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4:45 AM ET, July 1, 2011

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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 …
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Research In Motion / Inside BlackBerry:
RIM's Response to “Open Letter”  —  An “Open Letter” to RIM's senior management was published anonymously on the web today and it was attributed to an unnamed person described as a “high level employee”.  It is obviously difficult to address anonymous commentary and it is particularly difficult …
Jason Cornwell / Gmail Blog:
A preview of Gmail's new look  —  We get a lot of great feedback about how Gmail helps you be more efficient, keep in touch with family and friends, and get work done.  We've saved you from forgetting attachments and made sure that you got the right Bob.  Over the years, adding countless features …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
The One Google Plus Feature Facebook Should Fear  —  While tech pundits are widely praising Google's new Plus product, I've found the one feature that could take away from Facebook where it's most dominant: Time on the site.  —  Facebook users are known for staying on the site for over half an hour a day …
Discussion: VentureBeat, @avibryant and @ihnatko
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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
The technology behind Google+ Hangouts  —  Ever since Google started to roll out its Google+ project on Tuesday, many of its users have been particularly excited about its group video chat service Hangouts.  I agree, but not just because it's fun and easy to use.  The real kicker is the technology that powers the service.
Chris Thompson / About Foursquare:
Did Google just sneak a foursquare competitor under our noses?  —  Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard about Google+ by now.  There's been lots of coverage about its new features like Circles, Sparks and Hangouts, but there's one thing I haven't seen mentioned: Google snuck in a pretty savvy checkin service.
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk Digital Connection:   Google+, A Bold Step Forward in the World of Social Photo Sharing
Reuters:
Facebook plans “awesome” launch next week: CEO  —  Facebook, the world's biggest social networking website, is set to launch a new feature next week, possibly in the mobile or tablet arena, its CEO said.  Chief Executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg told reporters in a visit to Facebook's Seattle office …
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D.M. Levine / Adweek:
Facebook Pitches Social TV Creating program guides based on what friends watch
Jon Brooks / KQED News Fix:
Amazon Says It Won't Collect Sales Tax Tomorrow; State Says It'll Send a Bill Then  —  Update 4 p.m. KQED's Stephanie Martin this afternoon talked to Betty Yee, a State Board of Equalization member who represents 21 counties in central and northern California.  The board is responsible for collecting sales tax.
Discussion: The Business Insider and Bits
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The Business Insider:
Twitter Is Under Federal Investigation  —  The Federal Trade Commission is actively investigating Twitter and the way it deals with the companies building applications and services for its platform, we've learned.  —  In Spring 2010, Twitter started making noises that it planned to provide users …
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Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
FTC Makes Twitter Inquiries
Twitter Blog:
200 million Tweets per day  —  Halfway through 2011, users on Twitter are now sending 200 million Tweets per day.  For context on the speed of Twitter's growth, in January of 2009, users sent two million Tweets a day, and one year ago they posted 65 million a day.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Interview: HP says Apple is not TouchPad's target  —  HP's TouchPad tablet hits stores tomorrow, and while the device is being compared to Apple's iPad 2, an HP executive told The Loop that's not its target market.  —  In an interview with The Loop, Richard Kerris, HP's vice president …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Pool Party: Google Has Their Own Secret Photo-Sharing App Too — Built By Slide  —  Back in March, we first exposed Disco, a group messaging app that the Slide team within Google had built.  And that's not all they've been working on.  Say hello to Pool Party, another secret project by the same team within Google.
The Marquee Blog:
Ashton Kutcher in Twitter war with Village Voice  —  Ashton Kutcher's seven million-plus followers no doubt have been keeping an eye on their Twitter feeds today as the actor seems to have found himself in the midst of a Twitter war.  —  The 33-year-old actor fired off a series of statements …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to retire, refocus Windows Phone MVP program  —  Microsoft is making some big changes to one of its Windows Phone programs that is resulting in some unhappy former advocates.  —  A number of Windows Phone Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) — the volunteer army that has helped Microsoft …
Discussion: WPCentral.com
Jared Moya / ZeroPaid.com:
RIAA: Anonymous, LulzSec Hacks Prove Need for PROTECT IP Act!  —  Says hacktivist group's campaign against public websites like the US Senate, CIA, and more recently, the Arizona Police Dept, prove a “lawless Internet” is not a “good thing,” and that legislation like the PROTECT IP Act …
Discussion: Techdirt and @anonymousirc
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Facebook wins access to partnership agreement, emails in Paul Ceglia case  —  Paul Ceglia, the New York state man who claims he's entitled to half of Mark Zuckerberg's multibillion-dollar stake in Facebook, will have to turn over a key document and emails to Facebook, a federal judge ruled Thursday during a three-hour hearing.
Discussion: All Facebook
Angela Watercutter / Epicenter:
After Theaters Balk at MoviePass, Beta Is Put On Hold  —  AMC Theatres and other cinema chains say they will not participate in all-you-can-watch movie service MoviePass, leading the startup to put its beta on hold just as the blockbuster Fourth of July weekend is getting under way.
Discussion: Bloomberg, The Wrap and Variety
Mike Shields / digiday:DAILY:
Tumblr is Blowing Up — So When Will Its Business?  —  Lady Gaga joined on Monday.  MTV jumped on board about a month ago, joining other media companies like CNN and The New York Times.  Even major brands like General Electric, Huggies and Microsoft are all on Tumblr.
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.
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Chinese police arrest 36 in Alibaba.com fraud sting  —  (Reuters) - Chinese police have arrested 36 people in connection with operating fraud on Alibaba.com that prompted the resignations of the firm's top executives in February, the company said.  —  The suspects were accused of running …
Discussion: The Next Web
Joshua Cohen / Tubefilter:
Glenn Beck Leaves Fox Show, Heads Straight to the Web  —  One of the best things about the internet is it can be different things for different people.  —  If you're an established Hollywood writer/director with time on his or hands because a key cog in the entertainment machine is on strike …
Sheldon Levine / Sysomos Blog:
Lulzsec Takes Over The Internet... In only 50 Days  —  In only 50 days a group of hackers calling themselves “Lulzsec” have made quite an impact on the way people will look at internet security.  For those that don't know, Lulzsec is a community of hackers who set out to show the world …
 
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Tom Krazit / mocoNews:
ITC Issues Split Decision In Kodak/Apple/RIM Patent Case; Review Coming
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Announcing Path for Android
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
USPTO invalidates an entire Oracle Java patent-in-suit on a preliminary basis
Jennifer Pollock / California Home + Design:
CH+D Office Space: Square in San Francisco's Chronicle Building
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Ready, set, sue! Net neutrality rules almost official
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft follows Google in pulling plug on its home-energy service
 Earlier Items: 
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Anonymous Launches A WikiLeaks For Hackers: HackerLeaks
Discussion: Digital Trends and Softpedia News, Thanks:forbestech
Julianne Pepitone / CNNMoney:
New Apple app rules kick in June 30 — will Kindle vanish?
Discussion: Examiner, App Advice and MacRumors
Horace Dediu / asymco:
How much is an iOS user worth to Apple? About $150. Every year.
Discussion: App Advice, MacNN and Geek.com
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
The iPad: Now With 100,000 Apps Available