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June 21, 2012, 1:15 PM

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Surface: Between a Rock and a Hardware Place  —  Watching the Microsoft Surface event video, I sensed uneasiness.  Not panic, but discomfort.  Some will argue that I'm simply spoiled by Apple's on-stage polish, but Monday's Microsoft event struck me as rushed and severely under-rehearsed.
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
One Windows to rule them all  —  As far back as the late '80s, Bill Gates has floated the idea of “Windows Everywhere.”  The idea, as you can probably guess, is to put a Windows operating system on any and all devices with a CPU somewhere under the hood.  At the New York PC Expo in 1997 …
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Is the Most Exciting Company in Tech, Hands Down  —  I never thought I'd ever hear myself utter such words post-1995.  But after Monday's reveal of the Surface tablet—complete with an ultra-thin, pressure-sensitive keyboard cover and the most discrete integrated kickstand ever …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
HTC's Windows Phone 8 roadmap: ‘Zenith’ flagship, ‘Accord’ midrange, and ‘Rio’ entry-level models  —  After yesterday's official look at Windows Phone 8 from Microsoft, we've received some details from a knowledgeable source on exactly what HTC — arguably the most important Windows Phone 8 licensee right …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Why Windows Phone 8 means the BlackBerry is doomed  —  Enterprise features and mobile device management may cut off RIM's air supply.  —  As Microsoft Corporate VP for Windows Phone Terry Myerson and others from Microsoft and Nokia took the stage at the Windows Phone Summit in San Francisco …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft sends takedown notice to sites hosting Xbox 720 doc, including Dropbox  —  A massive 56-page document on Microsoft's “Xbox 720” plans surfaced on the internet over the weekend, revealing some potential ideas around Kinect Glasses and more.  The document itself was hosted on Scribd …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: The New iPhone Will Have A 19-Pin “Mini” Connector  —  Although the form factor and actual size are still unknown, TechCrunch has independently verified that Apple is working on adding a 19-pin port, replacing the current 30-pin port, to the new iPhone.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Sneak peek: This is Kim Dotcom's new Megabox service  —  MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom may have had most of his assets seized as part of his indictment for criminal copyright infringement in January, but that apparently hasn't stopped him from working on his next venture.
More: TorrentFreak and WebProNewsTweets: @kimdotcom
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Review: The 2012 MacBook Air soars with Ivy Bridge  —  New Air may look the same, but performance has surged ahead in just one year.  —  Another year, another MacBook Air.  Apple's lightweight machine has come a long way since it was first released in 2008.
More: The Verge
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Tumblr releases revamped iOS app with new layout, offline mode, support for high-res images and Spotify  —  Tumblr has introduced version 3.0.0 of its iOS app which features a raft of changes included a revamped dashboard, support for high-resolution images and Spotify, a new image viewer and offline support.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Apps Rule!  Wooga No Longer Distributing HTML5 Games on Facebook.  —  Wooga, a German-based social game developer, said it will no longer use Facebook to distribute its mobile games, after conducting a six-month long experiment on its HTML5 platform.  —  The decision is yet another blow …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Twitter to expand advertising rollout  —  Latin America and western Europe to be the first to get promoted tweets as network ramps up efforts to generate revenue  —  Twitter has unveiled an aggressive expansion of its advertising products, with a rollout planned to 50 countries by the end of the year.
More: AllTwitter and WebProNewsTweets: @jack
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Endangered Languages Project: Google Wants To Save 3,000 Languages Under Threat (Thanks Partly To Google)  —  Google, along with other major forces of our dot-com times, has played a huge part in making English the lingua franca of the Internet, but today brings news of an effort it's making to counterbalance that, at least a little.
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
ACTA fails to gain ITC approval, MEPs vote to reject controversial piracy treaty  —  The controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has been rejected by the International Trade Committee.  Made up of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), the committee voted 19 against and 12 in favor with no abstentions.
Steven Musil / CNET:
Larry Ellison buys most of Hawaiian island of Lanai  —  Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has bought himself quite a view on Lanai — as well as most of the island.  —  (Credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority)  —  Larry Ellison has closed a deal to buy most the Hawaiian island of Lanai for an undisclosed sum.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Opinion: EFF should call for the elimination of software patents  —  The group's patent reform ideas are a good start, but don't go far enough.  —  As recently as 2010, Justice Kennedy seemed unaware that software patents were controversial.  —  The Electronic Frontier Foundation announced …
Darrell Etherington / BetaKit:
CloudOn Raises $16M to Go Beyond Office for iPad Success  —  Palo Alto startup CloudOn today announced the successful close of a $16 million Series B round, led by The Social+Capital Partnership, and including TransLink Capital as well as existing investors Foundation Capital and Rembrandt Venture Partners.
Darrell Etherington / BetaKit:
HighScore House Launches FamJam App to Help Kids and Families Connect  —  Montreal-based HighScore House, the startup aimed at helping kids generate enthusiasm for chores through gamification, today launched its latest app.  FamJam, the new app, takes the company in a different direction …
More: TechCrunch
Wall Street Journal:
After Facebook, Lawmakers Call for IPO Revamp  —  A bipartisan group of lawmakers called on regulators to overhaul the way initial public offerings are conducted, concerned that last month's flubbed stock sale by Facebook Inc. shows the current system unfairly punishes small investors.
More: CNET and bizjournals

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