July 3, 2012, 9:00 PM

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Here Comes Nexus 7 Nightmare: The IPad Mini  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) plans to debut a smaller, cheaper iPad by year-end, two people with knowledge of the plans said, to help maintain dominance of the tablet market as Google Inc. (GOOG) and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) prepare competing handheld devices.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Planning for 7.85-Inch ‘iPad Mini’ with IGZO Display Later This Year?  —  Claims of an “iPad mini” have been circulating for some time now, with a number of the reports indicating that Apple is planning to launch the device with a 7.85-inch display later this year.
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
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.
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.
David Friend /
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 …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean review  —  Do UI refinements, Google Now, and a few new features add up to a must-have smartphone OS?  Google's latest version of the Android operating system is here and will be rolling out to a precious few devices later this month.
More: Google+
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Louis Goddard / The Verge:
Navigon for iOS update includes Google Street View  —  Hot on the heels of Apple's controversial decision to drop all Google Maps services — including Street View — from the default Maps application in its future iOS 6 release, popular navigation app Navigon has released an update which includes the feature.
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”.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Charles Carreon Drops Bogus Lawsuit Against The Oatmeal Creator  —  Suit Was Blatant Retaliation Against a Public Critic  —  San Francisco - Attorney Charles Carreon dropped his bizarre lawsuit against The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman today, ending his strange legal campaign against Inman's humorous …
More: Popehat and Techdirt
Peter Ha / TechCrunch:
Rumor: Twitter To Acquire Sense Networks To Better Target Local Ads  —  A good source tells me that Twitter is set to make its sixth acquisition of 2012 with NY-based Sense Networks.  Terms of the deal are still under wraps but it is expected to go through this month.  —  Twitter declined to comment.
More: CNET
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Get ready, Chrome users - You're about to start seeing ads inside of extensions  —  This is an interesting twist — We got an email today wherein Google says that extensions developers can now start monetizing via Google Adsense.  The exact text reads like this:
More: NeowinThanks:@tnwapps
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 …
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 …
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 …

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