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9:40 AM ET, June 29, 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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Google+ won't hurt Facebook, but Skype will hate it  —  Google launched its much awaited and highly anticipated social networking platform today to a limited number of users.  Dubbed Google+ (Plus), the service may take its cue from social networking giant Facebook …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Simply Zesty
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 …
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Does The Google+ Interface Remind You Of Facebook?  You're Not The Only One  —  There's no question about it: Google+ genuinely looks good.  But, as thousands of people have already noted and joked about, it also really does look a lot like Facebook.  —  UX designer and consultant UXboy agrees …
Discussion: The Business Insider and @uxboy
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines Blog:
Beware the buzz about Google+
Discussion: TechCrunch, parislemon and PE Hub Blog
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
While We Await The Native App, The Google+ iPhone Mobile Web App Is Pretty Solid
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Dave Winer / Scripting News:   Google Yawn  —  I've been to so many big earth-shaking events …
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: TG Daily, @sjcobrien and thinq_
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple officially responds to Final Cut Pro X complaints with new FAQ website, next ‘major release’ coming with fixes  —  By now, most people that are interested in Apple and/or video editing have heard about the ongoing criticism towards Apple's latest professional movie making software …
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Adobe welcomes Final Cut Pro users with open arms
Discussion: SlashGear, AppleInsider and All New Musings, Thanks:theloop1
Ben Horowitz / ben's blog:
Why the Browser Matters … Before my partner Marc Andreessen and his friends at the University of Illinois invented the browser in 1993, most people thought only scientists and researchers would use the Internet.  The Internet was thought to be too arcane, insecure and slow to meet real business needs.
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Dan Frommer / The Business Insider:
Square Raises $100 Million Round At $1 Billion Valuation, Led By Kleiner Perkins  —  Square, the mobile payments company led by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, is raising $100 million in new financing, led by big-time VC firm Kleiner Perkins, the WSJ reports.  —  The round values Square at $1 billion …
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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.
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.
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Groupon Cedes Share of Daily Deals to LivingSocial, Yipit Says  —  Groupon's share of online daily deals slipped to 48% in May, from 52% in April, as rivals including LivingSocial closed in on its market lead  —  (Bloomberg) — Groupon Inc.'s share of online daily deals slipped to 48 percent …
Luisa Kroll / Worth While:
Facebook's Zuckerberg Is Now Richer Than The Google Guys  —  In news reported by my colleague Tomio Geron yesterday, publicly-traded closed-end mutual fund GSV Capital (nasdaq GSVC) bought 225,000 shares of the social networking giant Facebook at an average price of $29.28 per share or a valuation of about $70 billion.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
AmazonFresh app debuts on Microsoft's Windows Phone  —  AmazonFresh, the online retailer's grocery delivery service, released a mobile app today, developed on its behalf by digital agency Metia/Seattle.  Nope, it's not for Android, or even iPhone, neither of which has a full-fledged AmazonFresh app yet.
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.
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.
Hipmunk Blog:
New: Find Flights that Have Wi-Fi!  —  At Hipmunk, we're travel nerds, but we're also nerd nerds.  That means we like the Internet, especially on our flights.  —  We've heard that many of you like wi-fi on your planes, too—either when you're traveling for work or when you just need some quality Facebook time.
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Microsoft Delivers Office 2010 SP1 Upgrade  —  Along with today's launch of Office 365, Microsoft also released the first service pack for its Office 2010 business productivity suite.  —  Microsoft had previously said it would ship Office 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1) by the end of June.
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Animoto raises $25M to invest in mobile video creation  —  Cloud-based video creation startup Animoto is ready to invest heavily in its growing business with a new round of funding it's announcing Wednesday.  The company has raised $25 million, led by Spectrum Equity Investors with participation …
Discussion: TechCrunch, AllThingsD and Beet.TV, Thanks:beet_tv
Brad Molen / Engadget:
RIM scraps 10-inch PlayBook to focus on QNX-powered superphone?  —  BlackBerry PlayBook enthusiasts will want to cuddle up with their favorite blanket and a carton of ice cream, as the 10-inch version of RIM's tablet may have been given the axe.  N4BB reports that its development …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Blue Jeans Nabs $23.5M For The Video Conferencing Platform To Rule Them All  —  A pain point for online video conferencing platforms is that many of them don't integrate with each other.  For example, a Skype user needs to engage with a fellow Skype user to start a multi-party video conversation.
 
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Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
After a Long Flight, Angry Birds Make Landing on Windows Phone
Rick Karr / Engadget:
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
How Facebook Could Actually Counter Apple's Mobile Platform: Discovery and Retention
Discussion: SocialTimes.com
Martin Peers / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Flashy Music Margins
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Grabs Another Googler, Ramsey Homsany, For Exec Role
Discussion: The Next Web
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Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Army Times, Defense News, other Gannett government sites hacked; reader data accessed
GFI Labs blog:
Thousands of Tumblr Logins Stolen in Phishing Attack
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Skype Employees Were Briefed in Plain English — The Internal Equity Incentive Plan Deck
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