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June 27, 2012, 3:00 PM

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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 and TV screens with the Nexus Q.  —  Called the first “social streaming player,” the Nexus Q lets people play music, videos, and YouTube clips from the cloud.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Google Tries Something Retro: Made in the U.S.A.  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — Etched into the base of Google's wireless Nexus Q home media player, introduced on Wednesday, is its most intriguing feature.  —  On the underside of the Magic-8-ball-shaped device reads a simple laser-etched inscription: “Designed and Manufactured in the U.S.A.”
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
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Google+ Now Has A Tablet Version, Events, 250M Users, 75M Daily, More Mobile Than Desktop  —  Today at Google I/O, Google announced it has 250 million total users, 175 million monthly users, and 75 million daily users.  It released an Android tablet version too, and an iPad version is coming soon.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Facebook Plans to Speed Up its iPhone App  —  Facebook's iPhone app is slow.  Often painfully slow.  —  On the iTunes app store, out of 38,000 reviews, more than 21,000 customers have given the app a measly single star.  Users repeatedly describing the app as: slow, crashes, stinks, fail and “is always loading.”
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Google Glass launches for US-based I/O attendees- $1,500 and shipping early 2013  —  Today at Google's I/O conference, Sergey Brin took the stage to demo an amazing experience with Google Glass, the company's forthcoming augmented reality project.  But the big news is that …
More: BGR
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 …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Android Reaches 400 Million Device Activations, Adds 1 Million Per Day  —  Here are some big numbers for Google's Android platform out of the company's developer conference today in San Francisco: Android has seen 400 million device activations and is adding 1 million per day.
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.
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.
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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 …
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.
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 …
Ricardo Bilton / VentureBeat:
Google's Cloud Messaging service promises to cut down on developer data use, battery drain  —  At Google's I/O conference today, Google unveiled Cloud Messaging, a developer service aimed at improving app performance and decreasing data consumption.  —  With the move, Google is phasing …
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
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.
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.

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