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5:35 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.
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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.
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 …
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.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Google Yawn  —  I've been to so many big earth-shaking events from BigTechCo's — today's Google thing is making me yawn, while my eyes glaze over in boredom.  —  Here's how products like this are conceived:  —  1. We need to kill Facebook.  —  2. What will we do.  —  3. It can't just be Facebook.
Chris Wiggins / The Official Google Blog:
Evolving the Google design and experience
Discussion: Inside Search
Biz Stone:
It's So Obvious  —  My career in developing large scale systems that allow people to express themselves and communicate started in 1999 with Xanga.  I left after a couple years and got more academic about the democratization of information on the web.  Ironically, I wrote two books about blogging.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Biz Stone Steps Back From Twitter To Relaunch Obvious With Ev Williams And Jason Goldman
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
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:
Microsoft Launches Office 365 Globally
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Microsoft Office 365 debuts with small-biz focus
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 …
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Kate Kelly / The Strategy Sesion Blog:
Zynga IPO Implies a $15-$20 Billion Valuation  —  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’ …
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.
Brian Fitzpatrick / Data Liberation:
The Data Liberation Front Delivers Google Takeout  —  Since we began in 2007, the Data Liberation Front has been focused on one thing: making it easier for you to take your data in and out of Google.  Our first step was to make it easier to get your data out of our products, one product at a time.
Discussion: 9to5 Google and Smarterware
Verne G. Kopytoff / Bits:
Yahoo Creates Company to Profit From Hadoop Software  —  Recent successes at Yahoo are few and far between as it tries to overhaul a slumping business.  One notable exception - at least for Silicon Valley's engineers - is the company's role in pioneering Hadoop, free software for managing supersized amounts of information.
Discussion: PC World, Yahoo! and YDN Blog
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.
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”.
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 …
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 …
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
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Ifeelgoods Raises $6.5 Million To Ride The Facebook Credits Wave  —  In a couple of days, Facebook will require game developers to implement its Facebook Credits currency, as announced in January 2011 (much to the dismay of some developers, although we should also note that several juggernauts …
Alyson Shontell / The Wire:
Tech-Obsessed Ashton Kutcher Joins SB Nation's Advisory Board  —  Jim Bankoff, chairman/CEO of SB Nation, just announced via Twitter that Ashton Kutcher has joined the sports site's board of advisors.  —  He writes:  —  “Proud to welcome @aplusk as our latest @sbnation advisor.
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
The Gaga Effect Spreads to Tumblr  —  Is there any technology platform that Lady Gaga, the eccentric and entertaining pop songstress, can't dominate?  She's already appeared in a commercial for Google Chrome, debuted her own game on Farmville, crashed Amazon's servers and partnered with companies …
Discussion: Betabeat and Mashable!
 
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Skype Employees Were Briefed in Plain English — The Internal Equity Incentive Plan Deck
Discussion: The Business Insider
Pascal Finette / The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla Launches Web FWD
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel to continue working on MeeGo, despite Nokia exit
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Symantec Analysis of Apple's iOS and Google's Android Platform Cites Improved Security over PCs, but Major Gaps Remain
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
AOL Gets Into Music Subscriptions, Again
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Isabel Reynolds / Reuters:
Sony says protecting content made it hackers' target
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
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