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5:15 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
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's fifth-gen iPhone could be ‘bigger upgrade than expected’  —  Sources in Apple's overseas supply chain have reportedly indicated that the company's forthcoming fifth-generation iPhone could be a more significant upgrade than previous rumors have suggested, sporting a larger display and thinner design.
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple iPhone 5 to launch in October in Canada
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 Adotas
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Facebook Acquires Interactive iPad Book Maker
Discussion: Digits and Friending Facebook Blog
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.
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’.
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.
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 …
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
Timo Burkard / Google Chrome Blog:
Instant Pages on Google Chrome  —  A few weeks ago, we announced that Google's Instant Pages feature would be available to our Chrome beta channel users.  Today, we're happy to let you know that Instant Pages is on by default in the latest stable version of Chrome.
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.
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
Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog:
Patriot Act affects European cloud adoption  —  More and more organisations are abstaining from the cloud, according to a report by a leading newspaper, due to the reach of the Patriot Act in Europe and further afield.  —  According to the Financial Times (available via Google without registering) …
Chris / cdixon.org:
What the NYC startup world needs (and doesn't need)  —  Here's what I think NYC needs to become a serious, long-term startup hub:  —  1) Some extremely successful startups.  We need PayPals - companies that spin out boatloads of talented entrepreneurs and “smart money” angel investors.
Discussion: @fromedome
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FiOS dominates as FCC measures actual Internet speeds  —  For the first time ever, the FCC has collected data (PDF) showing real-world speeds that Americans receive from their Internet providers.  And the news is pretty good!  Or, perhaps, it's pretty bad!  —  Advocacy group Free Press blasted the results, released today.
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 …
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 …
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.
Alyson Shontell / The Business Insider:
Lady Gaga And Kanye West Investing In Turntable.fm  —  We've been told that Lady Gaga and Kanye West are investing in Turntable.fm.  —  They're contributing to the $7.5 million Turntable financing round we announced weeks ago.  BetaBeat reported and we can confirm that Union Square Ventures is a lead investor.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Janrain Raises $15.5M for Social Log-ins  —  Managing online identities used to be a niche cause full of acronyms and hypotheticals, but now that the Web is getting more personalized it's obvious how integral this topic is — witness the recent debate about Google+ and Facebook requiring real names versus allowing anonymous usage.
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 …
Discussion: KitGuru, CNET News, SFGate and AllThingsD
 
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Brad Molen / Engadget:
MetroPCS will begin transition to VoLTE early next year
Faith Merino / VatorNews:
Chegg competitor CampusBookRentals.com raises $20M
Discussion: Business Wire, TechCrunch and Pulse2
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
T-Mobile wades into mobile payments
Discussion: BGR, TechCrunch and Android Phone Fans
Gilad Lotan / SocialFlow Blog:
Engaging News Hungry Audiences Tweet by Tweet: An audience analysis of prominent mainstream …
Discussion: AllThingsD
Cyrus Farivar / Deutsche Welle:
Facebook violates German law, Hamburg data protection official says
Guy Faulconbridge / Reuters:
Russian minister calls for limits on the Internet
 Earlier Items: 
David Plotz / Slate Magazine:
My Fake Facebook Birthdays
Discussion: Gawker
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Ning Is Being Shopped Around at $150M Price Tag
Discussion: @jason and @rafat
EJ / Around The World and Back Again:
How I feel today
Discussion: VentureBeat, CNET News and Gawker