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12:30 AM ET, June 30, 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 …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
MySpace Acquired: Email From CEO Mike Jones To Employees  —  Myspace CEO Mike Jones just sent out this mass internal email and press release confirming the company's sale to Specific Media earlier this morning.  Kara Swisher is reporting that the sale was for $35 million.
Discussion: @mjones, Techie Buzz and Geekosystem
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
He's Bringing Myspace Back: Justin Timberlake Takes A Stake  —  You know what isn't cool?  $35 million isn't cool ... So in a move that makes truth stranger than fiction, Justin Timberlake, who played Facebook president Sean Parker in a movie called The Social Network, has taken an ownership stake …
Edmund Lee / AdAge:   Specific Media CEO Talks MySpace and Justin Timberlake
Lee Brenner / hypervocal:
Was MySpace Downfall Inevitable? Plenty of Blame to Go Around
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
TouchPad Needs More Apps, Reboot To Rival iPad  —  A small army of multitouch tablet computers has been launched this year to take on Apple's iPad, which has managed to sell 25 million units and attract 90,000 tablet-specific apps in just about 15 months, and is already in its second generation, the iPad 2.
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Bill Detwiler / TR Dojo Blog:
Teardown of HP TouchPad: Made like a PC and straightforward to repair  —  Takeaway: The HP TouchPad has a case that easy to open and replaceable components.  This tablet is built more like a PC than an iPad.  —  The HP TouchPad is the company's latest effort to grab a piece of the growing tablet market.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Now Lets Those In Google+ Offically Invite Others  —  Already in Google+ and want to let others in?  Google's now allowing this.  —  Just look to the bottom of the right-hand side of your stream.  You should see an invite icon, like this:  —  Select that, and you can invite anyone you like!
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Gina Trapani / Smarterware:
What Google+ Learned from Buzz and Wave  —  After a half day of using Google+ with the limited number of people I know in the field test so far, I like it a lot.  I will love Google+ when and if all my friends show up and stick around.  —  I've been been watching Google flail around social web apps …
Mathew Ingram / @mathewi:   Google social czar Vic Gundotra just said they have shut down the Google+ invitation system for awhile due to “insane demand”
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,” …
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Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
HP confirms talks to license webOS, Samsung reportedly interested
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
New MacBook Airs with OS X Lion, Thunderbolt and Sandy Bridge in mid-July  —  Apple's new MacBook Air line has been expected for weeks now, with evidence supporting a refresh coming by way of constraints at global retailers and most recently at major Apple reseller BestBuy.com.
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Supply of Apple's white MacBook severely constrained ahead of Lion debut  —  Availability of Apple's current $999 white MacBook, built with hardware that is now getting long in the tooth, has become constrained, potentially signaling a forthcoming update to the entry-level notebook.
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
The technology inside Apple's $50 Thunderbolt cable  —  The first Thunderbolt compatible peripherals—Promise's Pegasus RAIDs—starting shipping on Tuesday.  Using the RAIDs with a Thunderbolt equipped Mac, though, requires a rather expensive $50 cable that is only available from Apple.
John Cook / GeekWire:
Audio: Microsoft's Ballmer gives a bellowing response to calls for his dismissal  —  You'd think that the Seattle Rotary Club might be friendly turf for Steve Ballmer.  But it didn't take long for a Rotarian to toss a hardball question to the Microsoft CEO after he finished formal remarks today at the Westin in downtown Seattle.
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 …
Dean Hachamovitch / MSDN Blogs:
Site-ready HTML5: Second IE10 Platform Preview Available for Developers  —  IE10 Platform Preview 2, the same HTML5 engine seen in the recent public “Windows 8” demos, is now available for download.  With this update, IE10 continues to deliver support for site-ready HTML5 technologies as well as improving performance:
James Galbraith / Macworld:
Thunderbolt RAID dramatically faster than FireWire 800  —  A first lab test of the Promise Pegasus R6  —  The wait for Thunderbolt-ready peripherals is over.  Four months after the debut of Thunderbolt in Apple's revamped MacBook Pro lineup, storage devices that support Intel's new interconnect technology have finally arrived.
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Roku 2 line passes through the FCC with modest hardware updates and a reset button  —  It hasn't even been a year since Roku last updated its line of streaming media players — but nine months is a long time in the gadget world.  So it was pleasant, though not entirely surprising …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Twitter to launch site for platform developers  —  Twitter, the San Francisco-based social messaging service, is working to develop and launch a dedicated site for developers working on the Twitter platform.  The new site could be launched sometime in July, company officials said.
Discussion: The Next Web
Erik Sherman / BNET:
Facebook Locks Down an Important Patent on Social Gift Giving  —  Facebook has been on a roll of late, nailing a number of patent grants that will help it retain dominance in social networking by creating barriers for competitors.  Yesterday came patent number 7,970,657 …
Abdur Chowdhury / Twitter Blog:
Global pulse  —  During major events, people use Twitter to share news and thoughts with friends, family and followers around the world.  Messages originating in one place are quickly spread across the globe through Retweets, @replies and Direct Messages.  We see this behavior during everything …
Discussion: The Next Web
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
After Spurning Android, HP May Offer Windows 8 Tablets  —  For Hewlett-Packard's TouchPad tablet, which heads to market on Friday, the company avoided using Android at all costs.  Well, actually, at a very specific cost: HP spent $1.2 billion last year to acquire Palm, which helped develop the TouchPad's slick software, WebOS.
Discussion: Electronista, WinRumors and WinExtra
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 …
Jinesh Varia / Amazon Web Services Blog:
AWS Lowers its Pricing Again!  - No Inbound Data Transfer Fees and Lower Outbound Data Transfer for All Services including Amazon CloudFront  —  We are continuously working hard to drive down our costs and pass those savings back to our customers.  And indeed, AWS has reduced pricing more than a dozen times in the last 4 years.
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft hires Disney man for consumer crusade  —  Corporate mission: to be less stodgy  —  Microsoft has raided the Walt Disney Corporation to fill a position tasked with flogging Windows 8 to consumers buying PCs and tablets next year.  —  The company appointed former Disney director …
Discussion: Electronista and WinRumors
Pete Williams / msnbc.com:
NBC News: Hacker attack cripples al-Qaida web communications  —  WASHINGTON — Computer hackers shut down al-Qaida's ability to communicate its messages to the world through the Internet, interrupting the group's flow of videos and communiqués, according to a terrorism expert.
 
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