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June 25, 2012, 11:15 PM

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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.
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
On Orbitz, Mac Users Steered to Pricier Hotels  —  Orbitz Worldwide Inc. has found that people who use Apple Inc.'s Mac computers spend as much as 30% more a night on hotels, so the online travel agency is starting to show them different, and sometimes costlier, travel options than Windows visitors see.
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.
Luke Hopewell / Gizmodo Australia:
Nexus 7: This Is Google's New Nexus Tablet  —  Wondering what Google's flagship I/O Conference announcement this week should look like?  Wonder no longer.  It's a 7-inch Tegra 3 tablet running Android 5.0 Jelly Bean, and it's set to hit Australia from July.
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 …
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.
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.”
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
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.
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 …
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.
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: AllThingsD
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.
Danielle Kucera / Bloomberg:
Apple To Feature Yelp Check-Ins Within IPhone Maps App  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s coming iPhone map application will include Yelp Inc. (YELP)'s “check-in” feature to let users broadcast their whereabouts to friends, according to materials Apple distributed to software developers.
David Marcus / The PayPal Blog:
Simplifying How We Work  —  Simple.  —  Everywhere, people aspire to simplicity.  In their lives, at work, and at every interaction.  At PayPal, we want to make the lives of our customers at lot better by reducing the distance between what they want, and what they get.
More: GigaOM and AllThingsD

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