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5:55 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: 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.
Discussion: @counternotions
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: @infoarbitrage
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
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
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 …
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.
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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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.
 
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
WordPress: Now Powering 50 Million Blogs
Discussion: @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
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Eric Schmidt: You Don't Know It's A Bubble Until The Bubble Ends
Discussion: TechEye and Moneycontrol
 Earlier Items: 
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google's Locksmith Spam Problem Hits The New York Times
Discussion: New York Times
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
What's driving rise in music sales?
Danny Sullivan / Google+:
With respect to +Kevin Rose, you should no more move your blog …
Discussion: Techie Buzz and @kevinrose
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple's latest patent foe: the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
Discussion: Electronista and AppleInsider