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4:10 AM ET, July 11, 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.
Paul Boutin / Technology Review:
How Google+ Will Balkanize Your Social Life  —  For many, the new service offers the chance to press “reset on Facebook.”  —  Google launched its Facebook competitor, Google+, just over a week ago now.  Even though sign-ups have so far been limited to a fraction of Facebook's 750 million users …
Sean Percival / Sean Percival's Blog:   Google+ Fan Art Compilation
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
How Apple Led The High-Stakes Patent Poker Win Against Google, Sealing Ballmer's Promise  —  “It's not like Android's free.  Android has a patent fee.  You do have to license patents.”  —  That was Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in an interview last year with The Wall Street Journal.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Google Readies Ambitious Plan for Web-Data Exchange  —  While Chattering Classes Obsess Over Google+, Marketers Should Keep an Eye on the Real Action  —  Wall Street-like exchanges have revolutionized online advertising, but Google is taking the concept further, quietly building one for buying …
Discussion: AdExchanger.com and FM Blog
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Quick Action Helps Google Win Friends in Japan  —  KESENNUMA, Japan — An oddly equipped car made its way last week through the rubble in this tsunami-stricken port city.  On the roof: an assembly of nine cameras creating 360-degree panoramic digital images of the disaster zone to archive damage.
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
The road ahead in mobile games  —  Mobile gaming is the wide-open battleground of the entertainment industry.  While Zynga dominates social games and big publishers rule console games, the global smartphone game market is still up for grabs.  Since there are potentially billions of users in this market …
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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
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Foxconn to spend $1.6B on stores in China to sell Apple products  —  The Chinese Economic Daily News via Bloomberg reports that Foxconn plans on spending NT$47B to build stores in China which will sell Apple products, which of course it also produces.  The information was relayed by the unit's Chairman Steve Chang.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Justin.TV: The Movie  —  While the historical accuracy of Facebook tell-all The Social Network was questionable, the movie did tremendously well at the box office.  And at the Golden Globe Awards and the Oscars.  Now Hollywood producers are looking for the next big story around a tech company.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
WordPress: Now Powering 50 Million Blogs  —  Matt Mullenweg, creator of the WordPress blogging platform and founder of Automattic, will have big reason to celebrate this Sunday after the number of self-hosted and WordPress.com blogs passed the 50 million mark.
Discussion: @nacin
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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Denise Howell / Bag and Baggage:
Google user licenses: clarification would be nice, but they're not panic-worthy
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