June 28, 2013, 8:50 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 …
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
BlackBerry ships 6.8 million smartphones but loses $84 million in Q1 2014  —  Every quarter is pivotal for BlackBerry right now, but the one covered by today's earnings report (Q1 2014, in fiscal terms) is especially important.  It's the first full period of Z10 availability and also the first quarter …
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 …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Facebook announces Beta Program for its main Android app, ironically uses Google Groups  —  In a meeting with journalists today, Facebook announced it's offering a Beta Program for its app on Android, allowing users to test upcoming versions.  The first beta will be available today.
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 …
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.
Andy / TorrentFreak:
UK Government Announces New Intellectual Property Crime Unit  —  Earlier this month it became evident that UK police were becoming more involved in the music and movie industries' fight against unauthorized online sharing.  —  The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) …
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 …
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 …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Uber brings its private car service to Taipei, Taiwan, its second new launch in Asia this week  —  Uber's foray into Asia continues after the US-headquartered private car hire firm launched in ‘stealth mode’ in Taipei, Taiwan.  The rollout is its second new launch in Asia this week …
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 …
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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.

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