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June 29, 2012, 9:30 AM

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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 …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Chrome for iOS hits No.1 in Apple's App Store  —  Google's Chrome browser quickly became one of the most popular desktop Web browsers in the world, and now Google has its sites set on mobile.  The app just launched for the iPhone and iPad earlier today and after a few short hours of availability …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Sundar Pichai: Chrome ‘exceptionally profitable’ for Google  —  Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president in charge of Chrome and Apps, speaking at Google I/O.  —  (Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)  —  SAN FRANCISCO—It began with a mere toolbar, an add-on that gave browsers a handy Google search box.
More: PC World
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
The Problem With Chrome For iOS  —  Don't get me wrong, I would love Chrome on my iPhone and iPad.  But Chrome for iOS isn't really Chrome — it's a much slower version of Mobile Safari.  —  Facebook revealed yesterday that it is finally making a real, fully native iOS app.
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Nexus 7 review  —  GOOGLE'S NEXUS 7 AIMS FOR THE KINDLE FIRE AND IPAD — BUT CAN A TRUE ANDROID TABLET FINALLY MAKE A DENT?  —  Google's Nexus 7 tablet is not exactly a surprise.  Nor is the fact that I'm able to work on a review of the product just hours after the device was announced.
More: Engadget
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechStream:
Infographics Are Broken.  We Can Do Better.  —  Infographics on the web are so bad and so broken.  They are everywhere, yet few actually do a decent job of conveying information (click on the one at left to see what I mean).  Some even argue that they are ruining the Internet.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Adobe confirms it won't support Flash on Android 4.1, stops new Flash installs from Google Play on August 15th  —  Adobe was very public about dropping mobile Flash last fall.  In case that wasn't clear enough, the developer just drew a line in the sand: Android 4.1 doesn't, and won't ever, get certification for Flash.
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
AOL Reorganizes Into Membership, Brand And Ad Units [Incl Armstrong's Memo]  —  After yesterday's $400 million share buyback, some more news today from our owners, AOL: it's reorganizing into three operating units, plus a separate one for corporate support of all three: they will be called AOL Membership …
Sam Biddle / Gizmodo:
Does Google Have Any Social Skills at All?  —  Google revealed a lot at Google I/O: a shimmering tablet at a good price, a sci-fi home theater orb, seriously sophisticated search, and Jelly Beans.  It also revealed an unsettling lack of human understanding.  —  We've had privacy concerns before, but could it be more?
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.
Jon Orlin / TechCrunch:
How Google Pulled Off Their Live Video Skydiving With Glasses Demo  —  Google won the Internet by pulling off a truly impressive Google Glass skydiving stunt, twice, during their I/O event.  Skydivers in wingsuits 4,000 feet above San Francisco delivered the high tech glasses to the Moscone stage …
More: CNET
Reuters:
Scientists develop spray-on battery  —  Scientists in the United States have developed a paint that can store and deliver electrical power just like a battery.  —  Traditional lithium-ion batteries power most portable electronics.  They are already pretty compact but limited to rectangular or cylindrical blocks.
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
AngelList Has Transformed Seed Investing — Are Recruiters and Job Boards Next?  —  Last week Naval Ravikant went to an industry dinner.  He asked a friend in the venture business how things were going.  The friend slumped over in his chair, shrugged sadly and said, “The business is becoming commoditized.”
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Facebook testing ‘Want’ button plugin  —  Facebook appears to be testing a new “Want” button plugin similar to its popular Like button.  —  Developer Tom Waddington from Cut Out + Keep discovered that a Want button has been added to the Facebook Javascript SDK as an XFBML tag - <fb:wants>.
More: Tom WaddingtonThanks:@insidefb
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:
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
National Weather Service to send severe weather warnings directly to smartphones  —  Starting today, the National Weather Service (NWS) will send severe weather warnings to smartphone users in the path of dangerous conditions.  The Wireless Emergency Alerts system will notify people of approaching tornadoes …

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