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July 2, 2012, 12:00 PM

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Dave Copeland / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Blames Email Problems On User “Confusion”  —  If you're missing email messages, don't blame Facebook: The social network says you are simply “confused.”  —  Facebook spent a second straight weekend dealing with complaints from users about a switch in the default user email addresses …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
RIM's tailspin  —  The number of BlackBerry phones sold fell 41% year-on-year in the last RIM fiscal quarter.  Sequentially the fall was 30%.  Though surprisingly poor, I note that Nokia's smartphone business fell even more dramatically last quarter (down 50% y/y and 39% sequentially).
Surur / WMPoweruser:
New Arc soft keyboard may be coming to Windows Phone 8  —  More than a year ago we reported on Microsoft designing a “one handed and next gen soft keyboard” for Windows Phone 8.  —  We now have a picture of the keyboard in question, courtesy of a leaked Microsoft Research presentation.
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
The other Windows 8 hits some snags  —  Microsoft Surface tablet packing an Nvidia ARM chip.  —  (Credit: Microsoft)  —  Don't be surprised if the other version of Windows 8 — you know, the one that doesn't run on Intel chips — stumbles out of the gate.
Zack Whittaker / CNET:
Nokia: We have a Windows Phone ‘contingency plan’  —  Nokia has a plan in its back pocket should a deal with Microsoft fall through, or the forthcoming Windows Phone 8 software update fail to generate interest, according to Nokia's board chairman.  —  Speaking on his debut television appearance …
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Uber, an App That Summons a Car, Plans a Cheaper Service Using Hybrids  —  Uber, a start-up based in San Francisco, has won a following among urbanites with its novel twist on calling a car service: its app lets you summon a luxury sedan with a tap on your phone.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Apple agrees to pay Proview $60m to settles China iPad trademark dispute  —  Apple has ended the ongoing issue surrounding the ownership of the iPad trademark in China by agreeing to pay Taiwanese firm Proview $60 million, according to AP reports.  —  Proview has been on negotiating for some time …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Flow App Brings Barcode Scanning & Augmented Reality To Android Users  —  Amazon Flow, the barcode scanning/augmented reality app from Amazon subsidiary A9.com, has arrived on Android today, following its November 2011 iOS debut.  To refresh your memory, the app lets shoppers scan things like CDs …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Dell acquires Quest Software for $2.4 billion to expand its security and data solutions  —  Strengthening its systems management, security and data protection services, Dell has agreed to acquire enterprise software specialists Quest Software for $2.4 billion, at $28.00 per share.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE gets July 5 release date, available on Verizon for $149.99  —  Launched at this year's CTIA Wireless 2012 event, HTC's Droid Incredible 4G LTE has finally received a release date, coming to Verizon stores and its website on July 5 for a price of $149.99 (after rebate) on a two year contract.
VentureBeat:
Sony buys Gaikai game streaming service for $380M  —  Sony announced tonight that it will acquire Gaikai, the streaming game service for $380 million.  The deal officially closed on June 30, and Sony is purchasing the Aliso Viejo-based company as part of a move to disrupt the gaming business.

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