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2:25 PM ET, June 28, 2011

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Vic Gundotra / The Official Google Blog:
Introducing the Google+ project: Real-life sharing, rethought for the web  —  Among the most basic of human needs is the need to connect with others.  With a smile, a laugh, a whisper or a cheer, we connect with others every single day.  —  Today, the connections between people increasingly happen online.
Discussion: @f, @ryantate, @csoghoian and @megan
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's Facebook Competitor, The Google+ Social Network, Finally Arrives  —  Google's long expected second shot at taking on Facebook in the social networking space has arrived in the form of the Google+ Project.  It has some interesting twists on the social networking model but is far from a Facebook-killer.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google+ Project: It's Social, It's Bold, It's Fun, And It Looks Good — Now For The Hard Part  —  Last night, you may have heard talk of a mysterious black bar appearing on the top of Google.com.  Or you may have even seen it yourself.  No, you weren't hallucinating.  It was a sign of something about to show itself.
Steven Levy / Epicenter:
Inside Google+ — How the Search Giant Plans to Go Social  —  Today, Google, the world's largest search company, is formally making its pitch to become a major force in social networking.  The product it's announcing is called Google +, and observers might wonder whether it's simply …
Discussion: @jkottke
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Myspace Sale Nearing End Today With Low $30M Price and Buyer You Never Heard Of  —  It was just supposed to be a three-hour tour, um, quick sale process!  —  But, like a storm-tossed ship looking for any safe harbor, the Myspace sale is still chugging along …
Woody Leonhard / InfoWorld:
Office 365 vs. Google Apps: The InfoWorld review  —  With Office 365 now available in final form, here's what you need to know to decide if Office 365 or Google Apps (or neither) is right for your organization  —  Everything's going to the cloud, but only the hopelessly naïve would believe it's a stairway to heaven.
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Microsoft Launches Office 365 Globally
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Quietly Rolls Out WDYL.com: A Range Of Google Product Results On One Page  —  This morning, we got tipped to check out wdyl.com.  The tipster noted that it was apparently a new Google site attempting to “create a unified UI to search in multiple channels”.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Launches “What Do You Love” Search, To Find Google Services
Discussion: Computerworld
Kate Kelly / The Strategy Sesion Blog:
Morgan Stanley to Lead Zynga IPO: Sources  —  Zynga is planning to file its initial public offering documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission as early as Wednesday, and wants to raise between $1.5 billion and $2 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Apple refunding pros for Final Cut Pro X  —  Apple have been processing refunds for Final Cut Pro X as complaints flood in from grumpy pros - and it seems they are taking a lenient approach.  —  Although the iTunes / App Store terms and conditions state that ‘all sales are final’ …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The HP TouchPad Will Come With Its Own Facebook Tablet App (Leaked Pics)  —  The world has been waiting for an official Facebook tablet app, and waiting, and waiting.  But that app may not appear on the iPad first (although Facebook is working on an iPad app for sure).
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Austin Carr / Fast Company:
HP: TouchPad's WebOS Threatens Android, Apple iOS
Discussion: GMSV
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google now activates 500,000 Android devices every day  —  Google's Android chief Andy Rubin tweeted this morning to announce that Google is now activating 500,000 devices each day, a 100,000 increase since it's last announcement at Google I/O in May.  —  Rubin's tweet also states …
Joe Brockmeier / Network World:
Facebook bans KDE application, deletes user photos  —  KDE users have gotten a rather unpleasant surprise from Facebook: Not only is the site blocking KDE apps like Gwenview from uploading, the social media giant has also taken down photos uploaded with the KDE plugins.
Discussion: ZDNet, ITProPortal and The Next Web
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Amazon Starts an Ad Network, Powered by Your Data  —  You can buy just about anything on Amazon.com, including advertising.  Now Amazon is selling ads on other people's sites, too.  —  The e-commerce giant has started what is effectively an ad network*, where it buys Web advertising inventory and resells it to marketers at a premium.
Discussion: 9to5 Google
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
Sprint's Hesse Pushes to Stop T-Mobile/AT&T  —  Dan Hesse's White Room is closely guarded even within Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) The chief executive officer carries the only key and draws black curtains over his scribblings before leaving.  This is where Hesse retreats to map out “nukes” in red …
Staci Pies / The Big Blog:
Skype is in 'Da House  —  Being a Member of Congress means juggling a schedule that would be unthinkable for most of us.  Members travel back and forth between Washington, D.C. and their home districts several times a month.  This travel schedule has become more important as Members …
Angela Watercutter / Epicenter:
All-You-Can-Watch MoviePass Brings Netflix Model to Theaters  —  Updated: Information on 3-D and Imax pricing and a comment from an analyst were added to this story June 27, 2011, at 11:20 a.m. Pacific.  —  MoviePass, a new $50-per-month service for film fans, will let subscribers watch unlimited movies …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Anonymous Declares War On The City Of Orlando  —  The hacktivist group Anonymous may be setting its sights on the city of Orlando, Florida next, if an anonymous press release which has landed in our inbox is to be believed (see bellow).  The group is threatening to take down a different city …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
LeapFrog Unveils Tablet Computer for Children  —  All parents who own an iPad know this: Their kids want to play with the iPad as much as they do, and that means they have to share.  —  Now LeapFrog, the educational toy maker, may provide some relief.  The company on Tuesday unveiled …
Discussion: Engadget
Laura June / This is my next:
Sony VAIO Z debuts in Europe: external GPU, Light Peak, and new look included  —  Sony Europe has just announced full details of its brand new 13.1-inch VAIO Z, and it's a real looker.  The big news here is the external GPU and optical drive, or what Sony's calling the Power Media Dock.
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
The Fastest Mobile Networks 2011  —  PCMag hit the road to test eight 3G and 4G networks in 21 U.S. cities.  Before you buy your next phone or tablet, find out which wireless carrier has the fastest data network where you live.  —  With smartphone innovation moving at a breakneck pace …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
AOL Gets Into Music Subscriptions, Again  —  There are a lot of companies trying to sell monthly subscriptions for digital music services.  Add one more: AOL.  —  Later this summer the Web site will begin selling access to two new premium Web radio services, which will let listeners enjoy digital radio via …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Skype video chat on iPad app moves Microsoft closer to Apple  —  Optimized Skype for iPad app to surface Tuesday; could make Apple a part of Windows Live, analysts say  —  Computerworld - Skype is reportedly set to release a video chat app optimized for Apple's iPad even as the maker of video …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The iPhone at four; growing up or just growing?  —  Ever since the iPhone launched four years ago (to the day), the question on everyone's mind has been: When will Apple expand the portfolio to reach into all market segments?  I remember thinking in 2007 whether it would be in six months …
AppleInsider:
Apple releases $49 Thunderbolt cable, offers external RAID systems  —  Apple on Tuesday added a new $49 Thunderbolt high-speed data cable to its online store, as well as a handful of external RAID storage options starting at $999.  —  The new Thunderbolt cable measures 2 meters and supports …
 
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