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June 13, 2012, 6:25 AM

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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple's Ping to End With a Thud in Next Release of iTunes  —  Apple has finally acknowledged what the market has been telling it since it first debuted Ping, its social network for music, in September of 2010.  The service is a failure.  —  And rather than continue to maintain Ping …
Sara Mauskopf / Twitter Blog:
Tailored Trends bring you closer  —  Trends help you discover the emerging topics people are talking about on Twitter.  You can see these topics as a worldwide list, or select one of more than 150 locations.  In order to show emerging topics that matter more to you, today we're improving …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Spokesperson Confirms New Mac Pro Designs Likely Coming in 2013 [Update: Not iMac]  —  Yesterday, David Pogue of The New York Times vaguely stated in reference to Apple's desktop Mac lines that an unnamed Apple executive had informed him that “new models and new designs are under way, probably for release in 2013.”
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Verizon Intros Share Everything Plans: Unlimited Talk/Text And Shared Data For Up To 10 Devices  —  Verizon Wireless today announced the addition of Share Everything plans.  They're essentially family plans, allowing you, mom, dad, and big or little brother or sister to share from a pool …
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Denials Over Google Street View  —  Google has long prided itself on not being a conventional company.  But there is one characteristic it apparently shares with the most sclerotic bureaucracy: the willingness of its employees to say, “Not my job.”  —  The company on Tuesday released a trove …
Jamillah Knowles / The Next Web:
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Samsung Wants To Automate Your Phone With NFC-Equipped TecTiles  —  Samsung has a handful of NFC-equipped phones, like the Galaxy S II and III, and the Galaxy Nexus, but little has been done to put the technology to use.  Sure, there's Google Wallet and other mobile payment platforms …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Maps in iOS 6 will require A5 processor for 3D “flyover,” navigation  —  iPhone 3GS in particular will get a reduced feature set in iOS 6.  —  iOS 6 promises to bring lots of new features to iPhone and iPad users—more than 200, according to Apple's count.
Nicole Perlroth / Bits:
After Rapes Involving Children, Skout, a Flirting App, Bans Minors  —  A popular social networking app that has been used by adults to prey on minors in three rape cases is the latest cautionary tale of the potential risks of using technology to connect with people you don't know.
Melanie Pinola / Lifehacker:
Google Blockly Is a Visual, Drag-and-Drop Tool for Building Apps and Learning to Code  —  Curious about programming and want to build your own app, but feel a bit intimidated?  Google Blockly is a visual programming language that can help you get started quickly.The webapp lets …
Matt Kelly / Facebook Developer Blog:
Facebook Integration for WordPress  —  Starting today WordPress publishers can easily integrate Facebook features, such as social publishing and mentions, through the new Facebook for WordPress plugin.  —  The plugin was built by Facebook engineers in collaboration with open source partners …
Dennis K. Berman / Wall Street Journal:
Tin Pan Valley: The Coming Shakeout for App Makers  —  Like the Early Music Industry, Today's Apps Are ‘Made’ By Marketing, Sales  —  They were 20-somethings emboldened by new technology.  If they were shrewd, they just might get rich.  —  These inventors and wheedlers, dreamers and hucksters …
More: Wall Street JournalTweets: @pkafka
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Zynga is Shedding Users  —  Social gaming company Zynga had an outstanding 2011, leading to a well-hyped IPO in December.  But Zynga's biggest risk was always an over-reliance on Facebook, with most of its revenue and users coming from the social network.
Jacob Aron / New Scientist:
Kinect to watch your emotions and serve up ads  —  Online adverts are already tailored to your search and browsing history, but now Microsoft has plans to add emotions to the mix.  In a recently revealed patent application the company suggests that using its Kinect sensor to analyse your face …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
FBI halted one child porn inquiry because Tor got in the way  —  Feds closed “assessment” of child porn found on Silk Road, a Tor hidden service.  —  Enlarge / The FBI appears to have been stymied by Tor on at least one occasion.  —  Kalavinka  —  A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) …
More: The Verge
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Paramount releases app for the Xbox 360 to stream rented or purchased movies  —  Earlier this year, Paramount Pictures got into the business of selling digital movies directly to consumers on its website — originally, those movies (sold with the UltraViolet DRM scheme) were mostly tied to your computer …
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Aging Microsoft lures young tech idealists  —  (Reuters) - The young interns, some of the nation's best and brightest in technology, business and design, had plenty of enthusiastic words to describe their summer employer.  —  Fun.  Cool.  Special.  A giant start-up.  Revolutionizing the world.
Joab Jackson / Computerworld:
Hortonworks releases its Hadoop version  —  For its first Hadoop release, Hortonworks focused on making the data analysis software easy to deploy and monitor  —  For the first production release of what will be its flagship Apache Hadoop distribution, Hortonworks has focused on providing …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
The high-school blogger who's been cracking Apple's secrets  —  In the walk-up to this week's big keynote, nobody had more scoops than Mark Gurman  —  Gurman at WWDC.  Photo: PED  —  FORTUNE — Trying to scope out Apple's (AAPL) product plans in advance is serious business for a small army …
Ryan Tate / Wired:
New York Facebook Already Thinks It's Better Dressed Than California Facebook  —  Serkan Piantino, on the skateboard at right, oversees Facebook's New York engineering office and helped create the social network's News Feed and Timeline products.  —  Jim Merithew/Wired  —  << Previous |  Next >>
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Google's e-book deal could slow rise of Amazon Kindle in Europe  —  Google announced a major deal this week with French authors and publishers that clears the way for the sale of millions of e-books that have been caught in legal limbo until now.  The deal could spur digital publishing …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Europe's Square, iZettle, Goes One Step Further: Launches API To Integrate Payments Into Apps  —  iZettle, the “Square of Europe” that has been rolling out its dongle-based mobile payments service in Scandinavia and is currently trialling in the UK, is now extending its service once again …

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