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12:55 PM ET, July 2, 2011

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Nadia Damouni / Reuters:
Dealtalk: Google bid “pi” for Nortel patents and lost  —  At the auction for Nortel Networks' wireless patents this week, Google's bids were mystifying, such as $1,902,160,540 and $2,614,972,128.  Math whizzes might recognize these numbers as Brun's constant and Meissel-Mertens constant …
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Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
The enemy of my enemy  —  Nortel Networks, the bankrupt Canadian telecom company, came that much closer to disappearing completely yesterday with the cash sale of its portfolio of 6000 patents for $4.5 billion to a consortium of companies including Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research In Motion (RIM), and Sony.
Discussion: AppleInsider
Chris V. Nicholson / DealBook:
Apple and Microsoft Beat Google for Nortel Patents
Fred Wilson / A VC:
Why I'm Rooting For Google+  —  The day Google+ launched, I sent a friend at Google who was involved in building the service an email requesting an invite.  I got the invite late that day and started playing with the service.  Here's my profile.  I'm not sure if this page is public or you need a Google+ login to see it.
Discussion: Scobleizer
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why yo momma won't use Google+ (and why that thrills me to no end)  —  OK, I've been putting many hours into Google+.  In just the few days that it's been released I've followed 2,723 people, written many dozens of posts there, and have thoroughly used the product.
Mike Blumenthal / Understanding Google Maps …:
Google+ To Have Business Profile Pages
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Why Twitter Should be Very Worried About Google+
Discussion: Steve Rubel
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google to disable public sharing of private posts in Google+ [Updated]
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
The World Is An Internet Startup Now  —  Nothing beats face to face, semi-serendipitous conversation.  You always learn something new, and the amount of knowledge that can be shared in even a few minutes of face time simply cannot be replicated with technology, social media, or even a long form post like this one.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook Engineers Build Google+ Inspired Facebook Hack  —  With many asserting that Google+ is heavily Facebook influenced, Facebook engineers Vladimir Kolesnikov, Peng Fan, Zahan Malkani, Brian Rosenthal have flipped the switch and taken inspiration from the novel Google Circles design with Circlehack …
Discussion: PC World, Lifehacker and Digitizor
Tim Stiffler-Dean / PreCentral.net:
Jon Rubinstein sends message to HP staff; Addresses TouchPad reviews  —  In an internal email sent out to HP staff, Jon Rubenstein (Senior Vice President and General Manager, Palm Global Business Unit) has reached out to his employees to address a growing concern from the reviews of the HP TouchPad …
Discussion: Electronista
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
OS X Lion Allows Running Multiple Copies on the Same Machine (Virtualization)  —  For the first time, Apple is allowing owners of OS X (client version) to run multiple virtual copies on the same machine.  Previously, Apple extended this ability to Mac OS X Server only.
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple to ship OS X Lion on July 14th
Kellex / Droid Life:
Exclusive: DROID3 Launching July 7 Via Direct Fill, Hits All Stores July 14  —  Well, we told you long ago that the DROID3 was launching on July 7 and just had it confirmed through our friends at Verizon.  The device will be available via direct fill next Thursday followed by a mass store rollout on July 14 as a Big Red exclusive.
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Here's Who Gets Rich Off The Zynga IPO  —  Zynga just filed to raise more than $1 billion in an IPO.  —  Like usual, the filing lays out all shareholders who own more than 5% of the company.  —  It's a pretty select list, and CEO Mark Pincus and “related entities” are still on top.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
On Attribution and Credit  —  Ina Fried's story yesterday for AllThingsD about iPad-native apps crossing the 100,000 mark now credits MacStories by name, and includes this note: … The reference in the article now reads: … That's better, and crosses the line into what I consider acceptable attribution.
Discussion: parislemon
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Growing Fiber Internet in Rural America: A Stimulus Success Story  —  If you think the Obama administration's stimulus package is about digging ditches, you'd be right — at least when it comes to funding broadband efforts in rural areas.  —  Take for instance the Mandan …
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Microsoft Strategy Exec Hank Vigil to Depart, Will Remain Strategic Adviser
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One per cent of world's web browsing happens on iPad
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Rachel Chitra / Reuters:
Nokia to exit Japan cellphone market by August: report
Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
Facebook Goddess Sheryl Sandberg On Short List To Replace Tim Geithner As Treasury Secretary
Discussion: James Pethokoukis
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Facebook set for $1 billion in social-gaming revenue
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Cuts Off API Access To BranchOut, Monster's BeKnown And Others For TOS Violations
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Will Launch In-Browser Video Chat Next Week In Partnership With Skype
Twittereng / Twitter Engineering:
Fast Core Animation UI for the Mac
Discussion: MacNN