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8:50 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.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Google+ Solves the Social Privacy Problem By Making Friending Very Complicated  —  I've been using Google+ for a little over 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.
Gina Trapani / Smarterware:
What Google+ Learned from Buzz and Wave
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 …
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
Discussion: hypervocal, Thanks:nitashatiku
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.
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” …
Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing:
Amazon: associates program in California to be terminated (Update: Gov. signs tax law)
Joel Falconer / The Next Web:   Amazon Associates Program terminated in California immediately, no longer offering notice period
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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,” …
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:
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Amazon tablet supplies potential delayed by Apple touch panel demands  —  Amazon's tablet production plans could be constrained by Apple's existing touch panel demands, and the two giants spar for component supplies.  According to DigiTimes' sources, Amazon is looking for 1.5-2m touch panels …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Court Orders ISPs To Disconnect File-Sharers  —  In May, news broke that a group of record labels had initiated steps to have The Pirate Bay censored in Finland.  The Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Centre (CIAPC) and the local branch of the IFPI announced that they had filed a lawsuit at the District Court in Helsinki.
Discussion: Techdirt and Inquirer
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 …
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Adds Reverse Chronological Sorting to Comments Box Plugin, Now on 300,000 Sites
Discussion: The Next Web
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yelp Brings Local Deals To Mobile And Gives Groupon Now A Run For Its Money
Discussion: Local Media Watch
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
Are Amazon Reviews Corrupt?
VeriFone offers Square clone for Android, iPad despite feud
Discussion: Bloomberg, AllThingsD and thinq_
Jinesh Varia / Amazon Web Services Blog:
AWS Lowers its Pricing Again! …
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
After Spurning Android, HP May Offer Windows 8 Tablets
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Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Roku 2 line passes through the FCC with modest hardware updates and a reset button
Discussion: Electronista and SlashGear
Erik Sherman / BNET:
Facebook Locks Down an Important Patent on Social Gift Giving
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Twitter to launch site for platform developers
Discussion: The Next Web
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft hires Disney man for consumer crusade
Discussion: Electronista