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1:30 PM ET, July 3, 2011

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Chris Brogan:
The Google Plus 50  —  If you're curious about Google+, the new social network platform from Google, you're not alone.  I've logged several hours already on the platform, experimenting, testing, and observing.  It sparks my attention from several angles: marketing, technology, community, media, mobile, advertising, and more.
Discussion: BetaNews and TechCrunch
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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.
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Plus: Is This the Social Tool Schools Have Been Waiting For?  —  There seem to be three forces at play when it comes to education and social media.  The first is a lack of force, quite frankly - the inertia that makes many educators unwilling and uninterested in integrating the technology into their classrooms.
Discussion: edte.ch
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 …
Zee M Kane / The Next Web:
Fitbit users are unwittingly sharing details of their sex lives with the world  —  Heard of Fitbit?  Currently only available in the US, Fitbit's tracker is a little gadget that automatically tracks data about a person's activities, such as calories burned, sleep quality, steps and distance.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Where Have All the Spambots Gone?  —  First, the good news: The past year has witnessed the decimation of spam volume, the arrests of several key hackers, and the high-profile takedowns of some of the Web's most notorious botnets.  The bad news?  The crooks behind these huge crime machines …
Jay Yarow / The Business Insider:
The Org Charts Of All The Major Tech Companies (Humor)  —  Here is a funny take on how all the biggest tech companies are organized from designer Manu Cornet, via Foursquare product chief Alex Rainert.  Rainert notes on Tumblr, “These are really great though I imagine there's a bit …
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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Riva Richmond / Bits:
Hackers Hit Arizona Police Again  —  Hackers continued to plague the Arizona state police, releasing online yet another trove of stolen data and defacing eight police Web sites in what the hackers called “the third knockout blow.”  —  The latest digital dump, which occurred late Thursday …
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Can Jeff Weiner Realize LinkedIn's Full Potential?  —  LinkedIn's CEO is trying to keep members glued to the site—and his newly rich workers focused  —  The morning of May 19, Jeff Weiner became the face of technology's new era of bubbly optimism.  After ringing the bell on the floor …
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Shortmail: “Twitter For Email” Has 500 Character Limit, Forces Conciseness  —  Email is an unavoidable burden for most, and an undeniable time-suck for all.  But now, social startup 410 Labs is trying to fix our email woes with Shortmail.com, a service the Baltimore-based company considers the Twitter of email.
Discussion: The Next Web and BaltTech
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 …
 
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Turns 10: Happy Birthday!
Discussion: Gizmodo and Geekosystem
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
With 17M Registered Users, Tango Is Growing Twice As Fast As Skype Did Its First Year
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Leaked iPad 2 jailbreak available now? (updated: better wait)
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Samsung drops US countersuit to focus on Apple patent defense
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Growing Fiber Internet in Rural America: A Stimulus Success Story
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
On Attribution and Credit  —  Ina Fried's story yesterday …