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6:40 PM ET, July 11, 2011

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Bill Gross / Google+:
I predict that Google+ will go from 0 to 100,000,000 users faster than any other service in history.  —  Okay, that's a bold proclamation - here's why I think it will achieve that.  The service is great.  It is timely.  People are engaging with it like crazy.  There are rumors that there are already 4.5m people.
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Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Google: Changes coming to Google+ this week  —  Top Google exec acknowledges hearing “lots of criticisms” about Google +, and that the firm plans to respond quickly  —  Computerworld - It looks like Google will be making some changes to Google+ this week.  —  In a post on Google+ …
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Gmail+: Google Already At Work On “Several” Gmail/Google+ Integrations  —  One of the factors that led me to conclude that I could walk away from email for the month was the emergence of Google+.  It's yet another network where people can now message me if they need to get ahold of me.
Pratip Banerji / The Official Google Blog:
The first Google eBooks-integrated e-reader: iriver Story HD  —  Starting this coming Sunday, July 17, the iriver Story HD e-reader will be available for sale in Target stores nationwide and on Target.com.  The iriver Story HD is the first e-reader integrated with the open Google eBooks platform …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple users buying 61% more apps, paying 14% more per app  —  Apple's (AAPL) business model is increasingly dependent on the health of its App Store, the rich breeding ground of the company's software ecosystem, and a report to clients issued Monday by Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster suggests that the ecosystem's vital signs are good.
Brenna Ehrlich / Mashable!:
Spotify Plans To Launch as Invite-Only in the U.S. [REPORT]  —  Word on the digital street is that much-lauded European music subscription service Spotify will land on U.S. shores this week.  —  Our sources in the music industry told us Spotify won't open the floodgates all at once …
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Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Spotify Won't Have An Exclusive On Facebook's Music Service
Discussion: SlashGear
Twitter Blog:
One Million Registered Twitter Apps  —  Application developers play a fundamental role in helping people get the best out of Twitter.  As an ecosystem, we've just crossed one million registered applications, built by more than 750,000 developers around the world.  This is up from 150,000 apps just a year ago.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Color Labs Chief Product Officer DJ Patil Resigns  —  Color Labs Chief Product Officer DJ Patil will soon be leaving the company as a full time employee, we've confirmed.  Patil, who was LinkedIn's chief scientist until March, was only with Color for about 5 months.  He'll transition to become an advisor to the company.
Tom Hals / Reuters:
Courts approve Nortel patent sale to Apple/RIM group  —  Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Research in Motion Ltd and three other leading tech companies received court approval on Monday to buy wireless patents from the bankrupt Nortel Networks Corp for $4.5 billion.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
New Mac Pros and MacBook Airs to launch this week with OS X Lion  —  We have been expecting new MacBook Airs this week and now it appears that the ultra-thin notebooks won't be the only new Macs this week.  According to our source Mr. X, part numbers for an upgraded Mac Pro line have appeared …
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Philly Papers to Sell Android Tablets  —  Publishers, desperate to prop up their legacy print business, have been scrambling to put their content on tablet devices.  Now the Philadelphia Inquirer and its sibling Philadelphia Daily News are making what may be the boldest tablet push yet.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Facebook Hires New Director of Product, Tom Stocky, From Google  —  Longtime Googler Tom Stocky is Facebook's newest director of product, AllThingsD has learned.  —  Stocky posted about the move on his online profiles and Facebook confirmed he'd been hired.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Ballmer mocks Mac sales while touting Microsoft's products  —  Today at the Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft took the verbal gloves off: During his keynote, CEO Steve Ballmer mocked Apple's Mac sales numbers.  He compared the number of PCs sold in the last twelve months …
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple seeds iOS 5 beta 3, iTunes 10.5 beta 3, Xcode 4.3 Preview 3, Xcode 4.1 GM to developers  —  Apple has just seeded the third beta of iOS 5 to registered to developers.  Beta 3 of iTunes 10.5 is also available and will be required to sync with iOS 5 beta 3 devices.
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.
Nilay Patel / This is my next:
HP shakeup: webOS now led by Stephen DeWitt, Jon Rubinstein in charge of ‘product innovation’  —  It looks like HP's decided to shake things up in its webOS division, almost exactly a year after it completed its purchase of Palm.  Stephen DeWitt is now the senior vice president of webOS …
Reuters:
Analysis: Apple-Samsung battle may spur supplier shakeup  —  An intensifying quarrel between Samsung and Apple is triggering expectations that some of the pairs' $5 billion-plus relationship may be up for grabs.  With the electronics titans squaring off in an acrimonious battle over smartphones …
Discussion: 9to5Mac, MediaPost and Techie Buzz
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple files second ITC complaint against HTC: better luck next time?  —  The ITC website reveals that Apple filed another patent infringement complaint against Android device maker HTC on Friday, July 8, 2011.  By my count, that's Android-related lawsuit no. 48 (some disputes consist of multiple lawsuits).
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Pew: 25 Percent Prefer Smartphones To PC For Internet Access  —  The Pew Internet Project put out results of its first survey looking at smartphone ownership.  Pew found that 35 percent of all US adults own a smartphone.  —  When the base is just mobile phone owners however (83 percent of American adults) the number goes up to 42%.
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Android 3.2 getting new ‘zoom’ mode for small apps on big screens  —  Platforms live and die by the quality and quantity of apps written for them.  With somewhere in the neighborhood of 250 to 350 Honeycomb-optimized apps available right now, developer buy-in continues to be a challenge …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Confirms That It Has Acquired Digital Loyalty Startup Punchd  —  Last Friday our own Alexia Tsotsis broke the news that digital loyalty card startup Punchd was being acquired by Google.  The company is still very young but it's a move that makes sense — Punchd's service …
 
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Lizette Chapman / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Google Ventures Scaling Up With More Cash, ‘Googlers In Residence’
Dow Jones:
U.S. Venture Fund-Raising Shines for Some, European Funds Still Struggle
Discussion: TechCrunch and GeekWire
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Tries To Improve Product Search With New Merchant Rules
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals the Next Chapter for iBooks & New Chip for iOS Devices
Discussion: 9to5Mac, SlashGear and App Advice
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The Best Show on Web Video Is the One You Can't See: Inside the $100 Million YouTube Channel Sweepstakes
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David A. Kaplan / Fortune:
Don't call it the next tech bubble - yet
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 Earlier Items: 
Electronista:
Apple runs AirPlay, FaceTime ads for iPhone 4's last hurrah
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Industry Ventures Closes $400 Million Secondary Fund, Exceeds $1B Of Capital
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
James B. Stewart / New York Times:
Waiting for Gravity to Hit LinkedIn
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Beyond the iPhone 5: The future of Apple's mobile devices
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Smartphones head to ‘tipping point’
Discussion: Total Telecom, PSFK and 9to5Google
Rich Jaroslovsky / Bloomberg:
Hubris, Free Sushi Fueled Google's Rise to Internet Riches: Book Review
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple to reportedly add second iPad manufacturer to meet ‘iPad HD’ demand this fall
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Google Readies Ambitious Plan for Web-Data Exchange