud deployment smarts  —  Very few companies know how to scale and deploy cloud applications like Netflix, the ginormous movie streaming site.  And now it's making some of that cloud management expertise available to the masses via Github.
Scott Thurm / Wall Street Journal:
Nasdaq: ‘Arrogance’ Contributed to Facebook IPO Flop  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. Chief Executive Robert Greifeld said Sunday that “arrogance” and “overconfidence” among Nasdaq staffers contributed to problems with Facebook Inc.'s initial public offering last month.
More: CNET and ValueWalk
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Google introduces new I/O live blogging tool  —  Just days ahead of the yearly Google I/O event, Google has introduced a rather interesting live blogging tool that taps into Google+ page posts and pulls from the I/O live video feed.  —  This tool, which you can see below, is currently not event agnostic.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
New iPhone prototypes have NFC chips and antenna  —  We've previously been able to pull data from PreEVT iPhone 5,1 and iPhone 5,2 prototypes codenamed N41AP (5,1) and N42AP (5,2), which leads us to believe that the new iPhone will have a bigger 1136×640 display.
Michael Geist Blog:
Cdn Fed Court Says No Copyright Infringement For Linking, Posting Several Paragraphs from Article  —  The Federal Court of Canada has issued an important decision involving copyright and posting content online.  The case involves a lawsuit launched by Richard Warman and the National Post …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Seagate invests in Israel's DensBits to overhaul its flash memory strategy  —  Seagate is one of the world's biggest hard disk drive makers, but these days, storage is growing well beyond spinning disks.  That's why Seagate is announcing an investment and strategic agreement with Israel's DensBits Technologies.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google updates Gmail iOS app with Notification Center support, persistent login  —  The official Gmail client for iOS has been updated today with support for Notification Center, meaning you can now configure the app to display banners, alerts, and lock screen previews of your latest emails.

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Microsoft:
Microsoft to modernize Special Olympics, raise system to the cloud  —  “We're so excited.  This is going to change our world.” says Special Olympics Chief Executive Officer Janet Froetscher.
Zoho:
Announcing Zoho SalesIQ - Real-time sales intelligence platform with tight Zoho CRM integration.  —  You run an apparel store.  There's a visitor who walked in after seeing your weekly ad.
SAY Media / SAY Daily:
Don't Look Now: Here Come the Disappearing Message Apps  —  Get ready for a world of expiring photos and vanishing status updates.
AdExchanger:
Eyeview Wants To Personalize Online Video Like Display And Search  —  It seems all online ads, except video ads, are targeted.  That online video largely isn't personalized seems odd, since the ad industry jumps …
 

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