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4:20 AM ET, June 29, 2011

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Vic Gundotra / The Official Google Blog:
Introducing the Google+ project: Real-life sharing, rethought for the web  —  Among the most basic of human needs is the need to connect with others.  With a smile, a laugh, a whisper or a cheer, we connect with others every single day.  —  Today, the connections between people increasingly happen online.
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Steven Levy / Wired.com:
Inside Google+ — How the Search Giant Plans to Go Social  —  Today, Google, the world's largest search company, is formally making its pitch to become a major force in social networking.  The product it's announcing is called Google+, and observers might wonder whether it's simply …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google+ Project: It's Social, It's Bold, It's Fun, And It Looks Good — Now For The Hard Part  —  Last night, you may have heard talk of a mysterious black bar appearing on the top of Google.com.  Or you may have even seen it yourself.  No, you weren't hallucinating.  It was a sign of something about to show itself.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Google gave original Mac designer free rein on new Google+ UI  —  Google's new Google+ social networking project departs from the company's usually spartan interfaces with an animated UI designed by original Apple Macintosh team member Andy Hertzfeld.  —  The search giant announced its Google+ on Tuesday.
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Next Web
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's Facebook Competitor, The Google+ Social Network, Finally Arrives  —  Google's long expected second shot at taking on Facebook in the social networking space has arrived in the form of the Google+ Project.  It has some interesting twists on the social networking model but is far from a Facebook-killer.
Biz Stone:
It's So Obvious  —  My career in developing large scale systems that allow people to express themselves and communicate started in 1999 with Xanga.  I left after a couple years and got more academic about the democratization of information on the web.  Ironically, I wrote two books about blogging.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Biz Stone Steps Back From Twitter To Relaunch Obvious With Ev Williams And Jason Goldman
Discussion: @sjcobrien
@aspeninstitute:
Watch @ev and @biz announce their latest venture, The Obvious Corporation, at #AspenIdeas - http://as.pn/64
Discussion: Aspen Ideas Festival
Chris Wiggins / The Official Google Blog:
Evolving the Google design and experience  —  Starting today, you might begin noticing that things look a little different across Google products.  We're working on a project to bring you a new and improved Google experience, and over the next few months, you'll continue to see more updates to our look and feel.
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Square Snags Big Value: $1 Billion  —  A venture-capital giant is leading a group of investors buying a stake in Square Inc. that pegs the start-up's value at more than $1 billion, even as it scrambles to fend off larger rivals in the fledgling marketplace for mobile-device payments.
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Patrick Gray / risky.biz:
Groupon leaks entire Indian user database  —  The entire user database of Groupon's Indian subsidiary Sosasta.com was accidentally published to the Internet and indexed by Google.  The database includes the e-mail addresses and clear-text passwords of the site's 300,000 users.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Myspace Sale Nearing End Today With Low $30M Price and Buyer You Never Heard Of  —  It was just supposed to be a three-hour tour, um, quick sale process!  —  But, like a storm-tossed ship looking for any safe harbor, the Myspace sale is still chugging along …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   Sean Parker On Why Myspace Lost To Facebook
Luisa Kroll / Worth While:
Facebook's Zuckerberg Is Now Richer Than The Google Guys  —  In news reported by my colleague Tomio Geron yesterday, publicly-traded closed-end mutual fund GSV Capital (nasdaq GSVC) bought 225,000 shares of the social networking giant Facebook at an average price of $29.28 per share or a valuation of about $70 billion.
Martin Peers / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Flashy Music Margins  —  Apple's success in digital music is no flash in the pan.  —  Google and Amazon.com, each recently unveiling virtual lockers for digital music, face big obstacles taking on Apple.  Most obviously, that's because of its already dominant position through iTunes.
Brian Fitzpatrick / Data Liberation:
The Data Liberation Front Delivers Google Takeout  —  Since we began in 2007, the Data Liberation Front has been focused on one thing: making it easier for you to take your data in and out of Google.  Our first step was to make it easier to get your data out of our products, one product at a time.
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Major development in Facebook case: Paul Ceglia's lawyers quit  —  Status update on Paul Ceglia, the New York state man who claims he is entitled to half of Mark Zuckerberg's multibillion-dollar stake in Facebook: The big-firm lawyers who lent credibility to his case have quit.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
RIM scraps 10-inch PlayBook to focus on QNX-powered superphone?  —  BlackBerry PlayBook enthusiasts will want to cuddle up with their favorite blanket and a carton of ice cream, as the 10-inch version of RIM's tablet may have been given the axe.  N4BB reports that its development …
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
FBI Raids Iowa Woman's Home in Lulz Security Hacker Investigation  —  The hacking group Lulz Security ended its 50-day reign of terror this weekend, but law enforcement's hunt for its members will go on.  Last week, FBI agents raided an Iowa woman's home because of her connections to the group.
Discussion: Gizmodo Australia and msnbc.com
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
Sprint's Hesse Pushes to Stop T-Mobile/AT&T  —  Dan Hesse's White Room is closely guarded even within Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) The chief executive officer carries the only key and draws black curtains over his scribblings before leaving.  This is where Hesse retreats to map out “nukes” in red …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Accel, Khosla, and Andreessen Horowitz Pour Another $30 Million Into Social Browser RockMelt  —  Is there a future for social browser startup RockMelt?  Despite attracting only a few hundred thousand active users since its much-hyped launch, the company filled with ex-Netscape rockstars …
Woody Leonhard / InfoWorld:
Office 365 vs. Google Apps: The InfoWorld review  —  With Office 365 now available in final form, here's what you need to know to decide if Office 365 or Google Apps (or neither) is right for your organization  —  Everything's going to the cloud, but only the hopelessly naïve would believe it's a stairway to heaven.
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
How Facebook Could Actually Counter Apple's Mobile Platform: Discovery and Retention  —  In recent weeks, details have emerged about Facebook's designs to become a mobile app platform.  —  Part of the rationale behind Facebook building an HTML5-driven experience for other people's apps was supposedly …
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Adobe welcomes Final Cut Pro users with open arms  —  Apple has been dealing with some complaints from Final Cut Pro X users who feel the new application is not up to the professional level they've come to expect from the app.  Not surprisingly, Adobe is stepping up to welcome those dissatisfied users to Premiere Pro.
Discussion: AppleInsider, Thanks:theloop1
Rick Karr / Engadget:
Why is European broadband faster and cheaper?  Blame the government  —  Rick Karr is a journalist and frequent contributor to The Engadget Show.  Join us below for a live chat at 9:00 PM ET on June 28th.  —  If you've stayed with friends who live in European cities, you've probably …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Grabs Another Googler, Ramsey Homsany, For Exec Role  —  Storage startup Dropbox has hired Ramsey Homsany as it's General Counsel.  Homsany is a long time Google lawyer.  He joined the company in 2003 and was most recently the deputy general counsel of the commercial group.
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Dynamics raises $35M round for computerized smartcards and payment systems
Discussion: AllThingsD
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Windows Phone ‘Tango’ and ‘Apollo’ updates to follow Mango
Discussion: DigiTimes
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Army Times, Defense News, other Gannett government sites hacked; reader data accessed
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Google taps former Microsoft prosecutor amid probe
Richard Allen Greene / CNN:
Pope sends first tweet, launching new Vatican site
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Yodel Anecdotal:
Yahoo! and Benchmark Capital Introduce Hortonworks
Discussion: Bits, Wall Street Journal and YDN Blog
GFI Labs blog:
Thousands of Tumblr Logins Stolen in Phishing Attack
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Skype Employees Were Briefed in Plain English — The Internal Equity Incentive Plan Deck
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Ifeelgoods Raises $6.5 Million To Ride The Facebook Credits Wave
Discussion: AllThingsD, VatorNews and All Facebook
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
The Gaga Effect Spreads to Tumblr
Discussion: Betabeat and Mashable!
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Amazon Starts an Ad Network, Powered by Your Data