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9:05 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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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google+ suffers its first major bug: Multiple email notifications  —  If you have been using Google+ this afternoon/evening (depending on where you are), you may have experienced what looks to be one of the first major Google+ bugs; multiple email notifications.
Discussion: CNET News
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
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
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
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
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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