July 5, 2012, 10:10 AM

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Nexus Q Teardown  —  Did it come from outer space?  Did it rise up from the depths of the lost city of Atlantis?  How much of it was really made in the United States?  When Google announced the Nexus Q at the I/O keynote on June 27, 2012, we decided to take one apart and see what we could uncover.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
iOS and Mac apps reportedly crashing due to corrupt App Store updates  —  One of Apple's selling points with its iOS and Mac App Stores is that it can provide a safe, trusted location for users to update their apps knowing any changes have been vetted by Apple — though in the last few days …
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Judge who shelved Apple trial says patent system out of sync  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. judge who tossed out one of the biggest court cases in Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) smartphone technology battle is questioning whether patents should cover software or most other industries at all.
More: 9to5Mac and Groklaw
Locus Online Perspectives:
Cory Doctorow: Music: The Internet's Original Sin  —  From the July 2012 issue of Locus Magazine  —  In a recent Search Engine podcast, host Jesse Brown wondered about music's ongoing centrality to the debate over file-sharing and freedom.  After all, the music industry has all but abandoned lawsuits …
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Retailers Encourage Shoppers to Buy Online and Pick Up In-Store  —  As online shopping has surged, traditional retailers have lost millions in sales to so-called showrooming — when shoppers check out products in stores that they then buy from Web sites like Amazon.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Motorola Atrix HD revealed with 4.5-inch Colorboost HD display, ICS and Droid RAZR looks  —  The next Motorola Atrix phone has been revealed on the company's website as the Atrix HD.  According to the listed specs, it features a 4.5-inch Colorboost HD display, will ship with Android 4. Ice Cream Sandwich …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Facebook, Google, Microsoft and RIM sign up to Telefonica mobile billing partnership  —  European mobile giant Telefonica is set to make it easier for its customers to purchase digital items and subscribe to services using their mobile devices following a new deal with Facebook, Google, Microsoft and RIM.
More: Inquirer and PhoneArena
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple and Samsung drop additional claims against each other ahead of U.S. trial  —  On May 1 and May 7, Apple and Samsung had already dropped some claims against each other from their first California lawsuit (which is scheduled to go to trial on July 30).  Further narrowing resulted …
Apple Said To Pick AutoNavi To Offer IPhone Maps In China  —  AutoNavi Holdings Ltd. (AMAP), a Chinese maker of electronic navigation tools, was chosen by Apple Inc. to offer map services for users of future iPhones and iPads in China, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

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Basecamp's “Work Can Wait” Pledge - Why We're Not Recommending It.  —  Basecamp is running a campaign asking people to pledge that they will limit their work to 40 hours a week and ask others in their organization to do the same.
The Case For Startups to Put CX at Their Core  —  Read why eero decided to prioritize and integrate its Customer Experience team - even before its launch
App Annie:
Can Push Notifications Really Help App Retention?  Find Out.  —  Leanplum looks at which push notification strategies actually increase app retention.

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