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June 28, 2012, 8:45 AM

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Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Nexus 7 8GB coming to UK mid-July for £159, 16GB version arriving at retailers July 27th for £199  —  We've just had word from ASUS that the 16GB variant of the Nexus 7 will arrive on UK shelves on July 27th — slightly later than the 8GB model, which will be sold exclusively through Google Play from mid-July.
More: Mashable!
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 …
More: TelegraphThanks:@nerdtalker
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 …
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Google Nexus Q media streamer: first impressions and video  —  One of Google's surprises yesterday was the Nexus Q media streamer, a product that sees the company expanding into the living room with its own branded hardware.  The Nexus Q differs from competing devices in that it only serves as a conduit.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Institutional Venture Partners Raises $1 Billion For Fund XIV, Its Biggest Yet  —  Angel investing may be hot, but it looks like things are not too shabby for the tech industry's most powerful late-stage venture capital firms either.  —  Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) …
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
EXCLUSIVE: Google+ History API will bring in your past updates from around the web  —  Stop the dadgum presses!  Googler Louis Gray just told us about a new Google+ feature that you won't read about anywhere else.  —  Called Google+ History, this new API will let you add past statuses …
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 …
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 …
More: 9to5Google
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.
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Wickr Lets Your iPhone Send Both Encrypted And Self-Destructing Messages  —  Encryption is meant to keep your messages secret from any third-party eavesdropper-what security pros call a “man-in-the-middle” attack.  But what about that more common problem, the man-on-the-other-end?
More: CNET, Bits and Computerworld
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.
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Google App Engine gets more global  —  Google App Engine got some important feature updates Wednesday as well as new European data centers that could make the platform more attractive to developers outside the U.S. That should help prove to skeptics that Google is serious about its platform …
John Jannarone / Wall Street Journal:
News Corp. Board Approves Split in Principle  —  News Corp.'s board unanimously approved a plan to split the media conglomerate in two pieces, separating its lucrative entertainment operations from its publishing business, said a person familiar with the situation.

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