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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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The HP TouchPad Will Come With Its Own Facebook Tablet App (Leaked Pics)  —  The world has been waiting for an official Facebook tablet app, and waiting, and waiting.  But that app may not appear on the iPad first (although Facebook is working on an iPad app for sure).
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Austin Carr / Fast Company:
HP: TouchPad's WebOS Threatens Android, Apple iOS  —  Richard Kerris, the former Apple exec, is gliding through his presentation of HP's TouchPad.  As the current VP of worldwide developer relations for WebOS, the slick software giving life to HP's latest mobile devices …
Discussion: parislemon
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”.
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: Neowin.net and VentureBeat
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.
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 …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google now activates 500,000 Android devices every day  —  Google's Android chief Andy Rubin tweeted this morning to announce that Google is now activating 500,000 device each day, a 100,000 increase since it's last announcement on figures at Google I/O in May.
Discussion: @arubin
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Opera Hits 200 Million Users; Debuts A New Featherweight Look And More In Version 11.5  —  When you're in fifth place in the browser races, there's room to be a little goofy.  That's why it can be a pleasure to read the releases coming from Opera Software, the quirky Oslo-based company responsible …
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 and All About Symbian
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
Jane L. Levere / New York Times:
The Virtual Hotel Concierge  —  Some hotels have begun to expand the definition of concierge to mean more than just a knowledgeable employee.  It now can also mean smart digital devices.  Software companies are creating programs that offer information like restaurant tips …
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
James Kanter / New York Times:
Google Threatened With $421 Million Claim in France  —  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.  —  The action, which the company, 1plusV …
Discussion: paidContent, Bloomberg and The Next Web
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.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Paris Hilton Taps GroupMe for Her New TV Show  —  The Oxygen Network's new show “The World According to Paris” will soon start promoting tiny start-up GroupMe with an on-air TV spot to encourage private viewer conversations using the group texting service.  —  Getting a plug from Paris Hilton …
Discussion: The Wire, Thanks:brewpr
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
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 …
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 …
 
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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 and Electronista
Faith Merino / VatorNews:
Artist launches album exclusively on Groupon
Discussion: Business Wire, Prefix and SiliconFilter
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Will the NY Times Give David Pogue Another Pass on Ethics?
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Answers.com Gets Gutted By Its New Owner: Massive Layoffs, CEO And CTO Out
Discussion: The Business Insider and Pulse2
 Earlier Items: 
Tom / fring:
NEW! Fun Group Video Chat for iPad: Full Size!
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Exclusive: Yahoo launching Hadoop spinoff this week
Discussion: Softpedia News and ReadWriteWeb
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
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Reject Ban on Violent Video Games for Children
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iOS 5 beta hobbles OS downgrades, untethered jailbreaks