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June 26, 2012, 1:40 PM

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David Carnoy / CNET:
Kindle Fire 2 may hit as soon as July  —  Last year, Amazon launched the Kindle Fire in September.  The next-generation Kindles are expected to launch a little earlier this year.  —  (Credit: CNET)  —  What's next for Kindle hardware?  —  Well, a credible source has told CNET that Amazon …
Scott Lowe / The Verge:
Dell introduces new XPS 14 and XPS 15 laptops  —  Naturally, with the added processing power and the inclusion of a disc drive, the XPS 15 gains a little heft over the XPS 14, carrying a thickness of 0.91-inches and a starting weight at 5.79 pounds.  It also shaves three hours off …
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 …
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.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The face and the brand  —  In the five years since the iPhone launched, Apple created a total of 35,852 retail jobs.  —  Some of those jobs came from new store openings.  The total store count went from 172 to 361, more than doubling.  But the growth in employment was faster: from about 6400 to 42,200, more than quintupling.
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Vizio Announces The Co-Star, A $99 Google TV Box With OnLive Gaming Built In  —  Watch out, Sony, Vizio is chasing your tail.  Just yesterday Sony revealed its latest Google TV hardware, a $199 remake of the company's first GTV products.  And now today, Vizio took to the wires and announced …
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.
More: Screenwerk
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?”
Ryan Tate / Wired:
And the Winner of the Next Social Networking Jackpot Is...  Microsoft Monday said it would spend $1.2 billion cash in a much-anticipated acquisition of Yammer, a sort of Twitter for businesses.  —  The nearly 4-year-old startup is only the latest acquisition in a string of similar deals.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Former Facebooker Scoops Up $1.4 Million for Freshplum, Sales Analytics for the Little Guy  —  Pricing physical goods can be relatively straightforward: Fixed costs like labor and materials are calculable, while watching competitors and market demand can aid you in finding a solid target price.
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.”
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Dropbox Bans BitTorrent Startup Boxopus Over Piracy Concerns  —  On Saturday we covered Boxopus, a new startup that allows people to download torrents directly to their dropbox folders.  —  The news was quickly picked up by many other technology sites and as a result the service's member count surged to more than 50,000.
More: Techdirt and ValueWalk
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Wallaby Combines All Your Credit Cards Into One, Makes Sure You Earn The Most Rewards  —  Wallaby, which is launching its beta today, reminds me a bit of banking startup Simple.  Just like Simple automatically manages your finances for you and automatically shuffles your money between …
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Wi-Fi Alliance begins certifying Passpoint devices  —  The Wi-Fi Alliance has opened up its certification lab doors and is now inviting vendors to submit their handsets and access points for Hotspot 2.0 certification.  If they pass muster, they will receive the Alliance's Passpoint stamp of approval …
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.
Darrell Etherington / BetaKit:
Mobile Video Sharing Underdog Klip Takes on Viddy, Socialcam with Android Launch  —  A lot of attention has been paid to mobile video sharing apps Socialcam and Viddy in their race to high growth of users and engagement, including questions about whether or not their growth has been organic …
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.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Sprint iPhone Sales Stronger at Big-Box Retailers Than at Apple Stores  —  The iPhone is a big seller at Apple's retail stores, but not necessarily Sprint's version of the device.  A new study by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) has found that Sprint iPhones sell far better …
BBC:
‘Patent trolls’ cost other US bodies $29bn last year, says study  —  Patent portfolio owners say their actions help incentivise inventors to carry out research  —  The direct cost of actions taken by so-called “patent trolls” totalled $29bn (£18.5bn) in the US in 2011, according to a study by Boston University.
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 …

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