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11:00 PM ET, August 2, 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.
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Why Did Facebook Buy an e-Book Publisher?
Discussion: Adotas
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Facebook Acquires Interactive iPad Book Maker
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.
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Next iPhone in October?  I'll stick to September - and here's why  —  Murmurings that the next iPhone won't appear until October are being echoed all around the web, but they don't fit the way that Apple operates - nor with the details emerging from carriers
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple iPhone 5 to launch in October in Canada  —  BGR has reported on several occasions that Apple will announce its brand new iPhone 5 at the tail end of August with a September street date, though it looks like the company might make the iPhone 5 available a little bit later than that.
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’.
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.
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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Rolls Out HTML5 Version Of Twitter.com 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 Twitter.com for iPad …
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.
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Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Hands-on with the Skype iPad app that came and went (and came back again)
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Ticket Monster's Daniel Shin Talks About Sale of South Korea's Biggest Deals Site to LivingSocial (Video)  —  As luck would have it, I was in South Korea this week and was able to talk to Daniel Shin, the CEO and co-founder of Ticket Monster, this country's largest social buying site, which was acquired by LivingSocial yesterday.
Discussion: Local Onliner
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:   Groupon Clones Struggle to Compete, but Are Ripe for Acquiring
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.
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.
Chris / cdixon.org:
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 iWork.com and future iCloud offerings …
Timothy Hay / Venture Capital Dispatch:
ZocDoc Staff Gets $50M Surprise From DST Global's Yuri Milner  —  One way to tell you work at a successful start-up company is when one of the founders of Russian venture firm DST Global appears at your quarterly meeting and says he is giving the company $50 million to continue disrupting the status quo.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Ning Is Being Shopped Around at $150M Price Tag  —  According to multiple sources close to the situation, Ning has been talking recently to a large pool of companies about selling itself, including Google and Groupon, as well as to a number of private equity companies.
Discussion: @rafat and @jason
Bloomberg:
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: L.A. Times Tech Blog, Thanks:beet_tv
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
T-Mobile wades into mobile payments  —  T-Mobile USA inched into the mobile payments arena today when it said it would allow customers to purchase goods and services through their phones.  —  The carrier said it would extend its carrier billing to digital content such as music and games …
Discussion: BGR, TechCrunch and Android Phone Fans
Pierre Lebeau / The Official Google 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.
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.
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Turntable.fm Picks Union Square Ventures as Investor Over Kleiner and Accel  —  In a room of bobbing avatars, “Radiohead” takes on new meaning.  —  While the legal paperwork is still being finished, Betabeat has learned from multiple sources that Union Square Venture is the big new investor in Turntable.fm.
 
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Faith Merino / VatorNews:
Chegg competitor CampusBookRentals.com raises $20M
Discussion: Business Wire, TechCrunch and Pulse2
Erica Ogg / GigaOM:
Report: Apple looking for retail chief with international experience
The Pacific Coast Business Times:
ValueClick to buy Dotomi for $295M
Discussion: TechCrunch and ClickZ
Gilad Lotan / SocialFlow Blog:
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Cyrus Farivar / Deutsche Welle:
Facebook violates German law, Hamburg data protection official says
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InMobi Buys Sprout for HTML5, Rich Media Expertise
Guy Faulconbridge / Reuters:
Russian minister calls for limits on the Internet
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Dylan Love / The Business Insider:
The IBM PC, One Of The Most Important Milestones In Computing History, Just Turned 30 Years Old
David Plotz / Slate Magazine:
My Fake Facebook Birthdays
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Kleiner Perkins Backs Former Hulu CTO Eric Feng's Social Startup Erly
Discussion: AllThingsD and Pulse2
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Federal court to order film service Zediva shut down
Buzz Moody / Ausdroid:
Samsung Australia's official comment on Apple's complaint to the Federal Court, Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be sold in AU
 

 
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