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4:05 PM ET, July 2, 2011

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Fred Wilson / A VC:
Why I'm Rooting For Google+  —  The day Google+ launched, I sent a friend at Google who was involved in building the service an email requesting an invite.  I got the invite late that day and started playing with the service.  Here's my profile.  I'm not sure if this page is public or you need a Google+ login to see it.
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Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Why Twitter Should be Very Worried About Google+
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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 …
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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: AppleInsider
Tim Stiffler-Dean / PreCentral.net:
Jon Rubinstein sends message to HP staff; Addresses TouchPad reviews  —  In an internal email sent out to HP staff, Jon Rubenstein (Senior Vice President and General Manager, Palm Global Business Unit) has reached out to his employees to address a growing concern from the reviews of the HP TouchPad …
Discussion: Neowin.net, SlashGear and Electronista
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 …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
The World Is An Internet Startup Now  —  Nothing beats face to face, semi-serendipitous conversation.  You always learn something new, and the amount of knowledge that can be shared in even a few minutes of face time simply cannot be replicated with technology, social media, or even a long form post like this one.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Samsung drops US countersuit to focus on Apple patent defense  —  Responding to accusations that it had copied designs of rival smartphone vendor Apple, Samsung has amended its answers, defences and counterclaims, deciding to drop its countersuit in the US to better focus on fighting its rivals original complaint.
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.
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Apple to ship OS X Lion on July 14th
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Leaked iPad 2 jailbreak available now? (updated: better wait)  —  Can't say it happened at Mach 3, but the iPad 2 jailbreak that we saw teased back in mid-March seems to have made its way out into the wild at long last.  According to the video hosted up just past the break, JailbreakMe 3.0 is now available with support for the iPad 2.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
With 17M Registered Users, Tango Is Growing Twice As Fast As Skype Did Its First Year  —  Back in Skype's early days, it was adding users so fast that it liked to boast that it was “the fastest growing, globally available communications tool in history.”  Well, by at least one measure …
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.
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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