June 21, 2013, 1:40 PM

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Andy Pasztor / Wall Street Journal:
FAA to Relax Rules for Gadgets in Flight  —  Airline passengers irritated at having to turn off their devices could soon see some reprieve, with regulators set to allow wider use of gadgets in flight.  —  The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to relax the ban on using some types …
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Facebook Announces That It's Out Of Ideas  —  How the internet's most powerful company became a clone mill.  —  Via: Macey J. Foronda/Buzzfeed  —  The most important thing to understand about Facebook is that it can't lose.  It has, and it will, and sometimes it should.  But it can't.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Instagram Video Vs. Vine: What's The Difference?  —  Instagram just launched video functionality.  Glorious, 15-second, editable video functionality.  Complete with image stabilization.  —  So what does this mean for Vine?  In the end, the competition should give users plenty to be excited about …
Nobuhiro Kubo / Reuters:
Tokyo court says Samsung infringed on Apple “bounce-back” patent  —  (Reuters) - A Tokyo court ruled on Friday that Samsung Electronics Co Ltd had infringed on rival Apple Inc's patent for a “bounce-back” feature on earlier models of its popular smartphones.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple now charting App Store iOS fragmentation just like Google's Android  —  After first announcing that 93 percent of App Store customers are using the latest iOS 6 at WWDC last week, Apple has added the chart to its public developer site, mirroring Google's reporting of Android users in Google Play.
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Said to Hire Robert Downey Jr. for $12 Million Ad Campaign  —  HTC has enlisted actor Robert Downey Jr. for a two-year global marketing deal worth about $12 million to promote the Taiwanese company's smartphone brand, according to two people with knowledge of the plans.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
iPhone 5 coming to Virgin Mobile next Friday for $549.99 with unlimited plans starting at $30/month  —  We've just received word that Virgin Mobile will be carrying the iPhone 5 next week on its Beyond Talk plans with unlimited 3G/4G LTE data and messaging starting at $35/month (with $5 discount for auto-payments).
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Twitter is Developing Geo-Targeted Ads for Retailers  —  Twitter Is Playing Catch-Up to Facebook On Location-Based Ads  —  As soon as the end of the year, Twitter is planning to let brands show promoted tweets to people who open its mobile apps within close range of their stores.
Nicholas Vinocur / Reuters:
France to seek ban on Amazon bundled discounts, free delivery  —  (Reuters) - France's Socialist government aims to introduce a law preventing online retailer Amazon from offering both discounts and free delivery for books in France, the culture minister said, arguing this amounts to unfair competition.
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
UK regulator warns Google to delete Street View snooping data or risk criminal action  —  After re-opening an investigation into Google's Street View privacy violations last year, UK officials have let Google off with a slap on the wrist.  The case related to Google accidentally collecting data …
Wall Street Journal:
How HTC Lost Its Way With Smartphones  —  TAIPEI—After product fumbles and two years of share price declines, HTC Corp. Chief Executive Peter Chou knows the inevitable question is coming.  —  “I know you guys want to ask, will I quit,” Mr. Chou says in an interview at the Taiwanese smartphone …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Lenovo Miix is a watered-down ThinkPad Tablet 2, starts at $500 (hands-on)  —  Comb through Lenovo's current product lineup, and you'll find a little something for everyone.  A Windows 8 tablet for businesses?  Check.  How 'bout a consumer model?  Yep, that too.  But hey, you can never have too many, right?
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Michael Dell Takes His Buyout Case Directly to Shareholders  —  Michael Dell has taken his case for the leveraged buyout of the computer company that bears his name directly to shareholders today, filing a presentation slide deck with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission moments ago.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Intuit Buys Elastic Intelligence, Will Use Connection Cloud To Help SMEs Build Apps  —  Some consolidation in the area of cloud services for enterprises: Intuit, the business services company that targets SMEs, is buying Elastic Intelligence, creators of Connection Cloud, a product that helps SMEs create DIY cloud-based apps.
Ashlee Vance / Businessweek:
GitHub Got Silly Rich.  Next Step: ‘Make More Awesome’  —  Four years into its journey as a company, GitHub remained something of an independent.  The startup, which helps companies and developers build software, rebuffed the repeated advances of venture capitalists.
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Soundwave hopes to shake up music discovery on iPhone and Android  —  Irish startup's app faces competition from Twitter #Music and others, but has Steve Wozniak and Stephen Fry in its corner  —  Soundwave is the latest music discovery app to be released for smartphones …
Chris Kanaracus / Computerworld:
Oracle's Ellison spills beans on upcoming SAP HANA competitor and Database 12c plans  —  Database 12c.1 will focus on in-memory computing, according to Ellison  —  Oracle hasn't even officially released its 12c database yet, but CEO Larry Ellison has already revealed plans for the version that will follow …
Edward C. Baig / USA Today:
Best Buy relaunching trade-in offer for ‘free’ iPhone 5  —  Best Buy says it had the biggest day ever for its four-year old trade-in program on June 1.  That's when the electronics retailer gave customers the opportunity to trade in iPhone 4 and 4S models and get a “free” iPhone 5 in return.

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