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11:05 AM 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 …
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 …
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.
Pratip Banerji / The Official Google Blog:
The first Google eBooks-integrated e-reader: iriver Story HD  —  (Cross-posted from the Inside Google Books Blog and the Google Commerce blog)  —  Starting this coming Sunday, July 17, the iriver Story HD e-reader will be available for sale in Target stores nationwide and on
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.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple to reportedly add second iPad manufacturer to meet ‘iPad HD’ demand this fall  —  Hot on the heels of reports that claim Apple is gearing up to launch a new iPad model this fall, Digitimes reports that Apple will be adding a second manufacture to augment the tablet's current manufacturing from Foxconn.
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.
Paul Ford /
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.
Laura Keeley / Washington Post:
Boston venture capitalists don't want to let another big one get away  —  Mark Zuckerberg was the big one that got away.  —  Boston venture capitalists declined to fund the founder of Facebook, the world's most popular social-networking service, when he wanted to expand his start-up in 2004.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Industry Ventures Closes $400 Million Secondary Fund, Exceeds $1B Of Capital  —  VC firm Industry Ventures has closed its Fund VI, a $400 million secondary fund focused on providing liquidity alternatives for venture capital and growth equity investments.  —  Additionally, the firm recently closed …
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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David A. Kaplan / Fortune:
Don't call it the next tech bubble - yet
Discussion: TechCrunch and GigaOM
Dieter Bohn / This is my next:
HTC lays out timeline for unlocked bootloaders on Sensation, Sensation 4G, and EVO 3D
410 Labs Closes Successful $750,000 Series A Funding Round
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Business Insider, Thanks:davemcclure
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Smartphones head to ‘tipping point’
Rich Jaroslovsky / Bloomberg:
Hubris, Free Sushi Fueled Google's Rise to Internet Riches: Book Review
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Foxconn to spend $1.6B on stores in China to sell Apple products
Discussion: Electronista
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
The road ahead in mobile games
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
WordPress: Now Powering 50 Million Blogs
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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)
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
HP's Tortured WebOS Positioning
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