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June 28, 2013, 5:50 AM

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Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Is Developing Android Game Console  —  Google Inc. is developing a videogame console and digital wrist watch powered by its Android operating system, according to people familiar with the matter, as the Internet company seeks to spread the software's domination beyond smartphones …
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Google is reportedly developing an Android game console, smartwatch, and new Nexus Q  —  Google may be working on an Android-based game console, smartwatch, and an updated version of the Nexus Q, if reports are to be believed.  According to the Wall Street Journal (paywall) …
Phillip Molnar / Monterey County Herald:
Restricted web access to The Guardian is Armywide, officials say  —  The Army admitted Thursday to not only restricting access to The Guardian news website at the Presidio of Monterey, as reported in Thursday's Herald, but Armywide.  —  Presidio employees said the site had been blocked since …
Guardian:
NSA collected Americans' email records in bulk for two years under Obama  —  • Secret program launched by Bush continued ‘until 2011’  —  • Fisa court renewed collection order every 90 days  —  • Current NSA programs still mine US internet metadata
Ragavan Srinivasan / Facebook:
Introducing the Facebook for Android Beta Testing Program  —  Android's openness, reach, and diversity create enormous opportunities for developers.  At Facebook, we've been able to utilize Android's flexibility to innovate in ways that aren't possible on other platforms, like building the first version of Home.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Leaked Details Of Facebook's New Chat Rooms Feature  —  Facebook has built a new feature codenamed “Host Chat” that lets people set up chat rooms their friends can join without an invitation, a source familiar with the feature tells us.  I've contacted Facebook and it confirms it has begun testing this feature in the wild.
Michael J. Miller / PC Magazine:
Microsoft Pushes Cloud Service at Build  —  Today's keynote at Microsoft's Build conference focused on cloud services, with lots of enhancements to the company's Azure Web services.  I was impressed not only by how much Microsoft is trying to compete with Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform …
More: TechCrunch
Want China Times:
Hon Hai reveals iPhone-compatible smartwatch  —  Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry — the main manufacturer of Apple's iPhones and iPads, better known by its trading name Foxconn — showcased a smartwatch on Wednesday that can be connected wirelessly to an iPhone, which the company hopes …
Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
WikiLeaks Volunteer Was a Paid Informant for the FBI  —  On an August workday in 2011, a cherubic 18-year-old Icelandic man named Sigurdur “Siggi” Thordarson walked through the stately doors of the U.S. embassy in Reykjavík, his jacket pocket concealing his calling card: a crumpled photocopy of an Australian passport.
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Seeks End to Dinosaur-Era Software Upgrade Cycle: Tech  —  Microsoft Corp (MSFT)., which for decades has refreshed its popular Office corporate software just once about every three years, says it will soon switch to weekly updates.  —  It's a radical shift as Microsoft overhauls …
More: BGR and WebProNews
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Personal Assistant App Donna Goes Live, With Better Battery Performance And Instant Uber Requests  —  Personal assistant app Donna is ready to help simplify users' lives, and is being launched on the Apple App Store today to do just that.  With the general release also comes a few new features …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google starts letting organizations borrow its Street View Trekker to record imagery for Maps  —  Google today announced it is kicking off a new Google Maps pilot program that lets third-party organizations borrow the Street View Trekker and contribute imagery back to the service.
Brittany Hillen / SlashGear:
Intel CTO Justin Rattner resigning with temporary leave, will return “at a later date”  —  Intel has announced that its Chief Technology Officer, Justin Rattner, will be resigning from his role as the company's CTO.  His stepping down is to meet a corporate bylaw in Intel which states …
More: Intel Newsroom and ComputerworldTweets: @stshank
Grant Gross / PC World:
FCC moves to auction spectrum in 1900MHz band  —  The Federal Communications Commission has voted to open up 10 megahertz of spectrum in the 1900MHz band for commercial mobile services.  —  Thursday's vote would allow an auction of the 1915-1920MHz and 1995-2000MHz spectrum, called the H block, as soon as early 2014.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google adds its experimental QUIC network protocol to latest Chrome build, delivering HTTP over UDP  —  Google today took the wraps off a new experimental protocol called Quick UDP Internet Connections (QUIC) and added it to Chrome Canary, the latest version of its browser.

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