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8:00 PM ET, July 11, 2011

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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.
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Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Google: Changes coming to Google+ this week  —  Top Google exec acknowledges hearing “lots of criticisms” about Google +, and that the firm plans to respond quickly  —  Computerworld - It looks like Google will be making some changes to Google+ this week.  —  In a post on Google+ …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
New Mac Pros and MacBook Airs to launch this week with OS X Lion  —  We have been expecting new MacBook Airs this week and now it appears that the ultra-thin notebooks won't be the only new Macs this week.  According to our source Mr. X, part numbers for an upgraded Mac Pro line have appeared …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
ROAR!  Apple Puts Out The Call For Devs To Submit OS X Lion Apps  —  A Lion is quickly approaching.  OS X Lion — aka OS X 10.7.  Some are saying it will hit this week.  Other signs point to next week.  Either way, it's coming very soon.  How do we know?
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.
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.
Brenna Ehrlich / Mashable!:
Spotify Plans To Launch as Invite-Only in the U.S. [REPORT]  —  Word on the digital street is that much-lauded European music subscription service Spotify will land on U.S. shores this week.  —  Our sources in the music industry told us Spotify won't open the floodgates all at once …
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Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Spotify Won't Have An Exclusive On Facebook's Music Service
Discussion: SlashGear
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Ballmer mocks Mac sales while touting Microsoft's products  —  Today at the Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft took the verbal gloves off: During his keynote, CEO Steve Ballmer mocked Apple's Mac sales numbers.  He compared the number of PCs sold in the last twelve months …
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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.
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.
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.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Facebook Hires New Director of Product, Tom Stocky, From Google  —  Longtime Googler Tom Stocky is Facebook's newest director of product, AllThingsD has learned.  —  Stocky posted about the move on his online profiles and Facebook confirmed he'd been hired.
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.
Nilay Patel / This is my next:
HP shakeup: webOS now led by Stephen DeWitt, Jon Rubinstein in charge of ‘product innovation’  —  It looks like HP's decided to shake things up in its webOS division, almost exactly a year after it completed its purchase of Palm.  Stephen DeWitt is now the senior vice president of webOS …
Lizette Chapman / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Google Ventures Scaling Up With More Cash, ‘Googlers In Residence’  —  Google Ventures is scaling. … The two-year-old venture arm of Google Inc. is doubling its investment in start-ups to as much as $200 million a year, doubling its office space at the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif. …
Sam Biddle / Gizmodo:
Anonymous Leaks 90,000 Military Email Accounts in Latest #AntiSec Attack  —  Booz Allen Hamilton is a massive American consulting firm that does a substantial amount of work for the Pentagon.  This means they've got a lot of military business on their servers—which Anonymous hacked.
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: 9to5Mac, Techie Buzz and MediaPost
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Android 3.2 getting new ‘zoom’ mode for small apps on big screens  —  Platforms live and die by the quality and quantity of apps written for them.  With somewhere in the neighborhood of 250 to 350 Honeycomb-optimized apps available right now, developer buy-in continues to be a challenge …
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.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
AT&T Subsidiary Creates AdMob Competitor That Is Local  —  A subsidiary of AT&T, which is known best for its yellow-pages products, is launching a mobile ad network that will target consumers based on their location.  —  The network will compete with Apple's iAd and Google's AdMob networks …
 
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John Cook / GeekWire:
As Spotify plots U.S. invasion, Rhapsody fires some shots of its own and touts growth
Discussion: PR Newswire and Technologizer
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
AT&T now selling the HTC Status: The 1st phone with a Facebook share button
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Tries To Improve Product Search With New Merchant Rules
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals the Next Chapter for iBooks & New Chip for iOS Devices
Discussion: App Advice, 9to5Mac and SlashGear
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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
Discussion: VentureBeat
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple files second ITC complaint against HTC: better luck next time?
David A. Kaplan / Fortune:
Don't call it the next tech bubble - yet
Discussion: TechCrunch, GigaOM and @loic
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Industry Ventures Closes $400 Million Secondary Fund, Exceeds $1B Of Capital
Discussion: Digital Media Wire and PE Hub News
James B. Stewart / New York Times:
Waiting for Gravity to Hit LinkedIn
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Beyond the iPhone 5: The future of Apple's mobile devices
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Google Readies Ambitious Plan for Web-Data Exchange
 

 
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