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June 29, 2012, 3:55 PM

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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 …
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
RIM Apparently Not Interested In Switching To Windows Phone  —  Research In Motion might be on the road to failure, but give them credit for this: they intend to do it on their own.  —  According to a report from Reuters, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer approached RIM in recent months about cutting …
Dan Frommer / ReadWriteWeb:
RIM's Sad Reality: Collapse Has Been Obvious for a Long Time  —  Let's be real: Anyone who's been paying attention isn't surprised by BlackBerry maker Research In Motion's recent collapse.  It's unfortunate, but it's been inevitable.  —  On Thursday, RIM announced its latest bad news …
More: CNN, Gizmodo and iPhone
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Twitter Gives LinkedIn The Bird  —  According to a LinkedIn blog post, Twitter is dropping a two-and-a-half-year-old partnership with LinkedIn that allowed users of the professional social network to publish tweets to their LinkedIn profiles.  —  Twitter consumer product chief Michael Sippey wrote …
More: LinkedIn Blog and The Next WebTweets: @thestalwartThanks:@owenthomas
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Minneapolis street test: Google gets a B+, Apple's Siri gets a D  —  1,600 questions — 800 in a quiet room, 800 in a noisy street  —  FORTUNE — Pi per Jaffray's Gene Munster is nothing if not methodical.  When customers queue up for a new Apple (AAPL) product, he's the analyst who goes to the line and counts heads.
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>.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Sundar Pichai: Chrome ‘exceptionally profitable’ for Google (q&a)  —  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.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
Apple demands iPad3.com domain name  —  Apple files complaint over iPad3.com domain name.  —  Apple didn't name its third generation iPad the “iPad 3″, but that hasn't stopped most people from calling it that anyway.  —  The company doesn't own the domain name iPad3.com, but that might change soon.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Lytro CEO Ren Ng to Step Aside, Become Executive Chairman  —  Lytro CEO Ren Ng said Friday that he is stepping aside as CEO of the light-field photography company in order to spend more time on the vision for the company and less on its day-to-day operations.
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.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Report: Tablets now drive more ecommerce traffic than smartphones  —  Tablets, as we've written about before, are ideal shopping devices, generating outsized sales despite their smaller reach.  But now, it appears that tablets have outpaced smartphones in the sheer amount of traffic they deliver …
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.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
AdMob Founder Omar Hamoui Has A New Polling Startup, Calls It ‘Maybe’  —  Can't decide what shoes to buy?  Or what book to read next?  AdMob founder and former CEO Omar Hamoui is launching a new startup called Maybe to help with your decision.  —  Last month, Hamoui told me that he was leaving …
Tweets: @hsabri and @omarh
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Relief for developers?  Apple app downloads pick up in May while marketing costs dip  —  For much of this year, the number of downloads in the Apple App Store has dropped, and the cost of acquiring new users — the basic marketing that developers do in order to get people to buy apps or virtual goods — has been going up.

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