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June 26, 2012, 8:50 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.
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.
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.
More: ForbesThanks:@zachorybenton
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 …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Scientists crack RSA SecurID 800 tokens, steal cryptographic keys  —  Scientists crack RSA SecurID 800 tokens, steal cryptographic keys  —  Scientists penetrate hardened security devices in under 15 minutes.  —  RSA's SecurID 800 is one of at least five commercially available security devices susceptible …
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 …
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.
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.
Nielsen Wire:
Top Five YouTube Partner Channels Drive Nearly 1.5 Billion Monthly Streams  —  May 2012 marks the first month that Nielsen is publicly reported streaming measurement on thousands of YouTube partners.  The top five YouTube Partner channels, led by Vevo, Warner Music Group and Machinima, combined for nearly 1.5 billion total streams.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Nokia 808 PureView review  —  A CAMERA THAT CAN MAKE PHONE CALLS — OR SOMETHING MORE?  —  At Mobile World Congress this year, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop cast a wary eye over the catalog of shiny new phones introduced by his competitors and posed the challenge, “which ones will you remember?”
More: Inquirer
Glyn Moody / Techdirt:
EU Commissioner Reveals He Will Simply Ignore Any Rejection Of ACTA By European Parliament Next Week  —  The day before the EU's International Trade committee (INTA) recommended that the European Parliament should reject ACTA, the EU commissioner with responsibility for the treaty, Karel De Gucht …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Jeff Huber Has The Hardest Job At Google  —  Let's return to the case of Jeff Huber, Google's senior vice president of Geo and Commerce.  —  Last week, we published a story headlined: “Depending On Whom You Ask, This Google Exec Is Either ‘Weak’ Or He Just Drew The Short Straw.”
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.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple suggests HTC dodged ITC injunction with ‘misstatements’ to US customs  —  Apple has suggested to the International Trade Commission that HTC made “misstatements” to U.S. Customs in order to dodge an injunction against its handsets.  —  In a letter to the ITC last week …
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.
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.”
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Instagram 2.5 for iPhone adds Explore section, revamps Profile tab, integrates Facebook Likes  —  Instagram for iPhone just hit version 2.5, which marks the first time the app has been updated since Facebook agreed to acquire it back in April.  Instagram 2.5 is mostly a visual update …
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 …
Bill Gurley / abovethecrowd.com:
Social-Mobile-LOCAL: “Local” Will Be The Biggest Of The Three  —  While “Social-Mobile-Local” is certainly an overused buzz phrase, most of the attention has been placed on the “social” and “mobile” parts of the phrase.  In social, the spectacular rise of Facebook and Twitter is clearly a disruptive and critical trend.
Bing:
165TB of New Imagery Added to Bing Maps  —  Today we're thrilled to announce the publication of our largest satellite release to date.  In fact, this release is larger than all of our past Aerial releases combined!  —  The latest Aerial release includes new Satellite imagery as well as Global Ortho photography.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
News Corp. Mulls Splitting in Two  —  News Corp. is considering splitting into two companies, separating its publishing assets from its entertainment businesses, say people familiar with the situation.  —  The split would carve off News Corp.'s film and television businesses …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Google Ventures-Backed Cliqr Brings Old-School Business Apps To The Cloud  —  In all the talk of cloud computing, Cliqr Technologies CEO Gaurav Manglik says there's one area of enterprise technology that's been sitting out the transition — business applications.

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