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June 15, 2012, 9:05 AM

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The Wrap:
Microsoft Manufacturing Tablet to Rival Apple iPad, Says Insider (Exclusive)  —  Microsoft is set to unveil a tablet next week that will mark its entry into rival Apple's territory with its own branded product, TheWrap has learned.  The company has scheduled a secretive event for Monday …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
What if the rumored ‘Microsoft tablet’ isn't a Windows tablet?  —  Summary: Rumors around Microsoft's June 18 announcement are taking a new turn towards some kind of Microsoft-branded tablet.  Could this be an Amazon Kindle Fire competitor?  —  The guesses on Microsoft's June 18 announcement …
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Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Dropbox killing public folders, makes sharing both more and less convenient  —  In April we brought you news that Dropbox was introducing the ability to create public links for any files in your Dropbox folder.  Now, German site Mobiflip is reporting that, from July 31st …
Sven Grundberg / MarketWatch:
Nokia prepared to sell patents if price right: CFO … Nokia is prepared to divest part of its formidable portfolio of patents to raise much-needed cash, Chief Financial Officer Timo Ihamuotila said Thursday  —  “We will sell patents at the right price,” Mr. Ihamuotila said during …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Asks Every User For A Verified Phone Number To Prevent Security Disaster  —  Every single Facebook user is or will soon be seeing a link at the top of their desktop news feed asking them to “Stay in control of your account by following these simple security tips”.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple expected to launch 13" Retina MacBook Pro by early Oct.  —  Apple will bring a high-resolution Retina display to its 13-inch MacBook Pro with a product update set to launch this October, according to one insider.  —  Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI shared in a note with AppleInsider …
Iain Marlow / The Globe and Mail:
RIM to pay Lazaridis, Balsillie combined $12-million after exit  —  Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, who built Research In Motion Ltd. into a global smartphone giant before presiding over the company's long slide, will receive a payout of around $12-million after having stepped aside …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Parts of Amazon Web Services suffer an outage  —  Amazon web services are having trouble this evening and in the process are taking down some major sites.  Among sites being impacted are Quora and HipChat.  In addition, the Amazon outage has had an impact on Heroku, a division of Salesforce.
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Secret Agent Samsung: How The Handset Maker Kept The Galaxy S III Hush-Hush  —  Samsung pulled off a sort of miracle last month by announcing the Samsung Galaxy S III prior to it leaking.  Admittedly, the specs leaked, but the final design was kept a secret until the official reveal …
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Forthcoming Facebook Motion Said to Discuss Nasdaq's Role in I.P.O.  —  Facebook is preparing for battle.  —  One month after its botched initial public offering, the social network is set to file a motion to consolidate all the shareholder lawsuits against the company …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
To Fight Off Airtime and Google+ Hangouts, Facebook Tests Adding Video “Call” Button To Profiles  —  Desperate to increase video chat usage, Facebook is testing out a “Call” button on top of people's timeline profiles.  I don't think I've received a Facebook video chat since Facebook partnered …
Evan Killham / VentureBeat:
PopCap survey shows 44 percent of people play mobile games  —  Today, developer PopCap (maker of Peggle and Plants vs. Zombies) has released the results of its third annual survey of mobile game consumption in the United States and United Kingdom.  And, no surprise, the number of people playing mobile games is growing.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
iPad Sees Small Drop, Nook Tops Kindle Fire In New Tablet Traffic Rankings  —  Web traffic from the Apple iPad saw a slight drop in early June, according to new data from the Chitika Ad network, which analyzed a sample containing hundreds of millions of impressions to arrive at its conclusions.
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Tesco buys UK music site We7 for £10.8m  —  Tesco has purchased We7, a British digital music service, which attempted to rival Spotify, for £10.8m.  —  The service attempted to go head-to-head with Spotify in 2009 as streaming began to take off.
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Intel dismisses ‘x86 tax’, sees no future for ARM or any of its competitors  —  Walking cautiously through the automatic revolving door of a swanky, black, shiny, minimalist hotel in London, the first thing I notice about Mike Bell, Intel's chief of mobile, is that he's large.
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Focus Squarely On Europe, Mobile Payments Startup iZettle Gets $31.4M From Greylock, MasterCard & More  —  Just days after releasing an API to integrate its payment platform into third-party apps, iZettle, known as the “Square of Europe” for its dongle-based iOS mobile payment system …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Ethiopian Government Bans Skype, Google Talk And All Other VoIP Services  —  The Ethiopian government, Al Jazeera reports, has criminalized the use of Skype and other VoIP services like Google Talk.  Using VoIP services is now punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

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