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June 18, 2012, 4:35 PM

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Mary Jo Foley / CNET:
Xbox Surface?  More rumors ahead of today's reveal  —  Alleged spec sheets mentioning a new Xbox controller have surfaced, just ahead of a ‘big’ mystery Microsoft announcement in Los Angeles.  Yes, I said I was done guessing what Microsoft might announce today in Los Angeles.
Damaster / LiveSide.net:
Xbox Surface: Specifications of a new tablet device leaked  —  Xbox Surface SpecsOnly a few days after the alleged documentations of the Xbox 720, Kinect v2, and Kinect Glasses were leaked, today another document detailing the specifications for a tablet device named Xbox Surface has leaked.
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Microsoft Sets Event For Milk Studios In Hollywood  —  Microsoft has disclosed that today's mysterious product launch event scheduled for Los Angeles this afternoon will be held at Milk Studios in Hollywood.  —  Doos open at 3:30 p.m.; I would imagine the event itself will start a little after that.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Gil Hirsch / face.com:
Awesome News - Facebook Acquires Face.com  —  Facebook has acquired Face.com!  Our mission is and has always been to find new and exciting ways to make face recognition a fun, engaging part of people's lives, and incorporate remarkable technology into everyday consumer products.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook Scoops Up Face.com For ~$100M To Bolster Its Facial Recognition Tech  —  After about a month of speculation, Facebook has finally announced its acquisition of Israeli facial recognition technology Face.com.  —  We've heard from multiple sources that the acquisition price was around $100m …
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 …
Mg Siegler / TechCrunch:
The MacBook Pro Strikes Back (With Retina Power)  —  It was nearly two years ago that I said goodbye to my MacBook Pro.  I loved the device, but the new MacBook Air was that good.  My Pro — which was only six months old at the time! — seemed like total overkill for my computing needs.
More: MacRumors and Fortune
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.
Matt Thompson / The Mozilla Blog:
Introducing Thimble: webmaking made easy  —  Today we are proud to launch a new Mozilla Webmaker app to the world.  Meet Thimble, the new tool that makes it incredibly simple for anyone to create and share their own web pages and other projects in minutes.  —  Thimble is webmaking made easy.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Sonos Raises $135 Million From KKR, Redpoint, Elevation  —  Wireless music systems maker Sonos has a round of primary and secondary financing of $135 million, a figure that is more than double what it has previously raised in total, according to sources close to the situation.
More: VentureBeat, Bits and GigaOM
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 …
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
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
It's Official: Michael Barrett Talks About New Job as Yahoo Ad Czar  —  Yahoo has confirmed that it has hired Google ad exec Michael Barrett as its new chief of revenue.  —  As I reported earlier, Barrett will be in charge of advertising revenue and operations worldwide at the Silicon Valley Internet giant …
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Where LinkedIn is headed next  —  CEO Jeff Weiner discussed the volatility of the stock's first year, as well as the company's plans for future growth. … ADAM LASHINSKY: Okay, so extremely exciting time here a year after your IPO.  IPOs are all the rage again with Facebook's IPO.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Ikea TV goes on sale in Europe, comes with DVR add-on  —  Ikea's Uppleva TV is arriving in select European Ikea stores and the company just shared some more technical data about the device, revealing that it will also be able to record programming on separately sold flash memory.
More: The Verge and Gizmodo
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 …
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Ex-Facebookers launch MemSQL to make your database fly  —  With Facebook engineers, it appears the high-performance database apple doesn't far fall from the tree.  On Monday, former Facebookers Eric Frenkiel and Nikita Shamgunov (who also spent six years as a senior engineer on Microsoft SQL Server) …
More: DBMS 2
Urvaksh Karkaria / Atlanta Business Chronicle:
Atlanta's AutoTrader.com files for $300M IPO … Nearly a year after I reported that AutoTrader.com was revving toward an IPO, the online auto marketplace has put the speculation to rest.  —  AutoTrader Group Inc. on June 15 disclosed plans for a $300 million IPO in a Securities and Exchange Commission
Andrew Keen / CNN:
Should we fear mind-reading future tech?  —  Editor's note: Andrew Keen is a British-American entrepreneur and professional skeptic.  He is the author of “The Cult of the Amateur,” and “Digital Vertigo.”  Follow @ajkeen on Twitter.  —  (CNN) — I know where to find the future.
Thanks:@loic
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 …

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