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5:50 PM ET, June 30, 2011

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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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Research In Motion / Inside BlackBerry:
RIM's Response to “Open Letter”  —  An “Open Letter” to RIM's senior management was published anonymously on the web today and it was attributed to an unnamed person described as a “high level employee”.  It is obviously difficult to address anonymous commentary and it is particularly difficult …
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
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: BGR and The Loop
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 …
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Google+ code reveals intent to unleash Games and Questions to the social world
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
First Night With Google Plus: This is Very Cool
Jillian C. York:   Community Standards: A Comparison of Facebook vs. Google+
Twitter Blog:
200 million Tweets per day  —  Halfway through 2011, users on Twitter are now sending 200 million Tweets per day.  For context on the speed of Twitter's growth, in January of 2009, users sent two million Tweets a day, and one year ago they posted 65 million a day.
Marc Lifsher / Los Angeles Times:
California tells online retailers to start collecting sales taxes from customers  —  Beginning Friday, Amazon.com and other large out-of-state retailers will be required to collect sales taxes on purchases that their California customers make online.  —  Workers push carts full of merchandise …
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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” …
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 …
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 …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
LAL Raises $5M Led by New Andreessen Horowitz Partner Jeff Jordan  —  LAL (a.k.a. LikeALittle), the service that originated with flirting on college campuses and is now trying to enable connections with any nearby people, has raised a $5 million Series A round led by its seed investor Andreessen Horowitz.
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Marc Andreessen / ben's blog:
Meet Our New General Partner, Jeff Jordan
Discussion: TechCrunch, Digits and StartupHoodlum
Sheldon Levine / Sysomos Blog:
Lulzsec Takes Over The Internet... In only 50 Days  —  In only 50 days a group of hackers calling themselves “Lulzsec” have made quite an impact on the way people will look at internet security.  For those that don't know, Lulzsec is a community of hackers who set out to show the world …
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: App Advice, MacRumors and MacDailyNews
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 …
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?
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.
Jacqueline Botterill / About Skype:
Skype brings Video Calling to Android Phones  —  LUXEMBOURG, 30th June 2011 - Skype today announced an updated version of its Skype for Android app - Skype for Android 2.0, bringing Skype Video Calling to the currently fastest growing mobile OS1.  —  With the new version …
Jennifer Pollock / California Home + Design:
CH+D Office Space: Square in San Francisco's Chronicle Building  —  Jack Dorsey's Square, which may just make old-school registers obsolete with their Square Card Readers, Square Registers and Card Cases, is HQ-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle Building on 5th and Mission.
Madhu Gupta / The LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn Groups API: Professional Engagement Anytime, Anywhere  —  Millions of professionals use LinkedIn Groups to connect and share insights with like-minded professionals every day.  With almost one million groups on LinkedIn, the top request we receive from group owners is to provide …
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Onkyo Latest To Pay Microsoft Royalties Over Android Tablets  —  Microsoft is on a roll.  Onkyo is the latest company to trade Android tablet royalties for access to Microsoft's patent licensing program.  The details of the agreement wasn't released.  This makes Onkyo the third company this week that has signed such an agreement.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Judge: Google Can Be Sued for Wiretapping in Street View Debacle  —  A federal judge has found that Google can be held liable for damages for secretly intercepting data on open Wi-Fi routers.  The ruling is a serious legal setback for the search giant over activity it has engaged in across the United States for years.
Victor H. / PhoneArena:
HTC Eternity leaked out with the biggest display on a smartphone, 1.5GHz powering Windows Phone Mango  —  This story is supported by HTC.  HTC Flyer is a 7" Android tablet exclusively available at Best Buy.  With HTC Scribe Technology and Scribe Pen, you can write naturally like pen on paper on the tablet's screen.
 
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Ready, set, sue! Net neutrality rules almost official
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Anonymous Launches A WikiLeaks For Hackers: HackerLeaks
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:forbestech
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
MySpace Lays off More Than Half Its Staff of 450
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Google+ ‘blocked in China’
Discussion: Penn Olson
Horace Dediu / asymco:
How much is an iOS user worth to Apple? About $150. Every year.
Discussion: Geek.com and mocoNews
 Earlier Items: 
John Markoff / New York Times:
Robert Morris, Pioneer in Computer Security, Dies at 78
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Adds Reverse Chronological Sorting to Comments Box Plugin, Now on 300,000 Sites
Discussion: MediaPost
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
Are Amazon Reviews Corrupt?
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Massive botnet ‘indestructible,’ say researchers
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