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9:25 AM ET, June 28, 2011

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The HP TouchPad Will Come With Its Own Facebook Tablet App (Leaked Pics)  —  The world has been waiting for an official Facebook tablet app, and waiting, and waiting.  But that app may not appear on the iPad first (although Facebook is working on an iPad app for sure).
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Austin Carr / Fast Company:
HP: TouchPad's WebOS Threatens Android, Apple iOS  —  Richard Kerris, the former Apple exec, is gliding through his presentation of HP's TouchPad.  As the current VP of worldwide developer relations for WebOS, the slick software giving life to HP's latest mobile devices …
Discussion: parislemon
Joe Pollicino / Engadget:
HP TouchPad veers into stores early, flaunts its webOS moves (video)  —  Dying to get your hands on HP's TouchPad before it's available on July 1st?  According to Pre Central, a visit to either Best Buy or Walmart may afford you the opportunity.  During the past few days …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Quietly Rolls Out WDYL.com: A Range Of Google Product Results On One Page  —  This morning, we got tipped to check out wdyl.com.  The tipster noted that it was apparently a new Google site attempting to “create a unified UI to search in multiple channels”.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google now activates 500,000 Android devices every day  —  Google's Android chief Andy Rubin tweeted this morning to announce that Google is now activating 500,000 devices each day, a 100,000 increase since it's last announcement at Google I/O in May.  —  Rubin's tweet also states …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Google's first Ice Cream Sandwich phone to be manufactured by Samsung, possibly dubbed ‘Nexus Prime’  —  We exclusively reported details of Google's first Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone — either a Nexus device, or a “pure Google” flagship handset from one of Google's key partners …
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Awais Imran / Redmond Pie:
Nexus Prime Is Google's Next Flagship Superphone; 1.5 GHz, Super AMOLED HD Display And Android …
Discussion: PhoneDog.com and Computerworld
Kristen Purcell / Pew Internet:
E-reader ownership doubles in six months  —  e-Reader ownership surges since last November; tablet ownership grows more slowly  —  The share of adults in the United States who own an e-book reader doubled to 12% in May, 2011 from 6% in November 2010.  E-readers, such as a Kindle or Nook …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
MySpace Layoffs Rumored for This Week  —  We hear MySpace's Southern California offices are thick with rumors that the social network is planning some serious bloodletting this week.  Scary as that sounds, some employees are apparently looking forward to the layoffs.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Myspace Expected To Lay Off At Least 150 Employees On Wednesday
Discussion: VentureBeat and Neowin.net
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
The Fastest Mobile Networks 2011  —  PCMag hit the road to test eight 3G and 4G networks in 21 U.S. cities.  Before you buy your next phone or tablet, find out which wireless carrier has the fastest data network where you live.  —  With smartphone innovation moving at a breakneck pace …
Laura June / This is my next:
Sony VAIO Z debuts in Europe: external GPU, Light Peak, and new look included  —  Sony Europe has just announced full details of its brand new 13.1-inch VAIO Z, and it's a real looker.  The big news here is the external GPU and optical drive, or what Sony's calling the Power Media Dock.
Angela Watercutter / Epicenter:
All-You-Can-Watch MoviePass Brings Netflix Model to Theaters  —  Updated: Information on 3-D and Imax pricing and a comment from an analyst were added to this story June 27, 2011, at 11:20 a.m. Pacific.  —  MoviePass, a new $50-per-month service for film fans, will let subscribers watch unlimited movies …
Discussion: Gizmodo, CNET News, GottaBeMobile and GigaOM
Kari Wilson / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
+1 around the world  —  A few months ago we released the +1 button on English search results on google.com.  More recently, we've made the +1 button available to sites across the web, making it easy for the people who love your content to recommend it on Google search.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The iPhone at four; growing up or just growing?  —  Ever since the iPhone launched four years ago (to the day), the question on everyone's mind has been: When will Apple expand the portfolio to reach into all market segments?  I remember thinking in 2007 whether it would be in six months …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
(Not so) Crazy Microsoft Rumors: Windows 8 to RTM in April 2012  —  It's been a while since I blogged about another of my (not so) crazy Microsoft rumors.  It's also been a while since I've heard any kind of an update on Windows 8 timing.  In that spirit — here's the latest …
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7.5 Mango in-depth preview (video)  —  Make no mistake, Microsoft isn't playing coy in the smartphone market any longer.  The folks in Redmond are making a significant jump forward in the mobile arena, announcing that the upcoming version of Windows Phone, codenamed “Mango,” …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
FCC competition report says nothing with a lot of data  —  Sometimes it's not what you say but what you don't say that matters, and in today's release of its annual wireless competition report (PDF link), the silence of the Federal Communications Commission speaks volumes.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
OpenCandy's Pokki Brings Web Apps To The Desktop, With Style  —  “The future is the web.”  So goes the mantra that seems to be echoing throughout Google, Facebook, and plenty of smaller tech companies that view the web as the solution to sidestep the fragmentation created by native app platforms.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Opera Hits 200 Million Users; Debuts A New Featherweight Look And More In Version 11.5  —  When you're in fifth place in the browser races, there's room to be a little goofy.  That's why it can be a pleasure to read the releases coming from Opera Software, the quirky Oslo-based company responsible …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Massive Solar Flare Of Activity Pushes Tumblr To 400 Million Pageviews A Day  —  Last month, founder David Karp noted that Tumblr was now seeing over 250 million pageviews a day.  As we noted, that was incredible since as recently as July of 2009, they were seeing 250 million pageviews for the entire month.
Discussion: @ia
Jane L. Levere / New York Times:
The Virtual Hotel Concierge  —  Some hotels have begun to expand the definition of concierge to mean more than just a knowledgeable employee.  It now can also mean smart digital devices.  Software companies are creating programs that offer information like restaurant tips …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Hulu Buyers Would Get Exclusive Content, With Strings Attached  —  A few days after the news first broke that Hulu is for sale, we know a bit more about what, exactly, that means.  Here's where things stand right now.  —  Hulu's owner/partners — Disney's ABC and News Corp.'s Fox …
James Kanter / New York Times:
Google Threatened With $421 Million Claim in France  —  BRUSSELS — An Internet company in France says it will seek heavy damages from Google in what it says is the largest claim of its kind in Europe against the American giant.  —  The action, which the company, 1plusV …
Discussion: paidContent, Bloomberg and The Next Web
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide enjoys US release, claims to be best cameraphone ever  —  T-Mobile USA has confirmed the leaks and rumours that it's launching the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide on Tuesday morning in America bringing a slide out keyboard to the HTC Sensation already available in the UK and the US.
Electronista:
Acer lowering notebook shipments too as iPad bites deeper  —  Acer summer notebook shipments drop too  —  Acer's significantly lowered estimates include full-size notebooks as well, part suppliers divulged Monday night.  The PC builder is now planning to drop its total notebook shipments from 6.4 million to 5.4 million.
Discussion: DigiTimes
 
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
TomTom lowers guidance again as customers seek cheap, converged navigation solutions
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Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Acer's AC700 Chromebook coming to the US this month for $350, 3G model arriving later this summer
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Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Exclusive: Yahoo launching Hadoop spinoff this week
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PayPal Hits 100 Million Active Users
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