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7:45 AM ET, July 2, 2011

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Nadia Damouni / Reuters:
Dealtalk: Google bid “pi” for Nortel patents and lost  —  (Reuters) - At the auction for Nortel Networks' wireless patents this week, Google's bids were mystifying, such as $1,902,160,540 and $2,614,972,128.  —  Math whizzes might recognize these numbers as Brun's constant and Meissel-Mertens constant …
Discussion: Electronista, AppleInsider and @eghosao
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Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
The enemy of my enemy  —  Nortel Networks, the bankrupt Canadian telecom company, came that much closer to disappearing completely yesterday with the cash sale of its portfolio of 6000 patents for $4.5 billion to a consortium of companies including Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research In Motion (RIM), and Sony.
Chris V. Nicholson / DealBook:
Apple and Microsoft Beat Google for Nortel Patents
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook Engineers Build Google+ Inspired Facebook Hack  —  With many asserting that Google+ is heavily Facebook influenced, Facebook engineers Vladimir Kolesnikov, Peng Fan, Zahan Malkani, Brian Rosenthal have flipped the switch and taken inspiration from the novel Google Circles design with Circlehack …
Discussion: Digitizor and Lifehacker
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Mike Blumenthal / Understanding Google Maps …:
Google+ To Have Business Profile Pages  —  Jeff Huber, Google VP of Local and Commerce, has indicated that Google+, at some point in the near future will include the option for business profile page.  Here is his comment: … He has additionally indicated that he will be using Google+ as his primary voice …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why yo momma won't use Google+ (and why that thrills me to no end)  —  OK, I've been putting many hours into Google+.  In just the few days that it's been released I've followed 2,723 people, written many dozens of posts there, and have thoroughly used the product.
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Why Twitter Should be Very Worried About Google+  —  When Google unexpectedly launched its new social network Google+ earlier this week, many pundits were skeptical about the company's latest attempt to enter the social arena.  Given Google's dismal track record when it comes to these kinds of products …
Discussion: Steve Rubel, SlashGear and ITProPortal
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google to disable public sharing of private posts in Google+ [Updated]
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Will Launch In-Browser Video Chat Next Week In Partnership With Skype  —  Earlier this week Facebook while visiting Seattle CEO Mark Zuckerberg tipped off Seattle press that the company would be launching an “awesome” new product next week that has been built by Facebook's Seattle team.
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Here's Who Gets Rich Off The Zynga IPO  —  Zynga just filed to raise more than $1 billion in an IPO.  —  Like usual, the filing lays out all shareholders who own more than 5% of the company.  —  It's a pretty select list, and CEO Mark Pincus and “related entities” are still on top.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Zynga Finally Files for IPO to Raise $1 Billion  —  Zynga, a four-year-old company which has made its riches off selling virtual goods in social games, has filed to raise $1 billion in an IPO.  —  The IPO may potentially rank among the largest of the year, especially among tech companies.
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Zynga Gets “Substantially All” Its Revenue And Players From Facebook
Discussion: @emilychangtv and BetaNews
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
OS X Lion Allows Running Multiple Copies on the Same Machine (Virtualization)  —  For the first time, Apple is allowing owners of OS X (client version) to run multiple virtual copies on the same machine.  Previously, Apple extended this ability to Mac OS X Server only.
Discussion: MacStories and iClarified
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
OS X Lion Golden Master seeded to developers ahead of July launch
Dawn Chmielewski / Company Town:
Google Inc. in preliminary talks to buy Hulu  —  Google Inc. is in preliminary talks to buy online video pioneer Hulu, people familiar with the situation said.  —  Hulu has begun meeting with potential buyers including Google, Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. to drum up interest in a sale …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Here's The Legal Complaint WikiLeaks Is Threatening To File Against Visa, MasterCard  —  More than six months have passed since Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, and others cut WikiLeaks' purse strings.  And if that blockade lasts six more days, the secret-spilling group plans to take its financial fight to the courtroom.
Discussion: WL Central, Thanks:seansimms
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
On Attribution and Credit  —  Ina Fried's story yesterday for AllThingsD about iPad-native apps crossing the 100,000 mark now credits MacStories by name, and includes this note: … The reference in the article now reads: … That's better, and crosses the line into what I consider acceptable attribution.
Discussion: parislemon
Kellex / Droid Life:
Exclusive: DROID3 Launching July 7 Via Direct Fill, Hits All Stores July 14  —  Well, we told you long ago that the DROID3 was launching on July 7 and just had it confirmed through our friends at Verizon.  The device will be available via direct fill next Thursday followed by a mass store rollout on July 14 as a Big Red exclusive.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Thanks to Google Plus, Picasa Gets Unlimited Storage for Photos & Videos, Also Better Tagging  —  With the launch of Google Plus, there may be some confusion as to how the photos uploaded to the social network (Google+) integrate with Google's online photo-sharing service (Picasa), especially in terms of storage limits.
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Hulu halts Facebook Connect after exposing user data  —  Updated.  Hulu's Facebook Connect integration apparently isn't going as planned.  The ability to log in is offline as of this writing, with many people reporting issues with the sign-in option earlier today.
Discussion: Hulu Blog, AVRev.com, Engadget and CNET News
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
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Rik Myslewski / The Register:
One per cent of world's web browsing happens on iPad
Discussion: SocialTimes.com and PadGadget
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Windows Thin PC download now available
Rachel Chitra / Reuters:
Nokia to exit Japan cellphone market by August: report
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Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
Facebook Goddess Sheryl Sandberg On Short List To Replace Tim Geithner As Treasury Secretary
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Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Facebook set for $1 billion in social-gaming revenue
CNNMoney.com:
Google braces for illegal drug ad fine
Discussion: The Next Web
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Cuts Off API Access To BranchOut, Monster's BeKnown And Others For TOS Violations
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Fast Core Animation UI for the Mac
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