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June 27, 2012, 12:15 PM

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Clare Jim / Reuters:
Planned Google tablet to rival Amazon: Asustek exec  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc will soon unveil a tablet co-branded with Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc and priced to compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire device, an Asustek executive said on Wednesday.  —  Amazon's Kindle Fire …
Bloomberg:
Google Said To Unveil Tablet At I/O, Taking Aim At IPad  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) plans to unveil a $199 tablet co-branded with Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc. at its developers conference this week, taking direct aim at Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPad, according to two people familiar with the matter.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Wins Injunction Against Samsung's Galaxy Tab  —  Apple has scored a major victory in its pitched patent battle with Samsung.  —  U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh late Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction preventing Samsung from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the United States.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
How Apple won a ban on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1  —  A zig-zag path to victory in a landmark patent infringement case  —  FORTUNE — On Tuesday, a U.S. district court granted Apple's (AAPL) request for a preliminary injunction against Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 — the tablet computer that most closely resembles Apple's iPad.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Strategy Analytics: Apple Has Shipped 250M iPhones, Made $150B In Revenues In The Past 5 Years  —  We know that Apple has been making a killing from the iPhone, with the device reigning as the single-most popular smartphone in a number of markets — despite Android-based handsets collectively having a bigger lead.
Benjamin Jackson / BuzzFeed:
What Developers Thought About WWDC  —  A look at what Apple really did last week.  —  Image by AFP / Getty Images  —  It's been a couple weeks since the close of the Apple World Wide Developer Conference (depending on who you ask, also known as the World Wide Denny's Conference or World Wide Drinking Competition).
Mark Milian / Bloomberg Tech Blog:
Waze to Drive Its Social GPS Software Into Cars This Year  —  Waze's free app for iPhones and Android devices has 19 million users.  —  Waze, which makes one of the most popular GPS applications for smartphones, is planning to break into a platform it hopes will provide greater fuel for its business: the car.
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
European court upholds Microsoft antitrust fine, cuts it down ever so slightly to $1.1 billion  —  In the latest chapter of its long fight against a EU antitrust probe, software giant Microsoft has seen its request to void an earlier imposed fine of 899 million euros declined by Europe's second-highest court.
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
Sirius XM Radio, Howard Stern coming to Google TV  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc is getting help from shock jock Howard Stern to revive its Internet TV software, which has languished since its debut 19 months ago.  —  Satellite radio provider Sirius XM will make all of its programming available on Google TV …
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Introducing the Photos app for Windows 8 … We take a lot of photos that end up in a lot of different places.  Some are on our PCs, others end up on a photo sharing service like Flickr or Facebook, and even more are on our phones—sometimes indefinitely.  How and where we store and share photos …
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
Startup Blue Jeans Networks Nabs $25 Million And Launches A Cool New Service  —  Blue Jeans Networks is absolutely kicking butt in the enterprise video-conferencing scene.  —  Today it announced a third round of financing for $25 million from its previous VC investors, NEA, Accel and Norwest Venture Partners.
Daniel Ruby / Localytics:
App Retention Increasing; iPhone Crushes Android  —  In great news for the mobile app market, app retention rates are improving as app publishers shift from an early focus on “downloads” to more mature customer acquisition and retention models.  The overall app industry improved retention rates 19% over the last year.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Ad Age Survey: Marketers Love Facebook, But Many Have No Idea If Their Ads Work  —  One in Three Aren't Convinced Facebook is Useful in Driving Purchase Intent  —  When it comes to Facebook, the nation's marketers have reached an overwhelming consensus: you simply have to be there.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Battery Ventures Jump-Starts Avalara With $20 Million in Capital  —  Retailers often have a hard time figuring out how much customers need to pay in sales tax.  —  Not only does it depend on what state or country the customer lives in, but now consumers are also increasingly shopping on the phone …
More: GeekWire
Bill Davidow / The Atlantic Online:
What Happened to Silicon Values?  —  Compare Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Page to the founders of Hewlett Packard and Intel, and you'll find a paradigm shift as to how the tech industry treats its customers.  —  The Facebook IPO brought with it a flood of questions about how Silicon Valley has changed over the decades.
Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
HP asks judge to enforce Itanium contract vs. Oracle  —  (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co told a judge on Tuesday that Oracle Corp should be ordered to make its software available on HP's Itanium-based servers for as long as HP sells them.  —  Lawyers for HP and Oracle presented closing arguments …
Ki Mae Heussner / GigaOM:
Former DailyCandy CEO unveils stealth-mode startup LinkSmart  —  Clicking around the Web, you've likely noticed those links in articles that lead to ads or commerce sites.  But LinkSmart, a Boulder, Colo.-based startup launching Wednesday out of stealth mode, has a plan to use in-text links …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
T-Mobile now offering both ‘high-speed’ and throttled mobile broadband plans for business users  —  T-Mobile has just announced revamped mobile broadband data plans that allow business users to choose whether or not they want to be subjected to data throttling when reaching their data cap.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
FB: Underwriters Decidedly Mixed; Possible Miss This Quarter  —  Shares of Facebook (FB) continue to trade down this morning, currently off 47 cents, or 1.5%, at $32.63, though that is a bit better than earlier in the session, following initiations of coverage by the company's …
Nick Perry / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Wozniak, Dotcom slam US piracy case  —  WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak says the U.S. piracy case against Kim Dotcom is “hokey” and a threat to Internet innovation.  —  Wozniak and Dotcom spoke out against the federal case in separate interviews with The Associated Press Wednesday.
More: The Verge
Ki Mae Heussner / GigaOM:
Playing to families, OfferUp takes on Craigslist with mobile marketplace  —  Craigslist and eBay are really getting hit from all sides.  Convinced that they can create better peer-to-peer marketplaces, startups like Grabio, Listia, Hipswap, ShopSavvy and more are lining up to beat the aging Internet giants at their own game.
More: GeekWire and iPhone
Jamillah Knowles / The Next Web:
General Assembly sets up in London to bring New York's new wave education methods to the UK  —  Startup-focused training company, General Assembly has taken up a space at White Bear Yard, Clerkenwell in East London.  It's the second campus in a global takeover that hopes to bring community education options …
More: TechCrunch and Betabeat
Andy Ihnatko:
iCloud and App Store Transition: Yojimbo  —  Today, Bare Bones Software posted an advisory to educate the users of Yojimbo (BB's fab personal data archiver and organizer) about the transition from MobileMe to iCloud: … It's easy for us all to think “Apple has this new iCloud service that's way, way better than MobileMe.

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