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June 12, 2013, 5:50 PM

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Lana Lam / South China Morning Post:
Edward Snowden: US government has been hacking Hong Kong and China for years  —  US whistle-blower Edward Snowden yesterday emerged from hiding in Hong Kong and revealed to the South China Morning Post that he will stay in the city to fight likely attempts by his government to have him extradited for leaking state secrets.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Aiming for the Real-Time Interest Graph, Facebook to Introduce Hashtags  —  Imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery.  And Twitter should be very flattered right now.  —  As we reported in March, Facebook plans to introduce the hashtag symbol to its network …
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Rubinstein on HP's purchase of Palm: ‘Talk about a waste’  —  with former Palm chief Jon Rubinstein … FierceWireless: What are you doing now?  How do you spend your time?  —  Rubinstein: I'm on two boards.  I'm on Amazon and Qualcomm.  And there's a logic behind those two boards.
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
This is the HTC One Mini  —  The leaks are true: HTC's rumored M4 is indeed the One Mini.  We know because a trusted source in possession of the “petite” 4.3-inch handset has fed us a direct image, while also confirming some specs.  From what we've seen, the few renders and blurrycam shots …
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Xbox chief: we have a product for people who can't get online, it's called Xbox 360  —  Did you think the Xbox 360 was being kept around just for the budget market?  It turns out Microsoft's got another sort of customer in mind for the revamped last-gen hardware: the crews of nuclear submarines.
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
IBM Said to Start U.S. Job Cuts Today Amid Global Reduction  —  International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) began cutting U.S. jobs today as part of a plan announced in April to spend $1 billion globally to trim its workforce, according to a person familiar with the move.
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Mario Aguilar / Gizmodo:
ESPN Is Killing 3D Broadcasts By the End of the Year  —  ESPN will kill 3D TV by the end of the year.  We reached out to ESPN, and the company confirmed rumors, citing lackluster adoption of the technology.  This is huge news considering the huge investment that TV manufacturers and broadcasters have made to try to bolster the tech.
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
Samsung's Galaxy S4 Zoom official: 16-megapixel cameraphone with 10x optical zoom  —  Samsung is taking the wraps off its new Galaxy S4 Zoom variant today, the latest in a series of spinoffs for its flagship handset.  The phone features a 10x optical zoom lens in front of its 16-megapixel CMOS sensor …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Ashton Kutcher's ‘Jobs’ to open nationwide on August 16th following a four-month delay  —  Early impressions of the Ashton Kutcher-led Jobs were decidedly mixed, but you'll soon get an opportunity to judge the Steve Jobs biopic for yourself.  According to Deadline, Open Road Films has announced …
Nitasha Tiku / Valleywag:
TechStars NY Fires Their Managing Director Right Before Demo Day  —  It sounds like the accelerator bubble is constricting right on schedule.  According to an email obtained by Valleywag, Eugene Chung, who was hired to replace David Tisch as managing director of TechStars New York in January, has been fired.
Zach Kahn / 9to5Mac:
iOS 7 to include support for standardized, MFi hardware game controllers, new turn-based game modes, & more for gamers  —  In what seems to be an announcement lost within the buzz of iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks (amongst other WWDC news), Apple will finally open up the iOS SDK …
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Fertile Ground  —  One of my favorite patterns in our industry is when the old and established are wiped out by disruption, irrelevance, or changing fashions.  Like a forest fire, clearing out the old is very destructive and shouldn't be taken lightly.  But what's left behind is a clean slate and immense opportunity.

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