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June 26, 2012, 11:25 AM

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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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
More: WebProNews
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.”
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.
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
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
McAfee discovers $78 million worth of sophisticated cyber attacks against banking systems  —  Security firms McAfee and Guardian Analytics have published a joint fraud report, dubbed Operation High Roller, on new methods of siphoning money from banking systems.
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.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Next-generation recommendation engine Nara launches, taking on $4m  —  Today Nara has launched itself into the market, in a bid to make the web more personal, by generating recommendations that individuals can use on a daily basis, at a much higher level of accuracy than was previously possible.
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Native Firefox Android browser adds speed, Flash, HTML5 and a fresh look (hands-on)  —  After a brief stretch in beta followed by some vague teasing, Firefox's native Android app is finally set to hit Google Play.  While there are a raft of other bells and whistles — a new welcome page …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Hail A Fellow Human, Not A Taxi With “SideCar” - The New P2P Uber  —  You need a ride, someone else has a car and could use the cash, SideCar is the app that will bring you together.  New instant peer-to-peer rideshare-finding app SideCar turns anyone into a taxi / Uber driver …

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