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9:40 AM ET, July 11, 2011

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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 …
Discussion: CNET News and Stay N Alive
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Dhanji R. Prasanna / Rethrick Construction:
Like it or Not  —  There's no shortage of punditry around the future and fate of Google+, a massive social networking effort from Google.  Much of it centers around competition with facebook and whether or not it will succeed in unseating the latter as the dominant social networking site.
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
Why I'm Doubling Down on the Twitter Ecosystem  —  Today I'm announcing that GRP Partners is doubling down on the Twitter ecosystem by investing in DataSift, a company who provides a real-time data platform and tools to third-party developers and corporations.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Beyond the iPhone 5: The future of Apple's mobile devices  —  There have been a flurry of rumors surrounding Apple's next iPhone this week.  Some of them are reiterations of previous rumors, like a thinner and lighter iPhone, and some focus on a lower-end model that might appeal to prepaid customers.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple users buying 61% more apps, paying 14% more per app  —  The appetite for cool software is increasing, and customers are willing to pay more for it  —  Estimates: Piper Jaffray.  Chart: PED  —  Apple's (AAPL) business model is increasingly dependent on the health of its App Store …
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 …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
ISP flip-flops: why do they now support “six strikes” plan?  —  Why did three of the nation's largest network providers—Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon—sign on to the music and movie industry's “copyright alert” system?  When we posed that question to Verizon spokesman Ed McFadden, he insisted that Verizon was just being a good citizen.
Discussion: Neowin.net
Paul Ford / Ftrain.com:
Woods+  —  People call me a lot and say: What is this new thing?  You're a nerd.  Explain it immediately.  —  I know it's confusing.  But this is their competitor to Facebook basically.  Except you can list your friends.  That's the circles.  But it's easier to remember if you call them holes.
Laura Keeley / Washington Post:
Boston venture capitalists don't want to let another big one get away  —  Mark Zuckerberg was the big one that got away.  —  Boston venture capitalists declined to fund the founder of Facebook, the world's most popular social-networking service, when he wanted to expand his start-up in 2004.
410Labs:
410 Labs Closes Successful $750,000 Series A Funding Round  —  Investors include True Ventures, 500 Startups and an All-Star Cast of Area Entrepreneurs  —  Baltimore, MD (July 11, 2011)— 410 Labs, a Baltimore-based lean product studio founded by Dave Troy and Matt Koll …
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Business Insider, Thanks:davemcclure
Dieter Bohn / This is my next:
HTC lays out timeline for unlocked bootloaders on Sensation, Sensation 4G, and EVO 3D  —  HTC has updated their Facebook page yet again with an update on their new policy of providing unlocked bootloaders for Android devices: … HTC's plan for enabling the unlocked bootloaders gives …
James B. Stewart / New York Times:
Waiting for Gravity to Hit LinkedIn  —  Facebook's valuation in the private market this week was approaching $100 billion.  Twitter is in the midst of a round of private fund-raising on terms that value it at as much as $8 billion — more than double its worth a mere seven months ago.
 
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Smartphones head to ‘tipping point’
Discussion: mocoNews and bit-tech.net
Rich Jaroslovsky / Bloomberg:
Hubris, Free Sushi Fueled Google's Rise to Internet Riches: Book Review
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Foxconn to spend $1.6B on stores in China to sell Apple products
Discussion: Electronista
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
The road ahead in mobile games
Thanks:deantak
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Quick Action Helps Google Win Friends in Japan
Discussion: Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
WordPress: Now Powering 50 Million Blogs
Discussion: Disruptors and @nacin
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Justin.TV: The Movie
Denise Howell / Bag and Baggage:
Google user licenses: clarification would be nice, but they're not panic-worthy
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Now You Can Use LinkedIn To Stay Up To Date On Who's Getting Hired (And Fired)
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
HP's Tortured WebOS Positioning
Discussion: Guardian and CNET News