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June 28, 2012, 4:00 PM

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Scott Knaster / Google Developers Blog:
Google Compute Engine: Computing without limits  —  Over the years, Google has built some of the most high performing, scalable and efficient data centers in the world by constantly refining our hardware and software.  Since 2008, we've been working to open up our infrastructure to outside developers …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Google launches alleged Amazon Web Services killer, but lacks maturity, options  —  Summary: Google has thrown down a Amazon Web Services challenge, but has a way to go to match its rival on breadth and depth.  —  Google launched Compute Engine Infrastructure as a Service in a bid …
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Nexus 7 review: the best $200 tablet you can buy  —  In 2008, when the Eee PC was revolutionizing the computing world and driving every manufacturer to make cheaper and smaller laptops, Sony washed its hands of the whole thing.  The “race to the bottom,” the company said …
Ina Fried / 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.
Laura June / The Verge:
Google announces Chrome for iPhone and iPad, available today  —  On stage at Google I/O, Brian Rakowski, Vice President of the Chrome division at Google has just announced Chrome for iPhone and iPad.  It's something iOS users have been asking for for a very long time, and plenty of people will be happy.
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.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Google Drive Now Has 10 Million Users: Available On iOS and Chrome OS  —  Google has just announced over 10 million users that have signed into Google Drive, Google's new cloud-syncing storage platform.  The product only launched in April of this year, so this is quite the milestone.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Reuters:
Exclusive: China to launch Netflix-like movie service  —  (Reuters) - The government-run China Movie Channel will launch an online service like Netflix Inc in China this year, promising a big new revenue source for Hollywood from streaming its films and TV shows to subscribers in the world's most populous nation.
More: Variety
Bloomberg:
Virgin Mobile Will Open Retail Stores to Capitalize on IPhone  —  Virgin Mobile, the pay-as-you-go carrier owned by Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) (S), plans to open its first 10 retail stores tomorrow in Chicago, aiming to profit from the iPhone's expansion into the prepaid wireless market.
Reuters:
Qualcomm restructures to help protect patents  —  (Reuters) - Cellphone chip supplier Qualcomm Inc is changing its internal structure to protect its technology licensing business by creating a new subsidiary that will work on open source wireless developments.
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.

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Microsoft:
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