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9:45 AM 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.
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.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Extension slurps Facebook contacts into Google+
Discussion: PC World, Mashable!, Examiner and 9to5Google
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / The Business Insider:
“Apple's... Exclusive Supply Chain Of Advanced Technology [Is] Literally Years Ahead Of Anyone Else On The Planet”  —  An amazing take by an anonymous user on Quora on why Apple products sometimes seem so superior.  Because they are.  Because they get them before anyone else.
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.
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.
Discussion: PSFK
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Firefox PDF reader passes ‘pixel-perfect’ test  —  Mozilla programmers have achieved a goal to build a PDF reader out of Web programming technology, the “pixel-perfect” rendering of a particular file.  —  The file, a research paper on fast execution of JavaScript (PDF), contains formatted text …
Discussion: Chris Pitchin' Hey and Slashdot
Samantha Murphy / New Scientist:
Exclusive first interview with key LulzSec hacker  —  It was early May when LulzSec's profile skyrocketed after a hack on the giant Sony corporation.  LulzSec's name comes from Lulz, a corruption of LOL, often denoting laughter at the victim of a prank.  For 50 days until it disbanded …
Discussion: New York Times and WL Central
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Amazon's Bid For The Book Depository: User Backlash And Regulatory Inquiry  —  Yesterday's news that Amazon would be gobbling up UK-based online bookseller The Book Depository is not a done and dusted deal just yet.  Today, the Office of Fair Trading announced that it would be soliciting …
Discussion: Bookseller news and PR Newswire
Bill Bishop / DigiCha:
Should We Care If A Chinese Sovereign Wealth Fund Invests In Facebook?  —  Last week Business Insider reported a rumor that one of China's sovereign wealth funds (SFW) was interested in acquiring a $1.2B stake in Facebook.  At Facebook's current valuation of $70B, a $1.2B investment would buy about 1.7% of the company.
Softpedia News:
Hackers Claim to Have Obtained Florida Voter Data  —  Hackers claim to have obtained access to voter lists and other related data from the Democratic Party or Orange County, FL, which they partially posted online. … FAIL!" a hacker who goes by the online handle of Abhaxas wrote.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (@VP) Joins Twitter  —  Following President Barack Obama's announcement that he will actually start Tweeting from @BarackObama, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has also joined Twitter, under the account @VP.  —  This seems to be the Vice President's first official active Twitter account.
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
HTC sales up nearly 88-percent from last year, analysts still skeptical on stock  —  Despite having moved into the number five slot on IDC's list of the top handset makers world wide — beating out RIM and just behind Apple — HTC has actually seen its share prices drop 19-percent since June 7th.
Discussion: Electronista, PhoneArena and Reuters
 
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
At retailers, iPad faces new foes
Discussion: 9to5Google
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
How This Year's Tech IPOs Are Doing, And Who's Next
Dan Primack / Fortune:
The VC who wanted MySpace back
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zynga planning to diversify beyond Amazon, build its own data centers
Discussion: Softpedia News and GeekWire
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple rumored to feature high-speed 400MBps flash memory in new MacBook Air
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Martin Sutherland / Legends of the Sun Pig:
Google made my son cry
Discussion: Betabeat and Geek.com
Aimee Groth / The Business Insider:
People Over 35 Have Recently Launched 80% Of Startups
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
AT&T to Offer Standard Insurance for iPhone Starting July 17th
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
The New Faces of Digital Readers
James Kendrick / ZDNet:
So what happened to Kindle on the TouchPad?
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