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June 27, 2012, 2:00 PM

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Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Live from Google I/O 2012, day one  —  “The first thing you'll notice a stream that's gorgeous.  Text and photos aren't just prominent — they're playful.”  “Think it's the best version of Google+ we're ever designed.”  “You've seen us upgrade our mobile version.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Google makes the Nexus 7 tablet official: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a $199 price (video)  —  Some of the mystery has been taken out of it, but Google has officially taken the wraps off of the Nexus 7, its first reference-grade tablet.  The 7-inch slate is the first and currently …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Google Nexus 7 vs. Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet, and Galaxy Tab 2 7.0  —  As expected, Google unveiled its own 7-inch tablet today at the start of the company's I/O conference.  Asus is helping Google build its tablet, co-branded once it's available in mid-July.
More: Engadget
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
With Sights Dead Set on the Living Room, Google Debuts A Streaming Media Device  —  The battle for your living room rages on.  Touting consoles, boxes and premium content delivery services, companies such as Apple, Microsoft and Amazon continue to jockey for digital supremacy.
Ricardo Bilton / VentureBeat:
Google reveals the Google Nexus Q: a $299 social media streamer powered by Android  —  Not content with tablets and smartphones, Google is taking its Nexus brand to speakers with the Nexus Q.  —  Called the first “social streaming player” the Nexus Q allows users to play music, videos, and YouTube clips from the cloud.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean coming in mid-July with Project Butter UI, Google Now, richer notifications  —  The notifications tray is seeing a pretty major overhaul, too, with expanded Gmail notifications that include a richer preview of unread messages, while also giving you access to more options without needing to open the relevant app.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
T-Mobile USA CEO Philipp Humm Suddenly Resigns  —  Philipp Humm, the CEO of T-Mobile USA, has suddenly resigned, according to the company.  —  Jim Alling, T-Mobile's COO, will take over his duties while a search is under way.  —  In a statement, the company said that Humm is going to pursue …
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.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
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.
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.
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).
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
An App Keeps Spies Away from Your iPhone  —  A cryptography pioneer offers a simple way to fight electronic surveillance.  —  Anytime you use your phone to make a call or send an e-mail or text message, there's a chance it will be intercepted by someone who has access—legal or otherwise—to your providers' servers.
More: BGR
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
More: TechEye and The Verge
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
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iOS 6 Beta Allows Reordering of Icons on Apple TV  —  As noted by MacMagazine.com.br, the latest beta of the iOS 6-based Apple TV software now allows users to reorder the icons on the main menu page.  —  The feature is accessed by holding down the center Select button on the remote for several seconds …
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.

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