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5:45 PM ET, July 4, 2011

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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  —  A Google spokesperson has informed Search Engine Land that the Google Wonder Wheel feature has been taken offline.  —  The spokesperson said that the search tool was removed due to the “initial stage” of the Google site redesign announced earlier this week.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Extension slurps Facebook contacts into Google+  —  The biggest challenge to making Google+ a viable competitor to Facebook is that people must reproduce their social graph—their collection of connections—at the new service.  But a Chrome extension makes that process a lot easier by automating …
Discussion: 9to5Google and PC World
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Twitter drops following requirement for Direct Messages on Verified Accounts  —  Twitter has begun amending its messaging policy for Verified Accounts, allowing celebrities and brands to receive Direct Messages without having to follow the sender.  —  News came via Nabeel Ziyaan …
Martin Sutherland / Legends of the Sun Pig:
Google made my son cry  —  Alex is 10 years old.  He has had a Gmail account since September 2009 — almost two years.  He uses email to keep in touch with his grandparents, who live in California and Scotland.  He is signed up to get newsletters and updates from his favourite online hangouts, like Roblox and Hyves.
Discussion: Betabeat and Geek.com
Dan Primack / Fortune:
The VC who wanted MySpace back  —  Before MySpace was sold this week, there was someone else who really wanted it.  —  Yesterday I had lunch with Redpoint Ventures partner Geoff Yang, who had invested in MySpace just months before it was sold to News Corp. Actually, I had lunch and Geoff had iced tea (he had already eaten).
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple rumored to feature high-speed 400MBps flash memory in new MacBook Air  —  Apple is said to adopt “Toggle DDR 2.0,” a 19-nanometer process for NAND flash memory offering 400 megabyte-per-second speed, in its next MacBook Air, according to a new report.  —  The high-speed NAND flash memory …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
AT&T to Offer Standard Insurance for iPhone Starting July 17th  —  AT&T has informed customers that the iPhone (all models) will be eligible for their Mobile Insurance program starting on July 17th.  AT&T's mobile insurance program offers protection against loss, theft …
Electronista:
Alibaba plans own cloud-based phone OS  —  China's Alibaba may be planning own mobile OS  —  Alibaba, best known for its e-commerce sites, is now working on developing its own cell phone operating system, an anonymous source close to the matter told the Wall Street Journal on Monday.
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 …
Aimee Groth / The Business Insider:
People Over 35 Have Recently Launched 80% Of Startups  —  With all the press coverage devoted to new high tech company founders, you'd think that young entrepreneurs are the only successful entrepreneurs.  But the latest research suggests otherwise.  —  According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor …
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.
Reuters:
China's Baidu ties up with Microsoft to power English search  —  China's Baidu is to partner with Microsoft for English-language search, giving the U.S. software giant a chance to expand its tiny Web presence in a market Google has stepped back from, and helping the Chinese company's international ambitions.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Google/Slide Quiet Launches Continue With Prizes — Social Contests For Money  —  The Slide group within Google has been busy.  Disco, the group messaging app, quietly launched back in March.  Then last week, Pool Party, a group mobile photo service entered into private beta.
New York Times:
Tools of Entry, No Need for a Key Chain  —  Front pockets and purses are slowly being emptied of one of civilization's most basic and enduring tools: the key.  It's being swallowed by the cellphone.  Enlarge This Image James Best Jr./The New York Times New technology lets smartphones unlock hotel …
Discussion: Global Nerdy
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zynga planning to diversify beyond Amazon, build its own data centers  —  One of the little-known facts about social game giant Zynga is that it's one of the biggest operators of cloud computing infrastructure, built to support its current customer base of more than 281 million monthly active users.
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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Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
The New Faces of Digital Readers
James Kendrick / ZDNet:
So what happened to Kindle on the TouchPad?
Discussion: Internet2Go and PC Magazine, Thanks:jkendrick
Semil Shah / TechCrunch:
Google's Six-Front War
Francis Tan / The Next Web:
In Asia, take comScore data with a huge grain of salt
 Earlier Items: 
David Murphy / PC Magazine:
Microsoft Merging Games for Windows Marketplace into Xbox.com July 11
Discussion: ITProPortal
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Hackers claim Fox News' Twitter account, report fake Obama shooting
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Speed Bumps on the Road to Virtual Cash
Angel Djambazov / GeekWire:
A guide to why Amazon is losing the tax battle
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Who outguns the other? Electronic Arts vs Zynga
Discussion: Music Ally
Mike Norris / Gadgetsteria:
Anonymous Teases SQL-Based Apple Hack With 27 Stolen Account Names. Says They Could Be Next Target.