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June 24, 2013, 10:50 PM

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds iOS 7 Beta 2 to Developers with iPad and iPad Mini Support  —  Two weeks after Apple released the first beta version of iOS 7 following its unveiling at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple has just released a second beta for testing.
Michael Steeber / 9to5Mac:
Hands-on video: Apple's iOS 7 for iPad  —  Earlier today, Apple launched new beta releases of both iOS 7 for iPhone/iPod touch and the iPad.  We have provided full screenshot tours and change logs for the need software seeds.  Additionally, we have created the video below that demonstrates how iOS 7 works on the iPad.
USA Today:
Pink Floyd: Pandora's Internet radio royalty ripoff  —  Internet radio companies are trying to trick artists into supporting their own pay cut.  —  Great music can inspire deep emotions, and businesses have long sought to harness this power in order to make money.
Malathi Nayak / Reuters:
Microsoft to bring Xbox and PC games to Apple, Android phones: report  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp will offer its console and computer games for Apple Inc's iPhone and other smartphone platforms this fiscal year, through a tie-up with Japanese smartphone game maker Klab Inc, the Nikkei said on Monday.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Snapchat Closes $60 Million Round Led by IVP, Now at 200 Million Daily Snaps  —  Snapchat, the ephemeral messaging service that has grown extremely popular over the past year, has closed its $60 million dollar Series B round of venture funding, the company announced on Monday morning.
Kim Yoo-chul / The Korea Times:
Samsung to close desktop business  —  Samsung Electronics has decided to ditch its unprofitable desktop PC business and devote itself to tablet computers and all-in-one laptops, company officials said Monday.  —  “Demand for conventional desktop PCs is going down,” said a Samsung Electronics official.
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Gigabit Seattle pricing revealed — less than Comcast, more than Google  —  The first broadband provider piggybacking on Seattle's government network announced today that it will charge $80 per month for the ultrafast service it will begin offering in pockets of the city this fall.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Oracle partners with Microsoft to let its customers run software on Hyper-V and Azure; Java support coming soon  —  Microsoft and Oracle today announced that they are putting their differences aside to strike a strategic partnership in the cloud enterprise space.
Scott Buscemi / 9to5Mac:
Siri takes initiative to learn how to pronounce names in iOS 7  —  When Siri first launched, many users found lots of names were pronounced incorrectly and couldn't do much beyond adding phonetic spellings manually for each contact.  With iOS 7, it appears that Siri can now take initiative for learning proper pronunciations.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Just in time for Google Reader's demise, beloved RSS reader NetNewsWire launches open beta  —  In just a couple of weeks, Google will shut the door on Reader forever.  But now a local reader alternative is coming back with a vengeance and, eventually, with syncing between Mac, iPhone and iPad.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's Prototype iPhone 5S Based on New A7 Chip  —  Last week, we shared a pair of photos of Apple's upcoming iPhone 5S, revealing a few details such as a larger-capacity battery and a new dual-LED flash system for the rear camera.  At the time, we had some questions about the main chip from the device …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Customized Tablet For Restaurants E La Carte Raises $13.5M From Intel Capital And Others  —  E la Carte, a company that develops a tableside tablet for the restaurant and related hospitality industries, has raised $13.5 million in Series B funding led by Intel Capital with participation from Romulus Capital.
Wall Street Journal:
Disney, Sony Experiment in Korea With Early Video on Demand  —  Big Studios' Korea Experiment Rents Movies on Demand While Still in Theaters  —  Two Hollywood studios have quietly begun testing a controversial business model in South Korea after years of failed efforts in the U.S. …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Fab.com's Ascent to $1 Billion Valuation Brings Missteps  —  Fab.com Inc., valued at more than $1 billion dollars after just two years in existence, is suffering growing pains from its rapid expansion as it applies a culture of meticulous control to a global business.
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
Demand Media acquires e-commerce marketplace for $94 million  —  (Reuters) - Demand Media, the owner of content websites eHow, Livestrong and Cracked, said on Monday it had acquired the e-commerce marketplace Society6 for $94 million in cash and stock as the company diversifies its business model.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Bing For Schools Will Strip Out All Ads, Beef Up Privacy Protections And Adult Content Filtering  —  Bing is taking a step to hep make its products more appealing for school-age children, with Bing For Schools, an opt-in program targeting K-12 institutions launching later this year.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, 8.0 and 7.0 Coming To The U.S. July 7 For $399, $299 And $199  —  Samsung's new Galaxy Tab 3 line has been official for a little while now, but U.S. availability and pricing was up in the air until today.  The relatively cheap tablets are going to be $199 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Device Shipments Up 6% To 2.4B In 2013, Driven By Android Smartphones, Tablets Amid More PC Decline  —  Gartner today has released its latest figures charting its overall predictions for how IT devices — from PCs to mobile handsets — are going to perform this year and in 2014.

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