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11:00 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
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Google+ code reveals intent to unleash Games and Questions to the social world
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:
More letters to RIM; employees rally alongside anonymous exec  —  BGR published an open letter to Research In Motion yesterday from an anonymous high-level RIM executive who begged for senior management to take notice of all of the issues within RIM.  The exec explained how the company …
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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 …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Open letter to BlackBerry bosses: Senior RIM exec tells all as company crumbles around him
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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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.
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 …
DigiTimes:
iPhone 5 and iPad 3 upstream suppliers begin to prepare materials  —  Taiwan-based companies included in the supply chain for iPhone 5 and iPad 3 have begun to prepare materials for the production of the two devices, which are likely to make their debuts in September and to hit the market in October, according to industry sources.
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
Sachin's Posterous:
Why Apple built Final Cut Pro X  —  I worked on Final Cut Pro from 2002 to 2008.  It was an amazing experience.  The Final Cut Pro X project was just getting started when I left Apple.  It was an ambitious and controversial move, but it made sense for Apple.  Here's why:  —  Apple doesn't care about the pro space
Discussion: OS X Daily and The Next Web
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 …
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A year after its big redesign, how Google News is thinking about the best ways to present news stories  —  It's been a year since Google News launched its big redesign, the first major update of the Google News interface since it launched in 2002.  The revamp put a new emphasis on customized news content …
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 …
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” …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Digits
Jon Brooks / KQED News Fix:
Amazon Says It Won't Collect Sales Tax; 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.
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 …
 
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Ploy Ten Kate / Reuters:
Thais face jail if they send campaign Tweets during poll
Discussion: The Next Web and Bloomberg
Michael Cooney / Network World:
Despite controversy, federal, state wiretaps on the rise
The New York Observer:
Steal This Start-Up! No Longer Content to Write Checks, VCs Are Giving Away Their Best Ideas
Mike Shields / digiday:DAILY:
Tumblr is Blowing Up — So When Will Its Business?
Jared Moya / ZeroPaid.com:
RIAA: Anonymous, LulzSec Hacks Prove Need for PROTECT IP Act!
Discussion: @anonymousirc and Techdirt
Angela Watercutter / Epicenter:
After Theaters Balk at MoviePass, Beta Is Put On Hold
Discussion: Variety and The Wrap
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Chinese police arrest 36 in Alibaba.com fraud sting
Discussion: The Next Web
 Earlier Items: 
Publishers Weekly:
Najafi in $435 Million Stalking Horse Deal with Borders
Joshua Cohen / Tubefilter:
Glenn Beck Leaves Fox Show, Heads Straight to the Web
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Facebook wins access to partnership agreement, emails in Paul Ceglia case
Discussion: Daily Mail, Inquirer and All Facebook
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Onkyo Latest To Pay Microsoft Royalties Over Android Tablets
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Ready, set, sue! Net neutrality rules almost official
Sheldon Levine / Sysomos Blog:
Lulzsec Takes Over The Internet... In only 50 Days