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July 3, 2012, 4:35 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.
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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.
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.
Thorsten Heins / The Globe and Mail:
RIM will ‘empower people like never before’: Heins  —  Don't count BlackBerry out.  In recent weeks, it's become fashionable for pundits and market watchers to alternately eulogize Research In Motion as a fallen pioneer and demonize management for not chopping up the company to sell for parts.
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”.
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.
Jonathan Hutchison / New York Times:
Megaupload Founder Goes From Arrest to Cult Hero  —  AUCKLAND — Last month, a New Zealand software developer, Ben Gracewood, replied to a Twitter post from the Internet tycoon Kim Dotcom, founder of the Megaupload file-sharing site that had been shut down by the F.B.I.
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.
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 verdict over LCD prices  —  (Reuters) - A Northern California jury has decided that Toshiba Corp conspired to fix prices in the liquid crystal display market and is liable for $87 million in damages.  —  Customers brought a civil class action lawsuit against Toshiba …
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 …
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 …
Cornelius Rahn / Bloomberg:
Deutsche Telekom in Talks With Google on Mobile Payments  —  Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) is in discussions with Google Inc. (GOOG) (GOOG) along with credit-card companies and banks to add partners to its mobile-payment system, Thomas Kiessling, the German company's head of innovation, said in an interview.
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.
Erin Geiger Smith / Reuters:
Judge rejects Samsung's request to allow U.S. tablet sales  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. judge rejected on Monday Samsung Electronics Co. request to lift an injunction against U.S. sales of its Galaxy Tab 10.1, a tablet computer than runs on Google Inc's Android and competes with Apple Inc.'s iPad.
Wall Street Journal:
CEO of Poker Site Full Tilt Is Arrested  —  The chief executive of Full Tilt Poker, the beleaguered one-time Web poker giant, was arrested Monday on a plane that had just landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport as the government unveiled new criminal charges against him related to an alleged Ponzi scheme.
Lisa Jucca / Reuters:
Apple says disagrees with Italy antitrust complaint  —  (Reuters) - Tech giant Apple disputed on Tuesday a request by the Italian competition authority that it must offer a free two-year warranty on its goods or face fines of 300,000 euros ($378,200) and even temporary closure of its Italian operations.
Mark Milian / Business Week:
QR Code Fatigue  —  When 29-year-old manufacturing worker Michael Hellesen sees a Quick Response code around his hometown of Racine, Wis., he sometimes scans it using an application he downloaded to his Google (GOOG) Android smartphone.  More often than not, it takes Hellesen to a brand's website.
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 …

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