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July 3, 2012, 5:30 PM

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Vanity Fair:
Microsoft's Downfall: Inside the Executive E-mails and Cannibalistic Culture That Felled a Tech Giant  —  Analyzing one of American corporate history's greatest mysteries—the lost decade of Microsoft—two-time George Polk Award winner (and V.F.'s newest contributing editor) Kurt Eichenwald traces the …
Halberenson / Hal's (Im)Perfect Vision:
Acknowledging the aQuantive Mistake  —  Yesterday's announcement that Microsoft would write-down the 2007 acquisition of aQuantive raised my opinion of Steve Ballmer another notch.  Steve makes mistakes, but he also owns up to them.  So let's travel back and see how Microsoft got into this mess.
More: ZDNet
iFixit:
Nexus 7 Teardown  —  Google announced the Nexus 7 at their I/O keynote on June 27, 2012.  Five days later, we tore one down.  Some are calling the Nexus 7 a ‘Kindle Fire killer,’ but can it stack up to the Fire's impressive eight out of ten repairability score?  We just had to find out.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Shutdowns Continue: iGoogle, Google Video, Google Mini & Others Are Killed  —  Google is continuing to shut down services which aren't core to its business - something it has been actively doing ever since Google co-founder Larry Page took over as CEO.
David Friend / canada.com:
Research In Motion CEO leads march to recharacterize company's challenges  —  TORONTO - Research In Motion chief executive Thorsten Heins says “there's nothing wrong with the company as it exists right now” and he's confident it will get past its current challenges.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Kim Dotcom: Joe Biden Ordered the Megaupload Shutdown  —  When Megaupload was raided in January, questions were raised as to why the U.S. Government acted so aggressively against a company that seemingly played by the rules.  —  It's no secret that the MPAA provides the authorities with …
Wall Street Journal:
GM Talks to Facebook About Returning as a Paid Advertiser  —  After a High-Profile Split, Facebook Is Trying to Prove That Its Ads Do Work  —  General Motors Co. and Facebook Inc. are in talks to bring the auto maker back as a paid advertiser, two months after a high-profile falling out, people close to both companies said.
Joe Jerde / BlackBerryOS.com:
Exclusive: Leaked BlackBerry 10 2013 Roadmap  —  BlackBerry news in the last week has had it's plenty of downs.  However, with this less than par news we have gained plenty of new insight into the BlackBerry 10 platform and what it entails.  The news has taken us on a roller coaster.
Herman Lai / M.I.C. Gadget:
Chinese Household Chemical Company Sues Apple For “Snow Leopard” Trademark  —  After Apple settled the “iPad” trademark dispute with Proview, the tech giant is facing another trademark lawsuit from a Chinese household chemical company called “Jiangsu Xuebao”.
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
Bill Gates Explains Why Microsoft Had To Punch Its PC Partners In The Guts  —  Bill Gates thinks Microsoft was right to build its own tablets and that Windows 8 is going to kill the traditional PC.  —  Gates was a guest on Charlie Rose last night where he talked about Microsoft's decision to make its own tablet.
Florin / Unwired View:
Huawei's Emotion UI for Android 4.0 ICS goes live  —  Huawei first talked about its new Emotion UI back in May, and now the UI is ready for primetime.  —  Huawei has put up an official website (in Chinese) for the Emotion UI.  The new skin works on Android 4.0 ICS devices …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The iPhone and Disruption: Five Years In  —  Clayton Christensen, author of the deservedly much-praised The Innovator's Dilemma, was wrong about the iPhone five years ago: … Last month, Larissa MacFarquhar profiled Christensen in The New Yorker (subscribers-only, alas), and in a parenthetical …
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Toshiba hit with $87 million U.S. verdict on LCD prices  —  (Reuters) - Japan's Toshiba Corp conspired to fix prices in the liquid crystal display market and is liable for $87 million in damages, a jury in northern California decided.  —  Customers brought a civil class action lawsuit …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Ice Cream Sandwich passes 10% of Android installations, as Jelly Bean launch draws closer  —  The latest distribution data from Android's developer team reveals that the installation rate of its latest Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) flavour has passed 10 percent of active devices on the market for the first time.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Verizon Galaxy S III to launch July 10th for $199.99  —  Verizon Wireless on Tuesday announced that the highly anticipated Galaxy S III smartphone will finally launch on July 10th.  Following a number of delays across all U.S. carriers, the launch Samsung's latest flagship smartphone on Verizon …
Globes Online:
Intel acquires Idesia Biometrics  —  Intel will pay several million dollars for the biometrics start up, which identifies people based on their unique heartbeat.  —  Sources inform “Globes” that Intel Corporation (Nasdaq: INTC) has acquired Israeli medical device company IDesia Biometrics.
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
For first time ever, US seeking international limits on copyright  —  Delegates at the previous Dallas round in May received hundreds of rolls of this custom-designed toilet paper.  —  TX Corporate Power Partnership  —  The United States Trade Representative (URTR) has proposed …
More: Techdirt
Michelle Maltais / Los Angeles Times:
Student social media privacy bill passes Delaware Legislature  —  Delaware may be a small state, but it's apparently big on privacy for students.  Late Saturday night, at the end of the legislative session, the state Senate voted unanimously to ban public and private schools from requiring students …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Inside Verizon's attack on network neutrality  —  Verizon is taking aim at network neutrality regulations enacted by the Federal Communications Commission with an outsized legal appeal.  The company's 116-page tome filed on Monday evening has a glossary, 53 pages of legal argument …
Emily Parkhurst / bizjournals:
RealNetworks CEO resigns, Glaser steps back into role for now … After only eight months on the job, RealNetworks CEO Thomas Nielsen has stepped down.  Former CEO and current Chairman of the Board Rob Glaser will step in as interim CEO until a replacement can be found.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
New patent shows Apple is at least thinking about wearable computing devices like Google Glass  —  It's incredibly foolhardy to ascribe any concrete plans to Apple based on the publishing of a patent.  The company is incredibly prolific in this department, publishing literally thousands a year.

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