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10:30 PM ET, July 10, 2011


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Paul Allen / Google+:
Google+ is Growing Like Crazy.  Report Coming Monday.  Probably More than 4.5 Million Users Already  —  On Monday morning I plan to publish my latest research on how many Google+ users there are so far.  My model is based on US Census Bureau data about how many people there are in the U.S. with each surname.
Chris Turitzin / Momentus Media:
The post-Google+ world: A Facebook Developer's Perspective  —  I've been working on the Facebook Platform since 2007.  I got serious in 2009 as a part of the Facebook Fund.  Since being a part of the Fund, I've been responsible for 80-90 million app installs on Facebook.
Discussion: Pretzel Logic
Sean Percival / Sean Percival's Blog:   Google+ Fan Art Compilation
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:   More Celebs Show Up on Google Plus, but Which Ones are Real?
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Prosecutors Demand Laptop Password in Violation of Fifth Amendment  —  San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged a federal court in Colorado today to block the government's attempt to force a woman to enter a password into an encrypted laptop, arguing in an amicus brief …
Discussion: Examiner
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
HP's Tortured WebOS Positioning  —  As an old HP fan, the rebirth of WebOS is painful to watch.  Palm, after missing the “App Phone” transition was effectiv ely taken over by an investor group led by Elevation Partners.  They promptly installed Jon Rubinstein as CEO, banking …
Discussion: CNET News
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Now You Can Use LinkedIn To Stay Up To Date On Who's Getting Hired (And Fired)  —  Today, LinkedIn passed Myspace to become the second largest social network in the U.S. LinkedIn has seen a surge in traffic since it went public in May and reached an all-time high of 33.9 million unique visitors in June.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google's Locksmith Spam Problem Hits The New York Times  —  The New York Times' interest in the underbelly of SEO continues today with an article that details Google's struggle to fight locksmith spam in Google Places.  While not as deep as the Times' recent articles on J.C. Penney's SEO tactics …
Discussion: New York Times
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Justin.TV: The Movie  —  While the historical accuracy of Facebook tell-all The Social Network was questionable, the movie did tremendously well at the box office.  And at the Golden Globe Awards and the Oscars.  Now Hollywood producers are looking for the next big story around a tech company.
Danny Sullivan / Google+:
With respect to +Kevin Rose, you should no more move your blog to Google+ than you should have to Geocities.  Tap into social networks, use them to build your engagement, sure.  But your own domain is for life.  Google+ is not.  Tomorrow, Google could close it, and while you can export your content …
Discussion: Techie Buzz
Denise Howell / Bag and Baggage:
Google user licenses: clarification would be nice, but they're not panic-worthy  —  During its brief 11 days of public-albeit-limited existence, Google+ has breathed new life into online discourse.  It also has brought new interest and attention to Google's Picasa service, which allows users to share photos to Google+.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
WordPress: Now Powering 50 Million Blogs  —  Matt Mullenweg, creator of the WordPress blogging platform and founder of Automattic, will have big reason to celebrate this Sunday after the number of self-hosted and blogs passed the 50 million mark.
Discussion: @nacin
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Eric Schmidt: You Don't Know It's A Bubble Until The Bubble Ends  —  Earlier this week, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt gave an over 70 minute long talk to press at the Sun Valley conference here in Idaho.  Towards the end of the talk, a reporter asked the former Google CEO whether he …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple's latest patent foe: the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)  —  It's not like Apple needs more hassle on the patent front.  Think of its “global war” with Samsung (eight venues, six countries, three continents), its disputes with HTC and Motorola, the unresolved Kodak problem …
Discussion: Electronista and AppleInsider
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