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12:50 PM ET, July 11, 2011

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Paul Boutin / Technology Review:
How Google+ Will Balkanize Your Social Life  —  For many, the new service offers the chance to press “reset on Facebook.”  —  Google launched its Facebook competitor, Google+, just over a week ago now.  Even though sign-ups have so far been limited to a fraction of Facebook's 750 million users …
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Bill Gross / Google+:
I predict that Google+ will go from 0 to 100,000,000 users faster than any other service in history.  —  Okay, that's a bold proclamation - here's why I think it will achieve that.  The service is great.  It is timely.  People are engaging with it like crazy.  There are rumors that there are already 4.5m people.
Dhanji R. Prasanna / Rethrick Construction:
Like it or Not  —  There's no shortage of punditry around the future and fate of Google+, a massive social networking effort from Google.  Much of it centers around competition with facebook and whether or not it will succeed in unseating the latter as the dominant social networking site.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple users buying 61% more apps, paying 14% more per app  —  The appetite for cool software is increasing, and customers are willing to pay more for it  —  Estimates: Piper Jaffray.  Chart: PED  —  Apple's (AAPL) business model is increasingly dependent on the health of its App Store …
Pratip Banerji / The Official Google Blog:
The first Google eBooks-integrated e-reader: iriver Story HD  —  Starting this coming Sunday, July 17, the iriver Story HD e-reader will be available for sale in Target stores nationwide and on Target.com.  The iriver Story HD is the first e-reader integrated with the open Google eBooks platform …
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
Why I'm Doubling Down on the Twitter Ecosystem  —  Today I'm announcing that GRP Partners is doubling down on the Twitter ecosystem by investing in DataSift, a company who provides a real-time data platform and tools to third-party developers and corporations.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple files second ITC complaint against HTC: better luck next time?  —  The ITC website reveals that Apple filed another patent infringement complaint against Android device maker HTC on Friday, July 8, 2011.  By my count, that's Android-related lawsuit no. 48 (some disputes consist of multiple lawsuits).
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Beyond the iPhone 5: The future of Apple's mobile devices  —  There have been a flurry of rumors surrounding Apple's next iPhone this week.  Some of them are reiterations of previous rumors, like a thinner and lighter iPhone, and some focus on a lower-end model that might appeal to prepaid customers.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Google Readies Ambitious Plan for Web-Data Exchange  —  While Chattering Classes Obsess Over Google+, Marketers Should Keep an Eye on the Real Action  —  Wall Street-like exchanges have revolutionized online advertising, but Google is taking the concept further, quietly building one for buying …
James B. Stewart / New York Times:
Waiting for Gravity to Hit LinkedIn  —  Facebook's valuation in the private market this week was approaching $100 billion.  Twitter is in the midst of a round of private fund-raising on terms that value it at as much as $8 billion — more than double its worth a mere seven months ago.
David A. Kaplan / Fortune:
Don't call it the next tech bubble - yet  —  Signs of exuberance are everywhere: Tesla roadsters, soaring real estate, overpriced vinegar - and eye-popping valuations for pre-IPO companies like Facebook and Zynga.  So why are so many Silicon Valley denizens reluctant to use the B-word?
Discussion: TechCrunch, GigaOM and @loic
Electronista:
Apple runs AirPlay, FaceTime ads for iPhone 4's last hurrah  —  iPhone 4 AirPlay and FaceTime ads pop up  —  Apple tonight ran two new TV ads for the iPhone 4 (below), both of which focus on features that are genuinely rare on rival platforms.  “AirPlay” shows its namesake wireless audio …
Jason Pensill:
LET'S TALK ABOUT MOBILE TECH  —  Written by Jason Pensill.  —  Now that I have had this post sitting in my ‘drafts’ section for some time now, I felt it was best to finally finish it.  With the updated iPhone rumors, RIM slander, and Touchpad love/hate, I couldn't see a better time to write.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Smartphones head to ‘tipping point’  —  Android trumps iPhone and RIM as new data shows the point where half of UK users have smartphones is about a year away  —  Android is now the top smartphone OS in eight key countries having edged past Nokia's Symbian in Spain, according …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
ISP flip-flops: why do they now support “six strikes” plan?  —  Why did three of the nation's largest network providers—Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon—sign on to the music and movie industry's “copyright alert” system?  When we posed that question to Verizon spokesman Ed McFadden, he insisted that Verizon was just being a good citizen.
Discussion: Neowin.net
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Philly Papers to Sell Android Tablets  —  Publishers, desperate to prop up their legacy print business, have been scrambling to put their content on tablet devices.  Now the Philadelphia Inquirer and its sibling Philadelphia Daily News are making what may be the boldest tablet push yet.
Paul Ford / Ftrain.com:
Woods+  —  People call me a lot and say: What is this new thing?  You're a nerd.  Explain it immediately.  —  I know it's confusing.  But this is their competitor to Facebook basically.  Except you can list your friends.  That's the circles.  But it's easier to remember if you call them holes.
Electronista:
Netflix taking a pass on buying Hulu  —  Netflix and Hulu mutually uninterested in deal  —  New tips Sunday ruled out Netflix as one of the candidates to buy Hulu.  The movie streaming service hasn't been actively involved, sources for the WSJ said.  Hulu also reportedly hasn't been actively interested …
 
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The Best Show on Web Video Is the One You Can't See: Inside the $100 Million YouTube Channel Sweepstakes
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Industry Ventures Closes $400 Million Secondary Fund, Exceeds $1B Of Capital
Dieter Bohn / This is my next:
HTC lays out timeline for unlocked bootloaders on Sensation, Sensation 4G, and EVO 3D
410Labs:
410 Labs Closes Successful $750,000 Series A Funding Round
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Business Insider, Thanks:davemcclure
Laura Keeley / Washington Post:
Boston venture capitalists don't want to let another big one get away
Rich Jaroslovsky / Bloomberg:
Hubris, Free Sushi Fueled Google's Rise to Internet Riches: Book Review
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple to reportedly add second iPad manufacturer to meet ‘iPad HD’ demand this fall
 Earlier Items: 
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Foxconn to spend $1.6B on stores in China to sell Apple products
Discussion: PC Magazine and Electronista
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
The road ahead in mobile games
Thanks:deantak
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
WordPress: Now Powering 50 Million Blogs
Discussion: Inquirer, @nacin, Disruptors and ITProPortal
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Justin.TV: The Movie
Denise Howell / Bag and Baggage:
Google user licenses: clarification would be nice, but they're not panic-worthy
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Now You Can Use LinkedIn To Stay Up To Date On Who's Getting Hired (And Fired)
 

 
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