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1:55 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: @emilychangtv
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:   Zynga: The IPO Prospectus Letter From CEO Mark Pincus
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 …
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.
Chris Thompson / About Foursquare:   Did Google just sneak a foursquare competitor under our noses?
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
The technology behind Google+ Hangouts
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk Digital Connection:   Google+, A Bold Step Forward in the World of Social Photo Sharing
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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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.
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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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: Daring Fireball and OS X Daily
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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.
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 …
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Hold News Event Next Wednesday For ‘Awesome’ Launch  —  As we heard from Mark Zuckerberg this week, Facebook is revealing something ‘awesome’ next week.  And the invite to the news event just rolled into press inboxes today.  The event will be held next Wednesday at 10 am in Facebook's Palo Alto office.
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!) …
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Google hiring 12 lobbying firms as FTC readies antitrust probe  —  Google said Friday it will hire a dozen new lobbying firms in a sign the search giant is taking the Federal Trade Commission's upcoming antitrust investigation seriously.  —  “We have a strong story to tell about our business …
Discussion: 9to5Google, Thanks:gnagesh
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 …
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 …
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.
Vijay Sankaran / Nokia Siemens Networks:
GSM celebrates 20 years  —  Harri Holkeri, then prime minister of Finland, makes the world's first GSM call, from a car phone in Helsinki on July 1 1991.  Photo: Lehtikuva/Sari Gustafsson  —  GSM as in Global System for Mobile communica- tions?  Who could be bothered with that one in the age of 3G, 3.5G, 4G and beyond?
 
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Even as It Makes Credits Mandatory for Games, Facebook Downplays Its Payment Ambitions
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
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Kleiner Perkins and Andreessen Horowitz: Separated at Birth?
The New York Observer:
Steal This Start-Up! No Longer Content to Write Checks, VCs Are Giving Away Their Best Ideas
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Tumblr is Blowing Up — So When Will Its Business?
Discussion: Betabeat
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Angela Watercutter / Epicenter:
After Theaters Balk at MoviePass, Beta Is Put On Hold
Discussion: Variety, The Wrap and Bloomberg
Jon Brooks / KQED News Fix:
Amazon Says It Won't Collect Sales Tax; State Says It'll Send a Bill Then
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Facebook wins access to partnership agreement, emails in Paul Ceglia case
Discussion: Daily Mail and Inquirer