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June 28, 2012, 9:50 AM

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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Google's Andy Rubin and Asus' Jonney Shih on How They Cooked Up the Nexus 7  —  Building the Nexus 7 tablet was no easy task, says Asus Chairman Jonney Shih.  —  First off, Google gave the company only four months to build the product.  Then there was the task of building a high-end tablet that could sell for just $200.
Brian Klug / AnandTech:
Google Nexus 7 and Android 4.1 - Mini Review  —  The fact that Google launched a 7" tablet by ASUS isn't a particularly huge surprise, given that ASUS showed off the Eee Pad Memo back at CES.  The story goes that Google liked that particular tablet so much, it became slotted in to become …
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Nexus 7 8GB coming to UK mid-July for £159, 16GB version arriving at retailers July 27th for £199  —  We've just had word from ASUS that the 16GB variant of the Nexus 7 will arrive on UK shelves on July 27th — slightly later than the 8GB model, which will be sold exclusively through Google Play from mid-July.
Bloomberg:
Apple Said To Prepare ITunes Changes To Improve Sharing  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) plans an overhaul of iTunes that would mark one of the largest changes to the world's biggest music store since its 2003 debut, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Google Nexus Q media streamer: first impressions and video  —  One of Google's surprises yesterday was the Nexus Q media streamer, a product that sees the company expanding into the living room with its own branded hardware.  The Nexus Q differs from competing devices in that it only serves as a conduit.
Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
Megaupload Search Warrants Ruled Illegal by High Court  —  A case that seemed, just 5 months ago, to be a veritable David and Goliath fight is certainly living up to its billing.  —  The battle between Megaupload (David) and the US Government and the MPAA (Goliath) started out with a flurry …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google vs everyone: an epic war on many fronts  —  June, it seems, is the season for new product announcements in Silicon Valley.  At its annual WWDC shindig, Apple announced a slew of new products including its hot-new Macbook Pro with Retina display and iOS 6.
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Google's Play Store Now Lets Users Remotely Update And Uninstall Android Apps  —  All Googled out yet?  I can't blame you if you are, but it seems that the company has been even busier than their two hour press conference let on.  —  In addition to pushing the Android version of their Chrome browser …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Rupert Murdoch Announces The News Corp. Divorce: The Full Memo  —  Here's Rupert Murdoch's official “internal” announcement explaining the News Corp. split.  —  The important stuff:  — Murdoch will remain CEO of both the publishing business and the entertainment business.
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Hands-on with new Google+ tablet app and events features (video)  —  Outside of the web interface, Google has brought its social network to tablets for the first time ever.  The new app is available now (you'll need Android 4. or greater to get the full experience), and beyond including …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Peter Ha / TechCrunch:
Project Glass Is The Future Of Google  —  Over the last few years one could easily say that Google had lost their way.  They were no longer known for search.  Somehow they'd turned into a company that acquired a series of nonsensical entities, launched half baked products that eventually hit …
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
EXCLUSIVE: Google+ History API will bring in your past updates from around the web  —  Stop the dadgum presses!  Googler Louis Gray just told us about a new Google+ feature that you won't read about anywhere else.  —  Called Google+ History, this new API will let you add past statuses …
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Institutional Venture Partners Raises $1 Billion For Fund XIV, Its Biggest Yet  —  Angel investing may be hot, but it looks like things are not too shabby for the tech industry's most powerful late-stage venture capital firms either.  —  Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Google to merge Hangouts, Talk & Messenger  —  Google is working on unifying its various real-time messaging applications across all devices, and the result could be a unified messenger that allows you to do one-on-one chats as well as group video Hangouts.  That's the major news out of a session …
Danielle Kucera / Bloomberg:
Amazon Said To Add Social Features To Digital Games For Tablet  —  Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) will make it easier for developers to add social features to games for the Kindle Fire tablet, a person with knowledge of the matter said, working to narrow Apple (AAPL) Inc.'s lead in the market for tablets.
Jiabei Lei / Google LatLong:
Go offline with Google Maps for Android  —  Having an Internet connection has always been a key requirement for using Google Maps for Android... until now.  —  A few weeks ago we told you that offline Google Maps for Android was coming.  Now, you can download the latest version of the app in Google Play …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Wickr Lets Your iPhone Send Both Encrypted And Self-Destructing Messages  —  Encryption is meant to keep your messages secret from any third-party eavesdropper-what security pros call a “man-in-the-middle” attack.  But what about that more common problem, the man-on-the-other-end?
More: CNET, Bits and Computerworld
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Google App Engine gets more global  —  Google App Engine got some important feature updates Wednesday as well as new European data centers that could make the platform more attractive to developers outside the U.S. That should help prove to skeptics that Google is serious about its platform …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Expands Maps & Places APIs With Reviews, Transit & More  —  Google announced a few upgrades and new features to its Maps and Places APIs during the Google I/O developers conference on Wednesday.  —  On the API front, Google Maps' Product Manager Thor Mitchell announced that business reviews …
Juliet Chung / Wall Street Journal:
SEC Slaps Falcone With Suit  —  U.S. securities regulators accused hedge-fund manager Philip Falcone of putting his own interests, including Manhattan townhouses, a security detail and other trappings of a “lavish lifestyle,” ahead of investors in his firm, Harbinger Capital Partners LLC.
More: The Verge
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Amazon's Jeff Bezos Among Backers Pumping $6M Into Photo-Editing Start-Up Aviary  —  Spark Capital, Bezos Expeditions and other strategic investors have poured another $6 million into Aviary, a photo-editing tools company.  —  Aviary said it is used regularly by eight million people across …
More: GeekWire
Susan Crawford / scrawford.net:
The sledgehammer of usage-based billing  —  Brian Stelter's article today, “Sweeping Effects as Broadband Moves To Meters,” illuminates a part of the local cable monopoly story for high-speed Internet access and the consequences of this power for America's future.
John Jannarone / Wall Street Journal:
News Corp. Board Approves Split in Principle  —  News Corp.'s board unanimously approved a plan to split the media conglomerate in two pieces, separating its lucrative entertainment operations from its publishing business, said a person familiar with the situation.

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