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11:05 AM ET, July 4, 2011

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Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
Sheryl Sandberg & Male-Dominated Silicon Valley  —  In 2007, the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, knew that he needed help.  His social-network site was growing fast, but, at the age of twenty-three, he felt ill-equipped to run it.  That December, he went to a Christmas party at the home …
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
iPhone 4 prototype shows up on eBay  —  It's not the first prototype iPhone that's been offered on eBay, but as far as we know, this new listing marks the first time that an early-build iPhone 4 has been brought to public auction outside the Far East.  We caught wind of the sale …
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Google Realtime Search Goes Missing  —  Update: A couple hours after this post was published, Google spokesperson Gabriel Stricker shared this statement with us: … Below is the original article....  As I noted a couple of days ago, Google has started rolling out user interface changes to many of their products, including search.
Semil Shah / TechCrunch:
Google's Six-Front War  —  Editor's note: Guest contributor Semil Shah is an entrepreneur interested in digital media, consumer internet, and social networks.  He is based in Palo Alto and you can follow him on twitter @semilshah.  —  While the tech world is buzzing about the launch …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Hackers claim Fox News' Twitter account, report fake Obama shooting  —  Fox has found it has been made the target of a hacking campaign once again after attackers managed to compromise the Fox News Politics Twitter account and used it to spread misinformation that the president had been shot and killed.
Reuters:
China's Baidu ties up with Microsoft to power English search  —  * Baidu says to actively push into international search market (Adds details, background)  —  (Reuters) - China's Baidu , which has three-quarters of China's search market, has signed a deal with Microsoft's Bing …
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Dropbox, cloud storage, and who owns your files?  —  Dropbox is a popular cloud-based service that allows users to store files online where they can be accessed from multiple devices or even shared with friends or colleagues.  It's insanely useful if you're looking for a way to transfer files …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Zuckerberg Surprised That People Are Surprised He's On Google+  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg joining Google+ was a major media event, with everyone from Forbes to The Daily Mail covering the fact that the founder established a Google+ profile, building Circles that include former Facebooker Dustin Moskovitz …
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Amazon The Consolidator Gobbles Up The Book Depository  —  Amazon looks like it might be trying to beef up its long tail cred with some direct in-house expertise, rather than simply relying on its third-party reseller network.  The books giant today announced that it has bought UK independent online bookseller The Book Depository.
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Who outguns the other?  Electronic Arts vs Zynga  —  Social game maker Zynga, maker of games like FarmVille, filed for an initial public offering on Friday.  The largest maker of games on Facebook will reportedly offer 10 percent of the company for sale at a $20 billion valuation.
David Murphy / PC Magazine:
Microsoft Merging Games for Windows Marketplace into Xbox.com July 11  —  Microsoft has pulled the plug on its Games for Windows Marketplace less than one year into the service's life.  But before you shed tears on your keyboard at the thought of no longer being able to purchase digital copies of PC titles …
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Peter Walker / Guardian:
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Zynga's IPO Means More Visible Feedback for Facebook's Platform Product and Policy Teams
Electronista:
Samsung Galaxy S II hits 3m sales in 55 days, boosts Europe
Zee M Kane / The Next Web:
Fitbit users are unwittingly sharing details of their sex lives with the world