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June 29, 2012, 7:30 PM

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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: Bits, CNN, iPhone and Gizmodo
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 …
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 …
Michael Sippey / Twitter Developers:
Delivering a consistent Twitter experience  —  Just over two weeks ago, I talked about more interactive experiences within expanded Tweets and how easy it is for users to discover even more great content on Twitter.  The technology behind expanded Tweets — Twitter cards …
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 …
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.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple granted a preliminary injunction against Samsung Galaxy Nexus sales in U.S.  —  Apple has been granted a preliminary injunction on the sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the U.S. by District Court Judge Lucy Koh, says Reuters legal reporter Dan Levine.
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>.
Sara Forden / Bloomberg:
Google Said To Face U.S. Probe Over Motorola Patents  —  A U.S. antitrust regulator is investigating whether Google Inc. (GOOG)'s Motorola Mobility unit is honoring commitments made to license industry-standard technology for mobile and other devices on fair terms, three people familiar with the situation said.
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.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo's Longtime Top Lawyer Mike Callahan Departs (Internal Memo!)  —  Mike Callahan, Yahoo's longtime and powerful general counsel, is leaving the company.  —  According to an internal memo, which is embedded below, Callahan does not have another job.  But sources said that he has been …
More: Digits
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 …
More: GigaOM and VentureBeatTweets: @omarh and @hsabri
Shawn Hess / WebProNews:
New Facebook Study Reveals Motivation Behind Facebook Visits  —  Published this month in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, a new Facebook study suggests personality type determines how much time you spend on the social networking site and how often you visit.
Reuters:
Greek militant group claims Microsoft attack  —  (Reuters) - A little-known leftist militant group claimed responsibility on Friday for an attack on Microsoft's Greek headquarters earlier this week.  —  Hooded attackers rammed a van packed with gas canisters into the Microsoft building …
More: GeekWire
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.
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.
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 …
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
Google to let users “mute” remarketed ads  —  “Mute This Ad” on the way.  —  Google is rolling out a new system to allow users to block certain ads from showing up as they surf the web, and it's a very welcome feature.  —  Over the past year the number of “remarketing” ads has exploded.
Harry McCracken / Techland:
Five Years Ago Today, the First iPhone Went On Sale  —  Photos I took when I bought the first iPhone on June 29, 2007 … I quote from “iPhone Set to Struggle,” by the Guardian's Jemima Kiss.  I first read the story on the day it was published, June 29, 2007.
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.
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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