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June 30, 2012, 10:55 PM

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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Careful, Twitter — remember what happened to MySpace and Digg  —  Twitter sent some shock waves through the technology community with a blog post on Friday that talked about its plans for the future, and suggested that those plans don't necessarily involve third-party services and apps.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Could Instagram And Other Sites Avoid Going Down With Amazon's Ship?  —  When we heard about Instagram (and other sites) going down when Amazon Web Services' North Virginia hub was hit by a storm — not the first time AWS has gone down (April 2011 was another notable outage) we couldn't help but wonder: could it have been avoided?
Matt Gemmell:
Replying to App Store reviews  —  In the wake of the recent announcement that Google Play will allow developers to respond to user reviews of apps (Google Play being the Android version of Apple's iOS App Store, iBookstore and iTunes Store combined), there's been a resurgence of sentiment amongst iOS …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Takes Its Google+ Platform Mobile With Android, iOS SDKs & Social Plugins For The Mobile Web  —  Google+ is obviously a major focus for Google these days, but until now, the company hasn't really focused on extending the Google platform beyond its own services and its +1 buttons.
Jackie Dove / Macworld:
MobileMe rides into the sunset by Sunday  —  The sun is setting on the MobileMe era.  By the time Sunday rolls around—on June 30 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time to be precise—the cloud storage and syncing service that Apple debuted in 2008 will fade away.  Apple's iCloud service …
More: CNET, The Verge, Gizmodo and CNET
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft's Parker to Replace PC-Maker Liaison Guggenheimer  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) (MSFT) said Steven Guggenheimer, a vice president who oversees the software maker's relationships with computer makers, is leaving the position and will be replaced by Nick Parker.
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
South Carolina passes bill against municipal broadband  —  The anti-municipal broadband bill now awaits the governor's signature.  —  State of South Carolina  —  South Carolina has become the latest state in the union to pass a state-level bill that effectively makes it difficult …
Megha Rajagopalan / ProPublica:
Cellphone Companies Will Share Your Location Data - Just Not With You  —  Cellphone companies hold onto your location information for years and routinely provide it to police and, in anonymized form, to outside companies.  As they note in their privacy policies, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T …
More: Wired
Tim Bray / ongoing:
Now on Identity  —  As of July 1, I'm moving from Google's Android team to our Identity group, to work on OAuth, OpenID, and that sort of stuff.  Back to being a full-time Web guy, for a while anyhow.  —  Why?  —  Several reasons.  First, it was made increasingly obvious …
Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:
ITC defers ruling on Motorola's Xbox ban  —  The International Trade Commission's six-member deciding panel deferred judgment today on a patent dispute between Google's Motorola Mobility and Microsoft, pushing the possibility of a ban on the Xbox 360 out of likelihood this year.

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