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6:05 AM ET, July 1, 2011

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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 …
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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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
The technology behind Google+ Hangouts  —  Ever since Google started to roll out its Google+ project on Tuesday, many of its users have been particularly excited about its group video chat service Hangouts.  I agree, but not just because it's fun and easy to use.  The real kicker is the technology that powers the service.
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk Digital Connection:
Google+, A Bold Step Forward in the World of Social Photo Sharing  —  Note: If you are a photographer and on Google+, leave a link to your Google+ url in the comments.  —  I've spent the past two days playing around in Google's new social network Google+.  Thanks to Brian Rose who works in Google photos for the invite!
Chris Thompson / About Foursquare:   Did Google just sneak a foursquare competitor under our noses?
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 …
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
Peter Boctor / GeekWire:   Facebook's Zuckerberg: TV, books, movies next in line for social disruption
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 …
The Business Insider:
Twitter Is Under Federal Investigation  —  The Federal Trade Commission is actively investigating Twitter and the way it deals with the companies building applications and services for its platform, we've learned.  —  In Spring 2010, Twitter started making noises that it planned to provide users …
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Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
FTC Makes Twitter Inquiries
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.
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.
Discussion: The Business Insider and Bits
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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 …
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.
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: Inquirer and All Facebook
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.
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 …
Jared Moya / ZeroPaid.com:
RIAA: Anonymous, LulzSec Hacks Prove Need for PROTECT IP Act!  —  Says hacktivist group's campaign against public websites like the US Senate, CIA, and more recently, the Arizona Police Dept, prove a “lawless Internet” is not a “good thing,” and that legislation like the PROTECT IP Act …
Discussion: Techdirt and @anonymousirc
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.
Angela Watercutter / Epicenter:
After Theaters Balk at MoviePass, Beta Is Put On Hold  —  AMC Theatres and other cinema chains say they will not participate in all-you-can-watch movie service MoviePass, leading the startup to put its beta on hold just as the blockbuster Fourth of July weekend is getting under way.
Discussion: The Wrap and Variety
 
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Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Chinese police arrest 36 in Alibaba.com fraud sting
Discussion: The Next Web
Publishers Weekly:
Najafi in $435 Million Stalking Horse Deal with Borders
Joshua Cohen / Tubefilter:
Glenn Beck Leaves Fox Show, Heads Straight to the Web
Tom Krazit / mocoNews:
ITC Issues Split Decision In Kodak/Apple/RIM Patent Case; Review Coming
Path Blog:
Announcing Path for Android
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
USPTO invalidates an entire Oracle Java patent-in-suit on a preliminary basis
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Onkyo Latest To Pay Microsoft Royalties Over Android Tablets
Jennifer Pollock / California Home + Design:
CH+D Office Space: Square in San Francisco's Chronicle Building
 Earlier Items: 
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Ready, set, sue! Net neutrality rules almost official
Sheldon Levine / Sysomos Blog:
Lulzsec Takes Over The Internet... In only 50 Days
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft follows Google in pulling plug on its home-energy service
Julianne Pepitone / CNNMoney:
New Apple app rules kick in June 30 — will Kindle vanish?
Discussion: Examiner, App Advice and MacRumors
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
The iPad: Now With 100,000 Apps Available
NielsenWire:
In US, Smartphones Now Majority of New Cellphone Purchases