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4:00 PM 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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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.
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 …
Jillian C. York:   Community Standards: A Comparison of Facebook vs. Google+
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Open letter to BlackBerry bosses: Senior RIM exec tells all as company crumbles around him  —  There's no question Research In Motion is in the midst of a major transitional period.  The company is planning to launch a brand new product line based on a brand new operating system within the next 12 months …
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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.
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Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Nielsen: iPhone sales climb as Android sales flatten out
Discussion: The Loop and Daring Fireball
Reuters:
Facebook plans “awesome” launch next week: CEO  —  Facebook, the world's biggest social networking website, is set to launch a new feature next week, possibly in the mobile or tablet arena, its CEO said.  Chief Executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg told reporters in a visit to Facebook's Seattle office …
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Peter Boctor / GeekWire:
Facebook's Zuckerberg: TV, books, movies next in line for social disruption
Discussion: Adweek
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” …
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Federico Viticci / MacStories:
The iPad: Now With 100,000 Apps Available  —  At the end of March we ran a story on the iPad App Store reaching the 75,000 apps milestone in less than 365 days since the original iPad came out in April 2010.  Considering the competition the iPad had to face in the past year …
The Business Insider:
Twitter Is Under Federal Investigation  —  The Federal Trade Commission is actively investigating Twitter and the way it deals with the companies building applications and services for its platform, we've learned.  —  In Spring 2010, Twitter started making noises that it planned to provide users …
David Pogue / New York Times:
Pretty Tablet, Though Late for the Ball  —  Have you been reading the headlines?  There was a big earthquake in Haiti.  Some men were rescued from a mine in Chile.  Oh, and apparently there was a gigantic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  —  What's that you say?  This all sounds like last year's news?
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Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
TouchPad Needs More Apps, Reboot To Rival iPad
Marc Andreessen / ben's blog:
Meet Our New General Partner, Jeff Jordan  —  This is a guest post by Marc Andreessen, co-founder and General Partner of Andreessen Horowitz.  —  Today I'm delighted to announce that legendary Internet industry CEO and executive Jeff Jordan has joined Andreessen Horowitz as our fifth General Partner.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Digits
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
LAL Raises $5M Led by New Andreessen Horowitz Partner Jeff Jordan
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
John Markoff / New York Times:
Robert Morris, Pioneer in Computer Security, Dies at 78  —  Robert Morris, a cryptographer who helped developed the Unix computer operating system, which controls an increasing number of the world's computers and touches almost every aspect of modern life, died on Sunday in Lebanon, N.H. He was 78.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Flipboard 1.5 Integrates LinkedIn, Adds A Content Guide For Curated News Browsing  —  An update to social news viewing app Flipboard goes live in the app store today, with a new souped up 1.5 version that optimizes the reader experience even further.  Earlier this week we had the chance …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
MySpace Lays off More Than Half Its Staff of 450  —  In connection with its $35 million sale to Specific Media, social networking site MySpace on Wednesday laid off more than half of its approximately 450 employees, the Wall Street Journal reported.  As recently as two years ago …
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Max Wang / DigiTimes:
Apple aims to ship 12-14 million iPad 2s in 3Q11  —  As the IT market approaches the third quarter, the traditional peak season, Apple is turning more aggressive in placing orders for its iPad 2 and is set to ship 12-14 million units in the quarter, up from 7-9 million units in the second, according to market watchers.
Julianne Pepitone / CNNMoney:
New Apple app rules kick in June 30 — will Kindle vanish?  —  Big changes are coming to Apple's App Store on Thursday — and they could mean big trouble for e-book sellers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  June 30 is the deadline for app makers to get in compliance with Apple's strict new rules …
Discussion: MacRumors and MacDailyNews
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
@Jack To Moderate President @BarackObama's First @TownHall On @Twitter Next Week  —  President Obama has held town halls on both Facebook and YouTube, and to round things out a bit, the White House has announced that the President will be holding his first town hall on Twitter next week.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Teams Up With Virgin America To Allow Passengers To Test Out Chromebooks In-Flight  —  Google just announced that it is teaming up with Virgin America to allow passengers to “test-fly” the search giant's new Chromebook computers for free.  Virgin passengers will be able to use …
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.
 
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Jacqueline Botterill / About Skype:
Skype brings Video Calling to Android Phones
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Anonymous Launches A WikiLeaks For Hackers: HackerLeaks
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:forbestech
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Google+ ‘blocked in China’
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Howard Lindzon:
Introducing The StockTwits Real Time App for Android
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Horace Dediu / asymco:
How much is an iOS user worth to Apple? About $150. Every year.
Discussion: mocoNews
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
Are Amazon Reviews Corrupt?
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
IBM leaps two hurdles for next-gen memory
 

 
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CBC to lose another 400 jobs by March

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New York Post and Daily News discussed working together; News considering digital-only future

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Roku said to be working on IPO plan

 
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