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3:55 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.
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Google: Changes coming to Google+ this week
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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple users buying 61% more apps, paying 14% more per app  —  Apple's (AAPL) business model is increasingly dependent on the health of its App Store, the rich breeding ground of the company's software ecosystem, and a report to clients issued Monday by Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster suggests that the ecosystem's vital signs are good.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Color Labs Chief Product Officer DJ Patil Resigns  —  Color Labs Chief Product Officer DJ Patil will soon be leaving the company as a full time employee, we've confirmed.  Patil, who was LinkedIn's chief scientist until March, was only with Color for about 5 months.  He'll transition to become an advisor to the company.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple seeds iOS 5 beta 3, iTunes 10.5 beta 3, Xcode 4.3 Preview 3, Xcode 4.1 GM to developers  —  Apple has just seeded the third beta of iOS 5 to registered to developers.  Beta 3 of iTunes 10.5 is also available and will be required to sync with iOS 5 beta 3 devices.
Twitter Blog:
One Million Registered Twitter Apps  —  Application developers play a fundamental role in helping people get the best out of Twitter.  As an ecosystem, we've just crossed one million registered applications, built by more than 750,000 developers around the world.  This is up from 150,000 apps just a year ago.
Tom Hals / Reuters:
Courts approve Nortel patent sale to Apple/RIM group  —  Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Research in Motion Ltd and three other leading tech companies received court approval on Monday to buy wireless patents from the bankrupt Nortel Networks Corp for $4.5 billion.
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.
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.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft: Windows 7 hits 400 million licenses sold  —  At its Worldwide Partner Conference in Los Angeles this morning, Microsoft updated its Windows 7 sales figures — saying that the current version of its operating system has sold 400 million licenses, significantly outpacing Windows XP's growth over the same period of its life.
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Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Ballmer mocks Mac sales while touting Microsoft's products
Discussion: The Business Insider and WinRumors
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).
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals the Next Chapter for iBooks & New Chip for iOS Devices  —  Last week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters for Apple's iBooks.  For children's books, Apple has devised a number of new gesture options to make reading more fun and interactive.
Discussion: 9to5Mac, App Advice and SlashGear
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 …
Reuters:
Analysis: Apple-Samsung battle may spur supplier shakeup  —  An intensifying quarrel between Samsung and Apple is triggering expectations that some of the pairs' $5 billion-plus relationship may be up for grabs.  With the electronics titans squaring off in an acrimonious battle over smartphones …
Discussion: MediaPost, 9to5Google and Techie Buzz
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.
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
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Spotify Won't Have An Exclusive On Facebook's Music Service  —  European music service Spotify is banking on Facebook to drive its U.S. launch, according to documents leaked last week.  —  But multiple sources say that Spotify will NOT have an exclusive lock on Facebook's music offering, which will be announced soon.
Discussion: Mashable! and Electronista
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Pew: 25 Percent Prefer Smartphones To PC For Internet Access  —  The Pew Internet Project put out results of its first survey looking at smartphone ownership.  Pew found that 35 percent of all US adults own a smartphone.  —  When the base is just mobile phone owners however (83 percent of American adults) the number goes up to 42%.
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 …
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Confirms That It Has Acquired Digital Loyalty Startup Punchd
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
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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
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Rich Jaroslovsky / Bloomberg:
Hubris, Free Sushi Fueled Google's Rise to Internet Riches: Book Review
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple to reportedly add second iPad manufacturer to meet ‘iPad HD’ demand this fall
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
ISP flip-flops: why do they now support “six strikes” plan?
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Foxconn to spend $1.6B on stores in China to sell Apple products
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