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11:40 AM ET, July 5, 2011

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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Pegatron receives orders for 15 million iPhone 5s from Apple  —  Taiwan-based notebook maker Pegatron Technology is estimated to have landed orders for 15 million iPhone 5s (iPhone 4S) from Apple and is set to start shipping in September of 2011, according to sources from upstream component makers.
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Five million iPad 2 touch sensors to be shipped in July  —  Five million touch sensors for the iPad 2 will be shipped in July, according to sources with Apple's supply chain.  —  Shipments in June were also five million, with TPK Holding and Wintek supplying 1.4-1.6 million units each …
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook blocks Google Chrome extension for exporting friends  —  Facebook Friend Exporter is a Chrome extension developed by Mohamed Mansour, an open source software engineer, that lets you grab all the information about your Facebook friends so you can import them elsewhere.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Extension slurps Facebook contacts into Google+
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / The Business Insider:
“Apple's... Exclusive Supply Chain Of Advanced Technology [Is] Literally Years Ahead Of Anyone Else On The Planet”  —  An amazing take by an anonymous user on Quora on why Apple products sometimes seem so superior.  Because they are.  Because they get them before anyone else.
Simon Mackie / GigaOM:
Why Google+ could find a home in the workplace  —  Last week, Google rolled out a beta of its highly-anticipated new social networking platform, Google+.  Reaction to the launch so far has been mainly positive, with praise for the app's design and features.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Feature: Unlicensed: Are Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player illegal?  —  Amazon.com made waves in March when it announced Cloud Player, a new “cloud music” service that allows users to upload their music collections for personal use.  It did so without a license agreement, and the major music labels were not amused.
Rocky Agrawal / TechCrunch:
Google Offers Versus Groupon: The Portland Throwdown  —  Google Offers just finished its first month.  Google has been testing its Groupon compete in Portland and I've been closely tracking the results.  —  Doing a head-to-head comparison like this is a bit difficult because the two companies run deals differently.
Discussion: PSFK
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Firefox PDF reader passes ‘pixel-perfect’ test  —  Mozilla programmers have achieved a goal to build a PDF reader out of Web programming technology, the “pixel-perfect” rendering of a particular file.  —  The file, a research paper on fast execution of JavaScript (PDF), contains formatted text …
Samantha Murphy / New Scientist:
Exclusive first interview with key LulzSec hacker  —  It was early May when LulzSec's profile skyrocketed after a hack on the giant Sony corporation.  LulzSec's name comes from Lulz, a corruption of LOL, often denoting laughter at the victim of a prank.  For 50 days until it disbanded …
Ben Hirschler / Reuters:
Evidence “increasingly against” phone cancer risk  —  (Reuters) - Despite a recent move to classify mobile phones as possibly carcinogenic, the scientific evidence increasingly points away from a link between their use and brain tumors, according to a new study on Saturday.
Kate Murphy / New York Times:
iPads Replacing Pilots' Paper Manuals  —  What is in those bulky, black flight bags that pilots carry into the cockpit?  It is not a change of clothes but reams of reference material needed for the flight — about 40 pounds of it.  There are the aircraft's operating manual, safety checklists …
Discussion: TeleRead and Stowe Boyd
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Mark Zuckerberg Is The Most Followed User On Google+  —  In what has to be somewhat embarrassing for Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is the most followed user on Google+, according to the Google+ Statistics counter.  —  The Facebook CEO has 21,213 followers …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Netflix plots Latin America expansion, certifies TI for high-def streaming  —  Netflix on Tuesday said that it will expand into 43 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean in an international expansion that could juice growth going forward.  —  With the move, Netflix is ramping up its international expansion.
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
White processor-bumped 64GB and black 4G TouchPad due in August, Opal and Pre3 by fall  —  Hold tight to your TouchPads, people, because things are about to get rocky.  We've received a confidential HP product brief that outlines some of the future for webOS devices.
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Amazon's Bid For The Book Depository: User Backlash And Regulatory Inquiry  —  Yesterday's news that Amazon would be gobbling up UK-based online bookseller The Book Depository is not a done and dusted deal just yet.  Today, the Office of Fair Trading announced that it would be soliciting …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (@VP) Joins Twitter  —  Following President Barack Obama's announcement that he will actually start Tweeting from @BarackObama, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has also joined Twitter, under the account @VP.  —  This seems to be the Vice President's first official active Twitter account.
 
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Anne Tergesen / Wall Street Journal:
When Guests Check In, Their iPhones Check Out
Discussion: Gawker
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LightSquared Raises $265 Million To Build High-Speed Wireless Network
Bill Bishop / DigiCha:
Should We Care If A Chinese Sovereign Wealth Fund Invests In Facebook?
Softpedia News:
Hackers Claim to Have Obtained Florida Voter Data
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
HTC sales up nearly 88-percent from last year, analysts still skeptical on stock
Discussion: Electronista, PhoneArena and Reuters
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
At retailers, iPad faces new foes
Discussion: Sprint Community and 9to5Google
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
How This Year's Tech IPOs Are Doing, And Who's Next
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
The VC who wanted MySpace back
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zynga planning to diversify beyond Amazon, build its own data centers
Discussion: Softpedia News and GeekWire
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Google+ For iOS Awaiting App Store Approval
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple rumored to feature high-speed 400MBps flash memory in new MacBook Air
Aimee Groth / The Business Insider:
People Over 35 Have Recently Launched 80% Of Startups
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
AT&T to Offer Standard Insurance for iPhone Starting July 17th