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June 28, 2012, 1:10 PM

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Bloomberg:
Apple Said To Prepare ITunes Changes To Improve Sharing  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) plans an overhaul of iTunes that would mark one of the largest changes to the world's biggest music store since its 2003 debut, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter.
Erica Ogg / GigaOM:
Why Apple has to iCloud-ify the next version of iTunes  —  The next version of iTunes is getting a pretty dramatic makeover, according to a brief report published Wednesday evening by Bloomberg.  The changes will reportedly be the biggest the software has seen and will be implemented before the end of the year.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
The next platform war: Google play vs. Apple iTunes  —  The battle to become the dominant one-click entertainment shopping mall begins  —  FORTUNE — The consensus among analysts the day after Google's (GOOG) jam-packed I/O keynote is that Apple (AAPL) doesn't have much to fear from the hardware unveiled on Wednesday.
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Brian Klug / AnandTech:
Google Nexus 7 and Android 4.1 - Mini Review  —  The fact that Google launched a 7" tablet by ASUS isn't a particularly huge surprise, given that ASUS showed off the Eee Pad Memo back at CES.  The story goes that Google liked that particular tablet so much, it became slotted in to become …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Google's Andy Rubin and Asus' Jonney Shih on How They Cooked Up the Nexus 7  —  Building the Nexus 7 tablet was no easy task, says Asus Chairman Jonney Shih.  —  First off, Google gave the company only four months to build the product.  Then there was the task of building a high-end tablet that could sell for just $200.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google vs everyone: an epic war on many fronts  —  June, it seems, is the season for new product announcements in Silicon Valley.  At its annual WWDC shindig, Apple announced a slew of new products including its hot-new Macbook Pro with Retina display and iOS 6.
Rocky Agrawal / VentureBeat:
Threat level Google I/O: Which companies have the most to fear  —  In day one of its Google I/O developer conference yesterday, Google upped the ante with many long-term foes and entered some new spaces.  —  The company announced the latest version of Android, Jelly Bean.
Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
Megaupload Search Warrants Ruled Illegal by High Court  —  A case that seemed, just 5 months ago, to be a veritable David and Goliath fight is certainly living up to its billing.  —  The battle between Megaupload (David) and the US Government and the MPAA (Goliath) started out with a flurry …
The Verge:
Live from Google I/O's day two keynote  —  And we're in!  The way is shut.  It was made by those who develop Chrome.... We are still waiting on the door, is what I am saying.  We're queued up.  Today's line is considerably saner than yesterday's.
Peter Ha / TechCrunch:
Project Glass Is The Future Of Google  —  Over the last few years one could easily say that Google had lost their way.  They were no longer known for search.  Somehow they'd turned into a company that acquired a series of nonsensical entities, launched half baked products that eventually hit …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Google to merge Hangouts, Talk & Messenger  —  Google is working on unifying its various real-time messaging applications across all devices, and the result could be a unified messenger that allows you to do one-on-one chats as well as group video Hangouts.  That's the major news out of a session …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
RIM Earnings Preview: “Terrible With a Scoop of Worse”  —  Research In Motion has seen its BlackBerry revenues fall year over year for three consecutive quarters.  When the company reports earnings on Thursday afternoon, it will almost certainly become four.
Rands In Repose:
Someone is Coming to Eat You  —  One of my favorite Apple product announcements happened on September 7, 2005.  In an Apple music event announcement, Steve Jobs got on stage, gave the usual state of the business update, and then he did something I'd never seen before.  He killed a wildly successful product.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft details its Windows 8 upgrade plans  —  Summary: Microsoft is getting closer to the Windows 8 finish line, and is finalizing details like its upgrade paths from older Windows releases to the coming version.  —  Microsoft has shared with select partners some specifics …
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Google's Play Store Now Lets Users Remotely Update And Uninstall Android Apps  —  All Googled out yet?  I can't blame you if you are, but it seems that the company has been even busier than their two hour press conference let on.  —  In addition to pushing the Android version of their Chrome browser …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Salesforce.com hit outage, cites fault in storage tier  —  Summary: Salesforce's technology team said that the instance was hit with a “fault in our storage tier.”  The company is working with its storage vendor to resolve the issue.  —  Salesforce.com was hit with an outage on Thursday due to a fault in its storage tier.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Google Drive SDK version 2 supports Android and iOS apps, common file tasks  —  Virtually every corner of the Google universe is being touched at Google I/O, and that now includes Google Drive.  A version 2 update to the Drive SDK gives Android and iOS developers the option of building …
Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
Practice Fusion Nabs $34 Million  —  Practice Fusion, a San Francisco start-up that provides an online electronic medical record platform, said it has raised a new $34 million round of funding.  —  The funding values Practice Fusion at close to $500 million, up from around $100 million …
Susan Crawford / scrawford.net:
The sledgehammer of usage-based billing  —  Brian Stelter's article today, “Sweeping Effects as Broadband Moves To Meters,” illuminates a part of the local cable monopoly story for high-speed Internet access and the consequences of this power for America's future.
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Android devs, you can now get your app running on a Mac  —  Get ready to get nekkid and sing kumbaya, because the lovefest is starting.  —  On the eve of the Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference a couple of weeks ago, we told you about a new tool that brought iOS apps to Windows-using developers.
Danielle Kucera / Bloomberg:
Amazon Said To Add Social Features To Digital Games For Tablet  —  Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) will make it easier for developers to add social features to games for the Kindle Fire tablet, a person with knowledge of the matter said, working to narrow Apple (AAPL) Inc.'s lead in the market for tablets.

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