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5:50 PM ET, July 10, 2011

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Paul Allen / Google+:
Google+ is Growing Like Crazy.  Report Coming Monday.  Probably More than 4.5 Million Users Already  —  On Monday morning I plan to publish my latest research on how many Google+ users there are so far.  My model is based on US Census Bureau data about how many people there are in the U.S. with each surname.
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Chris Turitzin / Momentus Media:
The post-Google+ world: A Facebook Developer's Perspective  —  I've been working on the Facebook Platform since 2007.  I got serious in 2009 as a part of the Facebook Fund.  Since being a part of the Fund, I've been responsible for 80-90 million app installs on Facebook.
Discussion: Pretzel Logic
Sean Percival / Sean Percival's Blog:
Google+ Fan Art Compilation  —  Since Google+ launched we have seen a fair amount of fan art created to celebrate (or poke fun at) its arrival.  —  Here's a roundup of some of the more popular images circling around Google+, listed roughly in the order of their appearance.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:   More Celebs Show Up on Google Plus, but Which Ones are Real?
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
HP's Tortured WebOS Positioning  —  As an old HP fan, the rebirth of WebOS is painful to watch.  Palm, after missing the “App Phone” transition was effectiv ely taken over by an investor group led by Elevation Partners.  They promptly installed Jon Rubinstein as CEO, banking …
Discussion: CNET News
Danny Sullivan / Google+:
With respect to +Kevin Rose, you should no more move your blog to Google+ than you should have to Geocities.  Tap into social networks, use them to build your engagement, sure.  But your own domain is for life.  Google+ is not.  Tomorrow, Google could close it, and while you can export your content …
Discussion: Techie Buzz
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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Prosecutors Demand Laptop Password in Violation of Fifth Amendment  —  San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged a federal court in Colorado today to block the government's attempt to force a woman to enter a password into an encrypted laptop, arguing in an amicus brief …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google's Locksmith Spam Problem Hits The New York Times  —  The New York Times' interest in the underbelly of SEO continues today with an article that details Google's struggle to fight locksmith spam in Google Places.  While not as deep as the Times' recent articles on J.C. Penney's SEO tactics …
Discussion: New York Times
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.
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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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Eric Schmidt: You Don't Know It's A Bubble Until The Bubble Ends  —  Earlier this week, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt gave an over 70 minute long talk to press at the Sun Valley conference here in Idaho.  Towards the end of the talk, a reporter asked the former Google CEO whether he …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Now You Can Use LinkedIn To Stay Up To Date On Who's Getting Hired (And Fired)  —  Today, LinkedIn passed Myspace to become the second largest social network in the U.S. LinkedIn has seen a surge in traffic since it went public in May and reached an all-time high of 33.9 million unique visitors in June.
Discussion: Digitizor
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple's latest patent foe: the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)  —  It's not like Apple needs more hassle on the patent front.  Think of its “global war” with Samsung (eight venues, six countries, three continents), its disputes with HTC and Motorola, the unresolved Kodak problem …
Discussion: Electronista and AppleInsider
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
What's driving rise in music sales?  —  A Manhattan subway train, inside and out, is turned into a Lady Gaga billboard, part of the marketing blitz to promote the album ‘Born This Way.’  —  Album sales edge up 1 percent for just the first half of the year and suddenly it seems everybody in the music industry is giddy.
 
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New York Times:
Marc Andreessen on the Dot-Com ‘Bubble’
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