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8:25 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.
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+
Discussion: Mashable!, PC World, Examiner and 9to5Google
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.
Discussion: Quora and Softpedia News
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 …
Discussion: WL Central
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.
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.
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 …
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
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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 …
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.
Softpedia News:
Hackers Claim to Have Obtained Florida Voter Data  —  Hackers claim to have obtained access to voter lists and other related data from the Democratic Party or Orange County, FL, which they partially posted online. … FAIL!" a hacker who goes by the online handle of Abhaxas wrote.
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.
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.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
At retailers, iPad faces new foes  —  The tablet era has arrived at big-box retailers, which are now setting aside large swaths of floor space previously devoted to traditional PCs.  —  Best Buy is probably the highest-profile example of this trend.  At U.S. stores, it has overhauled …
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.
Discussion: Softpedia News and GeekWire
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
HTC sales up nearly 88-percent from last year, analysts still skeptical on stock  —  Despite having moved into the number five slot on IDC's list of the top handset makers world wide — beating out RIM and just behind Apple — HTC has actually seen its share prices drop 19-percent since June 7th.
Discussion: Electronista, PhoneArena and Reuters
 
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
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Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
The New Faces of Digital Readers
Discussion: MacNN
James Kendrick / ZDNet:
So what happened to Kindle on the TouchPad?
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New York Times:
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