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4:05 PM ET, July 1, 2011

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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Zynga Finally Files for IPO to Raise $1 Billion  —  Zynga, a four-year-old company which has made its riches off selling virtual goods in social games, has filed to raise $1 billion in an IPO.  —  The IPO may potentially rank among the largest of the year, especially among tech companies.
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Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Zynga Gets “Substantially All” Its Revenue And Players From Facebook  —  The top risk factor mentioned in Zynga's IPO filing this morning is its dependence on Facebook.  —  The company admits that basically all of its revenue comes from its partnership with Facebook: “We generate substantially …
Discussion: BetaNews and @emilychangtv
Dawn Chmielewski / Company Town:
Google Inc. in preliminary talks to buy Hulu  —  Google Inc. is in preliminary talks to buy online video pioneer Hulu, people familiar with the situation said.  —  Hulu has begun meeting with potential buyers including Google, Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. to drum up interest in a sale …
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:   Report: Microsoft in the mix as Hulu explores possible sale
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Will Launch In-Browser Video Chat Next Week In Partnership With Skype  —  Earlier this week Facebook while visiting Seattle CEO Mark Zuckerberg tipped off Seattle press that the company would be launching an “awesome” new product next week that has been built by Facebook's Seattle team.
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.
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 …
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
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Adobe Offers 50 Percent Discount For Final Cut Pro Users Who Switch To Premiere Pro
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
Chris Thompson / About Foursquare:   Did Google just sneak a foursquare competitor under our noses?
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk Digital Connection:   Google+, A Bold Step Forward in the World of Social Photo Sharing
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 …
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
OS X Lion Golden Master seeded to developers ahead of July launch  —  Apple has seeded the golden master version of OS X Lion to developers ahead of its public release sometime this month (July).  The golden master download is available from Apple's Mac Developer website.  The build number is 11A511.
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.
Phil Nickinson / Android Central Podcast:
Verizon Droid 3 specs revealed, show a 4-inch Gingerbread world phone  —  Hey, look at that.  It's the Verizon Droid 3 specs — and lined up next to the Droid 2 and Droid X2 for good measure.  Let's just give 'em the full rundown.  —  The Droid 3 looks like it'll launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
AT&T Opens the Bridge for BlackBerry-PlayBook Connection  —  AT&T, which had held off allowing BlackBerry users to connect their devices with the PlayBook tablet, said that it is enabling the Bridge software needed for such a pairing.  —  Users will be able to access basic information coming …
Max Wang / DigiTimes:
Apple likely to dethrone HP as leading portable PC vendor  —  Apple is likely to replace Hewlett-Packard (HP) as the global number one notebook vendor in 2012 if tablet PCs are included in the calculation of global notebook shipments, according to industry sources.
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 …
Betina Chan-Martin / Hulu Blog:
TV Just Got A Whole Lot More Social  —  Do you remember when?  —  I knew Dwight's stint as manager of the Scranton office would end with hilarious results.  But did I see that coming?  Not in a million years.  But of course, the moment he strutted out with his holster (and gun!) …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Cuts Off API Access To BranchOut, Monster's BeKnown And Others For TOS Violations  —  Exclusive: Professional social network LinkedIn has shut down API access to a number of developers for terms of service violations, according to the company.  The six developers whose access …
Simon Mackie / GigaOM:
Chrome breaks 20 percent global browser market share  —  Google's Chrome browser is continuing to grow in popularity.  According to StatCounter, a website analytics company, Chrome is now used by a fifth of Internet users worldwide, taking 20.7 percent of the global browser market in June, up from just 2.8 percent in June 2009.
Twittereng / Twitter Engineering:
Fast Core Animation UI for the Mac  —  Starting today, Twitter is offering TwUI as an open-source framework (https://github.com/twitter/ twui) for developing interfaces on the Mac.  —  Until now, there was not a simple and effective way to design interactive, hardware-accelerated interfaces on the Mac.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Windows Phone 7 hits 25,000 applications … Microsoft's Windows Phone Marketplace has now reached 25,000 applications.  —  Marketplace trackers windowsphoneapplist.com is currently tracking 25,015 apps in the U.S. Marketplace alone.  WP7applist is tracking 24,784 applications worldwide …
 
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Thanks to Google Plus, Picasa Gets Unlimited Storage for Photos & Videos, Also Better Tagging
Discussion: Lifehacker
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Spotify, Facebook in talks on music service
Discussion: SocialTimes.com
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Even as It Makes Credits Mandatory for Games, Facebook Downplays Its Payment Ambitions
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Google hiring 12 lobbying firms as FTC readies antitrust probe
Discussion: paidContent and 9to5Google, Thanks:gnagesh
Ploy Ten Kate / Reuters:
Thais face jail if they send campaign Tweets during poll
Discussion: The Next Web
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A year after its big redesign, how Google News is thinking about the best ways to present news stories
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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?
Discussion: Betabeat
The Marquee Blog:
Ashton Kutcher in Twitter war with Village Voice
Jon Brooks / KQED News Fix:
Amazon Says It Won't Collect Sales Tax; State Says It'll Send a Bill Then