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7:40 AM ET, July 9, 2011

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Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
Google+ accounted for 35% of Tweeted news links last week  —  The Twitterverse was in a flurry this week, as early adopters and tech enthusiasts excitedly dissected Google's brand new social network, Google+.  —  According to the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism's …
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New York Times:
Marc Andreessen on the Dot-Com ‘Bubble’  —  Contrary to all the recent hype about a bubble, you've said that tech companies are actually undervalued.  So in true 1999 fashion, should I take my life savings out of mutual funds and toss it into tech stocks?  —  I'm certainly not an investment adviser …
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Chris Sacca: Bad environment for seed-stage investors  —  Chris Sacca is one of Silicon Valley's original “super-angels,” investing early in such companies as Twitter, Bit.ly, Formspring and Instagram.  —  But Sacca seems to have grown wary of most seed-stage opportunities …
Discussion: The Next Web
AppleInsider:
Apple could test limited iTunes HD+ 1080p movie service  —  Apple as early as this fall may choose to test the waters for 1080p video sales through its ubiquitous iTunes service, AppleInsider has been advised.  —  Thus far, 1080p HD content has largely eluded users of Apple products …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Tablet shipments below lofty expectations, says IDC  —  Global tablet shipments in the first quarter fell 28 percent from the fourth quarter and failed to hit expectations, according to research firm IDC.  —  Specifically, tablet shipments were 7.2 million units worldwide.
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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:   IDC: Nook Color Leading E-Reader Sales For First Time Ever, As Tablets Lag
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Heads Up!  TechCrunch Will Look A Little Different Next Week  —  Next week we'll be rolling out significant enhancements to TechCrunch.  A new design and a new logo will be the first thing you'll notice.  But behind the scenes we've made significant changes to the other end of TechCrunch as well …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Mac OS X Lion: This Is Not the Future We Were Hoping For  —  It breaks my heart to say this, but Mac OSX Lion's interface feels like a failure.  Its stated mission was to simplify the operating system, to unify it with the clean experience of iOS.  That didn't happen.
Discussion: parislemon and 9to5Mac, Thanks:gizmodo
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google To Buy Mobile Loyalty Card Startup Punchd  —  We've just gotten word that that Google plans on acquiring digital loyalty card service Punchd.  The team, which consists of developers Reed Morse, Xander Pollock and Niket Desai (and formerly Grantland Chew), will most likely still …
Discussion: Digital Trends and MacNN
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter Ads Will Get Harder To Ignore: “Promoted Tweets” Coming To Your Timeline This Summer  —  As Twitter raises even more money, it's getting more serious about making money.  The service is set to start showing ads in users' “timelines” within the next month, following through on plans it has talked about for more than a year.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Nancy Gohring / Network World:
Oracle win would strain Android growth  —  Oracle is reportedly already asking handset makers to pay as much as $20 per Android phone  —  Will handset makers maintain their dedication to Android if they have to pay to license it?  That's the question experts following Google's battle …
Discussion: Beyond Search, GigaOM and CNET News
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Oracle fights to keep its Java patent claims alive
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Here's How Spotify Plans To Invade the U.S., With Facebook's Help  —  Spotify should finally get to the U.S. this month.  Then what?  —  We can get some sense by taking a look at the marketing materials the European music service is showing off to potential advertisers.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Surpasses Myspace For U.S. Visitors To Become No. 2 Social Network; Twitter Not Far Behind  —  Professional social network Linkedin surpassed Myspace in terms of traffic to become the No. 2 most visited social networking site in the U.S. in June.  LinkedIn, which has seen a resurgence …
The Politico:
Tech experts exit White House  —  When President Barack Obama took office, he brought with him a pack of technology advocates with impressive résumés and ambitious visions.  They wanted to improve the government through the use of Internet tools and iPhone apps and help shape communications policy to expand broadband.
Discussion: @dankaplan, @declanm, Gov 2.0 and Smart Mobs
Naked Security / Sophos:
Facebook scammers spread app pretending to be ‘Video Calling’  —  As Paul Ducklin predicted only a few days ago, scams related to Facebook's launch of a video chat service powered by Skype are surfacing.  —  This particular scam doesn't use the actual Facebook video service as Paul has predicted …
MaryAnn Spoto / New Jersey Online:
Judge rules use of GPS to track a cheating spouse is not an invasion of privacy  —  GLOUCESTER COUNTY — Beware, all you cheating husbands and wives.  —  The use of a GPS device to track your whereabouts is not an invasion of privacy in New Jersey, a state appellate court panel ruled today.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Starts Going After BitTorrent Sites  —  Historically the RIAA's litigation campaigns have focused mainly on individual file-sharers and P2P-software and services such as LimeWire.  —  Unlike their counterparts at the MPAA, BitTorrent sites have not been prime targets for the recording industry association's lawyers.
Discussion: TG Daily
Andy Weir / Neowin.net:
New Zune-branded video streaming subscription coming to Xbox LIVE?  —  Xbox LIVE is no stranger to video content, offering a range of options to enjoy movies and TV, including third-party content via the likes of Netflix; partnerships with cable and satellite TV companies such as AT&T's U-Verse in the US …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Netflix launches a new $7.99 DVD-by-mail plan  —  While streaming is all the rage these days, Netflix hasn't given up on DVDs entirely: The company has quietly launched a new page where users can sign up for an unlimited DVD-by-mail package that matches the $7.99 price of its unlimited streaming offering.
Discussion: Examiner and Gizmodo
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Labs Launches ‘Web Activities’ Experiment, Lets Web Apps Talk To Each Other  —  Mozilla has just posted an update to its Labs blog, where it shows off some of the new projects that it's been working on (which sometimes serve as previews of features that eventually get baked into Firefox or open web technologies).
 
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple snags 50% of handset industry profits ahead of first 100M iPhone year
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Google chairman Schmidt agrees to testify at Senate antitrust hearing
Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Discussion: Smarterware
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Hunter Skipworth / Pocket-lint:
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Smartphone Job Market Ripe With Opportunity, Unless You're a BlackBerry Developer
Discussion: SocialTimes.com
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Wow! Mobile is now 2% of global GDP
James Brightman / IndustryGamers:
John Carmack: ‘Unquestionable’ That Mobile Will Surpass Current Consoles