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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.
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 …
Steven Levy /
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.
Discussion: New York Times and Steve Rubel
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines Blog:
Beware the buzz about Google+  —  When you're in this business long enough, you get a little jaded about “the next great thing.”  Because the fact of the matter is, most folks who write about the tech industry are foremost fans — and fans, as we all know, can be irrationally positive about something they're excited about.
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: @uxboy and The Business Insider
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   While We Await The Native App, The Google+ iPhone Mobile Web App Is Pretty Solid
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Google gave original Mac designer free rein on new Google+ UI
Discussion: The Next Web
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Google Yawn  —  I've been to so many big earth-shaking events …
Discussion: AdAge and @dozba
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Biz Stone Steps Back From Twitter To Relaunch Obvious With Ev Williams And Jason Goldman
Discussion: TG Daily, thinq_ and @sjcobrien
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Patrick Gray /
Groupon leaks entire Indian user database  —  The entire user database of Groupon's Indian subsidiary 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.
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.
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.
Discussion: and Gizmodo
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.
Discussion: SlashGear and Gizmodo
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Sean Parker On Why Myspace Lost To Facebook  —  With reports of social network Myspace about to sell for ~$30 million, the tech world eagerly awaits the HBS study for why the service, which was bought in 2006 by Newscorp for $580 million and was at some point valued at $1.5 billion …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Myspace Sale Nearing End Today With Low $30M Price and Buyer You Never Heard Of
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.
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 …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
How Facebook Could Actually Counter Apple's Mobile Platform: Discovery and Retention  —  In recent weeks, details have emerged about Facebook's designs to become a mobile app platform.  —  Part of the rationale behind Facebook building an HTML5-driven experience for other people's apps was supposedly …
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Discussion: and VentureBeat
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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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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Brad Molen / Engadget:
RIM scraps 10-inch PlayBook to focus on QNX-powered superphone?
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
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Skype Employees Were Briefed in Plain English — The Internal Equity Incentive Plan Deck
Discussion: The Register