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Here’s a handful of interesting tech stories from around the web for Tuesday, May 22.

It’s Official: Google Is Now a Hardware Company [Businessweek]

How the Motorola deal went down, what it means, and where Google-Rola goes from here.

The 101 Tech People You Have To Follow On Twitter [Business Insider]

If you’re not on Twitter, then you don’t know what’s happening in the tech world. It’s the best place to find smart, short analysis, as well as the stories everyone is talking about.

Apple still dominates world’s top brands: study [Reuters]

Apple has maintained its place as the world’s most valuable brand over the past year, leading a group of technology-related companies that dominate the top 10, according to a study published on Tuesday.

How Amazon is changing the rules for books and movies [CNET]

The online retail giant is tapping its huge customer base and vast technical underpinnings to reshape the way books, movies, and television programs are made.

Zuckerberg’s Property Status, Post-Marriage [New York Times]

The new Mrs. Mark Zuckerberg might not have to worry much about money, but that doesn’t mean she is automatically a billionaire.

Likely next-generation iPhone with 3.9-inch display, 1136 x 640 resolution in testing [9to5 Mac]

Apple is testing multiple next-generation iPhones, and we have independently heard that at least one of these devices sports a brand new display.

AmEx to Offer a Prepaid Debit Card that Rewards Users in FarmVille Cash [All Things D]

American Express and Zynga are rolling out a rewards program today that will allow players to earn virtual currency when they spend money in the real world.

Amazon Appstore’s Test Drive try before you buy feature now available on Android phones [Engadget]

When Amazon’s Appstore initially appeared on the Android scene last year, one of its most innovative features was a Test Drive virtual machine that let users try out apps for free from their desktop, and now that technology has come back to the handset.

ITC judge says Apple, RIM still aren’t violating Kodak patent [Ars Technica]

The US International Trade Commission has again sided with Apple and Research In Motion in their patent disputes with Kodak.

Europe’s antitrust chief urges Google to settle allegations [L.A. Times]

Europe’s top antitrust official said that Google Inc. may have abused its dominance to squelch online competition and urged the company to settle allegations to avoid formal charges that could carry a hefty fine.

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