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4:55 AM ET, June 28, 2011

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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Google's first Ice Cream Sandwich phone to be manufactured by Samsung, possibly dubbed ‘Nexus Prime’  —  We exclusively reported details of Google's first Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone — either a Nexus device, or a “pure Google” flagship handset from one of Google's key partners …
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Awais Imran / Redmond Pie:
Nexus Prime Is Google's Next Flagship Superphone; 1.5 GHz, Super AMOLED HD Display And Android Ice Cream Sandwich [REPORT]  —  Rumors surrounding the successor to the Nexus S are heating up!  A report from BGR claims that the superphone will be titled “Nexus Prime” and will release sometime near Thanksgiving this year.
Discussion: PhoneDog.com
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Quietly Rolls Out WDYL.com: A Range Of Google Product Results On One Page  —  This morning, we got tipped to check out wdyl.com.  The tipster noted that it was apparently a new Google site attempting to “create a unified UI to search in multiple channels”.
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Kari Wilson / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
+1 around the world  —  A few months ago we released the +1 button on English search results on google.com.  More recently, we've made the +1 button available to sites across the web, making it easy for the people who love your content to recommend it on Google search.
Discussion: 9to5 Google and Search Engine Land
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Austin Carr / Fast Company:
HP: TouchPad's WebOS Threatens Android, Apple iOS
Discussion: parislemon
Kristen Purcell / Pew Internet:
E-reader ownership doubles in six months  —  e-Reader ownership surges since last November; tablet ownership grows more slowly  —  The share of adults in the United States who own an e-book reader doubled to 12% in May, 2011 from 6% in November 2010.  E-readers, such as a Kindle or Nook …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
MySpace Layoffs Rumored for This Week  —  We hear MySpace's Southern California offices are thick with rumors that the social network is planning some serious bloodletting this week.  Scary as that sounds, some employees are apparently looking forward to the layoffs.
Discussion: Digital Trends
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Myspace Expected To Lay Off At Least 150 Employees On Wednesday
Discussion: VentureBeat and Neowin.net
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
The Fastest Mobile Networks 2011  —  PCMag hit the road to test eight 3G and 4G networks in 21 U.S. cities.  Before you buy your next phone or tablet, find out which wireless carrier has the fastest data network where you live.  —  With smartphone innovation moving at a breakneck pace …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Will the NY Times Give David Pogue Another Pass on Ethics?  —  David Pogue has weathered one mini-scandal after another in his years as the star technology columnist for The New York Times.  Lately, however, the infractions have been piling up, and the very most recent may be too clear-cut for the paper to gloss over.
Angela Watercutter / Epicenter:
All-You-Can-Watch MoviePass Brings Netflix Model to Theaters  —  Updated: Information on 3-D and Imax pricing and a comment from an analyst were added to this story June 27, 2011, at 11:20 a.m. Pacific.  —  MoviePass, a new $50-per-month service for film fans, will let subscribers watch unlimited movies …
Discussion: The Download Blog, GigaOM and CNET News
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Tale Of Two iPhones  —  A new iPhone is approaching — this, everyone knows.  While WWDC came and went without an announcement, this was expected.  Instead, this year it will be all about the fall — with new hardware hitting just in time for the formal launch of iOS 5.  But what exactly will the new hardware be?
Discussion: Digital Trends and Daring Fireball
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Report: Apple is building two (!) iPhones for September release
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7.5 Mango in-depth preview (video)  —  Make no mistake, Microsoft isn't playing coy in the smartphone market any longer.  The folks in Redmond are making a significant jump forward in the mobile arena, announcing that the upcoming version of Windows Phone, codenamed “Mango,” …
Discussion: Pocket-lint
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple to move ARM SoC production away from Samsung in 2012  —  Apple's increasingly tenuous relationship with Samsung as a component supplier for its mobile devices could end next year, according to numerous sources inside the semiconductor industry.  The company will likely tap contract fab …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
(Not so) Crazy Microsoft Rumors: Windows 8 to RTM in April 2012  —  It's been a while since I blogged about another of my (not so) crazy Microsoft rumors.  It's also been a while since I've heard any kind of an update on Windows 8 timing.  In that spirit — here's the latest …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Hulu Buyers Would Get Exclusive Content, With Strings Attached  —  A few days after the news first broke that Hulu is for sale, we know a bit more about what, exactly, that means.  Here's where things stand right now.  —  Hulu's owner/partners — Disney's ABC and News Corp.'s Fox …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Electronista and Betabeat
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
France Telecom Debuts the Data Plan of the Future  —  While carriers in the United States have talked about having one data plan that can be shared among a number of digital devices, one international telecom company is already putting the plan into action.  —  For a couple of months now …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The iPhone at four; growing up or just growing?  —  Ever since the iPhone launched four years ago (to the day), the question on everyone's mind has been: When will Apple expand the portfolio to reach into all market segments?  I remember thinking in 2007 whether it would be in six months …
James Kanter / New York Times:
French Company Says It Will File Anticompetitive Suit Against Google, Seeking Damages  —  BRUSSELS — An Internet company in France says it will seek heavy damages from Google in what it says is the largest claim of its kind in Europe against the American giant.
Discussion: Reuters and Bloomberg
Laura June / This is my next:
Sony VAIO Z debuts in Europe: external GPU, Light Peak, and new look included  —  Sony Europe has just announced full details of its brand new 13.1-inch VAIO Z, and it's a real looker.  The big news here is the external GPU and optical drive, or what Sony's calling the Power Media Dock.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Massive Solar Flare Of Activity Pushes Tumblr To 400 Million Pageviews A Day  —  Last month, founder David Karp noted that Tumblr was now seeing over 250 million pageviews a day.  As we noted, that was incredible since as recently as July of 2009, they were seeing 250 million pageviews for the entire month.
Discussion: @ia
Agence France Presse:
Guns, grenades and iPads for Singapore soldiers  —  SINGAPORE (AFP) - New recruits to Singapore's military, air force and navy are to get a new standard-issue item of equipment besides their rifle — the iPad.  —  The defence ministry said Monday it will be issuing “about 8,000” of the sleek …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
TomTom lowers guidance again as customers seek cheap, converged navigation solutions  —  TomTom on Monday lowered its 2011 financial outlook again as consumer interest in dedicated navigation devices dwindles.  Despite beating second-quarter revenue estimates, the Dutch company cut …
Discussion: Reuters
Rue Liu / SlashGear:
Apple Now Number One Mobile Brand In Australia  —  The Apple brand continues to surge when it comes to mobile devices despite the growing competition.  According to a new report from IDC, the first quarter 2011 results show that Apple has become the number one mobile brand in Australia for the very first time.
 
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Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Acer's AC700 Chromebook coming to the US this month for $350, 3G model arriving later this summer
Discussion: 9to5 Google and Electronista
Michael Kan / PC World:
HP to Build Regional China HQ in Shanghai
Discussion: ITProPortal
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Intel's Cloverview scheduled to hit around the same time as Windows 8, will go up against ARM devices
Discussion: Softpedia News
Faith Merino / VatorNews:
Artist launches album exclusively on Groupon
Discussion: Business Wire, Prefix and SiliconFilter
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Answers.com Gets Gutted By Its New Owner: Massive Layoffs, CEO And CTO Out
Discussion: The Business Insider
Tom / fring:
NEW! Fun Group Video Chat for iPad: Full Size!
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Exclusive: Yahoo launching Hadoop spinoff this week
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
 Earlier Items: 
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Former YouSendIt CEO pleads guilty to Web attack on his old company
Discussion: Neowin.net
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PayPal Hits 100 Million Active Users
Discussion: Softpedia News, paidContent and FM Blog
Bilal Hameed / SocialTimes:
NetFlix Offers Different Stream Quality Options For Users With Bandwidth Limits
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iOS 5 beta hobbles OS downgrades, untethered jailbreaks
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Google curbs Web map exposing phone locations
Discussion: Electronista