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12:50 PM ET, June 30, 2011

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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Google opens up, then closes Google+ invites due to “insane demand”  —  If you were desperate to get a Google+ invite yesterday, there's a very good chance you could have landed one tonight as Google gave existing Plus users the ability to invite anyone to test out the service.
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Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
The first Google+ privacy flaw  —  A big part of Google's pitch for its new social networking service is that it's easier for users to manage who sees what they post on the site.  Privacy has never been a strong suit for either Facebook or Google, but the Circles feature on Google+ is a simpler …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Google+ Solves the Social Privacy Problem by Making Friending Very Complicated  —  I've been using Google+ for a little more than a day now, and I think I'm just starting to grasp how this “Circles” concept works.  The idea is to give users much more control over who they share with …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
First Night With Google Plus: This is Very Cool  —  I thought I'd type up some notes after an evening of using Google's new social network, Google Plus.  This is a really big deal, a super ambitious effort involving scores of engineers over months of near total secrecy.
NielsenWire:
In US, Smartphones Now Majority of New Cellphone Purchases  —  Apple iOS up, Android flat, RIM down among recent acquirers.  —  Smartphones continue to grow in popularity.  According to Nielsen's May survey of mobile consumers in the U.S., 38 percent now own smartphones.
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
An Open Letter To Jeff Bezos On Terminating The Amazon Affiliate Program In California  —  Dear Jeff-  —  Thank you for your letter today, informing me that after seven years of being one of your affiliates — and having earned for you about $150,000 in that time — that you “deeply regret” …
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Joel Falconer / The Next Web:
Amazon Associates Program terminated in California immediately, no longer offering notice period
Discussion: The Business Insider
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Open letter to BlackBerry bosses: Senior RIM exec tells all as company crumbles around him  —  There's no question Research In Motion is in the midst of a major transitional period.  The company is planning to launch a brand new product line based on a brand new operating system within the next 12 months …
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
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
The iPad: Now With 100,000 Apps Available  —  At the end of March we ran a story on the iPad App Store reaching the 75,000 apps milestone in less than 365 days since the original iPad came out in April 2010.  Considering the competition the iPad had to face in the past year …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
The technology inside Apple's $50 Thunderbolt cable  —  The first Thunderbolt compatible peripherals—Promise's Pegasus RAIDs—started 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.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Robert Morris, Pioneer in Computer Security, Dies at 78  —  Robert Morris, a cryptographer who helped developed the Unix computer operating system, which controls an increasing number of the world's computers and touches almost every aspect of modern life, died on Sunday in Lebanon, N.H. He was 78.
Discussion: ExtremeTech, CrunchGear, Gartner and rc3.org
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Flipboard 1.5 Integrates LinkedIn, Adds A Content Guide For Curated News Browsing  —  An update to social news viewing app Flipboard goes live in the app store today, with a new souped up 1.5 version that optimizes the reader experience even further.  Earlier this week we had the chance …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
@Jack To Moderate President @BarackObama's First @TownHall On @Twitter Next Week  —  President Obama has held town halls on both Facebook and YouTube, and to round things out a bit, the White House has announced that the President will be holding his first town hall on Twitter next week.
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.
Max Wang / DigiTimes:
Apple aims to ship 12-14 million iPad 2s in 3Q11  —  As the IT market approaches the third quarter, the traditional peak season, Apple is turning more aggressive in placing orders for its iPad 2 and is set to ship 12-14 million units in the quarter, up from 7-9 million units in the second, according to market watchers.
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Specific Media CEO Talks MySpace and Justin Timberlake  —  ‘We Intend to Make MySpace What It Was Supposed to Be,’ Tim Vanderhook Says  —  Not only did little-known ad tech company Specific Media acquire the once-mighty MySpace from News Corp. for $35 million in cash and stock today …
Discussion: Music Ally, Guardian, Guardian, Guardian and PSFK
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Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Myspace's 50 Million User Profiles Now Belong to an Ad Targeting Firm
Discussion: AllThingsD and TechCrunch, Thanks:nitashatiku
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
Are Amazon Reviews Corrupt?  —  A study has shed some light on the objectivity Amazon's customer review process.  You should be aware of a few things.  —  It's a known fact that PR agencies and corporations have been burrowing into the community of online, “public” reviewers and obscure bloggers …
Stephen Lawson / Computerworld:
LightSquared faces more turbulence over GPS  —  IDG News Service - There's little disagreement about what a test report expected this week will say about LightSquared's proposed LTE network: It knocks out GPS on many devices.  There's far less consensus about what causes the problem and what to do about it.
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 …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Skype 2.0 brings two-way video calling to Nexus S, Desire S, Xperia Neo and Xperia Pro  —  The latest update to Skype's Android application has just been rolled out and a big part of its goodie delivery is two-way video calling.  Only a quartet of phones are supported right now …
DigiTimes:
Acer reportedly planning to launch slide tablet PC in 4Q11  —  Acer reportedly plans to launch a slide tablet PC in the fourth quarter of 2011, targeting the year-end holiday season, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.  —  Acer's new slide tablet PC will adopt a 10-inch touch screen …
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Adds Reverse Chronological Sorting to Comments Box Plugin, Now on 300,000 Sites  —  This afternoon Facebook announced two updates to its Comments Box plugin for third-party websites, along with the fact that 300,000 sites have integrated the plugin since its March 1st release.
Discussion: Softpedia News and The Next Web
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.
Howard Lindzon:
Introducing The StockTwits Real Time App for Android  —  This morning, we have launched The StockTwits Real Time App for Android.  This app is simple to use and fast.  Now, members can view and share on the StockTwits idea network in real time on their Android phones from anywhere.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Now Lets Website Owners Measure The Power Of +1 (And Any Other Social Widget)  —  Back in March, Google officially started rolling out the +1 Button in its search results, allowing users to vote up the pages they found most useful.  Two months later, on June 1, it launched a widget …
 
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Horace Dediu / asymco:
How much is an iOS user worth to Apple? About $150. Every year.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yelp Brings Local Deals To Mobile And Gives Groupon Now A Run For Its Money
Todd Stone / The Business Insider:
Sorry Google And Facebook, The Kids Want To Intern At Startups
John Cook / GeekWire:
IPO proceeds double in Q2, yet another sign of a bubble?
Discussion: PwC US and Computerworld
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Court Orders ISPs To Disconnect File-Sharers
 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
Hitachi may join Toshiba-Sony merger in small LCDs: sources
Discussion: Reuters, TechEye and DisplayBlog
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Roku 2 line passes through the FCC with modest hardware updates and a reset button
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Twitter to launch site for platform developers
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
New MacBook Airs with OS X Lion, Thunderbolt and Sandy Bridge in mid-July