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9:25 AM ET, July 1, 2011

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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 …
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Developer API for Google+: It's coming  —  Google's new social network, Google+, has only been public for two days, and developers are already interested in access to the service so they can roll out add-ons and improvements.  —  Fortunately for them, and ultimately for Google+ users, developer access is coming.
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk Digital Connection:   Google+, A Bold Step Forward in the World of Social Photo Sharing
Chris Thompson / About Foursquare:   Did Google just sneak a foursquare competitor under our noses?
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
The technology behind Google+ Hangouts
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 …
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 …
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.
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The Business Insider:
Twitter Is Under Federal Investigation
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
FTC Makes Twitter Inquiries
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
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Consortium including Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, RIM and Sony snags Nortel patents for $4.5 billion  —  News that Google had competition for a bundle of patents being sold by bankrupt Nortel Networks surfaced a week ago and now it's official; a consortium of companies including Apple …
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 …
Dick Craddock / The Windows Blog:
Instant email: how we made Hotmail 10x faster  —  We announced last week a new version of SkyDrive, in which SkyDrive was redesigned from the ground up to have great performance on modern browsers.  Like the SkyDrive team, we've also been hard at work on ways to speed up Hotmail.
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 New York Observer:
Steal This Start-Up!  No Longer Content to Write Checks, VCs Are Giving Away Their Best Ideas  —  If you have a hot idea for an Internet start-up, conventional wisdom goes, do not tell anyone.  Draw up a non-disclosure agreement, file a provisional patent, and have your friends sign frieNDAs.
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Kleiner Perkins and Andreessen Horowitz: Separated at Birth?  —  When entrepreneur Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz burst onto the venture scene two short years ago, they planned to be a different kind of venture firm, one that would have a very small number of GPs, and pour the “majority” …
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.
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.
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 …
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: Daily Mail, Inquirer and All Facebook
Mark Hearn / Sprintfeed:
Original Galaxy Tab Finally Getting Gingerbread  —  Worry not original Galaxy Tab owners, the EVO View 4G's days as Sprint's only 7-inch Android tablet sporting Gingerbread are officially numbered.  Our Super Spies have shared some intel with us, which clearly advises that the original Samsung Galaxy Tab …
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 …
 
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Michael Cooney / Network World:
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Jared Moya / ZeroPaid.com:
RIAA: Anonymous, LulzSec Hacks Prove Need for PROTECT IP Act!
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Angela Watercutter / Epicenter:
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Melanie Lee / Reuters:
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Publishers Weekly:
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Ready, set, sue! Net neutrality rules almost official
Sheldon Levine / Sysomos Blog:
Lulzsec Takes Over The Internet... In only 50 Days
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 and App Advice