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12:15 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 …
Matt Hartley / Financial Post:
RIM bows to pressure, plans committee to examine leadership structure  —  Research In Motion Ltd. will create a committee that will examine possible changes to its corporate structure, including the possibility of separating the co-chairman and co-chief executive roles of its leaders Jim Balsillie …
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: @avibryant, VentureBeat and Techdirt
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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.
Discussion: Stephen Pickering …
Jillian C. York:   Community Standards: A Comparison of Facebook vs. Google+
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  —  Facebook has a message for the television world: social TV is coming.  Andy Mitchell, SVP of Strategic Partner Development at Facebook, pitched a crowd of media and branding honchos at the PromaxBDA conference …
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade and Lost Remote
Peter Boctor / GeekWire:
Facebook's Zuckerberg: TV, books, movies next in line for social disruption
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
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: 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
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 …
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David Pogue / New York Times:
Pretty Tablet, Though Late for the Ball
Discussion: eWeek, PC World and mocoNews
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft follows Google in pulling plug on its home-energy service  —  Not too surprisingly, Microsoft is pulling the plug on its Hohm energy monitoring service.  —  Microsoft admitted the discontinuation of Hohm via a June 30 blog post on the Microsoft Hohm community blog.
Publishers Weekly:
Najafi in $435 Million Stalking Horse Deal with Borders  —  Borders reached an agreement Thursday evening with Najafi Companies to sell an undetermined number of stores for $215.1 million in cash plus $220 million in assumption of liabilities.  Under the preliminary agreement, Najafi …
 
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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
Madhu Gupta / The LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn Groups API: Professional Engagement Anytime, Anywhere
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Ready, set, sue! Net neutrality rules almost official
 Earlier Items: 
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
MySpace Lays off More Than Half Its Staff of 450
Julianne Pepitone / CNNMoney:
New Apple app rules kick in June 30 — will Kindle vanish?
Discussion: MacRumors, App Advice and MacDailyNews
Horace Dediu / asymco:
How much is an iOS user worth to Apple? About $150. Every year.
Discussion: MacNN and Geek.com
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Flipboard 1.5 Integrates LinkedIn, Adds A Content Guide For Curated News Browsing