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11:30 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
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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 …
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 …
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: Examiner, 9to5Google and PC World
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
At retailers, iPad faces new foes  —  The tablet era has arrived at big-box retailers, which are now setting aside large swaths of floor space previously devoted to traditional PCs.  —  Best Buy is probably the highest-profile example of this trend.  At U.S. stores, it has overhauled …
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.
Discussion: GeekWire and Music Ally
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 …
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Samsung component sales to suffer in second half, exec says  —  Last week, Samsung announced that it will combine its LCD and semiconductor businesses.  The move is expected to conceal poor LCD sales, but the head of the new combined business, Kwon Oh-hyun, has said that he expects …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
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Francis Tan / The Next Web:
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