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Jon Evans / TechCrunch:
Google Plus Has A Problem.  Fear Not: I Have A Solution  —  Google Plus is terrific.  I don't think it will ever be more than the Pepsi to Facebook's Coke, alas, but it's much slicker and better designed.  It's too bad that the service has sacrificed a pile of goodwill over the last week …
Discussion: ZDNet
Violet Blue / Pulp Tech Blog:
Google Plus Deleting Accounts En Masse: No Clear Answers
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
The Web's Stealth Presidential Race  —  Big names have quietly launched an Internet presidential race that will offer the winner a real election ballot spot in all 50 states.  Will this be 2012's spoiler?  —  Imagine what our election system might look like if it were designed today …
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David Weigel / Slate:
F**kYouWashington  —  On Saturday night, aided by “a nice pinot noir,” the tech and business-of-news writer Jeff Jarvis started to tweet.  —  “Hey, Washington a**holes,” he wrote, “it's our country, our economy, our money.  Stop f**king with it.”  —  He started rolling.  Inspiration struck.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Make Way for the Radical Center  —  DID I mention that I've signed a pledge — just like those Republican congressmen who have signed written promises to different political enforcers not to raise taxes or permit same-sex marriage?  My pledge is to never vote for anyone stupid enough to sign a pledge …
Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
Samsung Smartphone Sales May Pass Apple  —  Samsung Electronics Co., the world's second-largest handset maker, may have surpassed Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) and Apple Inc. (AAPL) in smartphone sales in the second quarter, driven by the popularity of Android-based models, according to Boston- based Strategy Analytics.
Discussion: Redmond Pie
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
The Roku 2 Review  —  The original Roku media streamer launched back in the spring of 2008 as the “Netflix Player.”  In fact, the product was spun off from Netflix itself when Roku founder and CEO Anthony Wood returned home... with his Netflix project team and funding in tow.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Intellectual Ventures responds to This American Life exposé: ‘We fundamentally disagree’  —  Intellectual Ventures, the patent holding firm and invention house founded by former Microsoft technology chief Nathan Myhrvold, was already-well known in technology circles.
Alex Hudson / BBC:
Podcasts: Who still listens to them?  —  Since becoming a buzzword more than five years ago, the term “podcasting” has largely disappeared from view as attention has increasingly turned to social media.  So why has such a popular technology received such a small amount of attention?
Discussion: @asymco
Killian Fox / Guardian:
Africa's mobile economic revolution  —  Half of Africa's one billion population has a mobile phone - and not just for talking.  The power of telephony is forging a new enterprise culture, from banking to agriculture to healthcare  —  Earlier this month, on a short bus ride through the centre of Kampala …
Discussion: textually.org
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 5′s integrated Nuance Dictation speech-to-text feature detailed  —  Previously found Nuance Dictation reference in iOS 5 internal settings  —  Following our exclusive reveal of iOS's Siri-based “Assistant” feature, we have discovered some more references to Nuance Dictation speech-to-text integration.
Andy Ihnatko / Andy Ihnatko's Celestial Waste …:
Making Desktop Webapps in Lion  —  “By the sainted mustache of Charles Foster Kane!  Is it ever hot out there!  I should write an app that keeps my city's Current Weather data from Weather Underground within easy view at all times!”  —  “Holy rosemary vinaigrette!  Today promises to be a huge day of news for Apple!
Discussion: MacGazette.net
 
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Hulu, Billed as Tomorrow's TV, Looks Boxed In Today
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Guardian:
Hugo Chávez uses Twitter to run Venezuela from hospital bed
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