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1:00 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: 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.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:   Google Execs Explain Why They Launched Google+ Now, Before It's Ready
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
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.
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
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.
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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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.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
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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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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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 …
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
EOSHD:
Apple refunding pros for Final Cut Pro X  —  Apple have been processing refunds for Final Cut Pro X as complaints flood in from grumpy pros - and it seems they are taking a lenient approach.  —  Although the iTunes / App Store terms and conditions state that ‘all sales are final’ …
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 …
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Windows Phone ‘Tango’ and ‘Apollo’ updates to follow Mango  —  Microsoft's new Windows Phone Mango update is expected to begin rolling out this fall, but there are already reports that the company is working on the next updates, codenamed “Tango” and “Apollo.”
Discussion: DigiTimes
Kate Kelly / The Strategy Sesion Blog:
Zynga IPO Implies a $15-$20 Billion Valuation  —  Zynga is planning to file its initial public offering documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission as early as Wednesday, and wants to raise between $1.5 billion and $2 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Dynamics raises $35M round for computerized smartcards and payment systems  —  Dynamics, the big winner in the 2010 DEMOfall conference, has raised $35 million in funding to accelerate its business of making computerized smartcards and payment systems.  —  The funding led by Bain Capital Ventures …
Discussion: AllThingsD
 
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Martin Peers / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Flashy Music Margins
Discussion: App Advice
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Grabs Another Googler, Ramsey Homsany, For Exec Role
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Army Times, Defense News, other Gannett government sites hacked; reader data accessed
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Adobe welcomes Final Cut Pro users with open arms
Discussion: AppleInsider, Thanks:theloop1
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Google taps former Microsoft prosecutor amid probe
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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
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
The Gaga Effect Spreads to Tumblr
Discussion: Betabeat and Mashable!
Miguel Helft / Bits:
LeapFrog Unveils Tablet Computer for Children
Discussion: PC Magazine, Examiner and Engadget
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Amazon Starts an Ad Network, Powered by Your Data