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10:35 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 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, 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 …
Lee Brenner / hypervocal:
Was MySpace Downfall Inevitable? Plenty of Blame to Go Around
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!
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Does The Google+ Interface Remind You Of Facebook? You're Not The Only One
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,” …
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
HP confirms talks to license webOS, Samsung reportedly interested
Discussion: Engadget, and Fast Company
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.
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
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.
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 …
Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing:
Amazon: associates program in California to be terminated (Update: Gov. signs tax law)  —  Amazon announced today that its Associates program is to be terminated in California, in response to a new sales tax bill there.  The move appears to be pre-emptive hardball to try and avert the bill being signed into law.
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.
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 …
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 …
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:
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 …
Pete Williams /
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.
Discussion: CNET News
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.
Terril Yue Jones / Reuters:
Hewlett-Packard to develop cloud products in China: CEO  —  (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co, the world's No.1 PC maker, plans to develop cloud computing products in China, Chief Executive Leo Apotheker said on Wednesday.  —  Apotheker also said at a news conference in Beijing that a dispute with Oracle Corp …
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Biz Stone Isn't So Sure About Twitter's Cozy Relationship With the State Department  —  ASPEN — Twitter has played a celebrated role in the uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa this year that have come to be known as “the Arab spring.”  The social network has been one of activists …
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: WinRumors and Electronista
Marc Andreessen / ben's blog:
Meet Our New Special Advisor, Larry Summers  —  This is a guest post by Marc Andreessen, co-founder and General Partner of Andreessen Horowitz  —  Today I'm delighted to announce that economist and former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers is joining our team as a part-time Special Advisor.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Animoto In It To Win It, Takes $25 Million In Third Venture Round  —  Well, apparently Animoto is going for it.  This jewel of a startup, which lets people easily create professional-looking videos from audio and video clips and pictures, has raised a third round of funding - $25 million in a round led by Spectrum Equity Investors.
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