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4:45 AM ET, June 30, 2011

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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Myspace to Be Sold to Specific Media for $35 Million  —  Closing another chapter on one of the Internet's most iconic properties, Myspace has been sold to to Specific Media, an advertising network, for $35 million.  —  Sources close to the situation said the deal is being completed today …
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Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Specific Media CEO Talks MySpace and Justin Timberlake
Discussion: Guardian
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Myspace's 50 Million User Profiles Now Belong to an Ad Targeting Firm
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:nitashatiku
Lee Brenner / hypervocal:
Was MySpace Downfall Inevitable? Plenty of Blame to Go Around
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Now Lets Those In Google+ Offically Invite Others  —  Already in Google+ and want to let others in?  Google's now allowing this.  —  Just look to the bottom of the right-hand side of your stream.  You should see an invite icon, like this:  —  Select that, and you can invite anyone you like!
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Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:   The first Google+ privacy flaw
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Google+ Solves the Social Privacy Problem By Making Friending Very Complicated
Discussion: PC World and Fred Stutzman
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
TouchPad Needs More Apps, Reboot To Rival iPad  —  A small army of multitouch tablet computers has been launched this year to take on Apple's iPad, which has managed to sell 25 million units and attract 90,000 tablet-specific apps in just about 15 months, and is already in its second generation, the iPad 2.
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Bill Detwiler / TR Dojo Blog:
Teardown of HP TouchPad: Made like a PC and straightforward to repair
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,” …
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Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
HP confirms talks to license webOS, Samsung reportedly interested
Discussion: GottaBeMobile, Engadget and ITProPortal
Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing:
Amazon: associates program in California to be terminated (Update: Gov. signs tax law)  —  Amazon announced today that its Associates program is to be terminated in California, in response to a new sales tax bill there.  The move appears to be pre-emptive hardball to try and avert the bill being signed into law.
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Joel Falconer / The Next Web:   Amazon Associates Program terminated in California immediately, no longer offering notice period
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
The technology inside Apple's $50 Thunderbolt cable  —  The first Thunderbolt compatible peripherals—Promise's Pegasus RAIDs—starting shipping on Tuesday.  Using the RAIDs with a Thunderbolt equipped Mac, though, requires a rather expensive $50 cable that is only available from Apple.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Massive botnet ‘indestructible,’ say researchers  —  4.5M-strong botnet ‘most sophisticated threat today’ to Windows PCs  —  Computerworld - A new and improved botnet that has infected more than four million PCs is “practically indestructible,” security researchers say.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
New MacBook Airs with OS X Lion, Thunderbolt and Sandy Bridge in mid-July  —  Apple's new MacBook Air line has been expected for weeks now, with evidence supporting a refresh coming by way of constraints at global retailers and most recently at major Apple reseller BestBuy.com.
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John Cook / GeekWire:
Audio: Microsoft's Ballmer gives a bellowing response to calls for his dismissal  —  You'd think that the Seattle Rotary Club might be friendly turf for Steve Ballmer.  But it didn't take long for a Rotarian to toss a hardball question to the Microsoft CEO after he finished formal remarks today at the Westin in downtown Seattle.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
IBM leaps two hurdles for next-gen memory  —  IBM has solved two related problems with phase-change memory and now says the next-generation data-storage technology will be ready for use in 2016 in servers.  —  In a paper for the IEEE International Memory Workshop, Big Blue researchers describe …
Discussion: Engadget, The Register and VentureBeat
Jinesh Varia / Amazon Web Services Blog:
AWS Lowers its Pricing Again!  - No Inbound Data Transfer Fees and Lower Outbound Data Transfer for All Services including Amazon CloudFront  —  We are continuously working hard to drive down our costs and pass those savings back to our customers.  And indeed, AWS has reduced pricing more than a dozen times in the last 4 years.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
After Spurning Android, HP May Offer Windows 8 Tablets  —  For Hewlett-Packard's TouchPad tablet, which heads to market on Friday, the company avoided using Android at all costs.  Well, actually, at a very specific cost: HP spent $1.2 billion last year to acquire Palm, which helped develop the TouchPad's slick software, WebOS.
Discussion: Neowin.net, Electronista and WinRumors
Dean Hachamovitch / MSDN Blogs:
Site-ready HTML5: Second IE10 Platform Preview Available for Developers  —  IE10 Platform Preview 2, the same HTML5 engine seen in the recent public “Windows 8” demos, is now available for download.  With this update, IE10 continues to deliver support for site-ready HTML5 technologies as well as improving performance:
James Galbraith / Macworld:
Thunderbolt RAID dramatically faster than FireWire 800  —  A first lab test of the Promise Pegasus R6  —  The wait for Thunderbolt-ready peripherals is over.  Four months after the debut of Thunderbolt in Apple's revamped MacBook Pro lineup, storage devices that support Intel's new interconnect technology have finally arrived.
 
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Reuters:
Hitachi may join Toshiba-Sony merger in small LCDs: sources
Electronista:
VeriFone offers Square clone for Android, iPad despite feud
Discussion: Bloomberg, thinq_ and AllThingsD
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Roku 2 line passes through the FCC with modest hardware updates and a reset button
Erik Sherman / BNET:
Facebook Locks Down an Important Patent on Social Gift Giving
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Twitter to launch site for platform developers
Discussion: The Next Web
Pete Williams / msnbc.com:
NBC News: Hacker attack cripples al-Qaida web communications
Terril Yue Jones / Reuters:
Hewlett-Packard to develop cloud products in China: CEO
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Animoto In It To Win It, Takes $25 Million In Third Venture Round
Abdur Chowdhury / Twitter Blog:
Global pulse  —  During major events, people use Twitter …
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Next Web
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft hires Disney man for consumer crusade
Discussion: Electronista and WinRumors
Cliff Edwards / Bloomberg:
Sony Cooperating With U.S. Antitrust Probe of Battery Business
Discussion: Engadget, TechEye and Inquirer
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Biz Stone Isn't So Sure About Twitter's Cozy Relationship With the State Department
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple iPhone 3GS to be free on contract following iPhone 5 launch, analyst says
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Samsung files ITC complaint against Apple:long-time partners heading for ugly divorce?