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1:10 PM 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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Google+ won't hurt Facebook, but Skype will hate it  —  Google launched its much awaited and highly anticipated social networking platform today to a limited number of users.  Dubbed Google+ (Plus), the service may take its cue from social networking giant Facebook …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Does The Google+ Interface Remind You Of Facebook?  You're Not The Only One  —  There's no question about it: Google+ genuinely looks good.  But, as thousands of people have already noted and joked about, it also really does look a lot like Facebook.  —  UX designer and consultant UXboy agrees …
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines Blog:
Beware the buzz about Google+
Discussion: TechCrunch
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Google gave original Mac designer free rein on new Google+ UI
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Samsung files ITC complaint against Apple:long-time partners heading for ugly divorce?  —  The ITC website shows that yesterday Samsung filed complaint no. 337-2824 concerning the following types of products: Mobile Electronic Devices, Including Wireless Communication Devices …
David / Signal vs. Noise:
Wizards of bulls**t: How Forbes turned $6.5 million into $20 billion  —  Forbes is reporting that Facebook's Zuckerberg is now richer than the Google's Sergey and Larry.  How did that happen?  By using the most naive form of financial extrapolation and calling it fact.
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Luisa Kroll / Worth While:
Facebook's Zuckerberg Is Now Richer Than The Google Guys
Ben Horowitz / ben's blog:
Why the Browser Matters … Before my partner Marc Andreessen and his friends at the University of Illinois invented the browser in 1993, most people thought only scientists and researchers would use the Internet.  The Internet was thought to be too arcane, insecure and slow to meet real business needs.
Discussion: GMSV
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple officially responds to Final Cut Pro X complaints with new FAQ website, next ‘major release’ coming with fixes  —  By now, most people that are interested in Apple and/or video editing have heard about the ongoing criticism towards Apple's latest professional movie making software …
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Dan Frommer / The Business Insider:
Square Raises $100 Million Round At $1+ Billion Valuation, Led By Kleiner Perkins  —  Square, the mobile payments company led by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, is raising $100 million in new financing, led by big-time VC firm Kleiner Perkins, the WSJ reports.  —  The round values Square …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
AmazonFresh app debuts on Microsoft's Windows Phone  —  AmazonFresh, the online retailer's grocery delivery service, released a mobile app today, developed on its behalf by digital agency Metia/Seattle.  Nope, it's not for Android, or even iPhone, neither of which has a full-fledged AmazonFresh app yet.
Bloomberg:
HP Is In Talks to License WebOS Software  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ), the world's largest maker of personal computers, is in talks to license its webOS mobile software, Chief Executive Officer Leo Apotheker said in an interview.  —  “We are talking to a number of companies,” …
Brad Sams / Neowin:
WP7: Mango is now out for developers  —  Microsoft has been showing off Mango for its Windows Phone platform for several weeks.  If you are a developer and you have been anxiously waiting to get your hands on the upcoming platform, fortunately, that wait is now over.
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Todd Haselton / BGR:
Windows Phone ‘Tango’ and ‘Apollo’ updates to follow Mango
John Biggs / Gadgetwise:
A Cheaper Way to Navigate Abroad, No Costly Data-Roaming Required  —  A few years ago I took a trip to Europe and brought along my new iPhone for a bit of sightseeing.  With international roaming charges so high I reduced my e-mail and Web browsing to a mere trickle, thinking I'd save a bit of money.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
After a Long Flight, Angry Birds Make Landing on Windows Phone  —  It has taken some time, but the Angry Birds have finally catapulted their way onto Windows Phone.  —  Expectations for the arrival of the beloved birds were first set when the app was inadvertently listed on a slide …
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Groupon Cedes Share of Daily Deals to LivingSocial, Yipit Says  —  Groupon's share of online daily deals slipped to 48% in May, from 52% in April, as rivals including LivingSocial closed in on its market lead  —  (Bloomberg) — Groupon Inc.'s share of online daily deals slipped to 48 percent …
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.
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.
Hipmunk Blog:
New: Find Flights that Have Wi-Fi!  —  At Hipmunk, we're travel nerds, but we're also nerd nerds.  That means we like the Internet, especially on our flights.  —  We've heard that many of you like wi-fi on your planes, too—either when you're traveling for work or when you just need some quality Facebook time.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Oracle Wants $2.6 Billion From Google in Patent Case  —  Software giant Oracle says it wants $2.6 billion in damages from the search giant Google for the use of patents it says Google is infringing by using them in the Android mobile operating system.  —  Oracle sued in August saying Android infringes …
Discussion: CNET News and FOSS Patents
Sam Biddle / Gizmodo:
AntiSec Slams Arizona Cops (Again) with Super Personal Data Spill  —  Looks like last week's “Chinga La Migra” strike against the Arizona Border Police was only part one—the sequel's landed today, and this time it's personal.  Like, really personal: Anonymous is claiming social security numbers, girlfriend pics, and more.
Discussion: Inquirer, @anonymousirc and Gawker
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
MediaMall's PlayLater Promises To Be A DVR For Internet Video, Enters Limited Beta  —  MediaMall, the folks behind the popular PlayOn media software, just announced the closed beta of PlayLater, a so-called DVR for online video.  The service, which is available in a closed beta starting today …
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Microsoft Delivers Office 2010 SP1 Upgrade  —  Along with today's launch of Office 365, Microsoft also released the first service pack for its Office 2010 business productivity suite.  —  Microsoft had previously said it would ship Office 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1) by the end of June.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Watchdog: Facebook Credits violate antitrust law  —  A public interest group called Consumer Watchdog has filed an antitrust complaint with the Federal Trade Commission about Facebook Credits, arguing that the virtual currency used for purchases such as assets in online games is anticompetitive.
Discussion: SocialTimes.com
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Sites Now Allows You To Create A Mobile Landing Page
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Animoto raises $25M to invest in mobile video creation
Discussion: VentureBeat and AllThingsD, Thanks:beet_tv
Rick Karr / Engadget:
Why is European broadband faster and cheaper? Blame the government
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
How Facebook Could Actually Counter Apple's Mobile Platform: Discovery and Retention
Discussion: All Facebook and SocialTimes.com
Martin Peers / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Flashy Music Margins
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Army Times, Defense News, other Gannett government sites hacked; reader data accessed
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Major development in Facebook case: Paul Ceglia's lawyers quit