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1:35 PM ET, July 4, 2011

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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
As Deal With Twitter Expires, Google Realtime Search Goes Offline  —  Yesterday, we reported that Google Realtime Search had mysteriously disappeared.  Today comes the reason why.  Google's agreement with Twitter to carry its results has expired, taking with it much of the content that was in the service with it.
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Gary Price / Search Engine Land:
Official: The Google Wonder Wheel Is Gone  —  A Google spokesperson has informed Search Engine Land that the Google Wonder Wheel feature has been taken offline.  —  The spokesperson said that the search tool was removed due to the “initial stage” of the Google site redesign announced earlier this week.
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
Sheryl Sandberg & Male-Dominated Silicon Valley  —  In 2007, the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, knew that he needed help.  His social-network site was growing fast, but, at the age of twenty-three, he felt ill-equipped to run it.  That December, he went to a Christmas party at the home …
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
iPhone 4 prototype shows up on eBay  —  It's not the first prototype iPhone that's been offered on eBay, but as far as we know, this new listing marks the first time that an early-build iPhone 4 has been brought to public auction outside the Far East.  We caught wind of the sale …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Japan discovers ‘rare’ minerals used for iPads  —  Discovery on the floor of the Pacific Ocean around Hawaii could immediately reduce concerns about supply  —  Japanese scientists have discovered huge deposits of “rare earth” minerals, crucial for making electronics products such as smartphones …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Hackers claim Fox News' Twitter account, report fake Obama shooting  —  Fox has found it has been made the target of a hacking campaign once again after attackers managed to compromise the Fox News Politics Twitter account and used it to spread misinformation that the president had been shot and killed.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Twitter drops following requirement for Direct Messages on Verified Accounts  —  Twitter has begun amending its messaging policy for Verified Accounts, allowing celebrities and brands to receive Direct Messages without having to follow the sender.  —  News came via Nabeel Ziyaan …
Discussion: AllTwitter
Reuters:
China's Baidu ties up with Microsoft to power English search  —  * Baidu says to actively push into international search market (Adds details, background)  —  (Reuters) - China's Baidu , which has three-quarters of China's search market, has signed a deal with Microsoft's Bing …
Semil Shah / TechCrunch:
Google's Six-Front War  —  Editor's note: Guest contributor Semil Shah is an entrepreneur interested in digital media, consumer internet, and social networks.  He is based in Palo Alto and you can follow him on twitter @semilshah.  —  While the tech world is buzzing about the launch …
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Amazon The Consolidator Gobbles Up The Book Depository  —  Amazon looks like it might be trying to beef up its long tail cred with some direct in-house expertise, rather than simply relying on its third-party reseller network.  The books giant today announced that it has bought UK independent online bookseller The Book Depository.
New York Times:
Tools of Entry, No Need for a Key Chain  —  Front pockets and purses are slowly being emptied of one of civilization's most basic and enduring tools: the key.  It's being swallowed by the cellphone.  Enlarge This Image James Best Jr./The New York Times New technology lets smartphones unlock hotel …
James Kendrick / ZDNet:
So what happened to Kindle on the TouchPad?  —  HP and Amazon wanted to make sure everyone was aware that the Kindle app would be front and center on the TouchPad at launch.  The Kindle app is even featured in the Pivot magazine that is part of the TouchPad app for finding good apps.
Discussion: PC Magazine, Thanks:jkendrick
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Dropbox, cloud storage, and who owns your files?  —  Dropbox is a popular cloud-based service that allows users to store files online where they can be accessed from multiple devices or even shared with friends or colleagues.  It's insanely useful if you're looking for a way to transfer files …
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David Murphy / PC Magazine:
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