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4:09 AM ET, July 7, 2011


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Philip Su / Facebook Blog:
Call Your Friends Right From Facebook  —  Over the last year, the messages team has been working to make it easier to have one on one conversations with your friends.  In November, we launched the new messages, which brings together your chats, texts, emails and messages all in one place.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Video Chat v. Google Hangouts: It's No Contest  —  One of the questions I had when I broke the news last week about the Facebook/Skype partnership: Would group video chat be part of the product, and if so would it be free?  —  The answer is no, there's no group chat.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches Skype-Powered Video Calling
Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Preparing For New iPhone in Third Quarter  —  TAIPEI—Apple Inc. has placed orders for key components used in a next-generation iPhone it is preparing to launch sometime in the third quarter, according to people familiar with the situation.  —  According to some suppliers of components to Apple …
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Sprint iPhone Deal Appears Likely, Says Citadel  —  Citadel Securities analyst Shing Yin this morning writes that it is increasingly likely that there will be an iPhone from Apple (AAPL) for Sprint-Nextel (S), especially considering that with the inauguration of Verizon Communications (VZ) …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:   Apple prepping major iPhone revamp for 2012 with “new way of charging the phone”
Tom Anderson / Google+:
Mark Zuckerberg's first public response to Google+ -  —  Today at the Facebook news conference, +Ben Parr had the stones to ask Mark what he thought of Google+.  (He was polite about it.  I approve.)  Zuckerberg responded by saying that lots of companies are going to build things like video chat …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Zuckerberg on Google+: It's a Validation of Facebook's Vision  —  What does Mark Zuckerberg think of Google+, the search giant's new social network?  —  We were curious, so we asked Zuckerberg two questions at Facebook's video chat event in Palo Alto, California: Will there be group video chat in the future?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Remember When Twitter Was A Joke?  No One Is Laughing Anymore.  —  I recall a time a few years ago when Twitter was scoffed at.  It was the blogosphere's punching-bag.  It was the stupid little service that no one in their right mind would ever use.  It was for people who wanted to share …
Discussion: 9to5Mac
Play Before Work: Games Most Popular Mobile App Category in US  —  Games continue to be the most popular app category, and according to Nielsen research, 93 percent of app downloaders — those who have downloaded an app within the past 30 days - are willing to pay for the games they play.
Chris Van Der Westhuizen / The Official Google Blog:
Google Maps 5.7 for Android introduces Transit Navigation (Beta) and more  —  (Cross-posted on the Google Lat Long Blog and the Google Mobile Blog)  —  Today we're releasing Google Maps 5.7 for Android.  From Bangkok to Baltimore, we've added Transit Navigation (Beta), updated access to directions …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple to launch ‘iPad 2 Plus’ with better display this year, analyst claims  —  Apple is gearing up to launch an updated version of its popular iPad 2 tablet with a high-resolution display later this year, according to FBR Capital Markets analyst Craig Berger.
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Dell Sets Stage to Take On Apple's iCloud  —  With a new release of its Stage software, Dell has quietly created a cloud-based service offering that could offer consumers a compelling reason to keep investing in Dell devices.  —  The new release, which began shipping last week …
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
Bianca Bosker / The Huffington Post:
Google Exec Marissa Mayer Explains Why There Aren't More Girl Geeks … Google , Marissa Mayer , Marissa Mayer Google , Marissa Mayer Women In Tech , Women In Tech , Marissa Mayer Gmail , Marissa Mayer Google News , Technology News  —  In 1999, Marissa Mayer, then a recent Stanford University graduate …
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Judge rejects Apple bid for injunction against Amazon  —  * Apple bid for preliminary injunction rejected-ruling  —  A U.S. judge denied Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) attempt to quickly stop online retailer Inc (AMZN.O) from using the “App Store” name, according to a court document.
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Exclusive: redesigned Motorola Droid Bionic looks confirmed in Best Buy leak  —  “With the ferocious force of Verizon 4G LTE, the Droid Bionic is an all-powerful, unstoppable machine.”  Pretty graphic language, isn't it?  That's the opening line in this leaked Best Buy Mobile promo material …
Greg Finn / Search Engine Land:
Google: Hold Off On Creating Business Profiles On Google+, “Non-User Profiles” Will Be Shut Down  —  Tonight Christian Oestlien, the Ads Leads for the Google+ Project, posted a message along with a brief YouTube video about future Google+ plans on his Google+ account.
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Amazon updates Cloud Drive and Cloud Player with unlimited music space, free storage for Amazon MP3s, iPad web player  —  Moments ago Amazon announced that it has made a number of enhancements to its Amazon Cloud Drive and Cloud Player services.  First — for a limited time — anyone who signs up will get unlimited space for music.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
One Week In, Google+ Users Are Growing Followers, Getting Traffic  —  Just over a week old, how's Google+ doing?  Comprehensive stats are hard to come by.  But from our own experience, along with some other stats out there such as a new top Google+ accounts list, it seems to easily be eclipsing its Google Buzz predecessor.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Who owns your social graph — you or Facebook?  —  Facebook's control over the information in your social graph is in the news again.  The company recently blocked a Google Chrome extension that scraped your contact info so that you could export it somewhere else, such as into Google's new Google+ social network.
Faith Merino / VatorNews:
PetFlow gets $10M for online pet food shopping  —  Deja Vu?  —  Partner offer  —  Are pets making a comeback in e-commerce?  Could be.  Earlier today, Quidsi announced the launch of, to the tech-bubble shrieks of the media, given its likeness to, and now …
Discussion: AllThingsD and Market Wire
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Researchers Improve BitTorrent Download Speeds  —  Some scientists devote their lives to finding a cure for terminal illnesses, others hope to discover new planets in galaxies far away, but there's also a group of scientists mostly concerned with improving BitTorrent.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The Post-PC era will be a multi-platform era  —  Windows Phone Marketplace has reached 25,000 apps.  That's an impressive figure given that so few devices have actually been sold.  Compared with Android which is activating half a million devices per day, Windows Phone seems like a rounding error.
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Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
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Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
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