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8:10 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
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Google+ For iOS Awaiting App Store Approval  —  Google+ is already available on Android and on the mobile web, but the search giant's social network will soon make its debut on iPhone and iPad.  —  As Google technician Erica Joy revealed on Google+, “the Google+ iPhone app has been submitted …
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
White processor-bumped 64GB and black 4G TouchPad due in August, Opal and Pre3 by fall  —  Hold tight to your TouchPads, people, because things are about to get rocky.  We've received a confidential HP product brief that outlines some of the future for webOS devices.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Extension slurps Facebook contacts into Google+  —  The biggest challenge to making Google+ a viable competitor to Facebook is that people must reproduce their social graph—their collection of connections—at the new service.  But a Chrome extension makes that process a lot easier by automating …
Discussion: 9to5Google and PC World
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 …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
The VC who wanted MySpace back  —  Before MySpace was sold this week, there was someone else who really wanted it.  —  Yesterday I had lunch with Redpoint Ventures partner Geoff Yang, who had invested in MySpace just months before it was sold to News Corp. Actually, I had lunch and Geoff had iced tea (he had already eaten).
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Mark Zuckerberg Is The Most Followed User On Google+  —  In what has to be somewhat embarrassing for Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is the most followed user on Google+, according to the Google+ Statistics counter.  —  The Facebook CEO has 21,213 followers …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple rumored to feature high-speed 400MBps flash memory in new MacBook Air  —  Apple is said to adopt “Toggle DDR 2.0,” a 19-nanometer process for NAND flash memory offering 400 megabyte-per-second speed, in its next MacBook Air, according to a new report.  —  The high-speed NAND flash memory …
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 …
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
How This Year's Tech IPOs Are Doing, And Who's Next  —  Bubble or not, 2011 may go down as the year of the tech IPO.  Not since the last bubble have we seen so many technology companies clamoring to go public.  And halfway through the year, we still have many more companies who will be listing …
Aimee Groth / The Business Insider:
People Over 35 Have Recently Launched 80% Of Startups  —  With all the press coverage devoted to new high tech company founders, you'd think that young entrepreneurs are the only successful entrepreneurs.  But the latest research suggests otherwise.  —  According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
AT&T to Offer Standard Insurance for iPhone Starting July 17th  —  AT&T has informed customers that the iPhone (all models) will be eligible for their Mobile Insurance program starting on July 17th.  AT&T's mobile insurance program offers protection against loss, theft …
Martin Sutherland / Legends of the Sun Pig:
Google made my son cry  —  Alex is 10 years old.  He has had a Gmail account since September 2009 — almost two years.  He uses email to keep in touch with his grandparents, who live in California and Scotland.  He is signed up to get newsletters and updates from his favourite online hangouts, like Roblox and Hyves.
Discussion: Betabeat and Geek.com
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zynga planning to diversify beyond Amazon, build its own data centers  —  One of the little-known facts about social game giant Zynga is that it's one of the biggest operators of cloud computing infrastructure, built to support its current customer base of more than 281 million monthly active users.
Electronista:
Alibaba plans own cloud-based phone OS  —  China's Alibaba may be planning own mobile OS  —  Alibaba, best known for its e-commerce sites, is now working on developing its own cell phone operating system, an anonymous source close to the matter told the Wall Street Journal on Monday.
Reuters:
China's Baidu ties up with Microsoft to power English search  —  China's Baidu is to partner with Microsoft for English-language search, giving the U.S. software giant a chance to expand its tiny Web presence in a market Google has stepped back from, and helping the Chinese company's international ambitions.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Google/Slide Quiet Launches Continue With Prizes — Social Contests For Money  —  The Slide group within Google has been busy.  Disco, the group messaging app, quietly launched back in March.  Then last week, Pool Party, a group mobile photo service entered into private beta.
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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Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
The New Faces of Digital Readers
James Kendrick / ZDNet:
So what happened to Kindle on the TouchPad?
Discussion: Internet2Go and PC Magazine, Thanks:jkendrick
New York Times:
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Discussion: Global Nerdy
Semil Shah / TechCrunch:
Google's Six-Front War
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Francis Tan / The Next Web:
In Asia, take comScore data with a huge grain of salt
David Murphy / PC Magazine:
Microsoft Merging Games for Windows Marketplace into Xbox.com July 11
Discussion: ITProPortal
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Hackers claim Fox News' Twitter account, report fake Obama shooting
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Speed Bumps on the Road to Virtual Cash
Angel Djambazov / GeekWire:
A guide to why Amazon is losing the tax battle
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Who outguns the other? Electronic Arts vs Zynga
Discussion: Music Ally
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
iPhone 4 prototype shows up on eBay