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Google Play Books Arrives In France Following The Settlement Of All Outstanding Legal Disputes

Last month, Google announced that it would be ending all legal disputes with French authors and publishers in an effort to bring books to a wider audience. The announcement came following the French Publishers and Author's Associations withdrawal of their suits against Google, and marked a "win-win solution" which opened "the possibility for out-of-print books to reach a wide audience," while maintaining commercial rights for authors.

Following up on that announcement, Google added a post to its European Public Policy Blog today indicating that Google Play Books has officially arrived in France.

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Amazon Wireless Offering New Deals On HTC EVO 4G LTE, Motorola Droid Razr, Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus, And Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III

It's nothing new to see Amazon Wireless undercutting the brick and mortar mobile phone shops, but this slew of newly announced deals is fairly good. Some of the top selling phones, several of them still brand new, are on sale for anyone signing up as a new customer.

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The Motorola Droid Razr is the oldest phone among the bunch, having come out late last year. It is also the only Verizon deal being offered; although $0.01 isn't bad.

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Google Provides Official Update On Nexus 7 Pre-Order Shipments

Just after giving the 8GB Nexus 7 "In Stock" status, Google has published an official update on the 7's pre-order shipping situation.  The statement, which should placate users who have felt in the dark about the status of their Nexus 7 orders, explains that all standalone 8GB Nexus 7 orders (without cases or other accessories) have been shipped, and that by the end of the day July 19th, all standalone 16GB orders placed through July 11th will be shipped as well (including upgraded overnight shipping).

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Nexus 7 8GB Finally In Stock On The Play Store, Delivered In 3-5 Days

Ever since the Nexus 7 was first announced, it has been in "ships soon" status on the Play Store. No matter how many times you F5'd it, nothing changed (don't lie - you know you did it). Then, a few days ago Google confirmed that pre-ordered N7s had started shipping. Heck, you could even walk in to some retailers and buy one. But if you're one of those Play Store purists (do those really exist?) the time has come: the 8GB Nexus 7 is now available directly from El Goog itself.

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[Update: Gray Now In Stock] ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 Pops Up On Amazon In Multiple Colors And Capacities, Keyboard Docks Too

Update: It looks like Amazon got its shipment in before expected, as the gray TF700 has just switched over to "in stock." As a result, Amazon is now sending out notifications to everyone who has already ordered to let them know that their tablet is on the way:

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So if you haven't already, now may be the time to order! Thanks, David!

Office Depot beat them to the punch, but if you want options when buying a shiny new ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700, you'd best check out Amazon.

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Kyocera Hydro Lands On Boost Mobile, "Where You At?" Can Now Be Answered With "Under The Sea"

Okay, so Kyocera's not really known for producing the best smartphones. And Boost Mobile is perhaps best known for mildly entertaining ads and cheap plans, compared to the big dogs. If you're not interested in having the latest and greatest, if your primary concern for network carrier is price, and if you spend a lot of time making phone calls under water, then I've got some great news for you: the Kyocera Hail Hydro is coming to Boost Mobile for $129 (no contract) on August 3rd.

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CyanogenMod 10 Preview Builds Available For Galaxy S III On AT&T, T-Mobile, And Sprint

CyanogenMod 10 is still cooking, and heck, CM9 isn't even fully baked for all devices yet. That hasn't stopped Steve Kondik, aka the guy who puts the Cyanogen in CyanogenMod, from posting preview builds of CM10 over on XDA for the AT&T and T-Mobile Galaxy S III variants. Plus, a third preview build being posted for the Sprint version by another developer. Keep in mind, of course, that "preview build" translates into "absolutely nothing is guaranteed to work." It is exciting, nonetheless.

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T-Mobile Officially Announces Its Own Galaxy Note To Be Made Available "In The Coming Weeks"

While Verizon tries to figure out how to get people to want the Optimus Vu, T-Mobile has just announced that everyone's favorite phablet – the Samsung Galaxy Note – will be available on the magenta network "in the coming weeks." This isn't exactly a concrete timeframe, nor does it align with previous rumors of a July 11th release. It will also be interesting to see whether Sammy does indeed announce a Galaxy Note 2 in Berlin in accordance with recent rumblings.

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Exclusive: Want A Phablet On Verizon? Here Is The Upcoming 5" VZW LG Optimus Vu [Photos]

If you were hoping to see a phablet device like the Samsung Galaxy Note on Verizon, Big Red's upcoming device is going to technically fit the bill. Except instead of the enjoyable, well designed, and globally acclaimed device, you will get this horrendous boxy eyesore, complete with a 4:3 CRT-like aspect ratio: the LG Optimus Vu.

Here it is, in all its glory monstrosity, next to... yup, the 4.8" Galaxy S III.

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Sprint Announces HTC EVO 3D And EVO Design Will Be Updated To Ice Cream Sandwich By Early August

If you bought a pre-LTE Evo phone in the last year and you've been feeling left out in the cold, worry not. Sprint and HTC are in the process of bringing Ice Cream Sandwich to your device. If your device happens to be an Evo 3D or Evo Design, that is. The older flagship Evo and this year's midrange phone are slated to reach Android 4.0 sometime in August.

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Yes, we know that once again, it's not Jelly Bean.

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