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June 5, 2013, 5:05 PM

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Chris Schneider / The Microsoft Office Blog:
Outlook 2013 RT Coming to Windows RT Tablets as part of Windows 8.1 Update  —  Today at Computex 2013, Tami Reller, CFO and CMO of Microsoft's Windows Division, announced that Outlook 2013 RT will be available on Windows RT tablets as part of the free Windows 8.1 update coming later this year.
John McDermott / AdAge:
Apple to Sell Audio Ads on iRadio, its Upcoming Streaming Music Service  —  New Ad Product Could Be Pricier Than Pandora, Thanks to Targeting Abilities  —  Now hear this: Apple will sell audio ads on its forthcoming streaming music service, already being dubbed “iRadio” by many.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Amazon brings back long dormant Kindle DX, says it's ‘excited’ to do so  —  Months after being apparently retired from Amazon's e-reader line, the 9.7-inch Kindle DX is back in stock.  Amazon has brought back the DX for $299, reflecting the price drop that was implemented late last year.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Clever hack brings Plex to the Apple TV, no jailbreak required  —  Apple hasn't opened up its Apple TV device to all third-party developers yet, but instead just added apps from a few high-profile partners to the platform.  But that didn't stop two avid Plex fans, who were able to bring …
Gerry Smith / The Huffington Post:
Apple, Samsung Face Grilling Over Stolen Smartphone Epidemic  —  New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has summoned representatives of the four largest smartphone makers to a summit next week where he plans to press them on their failure to address soaring thefts of their products.
Agam Shah / PC World:
AMD breaks from Windows exclusivity, adopts Android and Chrome OS  —  After years of Windows OS exclusivity, Advanced Micro Devices is opening the door to design chips to run Google's Android and Chrome OS in PCs and tablets.  —  AMD is expanding OS options as it designs chips based on x86 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Readies Major Firefox Redesign As It Ponders What The Browser Of The Future Should Look Like  —  “Maybe we shouldn't even call it a browser anymore,” Mozilla's VP of Firefox engineering Jonathan Nightingale told me a few days ago.  “'Browser' is really an antiquated word.
Aaron Smith / Pew Internet:
56% of American adults are now smartphone owners  —  Findings  —  56% of American adults are now smartphone owners  —  For the first time since the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project began systematically tracking smartphone adoption, a majority of Americans now own a smartphone of some kind.
James Trew / Engadget:
HTC One ‘mini’ leaks showing 4.3-inch 720p display and UltraPixel camera  —  HTC One mini?  HTC M4?  Whichever moniker you want to give it, that appears to be what we see above.  Shown in a bunch of photos on Estonian site forte.delfi.ee the 4.3-inch device seems to corroborate much of what we've heard already.
David Barboza / New York Times:
Lei Jun Builds His Xiaomi Empire by Aping Apple and Steve Jobs  —  BEIJING — China is notorious for its knockoffs.  But now comes a knockoff of one of the gods of American ingenuity: Steven P. Jobs.  —  In a country where products like iPhones are made but rarely invented, Lei Jun …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
MacBook Air refresh looks set for WWDC, potentially with faster Wi-Fi  —  Apple appears set to release new versions of its MacBook Air notebook computer at next week's Worldwide Developers Conference, according to information provided by a source.  Earlier this week, we reported that Apple …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Pandora Launches New HTML5-Based TV Experience, Starting With Xbox 360 and PS3  —  Pandora today launched a new browser-based interface for TVs that it hopes will help set the standard for using the service in the living room.  The first devices to support this new HTML5-based interface …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Officially Rolls Out New Yahoo Search Results Design  —  Yahoo has officially announced the redesign they've been testing for the past couple weeks is now live.  —  The new design boasts a faster load time, search results higher up on the page, a new navigation bar at the top, and a more consistent look with the Yahoo homepage.
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active offers a more rugged, waterproof variant of Android bestseller  —  Today, Samsung is announcing a new variant of its Galaxy S4 more suited to the great outdoors.  The phone has a high degree of dust and water protection (IP67), allowing it to be submerged in water up to a meter …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
FreedomPop Expands Its Free Service to Voice  —  While there are lots of discount cellphone plans out there, alternative carrier FreedomPop is trying to introduce a new price tier — free.  —  This summer, the company plans to offer a plan with various Android phones that gives customers …
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
SAP strikes again, buying hybris to boost e-commerce push  —  SAP is goosing its push into what it deems a $37 billion e-commerce market by buying hybris, an e-commerce platform specialist.Terms of this deal were not disclosed but last year SAP dropped $4.3 billion to buy Ariba …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Instructure Lands A Hefty $30M To Take On The Blackboards And Moodles In A Multi-Billion Dollar eLearning Market  —  The Learning Management System market is a wild and wooly place, relatively speaking, of course.  “LMSes,” as they are known, are software applications and platforms …
More: GigaOM and VatorNews
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Science Is Raising A New $30 Million Fund To Back Its Startups And Others  —  L.A.-based incubator and studio Science is in the process of raising a $30 million new investment fund, according to sources familiar with the matter.  —  Science was founded in 2011 by former Myspace CEO …
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
TweetDeck revamped for Chrome and the Web with a new sidebar that simplifies finding and moving feeds  —  Twitter is rolling out a pretty radical redesign for the Chrome and Web versions of TweetDeck today, adding a slim, expandable sidebar on the left-hand side of the screen that handles search …

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