Today in Tech: Microsoft buys Yammer for $1.2 billion

June 26, 2012, 4:30 PM UTC

News Corp. may split into two businesses; Apple employees respond to a recent New York Times Apple Store story. 

News Corp. mulls splitting in two [THE WALL STREET JOURNAL]

The split would carve off News Corp.’s film and television businesses, including 20th Century Fox film studio, Fox broadcast network and Fox News channel from its newspapers, book publishing assets and education businesses. News Corp.’s publishing assets include The Wall Street Journal, the Times of London and the Australian newspaper, as well as HarperCollins book publishing.

The unedited Q&A: Apple retail employees respond to NYT’s profile, share life from inside the Apple Store [9 to 5 MAC]

Over the weekend, The New York Times profiled Apple’s retail operations and controversially touched upon Apple’s retail employees. … As you will read, some responses defend and agree with The New York Times, and some reflect it by praising Apple and the opportunities that the company has provided them. The common theme, though, is that many (not all, some completely agree with the NYT) employees seem to agree that Apple retail has provided them with incredible benefits and opportunities that set it apart (positively) from any other retail organization.

And the winner of the next social networking jackpot is… [WIRED]

Earlier this month, spent $689 million to buy Buddy Media, which makes Facebook tools for interacting with customers. Oracle last month bought Virtue, which helps companies coordinate social network posts, for $300 million. And analysts expect acquisitions of “Facebook for business” plays to continue. So who will be next to score in the social-meets-business lottery? Here’s a shortlist of top contenders…

How many computers to identify a cat? 16,000 [THE NEW YORK TIMES]

The research is representative of a new generation of computer science that is exploiting the falling cost of computing and the availability of huge clusters of computers in giant data centers. It is leading to significant advances in areas as diverse as machine vision and perception, speech recognition and language translation.

Microsoft buys Yammer for $1.2 billion [ZDNET]

Yammer will join the Microsoft Office Division, led by division President Kurt DelBene, and the team will continue to report to current Yammer CEO David Sacks, according to a Microsoft statement

Nexus 7: This is Google’s new Nexus tablet [GIZMODO AUSTRALIA]

As rumoured, Google’s going to announce a 7-inch, Nexus-branded tablet called the Nexus 7. According to the leak, it’s built by Asus, with a 1.3Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, GeForce 12-core GPU and 1GB of RAM with two different storage variants: 8GB and 16GB. The Nexus tablet will also feature NFC and run Google Wallet (probably only in the US) and Android Beam.