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8:40 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 …
Discussion: The Business Insider
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 …
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 …
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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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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.
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.
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.
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Electronista:
Samsung Galaxy S II hits 3m sales in 55 days, boosts Europe  —  Samsung on Sunday crossed a company record by selling three million Galaxy S II phones in 55 days.  The Android flagship hit its milestone 30 days faster than the original Galaxy S. At its peak, Galaxy S II phones have been selling at a rate of one every 1.5 seconds.
Zee M Kane / The Next Web:
Fitbit users are unwittingly sharing details of their sex lives with the world  —  Heard of Fitbit?  Currently only available in the US, Fitbit's tracker is a little gadget that automatically tracks data about a person's activities, such as calories burned, sleep quality, steps and distance.
Angel Djambazov / GeekWire:
A guide to why Amazon is losing the tax battle  —  Guest commentary: You may be right Jeff Bezos, but no one sympathizes.  Yes, the U.S. Supreme Court made it clear in its 1992 ruling of Quill Corp. v. North Dakota that Amazon.com and other online retailers shouldn't have to pay taxes in states where they don't have physical presences.
Peter Walker / Guardian:
US anti-piracy body targets foreign website owners for extradition  —  Britons could face charges for breaking US copyrights even if they have no link to America and servers are based elsewhere  —  British website owners could face extradition to the US on piracy charges even if their operation …
Discussion: TorrentFreak and The Next Web
Francis Tan / The Next Web:
In Asia, take comScore data with a huge grain of salt  —  Asia is gaining a reputation for the growth in the technology and Internet industries - and the numbers don't lie either.  As with any industry, most of the analysis in the region is derived from various forms of analytics and reports from research firms.
 
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Semil Shah / TechCrunch:
Google's Six-Front War
David Murphy / PC Magazine:
Microsoft Merging Games for Windows Marketplace into Xbox.com July 11
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Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Speed Bumps on the Road to Virtual Cash
Mike Norris / Gadgetsteria:
Anonymous Teases SQL-Based Apple Hack With 27 Stolen Account Names. Says They Could Be Next Target.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Via a Cool IPO: The Delicious Irony of Myspace, Zynga and Owen Van Natta
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Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Can Jeff Weiner Realize LinkedIn's Full Potential?
Riva Richmond / Bits:
Hackers Hit Arizona Police Again
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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Where Have All the Spambots Gone?
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