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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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Steven Levy / Wired.com:
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: CNN and @fromedome
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: Fortune and NBC Bay Area
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Watch @ev and @biz announce their latest venture, The Obvious Corporation, at #AspenIdeas - http://as.pn/64
Discussion: Aspen Ideas Festival
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 …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   Sean Parker On Why Myspace Lost To Facebook
Patrick Gray / risky.biz:
Groupon leaks entire Indian user database  —  The entire user database of Groupon's Indian subsidiary Sosasta.com was accidentally published to the Internet and indexed by Google.  The database includes the e-mail addresses and clear-text passwords of the site's 300,000 users.
Chris Wiggins / The Official Google Blog:
Evolving the Google design and experience  —  Starting today, you might begin noticing that things look a little different across Google products.  We're working on a project to bring you a new and improved Google experience, and over the next few months, you'll continue to see more updates to our look and feel.
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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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Major development in Facebook case: Paul Ceglia's lawyers quit  —  Status update on Paul Ceglia, the New York state man who claims he is entitled to half of Mark Zuckerberg's multibillion-dollar stake in Facebook: The big-firm lawyers who lent credibility to his case have quit.
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.
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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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.
EOSHD:
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’ …
GFI Labs blog:
Thousands of Tumblr Logins Stolen in Phishing Attack  —  The past few days have seen a rather aggressive phish attack targeting users of popular Microblogging service Tumblr.  What started off as a strange (if rather basic) “click the link to see an advert” scam has now become a phishing problem …
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Adobe welcomes Final Cut Pro users with open arms  —  Apple has been dealing with some complaints from Final Cut Pro X users who feel the new application is not up to the professional level they've come to expect from the app.  Not surprisingly, Adobe is stepping up to welcome those dissatisfied users to Premiere Pro.
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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.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
FBI Raids Iowa Woman's Home in Lulz Security Hacker Investigation  —  The hacking group Lulz Security ended its 50-day reign of terror this weekend, but law enforcement's hunt for its members will go on.  Last week, FBI agents raided an Iowa woman's home because of her connections to the group.
Discussion: msnbc.com and Gizmodo Australia
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!
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google's Search Results Now Highlight Content Creators  —  When it comes to figuring out which search result you want to click on, most users just gravitate towards the first three links.  These days, Google and Microsoft are adding more social signals to their search results pages to give …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Skype Employees Were Briefed in Plain English — The Internal Equity Incentive Plan Deck  —  I have largely stayed away from opining about the he-said-he-said over what or what not Skype employees were told about the treatment of their stock options in legal contracts.
Discussion: The Business Insider
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
 
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Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Army Times, Defense News, other Gannett government sites hacked; reader data accessed
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Google taps former Microsoft prosecutor amid probe
Richard Allen Greene / CNN:
Pope sends first tweet, launching new Vatican site
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Post
Alyson Shontell / The Business Insider:
Google, GroupMe and Twilio Being Sued For Spam In A Class Action Lawsuit
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Ifeelgoods Raises $6.5 Million To Ride The Facebook Credits Wave
Pascal Finette / The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla Launches Web FWD
Discussion: finette.com
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel to continue working on MeeGo, despite Nokia exit
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Alyson Shontell / The Wire:
Tech-Obsessed Ashton Kutcher Joins SB Nation's Advisory Board
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
AOL Gets Into Music Subscriptions, Again
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Google now activates 500,000 Android devices every day
 

 
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