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June 16, 2012, 4:15 AM

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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Facebook CTO Bret Taylor Departs (For Start-Ups Unknown)  —  Facebook's high-profile CTO Bret Taylor is leaving the Silicon Valley social networking giant later this summer, with future plans to work on an undetermined start-up.  —  The move is likely to be of concern …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple Gives Podcasts a Gentle Push Out of iTunes  —  Podcasts were supposed to be a big deal several years ago, but that boom never happened.  Now there's at least anecdotal evidence that the format is actually picking up steam, as creators, listeners and advertisers warm to the format.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple charges 54% more to replace Retina MacBook Pro's battery  —  Nonupgradeable battery, other ‘Air-izing’ traits of new notebook prompts repair expert to say, ‘We have to draw a line in the sand’  —  Apple customers who purchase the company's new Retina MacBook Pro will pay more to replace …
Guy Podjarny / Guy's Pod:
Not as SPDY as You Thought  —  SPDY is awesome.  It's the first real upgrade to HTTP in 10+ years, it tackles high latency mobile networks performance issues and it makes the web more secure.  SPDY is different than HTTP in many ways, but its primary value comes from being able to multiplex …
Jack Cheng:
The Slow Web  —  Timely not real-time.  Rhythm not random.  Moderation not excess.  Knowledge not information.  These are a few of the many characteristics of the Slow Web.  It's not so much a checklist as a feeling, one of being at greater ease for the web-enabled products and services in our lives.
More: BuzzFeed
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
AOL closes billion-dollar deal with Microsoft, selling most of its patents  —  A $1.056 billion agreement that transfers about three-quarters of AOL's patent portfolio to Microsoft has been completed, the companies announced today.  Over 800 of AOL's 1,100 patents now belong to Microsoft …
Ashlee Vance / Business Week:
The Two Horsemen of the Enterprise Software Apocalypse  —  At 71, Dave Duffield ought to be retired.  He's spent a half-century starting technology companies and is worth billions.  He has a $35 million Dassault Falcon 900EX jet, homes in the Bay Area and Palm Springs …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Why Apple Is Going “Containment” Not “Thermonuclear” Against Google In iOS 6  —  I keep hearing people talking about Apple finally going “thermonuclear” on Google with the forthcoming iOS 6 mobile operating system.  No, it hasn't.  In fact, there are good reasons why it can't …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
E-Commerce Is Head Over Heels for Pinterest, and for Good Reason  —  No one knows for sure what social commerce will be in the future, but it's starting to look a lot like Pinterest.  —  Based on a report shared exclusively with AllThingsD, Pinterest is on pace to become the most significant driver …
More: TechCrunchThanks:@mcalderone
Steven Sloan / Bloomberg:
SEC Pressed Facebook For Details On Mobile Revenue Before IPO  —  The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission pressed Facebook Inc. (FB) executives to explain in more detail how a user shift to mobile devices could impact the company's profits, according to documents made public today.
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Retailers feast on free Facebook tools, shun ads  —  The keyboard had to change.  It was a month after Vizio had revealed its new line of PCs at CES 2012, where the company had received near-universal praise for its slim designs, clean Windows builds, and promises of low prices.
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Tumblr will be launching a brand new iOS app next week, says David Karp  —  Tumblr CEO David Karp has just announced that it will launch a brand new iOS app next week.  This announcement was made just now at F.ounders, the highly prestigious event we called the Rolls Royce of technology events.
Adario Strange / DVICE:
Smartphone app and QR code lets you wirelessly withdraw ATM cash  —  Shopping with a credit card is the weapon of choice for many shopping fanatics, but despite tech advances, around the world cash remains king.  To address this gap one company has come up with a novel solution for accessing cash with a smartphone.
BBC:
Apple 1 computer and Steve Jobs Atari memo sold at auction  —  A rare functioning Apple 1 computer - the company's first product - has been sold at an auction for $374,500 (£240,929).  The price was more than double Sotheby's high estimate and sets a new record for the collector's item.
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Mail.ru CEO Starts $25 Million Fund To Spark Personal Robotics Start-Ups  —  Dmitry Grishin, founder of Grishin Robotics, believes that robots - personal robots, not boring ones like the Mars Rover - are the future.  —  “It has been very difficult to do something really big in robotics for the last 20 years.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Download Site Founder Receives 4.5 Year Jail Sentence, Forfeits $4.7m  —  In June 2011, the biggest ever operation aimed at tackling online movie piracy took place in Europe.  The target for police in Germany, Spain, France, and the Netherlands was movie-streaming portal Kino.to and its affiliates.
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