June 25, 2013, 6:10 PM

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Rahul Sood / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Announcing Microsoft Ventures for startups to build, innovate and grow  —  The following is a post from Rahul Sood, general manager of Microsoft Startups.  —  Entrepreneurship is an increasingly global phenomenon.  We know that the barriers to turn an idea into a business have never been lower.
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Barnes & Noble Reports $118.6M Loss On Revenue Of $1.3B In Q4, Plans To Open Nook Brand To Tablet OEMs  —  Barnes & Noble reported its fiscal fourth quarter earnings this morning, and the financials make it clear that the company is still struggling to figure out how it fits into the larger digital reading ecosystem.
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Exclusive: Samsung in talks to settle EU antitrust case -sources  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics is in early talks with the EU regulator to settle charges that its use of injunctions against arch rival Apple breached antitrust rules, two people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft to launch web-based version of Xbox Music next week  —  When we first heard Microsoft's plans for Xbox Music, there was a mention of web, iOS, and Android versions.  Next week the software maker will launch a web version of Xbox Music so that subscribers can access the service across various platforms from a browser.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
From The Team Behind Branch, Potluck Is A New Link-Sharing Service For The Internet's “Lurkers” Who Don't Tweet Or Blog  —  The team behind the social conversation platform Branch is today launching a new venture with Potluck, a service which seems almost the complete inverse …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
A Year After Microsoft Bought It, Yammer Nears 8M Users, Deeper MSFT Integration... And Klout  —  One year to the day after Microsoft announced that it would acquire enterprise social networking tool Yammer for $1.2 billion, the pair are today publishing some updated usage numbers and news …
Jason Goldberg / betashop:
What It's Really Like To Work @Fab  —  Readers of this blog know that we pride ourselves on our transparency here at Fab.  —  To that end, I wanted to take a moment to clear up some misconceptions about how we work at Fab.  —  A Bloomberg article yesterday put forth some blatant misrepresentations about Fab.
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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Sprint shareholders approve SoftBank takeover  —  SoftBank's efforts to purchase Sprint got one step closer to completion on Tuesday, as Sprint's shareholders overwhelmingly approved the proposed purchase.  Sprint says that about 98 percent of the votes cast at a special shareholders meeting were in favor of SoftBank's offer.
Don Clark / Digits:
Oracle Forges Cloud Deal With  — and Oracle on Tuesday unveiled a nine-year technology alliance under which the two companies will align their cloud operations.  —, known for offering sales and marketing software through an online service …
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Mozilla launches Firefox 22 with 3D gaming, video calls and file sharing to court developers  —  Mozilla has released a new version of its Firefox Web browser today that offers support for 3D gaming, video calls, and file sharing.  With these integrations, developers will be better able …
Samsung Beats Apple in Japanese Patent Suit on Syncing  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) lost its appeal in a Japan lawsuit claiming that Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) infringed a patent for synchronizing music and video data on its Galaxy smartphones and tablets with servers.
Jenna Wortham / NYT Bits:
Instagram Video and the Death of Fantasy  —  Over the weekend, I went to a sunset picnic on a rooftop in Brooklyn.  The evening couldn't have been more picturesque — a group of stylish women chatting and lounging on blankets, framed against a lavender and glittering cityscape.
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
Biba Comes Out Of Stealth With $15M In Funding For Mobile-First, Password-Free Conferencing And Messaging Service  —  The smartphone is changing how people work but so far the applications for web conferencing have not taken much of a mobile-first approach.  Biba, a new company coming out of stealth …
Timothy B. Lee / Wonkblog:
One of the worst patents ever just got upheld in court  —  Forget patenting an invention.  These days, companies patent conceptual categories for future inventions.  —  During the first dot-com boom, Amazon famously patented the concept of buying things online with one click.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
How Sony's SmartWatch 2 Stacks Up To The Pebble And The MetaWatch Strata  —  Sony's first go at the smartwatch mostly went unnoticed - a lot of people, myself included, had to be reminded of its existence when the Pebble made big waves for its huge Kickstarter funding success.

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