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1:45 AM ET, August 3, 2011


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Push Pop Press:
Push Pop Press acquired by Facebook  —  Last year Push Pop Press set off to re-imagine the book.  We created a new way of publishing and exploring text, images, audio, video and interactive graphics, then teamed up with Melcher Media and Al Gore to create a new kind of book.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Why Did Facebook Buy an e-Book Publisher?
Discussion: GigaOM and Adotas
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Pegatron to begin shipments of iPhone 5 in September  —  Pegatron Technology has landed orders for 10 million units of iPhone 5 to become the second ODM of the smartphone.  Shipments will start in September, according to industry sources.  —  As iPhone gross margins are relatively small …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's fifth-gen iPhone could be ‘bigger upgrade than expected’  —  Sources in Apple's overseas supply chain have reportedly indicated that the company's forthcoming fifth-generation iPhone could be a more significant upgrade than previous rumors have suggested, sporting a larger display and thinner design.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Next iPhone in October? I'll stick to September - and here's why
Shifty Jelly's blog of mystery:
Amazon App Store: Rotten To The Core  —  About 3 months ago, we set off on a little experiment into the world of the Amazon App Store.  Back then people were hailing it as the solution to the problems with the Google Market, industry pundits like Andy Ihnatko called it ‘An Excellent Work in Progress’.
Michael Joseph Gross / Vanity Fair:
Exclusive: Operation Shady rat—Unprecedented Cyber-espionage Campaign and Intellectual-Property Bonanza  —  For at least five years, a high-level hacking campaign—dubbed Operation Shady rat—has infiltrated the computer systems of national governments, global corporations, nonprofits …
Discussion: CNET News, Vanity Fair and Reuters
Jim Finkle / Reuters:   Biggest-ever series of cyber attacks uncovered, U.N. hit
John Cook / Gawker:
Only 92% of Newt Gingrich's Twitter Followers Are Fake  —  Yesterday, we published an item based on a former Newt Gingrich staffer's claim that Gingrich assembled his 1.3 million Twitter followers—a number that he's taken to bragging about—in part by buying fake Twitter followers.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Rolls Out HTML5 Version Of For iPad  —  Because the stream of realtime palaver that is Twitter needed even more platforms to be consumed on even more devices, the company has just announced that it has started to roll out its HTML5-based for iPad …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Groupon Clones Struggle to Compete, but Are Ripe for Acquiring  —  While daily deal clones may not have a chance competing against the giants in the space, they still have a good chance of being sold.  —  A study by the 451 Group's M&A KnowledgeBase found that so far this year …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Ticket Monster's Daniel Shin Talks About Sale of South Korea's Biggest Deals Site to LivingSocial (Video)
Discussion: Local Onliner
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Sprint's Galaxy S II dubbed ‘Samsung Epic Touch 4G,’ launches in September  —  We know we don't have long to wait before Samsung's wildly popular Galaxy S II smartphone launches stateside.  It's also a pretty safe bet that the sleek smartphone will reach all four major U.S. carriers considering how popular the original Galaxy S was.
Google Hires Federal Trade Commission Intellectual Property Expert Michel  —  Google Inc. (GOOG), under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission for its dominance of Internet searches, has hired one of the commission's top intellectual property officials, Suzanne Michel, the company said.
Discussion: 9to5Google and L.A. Times Tech Blog, Thanks:beet_tv
Timo Burkard / Google Chrome Blog:
Instant Pages on Google Chrome  —  A few weeks ago, we announced that Google's Instant Pages feature would be available to our Chrome beta channel users.  Today, we're happy to let you know that Instant Pages is on by default in the latest stable version of Chrome.
Rick Osterloh / The Big Blog:
Skype Now Optimized for your iPad  —  Since the introduction of Skype for iPhone with video calling on New Year's Eve 2010, we've seen growing demand for a Skype app for the iPad.  —  The wait is over, as today we launched Skype for iPad now available for download in the iTunes App Store.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Janrain Raises $15.5M for Social Log-ins  —  Managing online identities used to be a niche cause full of acronyms and hypotheticals, but now that the Web is getting more personalized it's obvious how integral this topic is — witness the recent debate about Google+ and Facebook requiring real names versus allowing anonymous usage.
Chris /
What the NYC startup world needs (and doesn't need)  —  Here's what I think NYC needs to become a serious, long-term startup hub:  —  1) Some extremely successful startups.  We need PayPals - companies that spin out boatloads of talented entrepreneurs and “smart money” angel investors.
Discussion: @fromedome
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FiOS dominates as FCC measures actual Internet speeds  —  For the first time ever, the FCC has collected data (PDF) showing real-world speeds that Americans receive from their Internet providers.  And the news is pretty good!  Or, perhaps, it's pretty bad!  —  Advocacy group Free Press blasted the results, released today.
Adrian Croft / Reuters:
UK to legalize private copying of CDs: source  —  (Reuters) - Britain will signal on Wednesday that it intends to legalize copying of CDs or DVDs onto digital music players or computers for personal use, a government source said on Tuesday.  —  The move was one of the recommendations …
Pierre Lebeau / Gmail Blog:
Calling from Gmail now in 38 languages, with lower rates to over 150 destinations  —  We're always trying to make it easier for people to connect—whether that means sending an email, chatting or video chatting, you can reach the people you care about from right inside Gmail.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple hiring iWork web developer as it preps iOS 5 and iCloud support  —  Apple has posted a new engineering position on its iWork team to “build the front and/or back end of scalable web applications,” indicating an expansion of the company's existing and future iCloud offerings …
EJ / Around The World and Back Again:
How I feel today  —  I imagine many of you are wondering how I feel today, having read the statement that Brian Chesky posted yesterday on his Airbnb blog.  I thought I might best explain my reaction here, in my own words.  —  When I originally wrote my story, I did so as a personal account …
David Cohen / TechStars:
TechStars on Bloomberg TV  —  Startups are hard.  In fact to many people, they're just a mystery.  One of our goals at TechStars has been to demystify what it's like to be a startup founder or investor.  Over the years we have been working on helping tell these stories through being as open source as possible.
Fred / A VC:
Are Real Names Required For Real Socializing?  —  Over the weeekend my friend Jeff Jarvis and I had a twebate about this topic.  You can see it in action on storify thanks to David Connell.  —  I'm all for real names if people want to use them.  I use “fredwilson” on every web service I can and that is almost all of them.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
MetroPCS will begin transition to VoLTE early next year  —  US carriers were quick to acknowledge their allegiance to Voice over LTE (VoLTE), a 4G VoIP-related technology first demonstrated in February.  Ever since that time, however, talk of deployment plans have been replaced by crickets.
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Faith Merino / VatorNews:
Chegg competitor raises $20M
Discussion: Business Wire, TechCrunch and Pulse2
Erica Ogg / GigaOM:
Report: Apple looking for retail chief with international experience
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
T-Mobile wades into mobile payments
Discussion: BGR, TechCrunch and Android Phone Fans
The Pacific Coast Business Times:
ValueClick to buy Dotomi for $295M
Discussion: TechCrunch and ClickZ
Gilad Lotan / SocialFlow Blog:
Engaging News Hungry Audiences Tweet by Tweet: An audience analysis of prominent mainstream …
Discussion: AllThingsD
Cyrus Farivar / Deutsche Welle:
Facebook violates German law, Hamburg data protection official says
Guy Faulconbridge / Reuters:
Russian minister calls for limits on the Internet
 Earlier Items: 
David Plotz / Slate Magazine:
My Fake Facebook Birthdays
Discussion: Gawker and All Facebook
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Ning Is Being Shopped Around at $150M Price Tag
Discussion: @jason and @rafat
Ben Popper / Betabeat: Picks Union Square Ventures as Investor Over Kleiner and Accel