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10:15 AM ET, June 30, 2011

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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Google opens up, then closes Google+ invites due to “insane demand”  —  If you were desperate to get a Google+ invite yesterday, there's a very good chance you could have landed one tonight as Google gave existing Plus users the ability to invite anyone to test out the service.
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Google+ Solves the Social Privacy Problem by Making Friending Very Complicated  —  I've been using Google+ for a little more than a day now, and I think I'm just starting to grasp how this “Circles” concept works.  The idea is to give users much more control over who they share with …
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
The first Google+ privacy flaw  —  A big part of Google's pitch for its new social networking service is that it's easier for users to manage who sees what they post on the site.  Privacy has never been a strong suit for either Facebook or Google, but the Circles feature on Google+ is a simpler …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
First Night With Google Plus: This is Very Cool  —  I thought I'd type up some notes after an evening of using Google's new social network, Google Plus.  This is a really big deal, a super ambitious effort involving scores of engineers over months of near total secrecy.
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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Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Specific Media CEO Talks MySpace and Justin Timberlake
Discussion: Fast Company, Guardian, Guardian and PSFK
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Myspace's 50 Million User Profiles Now Belong to an Ad Targeting Firm
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
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
An Open Letter To Jeff Bezos On Terminating The Amazon Affiliate Program In California  —  Dear Jeff-  —  Thank you for your letter today, informing me that after seven years of being one of your affiliates — and having earned for you about $150,000 in that time — that you “deeply regret” …
Discussion: VatorNews
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Joel Falconer / The Next Web:
Amazon Associates Program terminated in California immediately, no longer offering notice period
Discussion: The Business Insider
Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing:
Amazon: associates program in California to be terminated (Update: Gov. signs tax law)
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
The technology inside Apple's $50 Thunderbolt cable  —  The first Thunderbolt compatible peripherals—Promise's Pegasus RAIDs—started shipping on Tuesday.  Using the RAIDs with a Thunderbolt equipped Mac, though, requires a rather expensive $50 cable that is only available from Apple.
NielsenWire:
In US, Smartphones Now Majority of New Cellphone Purchases  —  Apple iOS up, Android flat, RIM down among recent acquirers.  —  Smartphones continue to grow in popularity.  According to Nielsen's May survey of mobile consumers in the U.S., 38 percent now own smartphones.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Massive botnet ‘indestructible,’ say researchers  —  4.5M-strong botnet ‘most sophisticated threat today’ to Windows PCs  —  Computerworld - A new and improved botnet that has infected more than four million PCs is “practically indestructible,” security researchers say.
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
Are Amazon Reviews Corrupt?  —  A study has shed some light on the objectivity Amazon's customer review process.  You should be aware of a few things.  —  It's a known fact that PR agencies and corporations have been burrowing into the community of online, “public” reviewers and obscure bloggers …
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Now Lets Website Owners Measure The Power Of +1 (And Any Other Social Widget)  —  Back in March, Google officially started rolling out the +1 Button in its search results, allowing users to vote up the pages they found most useful.  Two months later, on June 1, it launched a widget …
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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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
IBM leaps two hurdles for next-gen memory  —  IBM has solved two related problems with phase-change memory and now says the next-generation data-storage technology will be ready for use in 2016 in servers.  —  In a paper for the IEEE International Memory Workshop, Big Blue researchers describe …
Todd Stone / The Business Insider:
Sorry Google And Facebook, The Kids Want To Intern At Startups  —  While interning at Google or Facebook is still heaven for computer science students worldwide, some have started to consider working at a small startup as a perfectly viable, if not more attractive, alternative.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Skype 2.0 brings two-way video calling to Nexus S, Desire S, Xperia Neo and Xperia Pro  —  The latest update to Skype's Android application has just been rolled out and a big part of its goodie delivery is two-way video calling.  Only a quartet of phones are supported right now …
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Nokia's Asset Offload Continues: Messaging Biz Goes To Synchronica For $25M  —  The streamlining at Nokia (NYSE: NOK) continues apace.  Today it was announced that the Finnish company has sold its North American messaging business to Synchronica, a specialist in that field, for $25 million in cash.
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Adds Reverse Chronological Sorting to Comments Box Plugin, Now on 300,000 Sites  —  This afternoon Facebook announced two updates to its Comments Box plugin for third-party websites, along with the fact that 300,000 sites have integrated the plugin since its March 1st release.
Discussion: Softpedia News and The Next Web
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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John Markoff / New York Times:
Robert Morris, Pioneer in Computer Security, Dies at 78
Discussion: Gartner and CrunchGear
Stephen Lawson / Computerworld:
LightSquared faces more turbulence over GPS
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yelp Brings Local Deals To Mobile And Gives Groupon Now A Run For Its Money
Discussion: Local Media Watch
John Cook / GeekWire:
IPO proceeds double in Q2, yet another sign of a bubble?
Discussion: PwC US and Computerworld
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Court Orders ISPs To Disconnect File-Sharers
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Jinesh Varia / Amazon Web Services Blog:
AWS Lowers its Pricing Again! …
Discussion: GigaOM Pro
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
After Spurning Android, HP May Offer Windows 8 Tablets
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Roku 2 line passes through the FCC with modest hardware updates and a reset button
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Twitter to launch site for platform developers
Dean Hachamovitch / MSDN Blogs:
Site-ready HTML5: Second IE10 Platform Preview Available for Developers
Bloomberg:
HP Is In Talks to License WebOS Software