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June 21, 2012, 10:00 AM

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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.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Who will be Microsoft's Tim Cook?  —  As previously noted, Apple has overtaken Microsoft (and Google) in operating margin percentage.  This is an astonishing statistic as Apple is still largely perceived to be a “hardware company” while Microsoft is a “software company” and Google is a “services company.”
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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:
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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.
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Microsoft demurs at Motorola patent settlement offer  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp has brushed off an offer by Motorola, the phone maker bought by Google Inc, to settle patent disputes with Motorola that are threatening to halt imports of Android devices and Xbox game consoles into the United States.
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
Andrew Rothbart / Facebook Developer Blog:
Bringing Like to Mobile  —  People share content on the web every day using the Like button.  While this has been a key part of how people share, mobile apps have not been able to integrate the functionality.  Now they can.  —  The new Open Graph built-in like action makes it easier for people to share content from your app.
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.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Enterprise Apps Worth $120 Billion This Year, Gartner Reckons  —  Spending by companies on enterprise software applications will amount to more than $120 billion, according to a forecast by the market research firm Gartner, which amounts to growth of about 4 percent over last year.
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.
Chromium Blog:
Customer Feedback Improvements in the Chrome Web Store  —  As Chrome Web Store apps and extensions have become more popular, users have been generating a large amount of reviews and feedback for developers.  Until now, there was no way to separate a user's review of an app's features and quality …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
A First Exit For One of Thiel's 20 Under 20: GigLocator Sells To Brooklyn Bowl's Peter Shapiro  —  That didn't take long.  Just a week after Peter Thiel's foundation announced its second class of fellows, its first one just had its first exit.  —  James Proud, who hails from South London …
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Amateur Hour: New Crowdinvesting Rules Mean Everyone Can Play Venture Capitalist  —  It was glaringly sunny in Washington, D.C., on April 5, the day President Barack Obama signed the JOBS Act, and there was some confusion as to the location of the afterparty.
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 …
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Russian revolution as sales club KupiVIP raises $38m  —  The hotly-tipped Russian shopping club KupiVIP has cemented its position as one of the country's rising stars, raising another $38 million in funding to help grow its business.  —  In an announcement on Thursday …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Surprising Anti-Big Brother Surveillance Patent  —  One of the most surprising patents ever to be granted to Apple has been made public today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.  It is one of the most interesting patents that I have ever read.

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