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News Summary: Google sells small tablet

The Associated Press

Hugo Barra, Director of Google Product Management, holds up the new Google Nexus7 tablet at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

THE DEBUT: Google will start selling a small tablet computer bearing its brand. It's an attempt to catch up to Apple and Amazon in the growing market for tablet computers.

DETAILS: Called the Nexus 7, it will start shipping next month. It will sell for $199 — the same as Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle Fire, but much cheaper than Apple Inc.'s iPad.

MAKER: Although the tablet carries the Google brand, the machine will be made by AsusTek Computer Inc.