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8:25 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 …
Discussion: CNET News and Stay N Alive
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.
Chris Turitzin / Momentus Media:
The post-Google+ world: A Facebook Developer's Perspective
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 …
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.
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
How Apple Led The High-Stakes Patent Poker Win Against Google, Sealing Ballmer's Promise  —  “It's not like Android's free.  Android has a patent fee.  You do have to license patents.”  —  That was Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in an interview last year with The Wall Street Journal.
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.
Rich Jaroslovsky / Bloomberg:
Hubris, Free Sushi Fueled Google's Rise to Internet Riches: Book Review  —  Here's convincing evidence that Google Inc. (GOOG) isn't growing arrogant in its success.  —  Google was, in fact, born arrogant, as illustrated by Douglas Edwards in his highly entertaining new memoir, “I'm Feeling Lucky.”
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Foxconn to spend $1.6B on stores in China to sell Apple products  —  The Chinese Economic Daily News via Bloomberg reports that Foxconn plans on spending NT$47B to build stores in China which will sell Apple products, which of course it also produces.  The information was relayed by the unit's Chairman Steve Chang.
Discussion: Electronista
410 Labs Closes Successful $750,000 Series A Funding Round  —  Investors include True Ventures, 500 Startups and an All-Star Cast of Area Entrepreneurs  —  Baltimore, MD (July 11, 2011)— 410 Labs, a Baltimore-based lean product studio founded by Dave Troy and Matt Koll …
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Business Insider, Thanks:davemcclure
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.
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