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8:45 PM ET, July 2, 2011

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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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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
What MySpace's Tom Anderson Thinks of Google+  —  Google+, the search giant's social network, has just received a strong endorsement from one of the pioneers of social networking: MySpace co-founder Tom Anderson.  —  Tom Anderson, best known as the default friend on MySpace during its early years …
Discussion: Google+ and @justinvincent
Mike Blumenthal / Understanding Google Maps …:
Google+ To Have Business Profile Pages
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: Edible Apple and AppleInsider
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: SlashGear, Neowin.net and Electronista
PhysOrg.com:
WiFi ‘napping’ doubles phone battery life  —  A Duke University graduate student has found a way to double the battery life of mobile devices - such as smartphones or laptop computers - by making changes to WiFi technology.  —  WiFi is a popular wireless technology that helps users download information from the Internet.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
With 17M Registered Users, Tango Is Growing Twice As Fast As Skype Did Its First Year  —  Back in Skype's early days, it was adding users so fast that it liked to boast that it was “the fastest growing, globally available communications tool in history.”  Well, by at least one measure …
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 …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Samsung drops US countersuit to focus on Apple patent defense  —  Responding to accusations that it had copied designs of rival smartphone vendor Apple, Samsung has amended its answers, defences and counterclaims, deciding to drop its countersuit in the US to better focus on fighting its rivals original complaint.
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.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Leaked iPad 2 jailbreak available now? (updated: better wait)  —  Can't say it happened at Mach 3, but the iPad 2 jailbreak that we saw teased back in mid-March seems to have made its way out into the wild at long last.  According to the video hosted up just past the break, JailbreakMe 3.0 is now available with support for the iPad 2.
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.
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
 
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