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June 18, 2012, 1:35 PM

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Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Cocoanetics:
Public Transit in iOS 6  —  By now it is public knowledge that there will be no in-house replacement for routing via public means of transport in iOS 6.  Indeed if you hold an iOS 6 phone (that somebody maybe has left in a bar) and you try to plan a route from point A to point B you find …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Facebook Readying Location-Based Mobile Ad Product  —  Facebook Inc. (FB), owner the world's largest social network, says it's working on a location-based mobile-advertising product that will allow companies to target users with real-time data showing their whereabouts.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Mozilla takes aim at the iPad browser market with its ‘Junior’ prototype  —  When it comes to browsing the web on iOS, there are plenty of third-party alternatives to Apple's Safari.  Atomic, Dolphin, Mercury, Opera, and Skyfire are just a few that have enjoyed some measure of success on the platform …
Goodfilms:
Netflix Quietly Smothers 3rd Party App Ecosystem  —  On Friday afternoon, Netflix published a blog post announcing a breaking change to their API, and dedicated a small paragraph to the fact that their API terms of use had been updated.  On a technical level, these changes will cripple …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
With 16 petaflops and 1.6M cores, DOE supercomputer is world's fastest  —  Giant cluster built to test nuclear weapons stockpile breaks HPC speed record.  —  An IBM technician loads CPUs into Sequoia, the world's fastest supercomputer.  —  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jung-Ah Lee / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung CEO Calls for Software Improvements  —  SEOUL—Samsung Electronics Co.'s new chief executive on Monday reiterated the need for the company to beef up its software competence in order to maintain its leading position in the technology industry.  —  Over the past year …
Agam Shah / PC World:
Intel Invokes Phi to Reach Exascale Computing by 2018  —  Intel on Monday introduced a high-performance chip family called Xeon Phi, which provides a stepping stone for the company to reach the milestone of creating an exaflop computer by 2018.  —  A chip code-named Knights Corner …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
U.S. Government Requests For Google Users' Private Data Jump 37% In One Year  —  Updated with a correction from Google below.  —  The American government's appetite for Google's data is growing.  —  In the second half of 2011, Google received 6,321 requests that it hand over its users' private data …
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Verizon intros FiOS Quantum, officially priced up to 300Mbps  —  What's faster than FiOS internet service?  FiOS Quantum evidently, as Verizon's latest high-speed internet service gets an official name and pricing.  Effectively doubling every tier — except the entry-level 15/5 …
Wall Street Journal:
Morgan Stanley Was ‘Driver’ on Facebook's Wild IPO Ride  —  In snaring the most coveted investment-banking assignment of the year, Morgan Stanley's Michael Grimes insisted to a senior Facebook Inc. executive that he be the “single driver” of the company's initial public offering …
Evan Rodgers / The Verge:
Bizarre security vulnerability found in every x86-64 Intel processor  —  Given how long 64-bit processors have been on the market, it's a bit surprising to see a vulnerability that takes advantage of AMD's x86-64 instruction set on Intel processors surface this late in the game.
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Arvind Narayanan Isn't Anonymous, and Neither Are You  —  World's Most Wired  —  Arvind Narayanan  —  Arvind Narayanan in his tiny office at Stanford University, where he has been working on a post-doc.  The chair on the desktop at left serves as a makeshift standing-desk for him.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Mobile's newest star Songza is red hot with 1.15 Million iOS downloads in 10 days  —  In 2008, when Aza Raskin and his co-founders decided to call it quits on Humanoid and its best known product, Songza, they got themselves gigs at Mozilla, and they quietly sold the assets of the service to Queens …

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