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1:15 PM ET, July 5, 2011

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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Pegatron receives orders for 15 million iPhone 5s from Apple  —  Taiwan-based notebook maker Pegatron Technology is estimated to have landed orders for 15 million iPhone 5s (iPhone 4S) from Apple and is set to start shipping in September of 2011, according to sources from upstream component makers.
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Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook blocks Google Chrome extension for exporting friends  —  Facebook Friend Exporter is a Chrome extension developed by Mohamed Mansour, an open source software engineer, that lets you grab all the information about your Facebook friends so you can import them elsewhere.
Anne Tergesen / Wall Street Journal:
When Guests Check In, Their iPhones Check Out  —  When booking a weeklong yoga retreat, Amanda Levy signed up for a special package.  Called “digital detox,” it promised a 15% discount if Ms. Levy, a sales executive at a San Francisco social-networking company, would agree to leave …
Discussion: The Business Insider and Gawker
Kate Murphy / New York Times:
iPads Replacing Pilots' Paper Manuals  —  What is in those bulky, black flight bags that pilots carry into the cockpit?  It is not a change of clothes but reams of reference material needed for the flight — about 40 pounds of it.  There are the aircraft's operating manual, safety checklists …
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BackType Has Been Acquired by Twitter  —  We're thrilled to announce that BackType has been acquired by Twitter!  We'll be bringing our team and technology to Twitter's platform team, where our focus will be developing tools for Twitter's publisher partners.
Simon Mackie / GigaOM:
Why Google+ could find a home in the workplace  —  Last week, Google rolled out a beta of its highly-anticipated new social networking platform, Google+.  Reaction to the launch so far has been mainly positive, with praise for the app's design and features.
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Verizon confirms it will ditch unlimited smartphone data plans starting July 7  —  Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) will switch to a new, usage-based pricing model for smartphone data starting July 7, a company spokeswoman confirmed.  —  Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney told FierceWireless …
Krishna Panicker / The Big Blog:
New Skype 5.2 Update for Mac Brings Group Screen Sharing and Improved Multi-tasking  —  We are excited to announce that the Skype 5.2 update for Mac is now available for download.  —  With this new update, Skype for Mac users can now share their screen during a group video call.
Francis Tan / The Next Web:
China to deploy huge Big Brother surveillance network with Cisco's help  —  China plans to put a network of 500,000 surveillance cameras in place around Chongqing to keep an eye on its citizens, with the help of Western tech and networking companies such as Cisco Systems Inc. The government claims …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LightSquared Raises $265 Million To Build High-Speed Wireless Network  —  LightSquared, a company that is developing a wholesale only, net-neutral 4G-LTE network that combines with satellite to provide nation-wide broadband wireless access, has raised $265 million in new funding.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Feature: Unlicensed: Are Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player illegal?  —  Amazon.com made waves in March when it announced Cloud Player, a new “cloud music” service that allows users to upload their music collections for personal use.  It did so without a license agreement, and the major music labels were not amused.
Ben Hirschler / Reuters:
Evidence “increasingly against” phone cancer risk  —  (Reuters) - Despite a recent move to classify mobile phones as possibly carcinogenic, the scientific evidence increasingly points away from a link between their use and brain tumors, according to a new study on Saturday.
Rocky Agrawal / TechCrunch:
Google Offers Versus Groupon: The Portland Throwdown  —  Google Offers just finished its first month.  Google has been testing its Groupon compete in Portland and I've been closely tracking the results.  —  Doing a head-to-head comparison like this is a bit difficult because the two companies run deals differently.
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Amazon Appstore, not so amazing  —  Running a successful app store isn't trivial.  Building out the necessary features and services and making it appealing to both consumers and developers can be hard work, something Amazon is learning.  The company has been taken to task by an independent developer …
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 …
 
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
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Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
HTC sales up nearly 88-percent from last year, analysts still skeptical on stock
Discussion: Electronista, PhoneArena and Reuters
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
At retailers, iPad faces new foes
Discussion: Sprint Community and 9to5Google
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
How This Year's Tech IPOs Are Doing, And Who's Next
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
White processor-bumped 64GB and black 4G TouchPad due in August, Opal and Pre3 by fall
Dan Primack / Fortune:
The VC who wanted MySpace back
Discussion: Betabeat
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Google+ For iOS Awaiting App Store Approval
 

 
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