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8:50 AM ET, August 3, 2011

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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Pegatron to begin shipments of iPhone 5 in September  —  Pegatron Technology has landed orders for 10 million units of iPhone 5 to become the second ODM of the smartphone.  Shipments will start in September, according to industry sources.  —  As iPhone gross margins are relatively small …
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Next iPhone in October?  I'll stick to September - and here's why  —  Murmurings that the next iPhone won't appear until October are being echoed all around the web, but they don't fit the way that Apple operates - nor with the details emerging from carriers
Michael Joseph Gross / Vanity Fair:
Exclusive: Operation Shady rat—Unprecedented Cyber-espionage Campaign and Intellectual-Property Bonanza  —  For at least five years, a high-level hacking campaign—dubbed Operation Shady rat—has infiltrated the computer systems of national governments, global corporations, nonprofits …
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Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Biggest-ever series of cyber attacks uncovered, U.N. hit  —  (Reuters) - Security experts have discovered the biggest series of cyber attacks to date, involving the infiltration of the networks of 72 organizations including the United Nations, governments and companies around the world.
Push Pop Press:
Push Pop Press acquired by Facebook  —  Last year Push Pop Press set off to re-imagine the book.  We created a new way of publishing and exploring text, images, audio, video and interactive graphics, then teamed up with Melcher Media and Al Gore to create a new kind of book.
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Why Did Facebook Buy an e-Book Publisher?
Discussion: Guardian and ReadWriteWeb
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Rolls Out HTML5 Version Of Twitter.com For iPad  —  Because the stream of realtime palaver that is Twitter needed even more platforms to be consumed on even more devices, the company has just announced that it has started to roll out its HTML5-based Twitter.com for iPad …
Adrian Croft / Reuters:
UK to legalize private copying of CDs: source  —  (Reuters) - Britain will signal on Wednesday that it intends to legalize copying of CDs or DVDs onto digital music players or computers for personal use, a government source said on Tuesday.  —  The move was one of the recommendations …
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Mug-Shot Industry Will Dig Up Your Past, Charge You to Bury It Again  —  Ex-con Rob Wiggen gets hate mail daily for running a website that hosts 4 million mug shots.  Photo by James Branaman/Wired.com  —  Philip Cabibi, a 31-year-old applications administrator in Utah …
Discussion: Trackur
Shifty Jelly's blog of mystery:
Amazon App Store: Rotten To The Core  —  About 3 months ago, we set off on a little experiment into the world of the Amazon App Store.  Back then people were hailing it as the solution to the problems with the Google Market, industry pundits like Andy Ihnatko called it ‘An Excellent Work in Progress’.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteMobile:
Mobile Developers See More Promise in Google+ than iCloud  —  Mobile application developers believe that Google's new social network Google Plus will have more impact on mobile growth and adoption than Apple's iCloud, or even iOS 5's Twitter integration.  This is just one of the fascinating …
Ryan Faas / Macworld:
Opinion: Will OS X Lion roar in the enterprise?  —  So far there's been a lot of focus on Lion's new features.  But what about the updated version of Mac OS X in the workplace?  Computerworld's Ryan Faas takes a look at how Mac OS X Lion will impact companies that have an installed base …
Discussion: eWeek, The Register and InfoWorld
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Microsoft releases new Zune HD apps.  We don't know why  —  Despite killing off the Zune HD line (effectively) and telling people to buy Windows Phones instead, Microsoft today released a spate of new applications for its old music player line.  —  Why would it do that?  We have no idea.
John Cook / Gawker:
Only 92% of Newt Gingrich's Twitter Followers Are Fake  —  Yesterday, we published an item based on a former Newt Gingrich staffer's claim that Gingrich assembled his 1.3 million Twitter followers—a number that he's taken to bragging about—in part by buying fake Twitter followers.
Bloomberg:
Google Hires Federal Trade Commission Intellectual Property Expert Michel  —  Google Inc. (GOOG), under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission for its dominance of Internet searches, has hired one of the commission's top intellectual property officials, Suzanne Michel, the company said.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and 9to5Google, Thanks:beet_tv
Foursquare Blog:
Pages are now self-serve!  A new home for brands and organizations on foursquare.  —  Back in January of 2010, Intel became the first organization with a Page on foursquare.  We hacked together a new template for them (look at our spec, with our crazy old logo!) and built it out by hand.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple hiring iWork web developer as it preps iOS 5 and iCloud support  —  Apple has posted a new engineering position on its iWork team to “build the front and/or back end of scalable web applications,” indicating an expansion of the company's existing iWork.com and future iCloud offerings …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Lookout Report: Android Malware Has Increased Significantly Over Past 6 Months  —  Lookout, a company that offers security services for a number of smartphones, is releasing the results of its Mobile Threat Report.  The report is based on threat and security data from Lookout's Mobile Threat Network …
Jeffrey McCracken / Bloomberg:
Samsung Is Said to Examine InterDigital Patents  —  Samsung Electronics Co., the world's second-largest maker of mobile phones, is examining InterDigital Inc.'s patent portfolio after being approached to make a bid, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Groupon Clones Struggle to Compete, but Are Ripe for Acquiring  —  While daily deal clones may not have a chance competing against the giants in the space, they still have a good chance of being sold.  —  A study by the 451 Group's M&A KnowledgeBase found that so far this year …
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Ticket Monster's Daniel Shin Talks About Sale of South Korea's Biggest Deals Site to LivingSocial (Video)
Discussion: Local Onliner
Todd Haselton / BGR:
AT&T to offer 4G BlackBerry Torch 9810 in August, Bold 9900 and Torch 9860 to follow  —  AT&T announced early Wednesday morning that it will offer three new BlackBerry smartphones this year.  It will first launch the 4G HSPA+ capable BlackBerry Torch 9810 in August.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Sprint's Galaxy S II dubbed ‘Samsung Epic Touch 4G,’ launches in September  —  We know we don't have long to wait before Samsung's wildly popular Galaxy S II smartphone launches stateside.  It's also a pretty safe bet that the sleek smartphone will reach all four major U.S. carriers considering how popular the original Galaxy S was.
Rick Osterloh / The Big Blog:
Skype Now Optimized for your iPad  —  Since the introduction of Skype for iPhone with video calling on New Year's Eve 2010, we've seen growing demand for a Skype app for the iPad.  —  The wait is over, as today we launched Skype for iPad now available for download in the iTunes App Store.
 
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Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Verizon loses ActiveVideo patent suit, owes $115m
Discussion: PC World
Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog:
Patriot Act affects European cloud adoption
Alyson Shontell / The Business Insider:
Lady Gaga And Kanye West Investing In Turntable.fm
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Janrain Raises $15.5M for Social Log-ins
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
T-Mobile wades into mobile payments
Gilad Lotan / SocialFlow Blog:
Engaging News Hungry Audiences Tweet by Tweet: An audience analysis of prominent mainstream …
Discussion: AllThingsD
 Earlier Items: 
Cyrus Farivar / Deutsche Welle:
Facebook violates German law, Hamburg data protection official says
Chris / cdixon.org:
What the NYC startup world needs (and doesn't need)
Discussion: @fromedome
Guy Faulconbridge / Reuters:
Russian minister calls for limits on the Internet
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FiOS dominates as FCC measures actual Internet speeds
EJ / Around The World and Back Again:
How I feel today
Discussion: VentureBeat and CNET News