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July 3, 2012, 3:00 PM

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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.
Vanity Fair:
Microsoft's Downfall: Inside the Executive E-mails and Cannibalistic Culture That Felled a Tech Giant  —  Microsoft C.E.O. Steve Ballmer delivers the keynote address at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas, on January 9.  —  Analyzing one of American corporate …
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.
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.
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”.
James Brightman / GamesIndustry International:
EA is “going to be a 100% digital company, period” says Gibeau  —  EA's Labels president also tells us that NPD's monthly reports are “totally irrelevant”  —  Electronic Arts is one of the publishers in this industry that is at the forefront of the digital transition.
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 …
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.
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.
Carly Page / Inquirer:
Google's Nexus 7 tablet infringes Nokia patents  —  THE GOOGLE NEXUS 7 is already in hot water, as Nokia claims that the tablet infringes some of its patents.  —  Announced last week, the Asus built Nexus 7 is Google's first own-brand tablet and boasts Android 4.1 Jelly Bean …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google+ Integration Comes To Chrome Web Store, Now Powers Social Discovery Of Apps  —  Just because Google I/O is over, that doesn't mean the Google+ announcements have stopped flowing.  Yesterday, the company revamped its Google Places iOS app (it's now “Google+ Local” and includes Zagat integration) …
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.
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.
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 …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Netflix Subscribers Watched 1 Billion Hours Of Video In June, Or More Than An Hour A Day On Average  —  Here's more evidence that Netflix is slowly chipping away at traditional TV viewing.  According to a public Facebook post by CEO Reed Hastings, Netflix subscribers watched a total …
Jack Clark / ZDNet:
Amazon Web Services: The hidden bugs that made AWS' outage worse  —  Summary: Although an electrical storm caused the Amazon Web Services outage, it was a slew of previously unseen bugs in the cloud's technology that extended the downtime  —  Amazon Web Services' prolonged downtime …
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.
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.
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.
Derek Kessler / webOS Nation:
HP WindsorNot slab phone revealed in old marketing materials  —  We've known for some time that HP had numerous webOS devices in the works after the Pre3, Veer, and TouchPad, including but not limited to the TouchPad Go seven-inch tablet and a keyboard-less slab phone that we assumed to be the Stingray …
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.
Agence France Presse:
Kodak patent auction approved over Apple complaint  —  NEW YORK — Beleaguered photography pioneer Kodak said a US bankruptcy court has approved its bid to auction off more than 1,100 patents despite objections by Apple and FlashPoint over a small number of them.
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 …
David Meyer / ZDNet:
Oracle cannot block the resale of its software in Europe  —  Summary: Downloaded software can be resold just like software on physical media can, the Court of Justice of the European Union has said in a ruling that shreds the distinction between software and license sales
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Adobe: Web standards match 80 percent of Flash features  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Adobe Systems, retooling as fast as it can for a future of Web publishing and Web apps, sees the technology as mostly caught up to the Flash technology that Adobe previously preferred.

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