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10:40 AM ET, July 2, 2011

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Nadia Damouni / Reuters:
Dealtalk: Google bid “pi” for Nortel patents and lost  —  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 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.
Discussion: Fortune and AppleInsider
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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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.
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Why Twitter Should be Very Worried About Google+
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google to disable public sharing of private posts in Google+ [Updated]
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
The World Is An Internet Startup Now  —  (image) Last night I got to throw a party, and from time to time, that's a pretty fun thing to do.  To help us think through the program and theme of the Web 2 Summit this Fall, we invited a small group of influential folks in the Bay area to a restaurant …
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, iClarified and 9to5Mac
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple to ship OS X Lion on July 14th
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.
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Zynga Finally Files for IPO to Raise $1 Billion
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.
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.
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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Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Growing Fiber Internet in Rural America: A Stimulus Success Story  —  If you think the Obama administration's stimulus package is about digging ditches, you'd be right — at least when it comes to funding broadband efforts in rural areas.  —  Take for instance the Mandan …
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
Michael de la Merced / DealBook:
Go Daddy to Sell Itself to K.K.R. and Silver Lake  —  The Go Daddy Group, the controversial giant of Internet address registration companies, said on Friday that it will sell itself to a group led by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Silver Lake.  —  While the company did not disclose financial terms of the deal …
 
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Microsoft Strategy Exec Hank Vigil to Depart, Will Remain Strategic Adviser
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
One per cent of world's web browsing happens on iPad
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Windows Thin PC download now available
Rachel Chitra / Reuters:
Nokia to exit Japan cellphone market by August: report
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
Twittereng / Twitter Engineering:
Fast Core Animation UI for the Mac
Discussion: MacNN
Dawn Chmielewski / Company Town:
Google Inc. in preliminary talks to buy Hulu
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
AT&T Opens the Bridge for BlackBerry-PlayBook Connection