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3:40 PM ET, June 29, 2011


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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Myspace to Be Sold to Specific Media for $35 Million  —  Closing another chapter on one of the Internet's most iconic properties, Myspace has been sold to to Specific Media, an advertising network, for $35 million.  —  Sources close to the situation said the deal is being completed today …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
MySpace Acquired: Email From CEO Mike Jones To Employees  —  Myspace CEO Mike Jones just sent out this email and press release to all of the company's employees.  Kara Swisher is reporting that the sale was for $35 million.  —  Updating.
Discussion: The Business Insider
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 …
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 …
Gina Trapani / Smarterware:
What Google+ Learned from Buzz and Wave
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines Blog:
Beware the buzz about Google+
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 …
Todd Haselton / BGR:   Samsung asks ITC to block import of Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
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,” …
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: Inside Facebook, GMSV and GigaOM Pro
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.
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 …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Final Cut Pro X FAQ eases fears of some, confirms those of others
Nick Bilton / Bits:
More Secrecy in Silicon Valley  —  Last week I took a trip to Silicon Valley, zigzagging around to meet with start-ups, venture capitalists and the big technology companies that inhabit the area.  My goal with these meetings was to get a glimpse of new themes and services consumers can expect to see soon.
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.
Brian Oliver Bennett / LAPTOP Magazine:
Hands On with HTC Status for AT&T: Facebook Button for Easy Updates  —  HTC just announced its new Status smartphone for AT&T which boasts a special Facebook button.  It's designed to make sharing content via the popular social network quick and easy.  We got a chance to preview the device and here are our first impressions.
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 …
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Sites Now Allows You To Create A Mobile Landing Page  —  Google has long offered Google Sites, which gives businesses and consumers a way to quickly build their own websites with no HTML knowledge required, making it relatively easy for anyone without a technical background to build a simple website.
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zynga To Provide Customized Mobile Games And Content To AT&T Customers  —  Zynga and AT&T have just announced a strategic partnership, in which the social gaming giant will bring customized games and content to the carrier's customers.  Financial terms of the agreement …
Discussion: mocoNews
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple iPhone 3GS to be free on contract following iPhone 5 launch, analyst says  —  Apple is set to finally hit the $0 on-contract mark with its entry-level iPhone 3GS once it launches the next-generation iPhone 5 later this year.  In a note to investors on Wednesday, RBC Capital Markets …
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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Cliff Edwards / Bloomberg:
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