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1:40 PM ET, June 29, 2011

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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 …
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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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
While We Await The Native App, The Google+ iPhone Mobile Web App Is Pretty Solid  —  After the big launch today, some of those lucky enough to get a Google+ invite were still left out in the cold a bit: iPhone users.  You see, while the Google+ Android app was there ready to go on day one, the iPhone app remains in review with Apple.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Google gave original Mac designer free rein on new Google+ UI
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Samsung files ITC complaint against Apple:long-time partners heading for ugly divorce?  —  The ITC website shows that yesterday Samsung filed complaint no. 337-2824 concerning the following types of products: Mobile Electronic Devices, Including Wireless Communication Devices …
Bloomberg:
HP Is In Talks to License WebOS Software  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ), the world's largest maker of personal computers, is in talks to license its webOS mobile software, Chief Executive Officer Leo Apotheker said in an interview.  —  “We are talking to a number of companies,” …
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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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Final Cut Pro X FAQ eases fears of some, confirms those of others
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 Blog and Neowin.net
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.
Discussion: GMSV
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David / Signal vs. Noise:
Wizards of bulls**t: How Forbes turned $6.5 million into $20 billion  —  Forbes is reporting that Facebook's Zuckerberg is now richer than the Google's Sergey and Larry.  How did that happen?  By using the most naive form of financial extrapolation and calling it fact.
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Luisa Kroll / Worth While:
Facebook's Zuckerberg Is Now Richer Than The Google Guys
Brad Sams / Neowin:
WP7: Mango is now out for developers  —  Microsoft has been showing off Mango for its Windows Phone platform for several weeks.  If you are a developer and you have been anxiously waiting to get your hands on the upcoming platform, fortunately, that wait is now over.
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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.
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 …
John Biggs / Gadgetwise:
A Cheaper Way to Navigate Abroad, No Costly Data-Roaming Required  —  A few years ago I took a trip to Europe and brought along my new iPhone for a bit of sightseeing.  With international roaming charges so high I reduced my e-mail and Web browsing to a mere trickle, thinking I'd save a bit of money.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
After a Long Flight, Angry Birds Make Landing on Windows Phone  —  It has taken some time, but the Angry Birds have finally catapulted their way onto Windows Phone.  —  Expectations for the arrival of the beloved birds were first set when the app was inadvertently listed on a slide …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Sam Biddle / Gizmodo:
AntiSec Slams Arizona Cops (Again) with Super Personal Data Spill  —  Looks like last week's “Chinga La Migra” strike against the Arizona Border Police was only part one—the sequel's landed today, and this time it's personal.  Like, really personal: Anonymous is claiming social security numbers, girlfriend pics, and more.
Discussion: Inquirer, @anonymousirc and Gawker
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
MediaMall's PlayLater Promises To Be A DVR For Internet Video, Enters Limited Beta  —  MediaMall, the folks behind the popular PlayOn media software, just announced the closed beta of PlayLater, a so-called DVR for online video.  The service, which is available in a closed beta starting today …
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: VentureBeat and AllThingsD, Thanks:beet_tv
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.
Keith Stuart / Guardian:
Father of PlayStation retires in Sony reshuffle  —  In the wake of the PSN hack, Kaz Hirai has been promoted to chairman of SCEI, while European boss Andrew House becomes president of the PlayStation empire  —  Barely weeks after the hacking scandal that forced Sony to shut …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Oracle Wants $2.6 Billion From Google in Patent Case  —  Software giant Oracle says it wants $2.6 billion in damages from the search giant Google for the use of patents it says Google is infringing by using them in the Android mobile operating system.  —  Oracle sued in August saying Android infringes …
Discussion: CNET News and FOSS Patents
 
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Watchdog: Facebook Credits violate antitrust law
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
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