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8:30 AM ET, July 10, 2011

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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.
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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 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.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
More Celebs Show Up on Google Plus, but Which Ones are Real?
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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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: eWeek, 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.
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, AppleInsider and W3C
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
MiniDisplay Port to HDMI Cables ‘Unlicensed’ and Cannot Be Sold  —  Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cables, such as those used to connect recent-generation MacBook Pro's to high-definition televisions do not comply with the official HDMI specifications.  —  HDMI Licensing, LLC …
Discussion: Geek.com, TUAW, TechSpot and PC Magazine
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Despite Google+ Competition, Disco, Google's Hushed Messaging App, Continues To Improve  —  It has been over three months since we first broke the news on the existence of Disco, the group messaging app made by the Slide team within Google.  Google still refuses to talk about it.  But work continues nonetheless.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Microsoft muzzles IE chief's ‘native HTML’ nonsense  —  Balderdash bug report closed  —  Microsoft has abandoned its nonsensical effort to recast HTML as a native Windows technology.  We can once again applaud the company's long overdue embrace of the latest web standards.
Wayne Lam / iSuppli:
Teardown of HTC ThunderBolt Provides Insights on Rumored LTE iPhone  —  If the rumors are true that the next-generation iPhone will support 4G long-term evolution (LTE), the new Apple Inc. smartphone likely will be significantly more expensive to make than the current iPhone 4 model …
Discussion: 9to5Mac and SlashGear
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 …
Discussion: GeekWire and Bits, Thanks:steverubel
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Chris Sacca: Bad environment for seed-stage investors
Discussion: The Next Web
 
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Jason Magder / Montreal Gazette:
Canadian Internet providers purposely slow us down
Discussion: Toronto Star
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Next week's Surface 2 SDK release will hint at Windows 8′s future
Discussion: The Windows Blog and MSDN Blogs
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple reflecting dramatic improvements in iPad 2 availability
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Rocky Agrawal / TechCrunch:
Solving The Scoble Problem In Social Networks
Discussion: Stay N Alive and Robert Scoble
Om Malik / GigaOM:
No plans to kill the Blogger brand
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Microsoft Smiles, Shrugs as Hackers Wangle Mango Onto Old WinMo Gear
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Thomas Buckley / Bloomberg:
Pixar lays off ~175 employees, or around 14% of its workforce, the biggest restructuring in Pixar's history, and plans to stop making original shows for Disney+

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Russian state-run channel Rossiya24 is broadcasting days-old episodes of Tucker Carlson's show with a Russian voiceover

Todd Spangler / Variety:
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