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11:05 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
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.
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
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
While We Await The Native App, The Google+ iPhone Mobile Web App Is Pretty Solid
Discussion: iPodNN, Pocket-lint, 9 to 5 Mac and Engadget
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines Blog:
Beware the buzz about Google+
Discussion: TechCrunch and parislemon
Steven Levy / Wired.com:
Inside Google+ — How the Search Giant Plans to Go Social
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: PC World, SlashGear and AppleInsider, 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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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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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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Everyone Loves Hadoop, So Cloudera Makes It Easier to Manage  —  Name a Web company of any size doing anything reasonably complex and chances are they're using Hadoop.  Its open source software that makes working with big data sets practical in distributed computing environments.
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 …
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.
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.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Samsung files ITC complaint against Apple:long-time partners heading for ugly divorce?  —  [DEVELOPING STORY — will be updated as additional information becomes available today]  —  The ITC website shows that yesterday Samsung filed complaint no. 337-2824 concerning the following types of products:
Discussion: Electronista, Thanks:fosspatents
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
 
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