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June 28, 2012, 2:20 PM

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The Verge:
Live from Google I/O's day two keynote  —  AN AIRSHIP?  “You can see that the airship is overhead, it's pretty close to the sun...” “Here's the roof... some of our bikers are warming up out there.”  A shout rises from the crowd.  “And we're giving you all a brand new Samsung Chromebox,” says Sundar.
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Google announces offline editing for Docs, available later today  —  We're live at day two of I/O and the theme of this keynote is all about “Going Google.”  With this focus on Mountain View's various cloud-based apps, Clay Bavar, Director of Product Management for Google Apps, announced that Docs will now work offline for editing.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Taking on Amazon, Google Announces Compute Engine  —  Google on Thursday announced Compute Engine, its expanded effort to allow businesses to run their applications on servers in Google's data center.  —  “You benefit from the efficiency of Google data centers and our decade of running them,” Senior VP Urz Holzle said Thursday.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Google: Chromebooks Coming to Best Buy, Dixons  —  Aiming to boost adoption of its Chrome OS-based laptops, Google said on Thursday that the systems will soon be available at select retailers.  —  About 100 Best Buy stores in the U.S. and an unspecified number of Dixons retailers in the U.K …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Rupert Murdoch Announces The News Corp. Divorce: The Full Memo  —  Here's Rupert Murdoch's official “internal” announcement explaining the News Corp. split.  —  The important stuff:  — Murdoch will remain CEO of both the publishing business and the entertainment business.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
AOL Starts $400M Stock Buyback At $27-$30 Per Share  —  AOL (also known as the company that signs TechCrunch's paychecks) has announced this morning it has started a “Dutch auction” tender offer to buy back shares of its common stock, up to $400 million.  The Dutch auction format means …

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