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2:25 PM 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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FierceWireless:
Verizon confirms it will ditch unlimited smartphone data plans starting July 7  —  Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) will switch to a new, usage-based pricing model for smartphone data starting July 7, a company spokeswoman confirmed.  —  Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney told FierceWireless …
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BackType Has Been Acquired by Twitter  —  We're thrilled to announce that BackType has been acquired by Twitter!  We'll be bringing our team and technology to Twitter's platform team, where our focus will be developing tools for Twitter's publisher partners.
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Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Twitter buys BackType to dig deeper with big data
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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.
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
EXCLUSIVE: Google to Retire Blogger & Picasa Brands in Google+ Push  —  Say goodbye to the Picasa and Blogger names: Google intends to retire several non-Google name brands and rename them as Google products, Mashable has learned.  —  The move is part of a larger effort to unify its brand …
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Nokia's $200m secret shows the rot goes way, way back  —  There have been plenty of attempts to pinpoint where Nokia, the struggling Finnish mobile company, really started to go wrong.  Some think it was when the iPhone launched and left it in the dust; some would suggest it was when the board …
Discussion: SlashGear and All New Musings, Thanks:bobbiejohnson
Anne Tergesen / Wall Street Journal:
When Guests Check In, Their iPhones Check Out  —  When booking a weeklong yoga retreat, Amanda Levy signed up for a special package.  Called “digital detox,” it promised a 15% discount if Ms. Levy, a sales executive at a San Francisco social-networking company, would agree to leave …
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 …
Francis Tan / The Next Web:
China to deploy huge Big Brother surveillance network with Cisco's help  —  China plans to put a network of 500,000 surveillance cameras in place around Chongqing to keep an eye on its citizens, with the help of Western tech and networking companies such as Cisco Systems Inc. The government claims …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Amazon's Android Appstore, not so amazing  —  Running a successful app store isn't trivial.  Building out the necessary features and services and making it appealing to both consumers and developers can be hard work, something Amazon is learning.  The company has been taken to task …
Krishna Panicker / The Big Blog:
New Skype 5.2 Update for Mac Brings Group Screen Sharing and Improved Multi-tasking  —  We are excited to announce that the Skype 5.2 update for Mac is now available for download.  —  With this new update, Skype for Mac users can now share their screen during a group video call.
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.
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Ailing Nokia cuts smartphone prices to halt slump  —  (Reuters) - Struggling Nokia has cut the prices of its smartphones in Europe, two industry sources told Reuters on Tuesday, raising the possibility of a more intensive price war in the mobile phone market.
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 …
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Traffic App Waze, ABC Team Up to Fight ‘Carmageddon’ in L.A.  —  Later this month, Los Angeles will be facing a traffic nightmare as the massive 405 Freeway closes down in both directions for more than two days.  —  For motorists, this closure — dubbed “Carmageddon” — might be a headache.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft Bing innovates on iPad with ‘Lasso’ quick search  —  The new “lasso” feature for quick searching in the Bing app for iPad  —  Microsoft today is releasing an update for its well-received Bing app for Apple's iPad, with a new feature designed to streamline the process of conducting online searches on the touch-screen device.
 
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Netflix plots Latin America expansion, certifies TI for high-def streaming
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
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Bill Bishop / DigiCha:
Should We Care If A Chinese Sovereign Wealth Fund Invests In Facebook?
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Firefox PDF reader passes ‘pixel-perfect’ test
Rocky Agrawal / TechCrunch:
Google Offers Versus Groupon: The Portland Throwdown
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (@VP) Joins Twitter
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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
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Mark Zuckerberg Is The Most Followed User On Google+
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
White processor-bumped 64GB and black 4G TouchPad due in August, Opal and Pre3 by fall
Dan Primack / Fortune:
The VC who wanted MySpace back
Discussion: Betabeat