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June 26, 2012, 6:00 PM

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Dan Farber / CNET:
Zynga game changers: new games, friend network, API  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As Facebook has been colonizing the planet, approaching a billion users for its social network, Zynga has been drafting in its wake.  The social-gaming company, which launched July 1, 2007, with a poker game …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Zynga to Launch Cross-Platform Gaming Network, “Zynga With Friends”  —  Zynga's game playing network is massive — more than 290 million people play the company's games each month.  The problem is, Zynga says, those players are scattered across multiple devices and platforms, and can't always sync up to play the same games.
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 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Spotify, Yahoo Link Up in Distribution, Revenue Sharing Deal  —  Earlier this year Spotify rolled out a plan to get its “play” button on a host of Web sites, which let the streaming music service broaden its reach beyond Facebook.  —  Now it's making the same move, but with one very …
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Offers New Dedicated Podcast App for iOS  —  Earlier this month, it was rumored that Apple would be launching a standalone podcast app in iOS 6.  Instead of waiting for the next version of iOS, Apple posted the Podcast app on the App Store today.  [App Store]
Brian Duggan / Reno Memo:
Apple looking to open facility in downtown Reno, east of Sparks as part of $1B, 10-year investment  —  Apple is planning on opening a data center east of Sparks and a business and purchasing center in downtown Reno, part of a $1 billion investment the company plans to spend in Northern Nevada over the next 10 years.
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Why RIM Won't Be Bought: There's Not Much There There  —  There's been rampant speculation that the rescue strategy for Research In Motion would be for someone to buy the company.  There has been, at various times, idle speculation about a wide-range of intriguing but highly unlikely potential suitors.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Best Buy Founder Weighs Buyout  —  Best Buy Co. founder Richard Schulze is working with a Wall Street bank to explore taking the electronics retailer private, according to people familiar with his thinking.  —  Mr. Schulze, the company's largest shareholder with a slightly more than 20% stake …
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
For Samsung, Galaxy halo effect comes with supply crunch  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics' struggle to keep pace with rampant demand for its new Galaxy S III smartphone may have cost the South Korean firm some 2 million units of sales in just a month.  —  For a company that has never stirred …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Cisco announces the EA6500, its first 802.11ac router, and launches Connect Cloud platform  —  For those looking for 801.11ac gigabit wireless when they buy their next router, Cisco will soon have a suitable option.  The company today announced its forthcoming Linksys EA6500 router …
More: BetaNews
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 …
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.
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 …

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