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11:40 AM ET, July 18, 2011

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Kim Yoo-chul / The Korea Times:
Apple, Samsung, LG work on new LCD  —  Samsung Electronics and LG Display, the world's two largest makers of liquid crystal displays (LCDs), are close to securing big orders from Apple, industry sources said.  —  Apple is looking to order advanced screens for the next version of its immensely popular tablet computers.
EchoSign:
Great News!  Adobe Acquires EchoSign  —  We're extremely pleased to announce that EchoSign is now part of the Acrobat family — Adobe has acquired EchoSign.  —  “Together, our aim is to make electronic signatures the standard way for people to sign documents and automate contracting.
Tom Anderson / TechCrunch:
Is Social In Google's DNA?  —  Editor's note: This guest post is written by Tom Anderson, the former President, founder and first friend on MySpace.  You can now find Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+  —  Google is an algorithm driven-company.  “PageRank” (named after Larry Page himself) …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google+ has made Twitter boring, here's what Twitter should do about that  —  For the past few days I've been hanging out in Jackson Hole with a bunch of geeks and one thing I've noticed over and over is how boring Twitter has gotten when compared to Google+.  —  Why has Twitter turned boring?
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
46% of smartphone buyers prefer Apple's iOS, 32% choose Google Android  —  Among consumers who plan to buy a smartphone in the next three months, the iPhone is the top choice, with nearly half of all prospective buyers choosing Apple.  —  The data comes from the latest survey …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Roku 2 - Nearly Upon Us?  —  Since the Roku 2 passed through the FCC approval process a few weeks ago, we've learned a bit more thanks to leaks from a pair of beta testers and some industry info that recently came my way.  As with Roku's current lineup, the refreshed AppleTV-esque hardware will be available in three models:
Discussion: I4U News, Engadget and Neowin.net
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Lolapps merges with 6waves to take on Zynga  —  6waves CEO Rex Ng (left) and Lolapps CEO Arjun Sethi  —  Lolapps, the San Francisco-based startup that makes games for Facebook and other social networks, has signed a merger agreement with Hong Kong-based game publisher 6waves, the two companies announced Monday.
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Stop the iPhone 5 Rumor Insanity  —  The new iPhone will be called the iPhone 5 or the iPhone 4S, and it will come in one, two, or three models, with one being a smaller, cheaper device, or not.  It will have NFC, unless it doesn't.  It will be slimmer, or not, and have an edge-to-edge screen, unless that's not true.
Discussion: Chip Hazard and I4U News
Chris Matyszczyk / Technically Incorrect:
Facebook bans Google+ ad  —  Ingenuity is surely something to be admired.  Commercial ingenuity is something to be revered.  —  Sometimes, though, it seems that certain tech companies only revere their own ingenuity.  That seems to be the case with Facebook, which, as reported …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
App Makers and Twitter Feel Strains  —  The relationship between Twitter and the outside developers that build its apps is a little like the one between sharks and the small fish that latch onto their backs — beneficial for both, until it isn't.  —  Lately it has hit rough waters.
Discussion: GMSV, The Cody Word and @stevecase
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
SeaMicro Packs 768 Cores Into its Atom Server  —  The new SeaMicro SM10000-64HD server packs up to 768 Intel Atom cores into a 10u chassis.  —  Pushing the boundary of high-density computing, SeaMicro today introduced a new version of its next-generation server that packs 768 Intel Atom cores into a 10u chassis.
Dan Levin / New York Times:
Chinese Web Search Giant Serves Two Masters  —  BEIJING — A government official's X-rated photos appear on the Internet and immediately go viral.  Online traffic spikes as Web users hunt for the images with gleeful schadenfreude.  —  When Representative Anthony D. Weiner's anatomy dominated headlines …
 
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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
A first for Apple: Tops Nokia for mobile ad requests in Europe
Discussion: TechCrunch and PR Newswire
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
How Hackers Stole 24,000 Files From The Pentagon
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What the police can learn from your smartphone
Discussion: Guardian
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
10 Years of Apple Stores: the non-celebration
Discussion: Guardian and Fortune