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9:50 PM ET, July 9, 2011

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Eric Schmidt Comments On Google+'s Success, Claims “Millions” Of Users  —  Speaking at a press event on Thursday at the Allen & Co conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, former Google CEO and now Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt gave a 70 minute talk to the relatively few reporters …
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
More Celebs Show Up on Google Plus, but Which Ones are Real?  —  Google's social networking service Google Plus is so new that it currently lacks a verification system for user accounts.  This isn't a big deal for most users, of course, but it can be an issue when someone famous signs up …
Discussion: Google+ Info
Tom Krazit / paidContent:
Why Google And Android Must Deal With The Mobile Protection Racket  —  It's kind of amazing to consider that in just three short years, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) found its answer to critics fond of the “one-trick pony” slur with Android, currently the world's most popular mobile operating system …
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Jia Lynn Yang / Washington Post:
Antitrust officials probing sale of patents to Google's rivals  —  It's not often that search giant Google looks like the little guy.  But in a move unprecedented in the tech world, six of Google's rivals — including Apple, Microsoft and Research in Motion — combined forces recently …
Discussion: Against Monopoly and parislemon
Vic Gundotra / Google+:
Please accept our apologies for the spam we caused this afternoon.  —  For about 80 minutes we ran out of disk space on the service that keeps track of notifications.  Hence our system continued to try sending notifications.  Over, and over again.  Yikes.
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google+ suffers its first major bug: Multiple email notifications
Discussion: CNET News
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Instagram + Color = Instacolor  —  If photo sharing apps Instagram and Color would mate and have a baby, it would likely look something like the Instacolor app made by tinkerer Rakshith Krishnappa.  —  Basically, the app aims to help Instragram users discover other users in their neighborhood …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Blake Steven / AppleInsider:
Apple's back-to-school promo clobbering Microsoft's efforts  —  In spite of initial skepticism from industry watchers, Apple's annual Back to School promotion is off to a strong start, according to one analyst.  —  Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry issued a note to investors earlier …
Clay Shirky:
Why We Need the New News Environment to be Chaotic  —  The business environment for newspapers continues to be grim.  Pew recently reported that advertising revenue rebounded in 2010 for all forms of media, except newspapers.  * This might just be a matter of transitioning from print …
Jason Magder / Montreal Gazette:
Canadian Internet providers purposely slow us down  —  Canadian Internet providers have purposely or accidentally slowed down the speeds of its customers dozens of times in the last two years, and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has done little to stop this practice, an industry researcher has found.
Discussion: Toronto Star
Rocky Agrawal / TechCrunch:
Solving The Scoble Problem In Social Networks  —  I finally blocked Robert Scoble in Google+.  I have absolutely nothing against Scoble.  I quite admire him, actually.  He's a great asset to the startup scene and he works damn hard.  I've met him a few times and I'm sure we'll meet again.
Discussion: Stay N Alive and Robert Scoble
Neal Ungerleider / Fast Company:
DHS: Imported Consumer Tech Contains Hidden Hacker Attack Tools  —  A top Department of Homeland Security official has admitted to Congress that imported software and hardware components are being purposely spiked with security-compromising attack tools by unknown foreign parties.
Discussion: PC World, msnbc.com and Examiner
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
Discussion: The Next Web
 
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