Rumor Roundup: iPad Plus? Facebook fees? iPod touch 3G?

By Jeff Somogyi, dealnews writer

A sample of the rumors floating around the Internet:

  • Apple launching Lion on July 14?
    macgasm says the date is sooner than we think. In-store celebrations were going to involve an actual Lion Launch, until those PETA kids in their Animal RightsMobile pulled up and saved the day. Old Man Jobs said, as they took him away, "I'd have gotten away with it if it weren't for those meddling kids and their ethics!"
  • Facebook to start charging a fee for select services?
    It's all based on a viral post that's been cropping up everywhere on Facebook, says Huffpost Tech. Though baseless in reality, I could get behind a small fee for certain things on Facebook. Like, for instance, a 5-cent charge to post a comment to my wall would make people think twice about what they put there. "First post"? Good job, that'll cost you a nickel!
  • Next-gen iPod touch will have 3G connectivity?
    ZDNet used Google Translate on a Dutch blog to come up with this one. It would, essentially, turn an iPod into an iPhone without the phone. Which means that all those people who say of their iPhone, "The call quality's terrible — but who uses their phone to make calls, these days! Guffaw!" are going to have to come up with a better excuse, or get an iPod.
  • Google flight search service launching soon?
    DigitalTrends says the site is almost ready to go live. So it won't be too long until we can find and book a flight online using Google Checkout, then +1 it to Buzz as a YouTube video as we receive gmail confirmation on our Android phone! Who says Google is too invasive into our lives?!
  • Apple iPad Plus coming in September?
    The folks over at Apple Insider say it would include an HD screen and professional software, making it a "high end model." You know ... as opposed to the cheap, affordable-to-everyone version they currently offer.
  • RIM developing an AppleTV-like device?
    The Inquisitr seems to think, with RIM's failing phone division and lackluster tablet sales, that getting into a new sector of technology is a good idea. You'd be spreading yourself thinner than a layer of Vegemite on toast, RIM. (And that's pretty thin, if you want the bread to still be edible.)
  • China to invest $1.2 billion into Facebook?
    It's a match made in heaven, as neither respects the privacy of their denizens. (Via TG Daily)

Jeff Somogyi is the dealnews Media Editor. For more of his thoughts, scary though they might be, follow him via Twitter or read his blog.
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