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June 29, 2012, 11:20 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 …
Joanna Stern / ABCNEWS:
Google Design Chief Would Love to Work With RIM on an Android Phone With a Real Keyboard  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Take a look at the myriad Android phones on the market today and you'll notice that most of them no longer have actual keypads — only virtual keyboards on their screens.
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: WebProNews and PC World
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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>.
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.
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 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.
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 …
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.
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 …
More: Betabeat and AllThingsD
Craig McLuckie / Google Developers Blog:
Staci D. Kramer / GigaOM:
Google scrambles to fix Events after celebs yelp  —  Despite the “Google+ is a ghost town” mantra, a number of high-profile or widely connected people are active users who promote what they like.  They also yelp when they're unhappy and when Google+ Events went live during the week's Google I/O …
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Uber officially launches its private ‘driver for hire’ service in London  —  It was perhaps one of the worst kept secrets in tech (besides, perhaps, Microsoft's Yammer acquisition), but Uber has FINALLY landed in London.  Properly.  —  The private car hire company, headquartered in San Francisco …
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.
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?
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 …
Steven Musil / CNET:
Judge suggests Ceglia motions aim to stall Facebook case  —  The judge hearing pretrial motions in Paul Ceglia's lawsuit against Facebook suspects the man suing for half of the social-networking giant is trying to stall the legal proceedings and has suggested that further sanctions might be necessary as a result.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
NFC Cometh?  1M Android NFC Devices Shipping Each Week, And Prototypes Show iPhone 5 Is Next  —  Google I/O is in full swing, and stories have been pouring out at a fairly steady pace: Sergey finally demoed Google Glass, Google Drive passed 10 million users and is available on iOS, and we all got a look at Jelly Bean — to name a few.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Flickr taps Nokia Maps to bring better geotagging to photos  —  Flickr has partnered with Finnish telecommunications giant Nokia to bring improved mapping and geotagging to its millions of users around the world.  —  The Yahoo-owned image and video-hosting service has announced that whilst …

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