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June 27, 2012, 4:45 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.
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.”
Sarah Silbert / Engadget:
Google Nexus Q lets Android owners stream media from the cloud, shipping for $299 in mid-July  —  ...And the Nexus Q is official.  Google's first consumer electronics product is a small, sphere-shaped device that will work with the Nexus 7 tablet and other Android devices to stream media from the cloud.
Scott Lowe / The Verge:
Nexus Q can't be used standalone, powered exclusively by Android devices on the same network  —  With the Nexus Q, Google is planting its flag in the living room, allowing users to share media from Google Play with their home entertainment center.  But unlike its closest competitor …
Jon Phillips / Wired:
Nexus Q Teardown: Dissecting Google's New Streaming Media Orb  —  Splayed out on an operating table with its innards on full display, Nexus Q loses all of it pop-art panache.  But who can resist cracking open the ball to see what makes it tick?  Surely the destruction of one specimen was worth the sacrifice, right?
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 …
The Verge:
Asus Nexus 7 tablet hands-on video and photos  —  There's not that much left to know about the Nexus 7, because all the details leaked out in grand fashion this morning.  Most importantly, the 7-inch tablet will come pre-loaded with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google's latest operating system.
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.
Vic Gundotra / The Official Google Blog:
+1  —  A year ago we started a small project called Google+—to bring friends and family closer together, and to inspire new connections through meaningful conversation.  Today more than 250 million people have upgraded to Google+, and we want to give thanks.  To you.
More: Gmail Blog
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.
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Sergey Brin demos Project Glass on stage at Google I/O  —  It's hard to ignore Google's X Lab-born Project Glass.  News of the slim-lined, scifi goggles' existence first surfaced this past February and it wasn't long after that Mountain View's own elite began to flaunt the heads-up display in public.
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 and I4U News
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.”
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 …
Google Chrome Releases:
Chrome for Android out of Beta!  —  Labels: Chrome for Android, Stable updates  —  The Chrome team is happy to announce the first Stable Channel release of Chrome for Android.  18.0.1025123 is now available for download on Google Play and in the Google Play Store on your mobile devices, on Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, or later.
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.
Jiabei Lei / Google LatLong:
Go offline with Google Maps for Android  —  Having an Internet connection has always been a key requirement for using Google Maps for Android... until now.  —  A few weeks ago we told you that offline Google Maps for Android was coming.  Now, you can download the latest version of the app in Google Play …
More: The Verge and Engadget
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Google Earth 7.0 for Android brings new, super-detailed 3D maps for some cities  —  Here's a bit of a surprise that slipped under the radar during the Google I/O keynote: Google Earth for Android has been updated to 7.0 to take advantage of the new 3D map technology it unveiled at another special event just a few weeks ago.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
The Latest Project From Siri-Creator SRI: Lola, An Intelligent Banking Assistant  —  I just got out of a meeting at SRI International, where representatives from both SRI and international banking group BBVA showed off something they've been working on for the past couple of years.

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