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June 29, 2012, 4:32 AM

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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.
Brian Klug / AnandTech:
Some Impressions and Benchmarks from Chrome on iOS  —  Earlier today, Google announced Chrome for iOS (iPhone and iPad), and thanks to Richard Gaywood finding a direct link to the App Store, I got the chance to play around with it in-between a busy schedule of sessions and meetings at I/O 2012.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
RIM posts huge Q1 miss: First net loss in 8 years, BlackBerry 10 launch delayed, 5,000 jobs cut  —  Analysts anticipated another miss ahead of Research In Motion's first-quarter earnings report on Thursday as sales continue to stall ahead of the struggling smartphone vendor's …
Nadia Damouni / Reuters:
Exclusive: Microsoft tie-up, network sale among RIM options: sources  —  (Reuters) - Research In Motion Ltd's board is under mounting pressure to consider unpalatable options such as selling its network business or forming an alliance with Microsoft Corp after the Blackberry maker again delayed …
More: The Verge
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
AT&T asked RIM for iPhone competitor while it was Apple's exclusive carrier  —  In 2010, when the iPhone was still exclusive to AT&T in the U.S., the carrier turned to Research in Motion and asked it to develop a touchscreen device to compete with the iPhone, a new report reveals.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Craig McLuckie / 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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Hands On With Google Drive On iOS  —  As promised at this morning's Google I/O conference, Google has launched a version of its Google Drive application on iOS today, which offers native support for the service formerly known as Google Docs on both iPhone and iPad.
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Said To Plan Xbox Music Rivaling Apple, Spotify  —  Attendees at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles, June 5, 2012.  Microsoft Corp. expanded the sports and entertainment content offered through the Xbox, and is planning to add iTunes and Spotify for music.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Amazon prepping two new Kindle Fire tablets with improved build, metal casing  —  Amazon is working on not one, but two new Kindle Fire tablets that will launch in the coming months.  Earlier reports suggested that Amazon will announce a new addition to its Kindle Fire lineup late next month …
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 …
More: Forbes
Jake Smith / 9to5Mac:
Apple Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering Bob Mansfield retiring, Dan Riccio taking position  —  Apple just announced in a press release this evening that its Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering Bob Mansfield will be retiring.  Check out the full press release after the break:
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Supreme Court Disappoints Facebook, LinkedIn, Zynga and Yahoo  —  Supreme Court disappointed Obamacare haters and tech firms today  —  The big Supreme Court news today is that Obamacare got five thumbs up from the Court, meaning the president probably did this at some point this morning.
Jake Smith / 9to5Mac:
Is your new MacBook Air crashing frequently?  Blame Google Chrome  —  Several users on Apple's Support Communities have reported that their new MacBook Air has been crashing frequently, and in most cases have pinned Google Chrome to be the main cause.  Luckily all of our speculation …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Gmail Now Has 425 Million Users, Google Apps Used By 5 Million Businesses And 66 Of The Top 100 Universities  —  Google announced that Gmail now has 425 Million users at its annual Google I/O developer conference today.  It's being used by government agencies in 45 states and 66 …
Royal Pingdom:
Pinterest has overtaken Tumblr in the United States  —  The Web has been abuzz about Pinterest for a while now.  There is, shall we say, a great interest in Pinterest.  So much interest, it turns out, that Pinterest in all likelihood is now getting more traffic than Tumblr in the United States.
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter's Mobile Ads Begin to Click  —  Majority of Revenue on Social Network Comes from Phones; One Advertiser Calls Results Staggering  —  Twitter Inc. is showing early signs of success selling advertising on mobile devices, an area that is bedeviling Internet companies including Facebook Inc. and Google Inc.
Barry Collins / PC Pro:
Why Microsoft killed the Windows Start button  —  Microsoft claims it took the controversial decision to remove the Start button from the traditional Windows desktop because people had stopped using it.  —  The lack of a Start button on the Windows 8 desktop has been one of the most divisive elements of the new user interface.

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