Today in Tech: Why you should switch to Google +

July 5, 2011: 3:30 AM ET

Fortune's curated selection of the holiday weekend's most newsworthy tech stories from all over the Web. Sign up to get the newsletter delivered to you every day.

"At MySpace we had the luxury of having social first, and building the products on top of that layer. Then I choked and Facebook realized that vision."
-- MySpace founder Tom Anderson (The Telegraph)

* Facebook may reportedly have nearly 700 million active users, but Google + has a few things going for it users can't find over in Mark Zuckerberg's court, like better friend management tools and an excellent group video chat feature in "Hangout." That would at least go some ways to explaining why Zuck himself is on the fledgeling social network. (PCWorld and TechCrunch)

* Why Google + represents a six-prong attack on areas including the browser, mobile, search, and even enterprise. (TechCrunch)

* The launch of Google + may also be why the Internet giant suspended its Real Time Search (RTS) feature, which featured a partnership with Twitter whereby relevant Tweets would show up in search results. Google will reportedly relaunch RTS, but it'll be powered by Google + and other third-party sources. (Business Insider)

* Hulu reportedly started up early sales talks with nearly a dozen interested buyers, including Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo. (Reuters)

* New Yorker writer Ken Auletta wonders whether Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg can upend Silicon Valley's male-dominated culture. (New Yorker)

* A decent analysis of Zynga's financial in light of last week's S-1 filing. Their findings? The vast majority of revenues come via Facebook. (Surprise!) (Inside Social Games)

* Colleague Dan Primack reports on the VC who wanted MySpace back. Meanwhile,  Justin Timberlake's manager revealed that a talent show or competition will be an integral part of the next attempt to kickstart the property. (Timberlake is now part owner, along with Specific Media.) (Fortune and Billboard)

* Augmented reality: past, present and future. (The Next Web)

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JP Mangalindan
JP Mangalindan
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JP Mangalindan is a San Francisco-based writer at Fortune, covering Silicon Valley. Since joining in 2010, he has written on a wide array of topics, from the turnaround of eBay to the evolution of net neutrality. A graduate of Fordham University, Mangalindan has also written for GQ, Popular Science, and Entertainment Weekly.

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