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4:11 AM ET, July 19, 2011

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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Retail Stores Receive Golden Master Copies of OS X Lion  —  Apple appears to be setting up the final pieces for OS X Lion's launch this week.  A previous report even pinpointed the release as early as Wednesday morning.  —  We've now been able to confirm that Apple Retail stores …
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple holding overnight Tuesday for possible Wednesday OS X Lion launch  —  We're hearing from multiple retail sources across the world that Apple's retail chain will be holding employee overnights Tuesday night.  The likely topic?  Lion.  —  In the employee halls of the retail chain sit large tubes …
Discussion: Digital Trends and Gizmodo
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
LulzSec Hacks Murdoch-Owned ‘The Sun,’ Redirects Homepage To @LulzSec Twitter Account  —  Looks like hacker group LulzSec is back in action, this time redirecting the homepage of the Murdoch-owned The Sun (http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/ homepage/) to a fake story about Murdoch's death …
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Zee / The Next Web:   All News International Websites Now Offline. (Update: Servers back live. Propagating.)
Electronista:
Apple's win against HTC driving some firms to Windows Phone  —  Apple may push phone makers to WP7 with HTC win  —  Apple's early win against HTC has sent some Chinese phone makers running to Windows Phone 7, a source said.  Mainland Chinese paper 21st Century Business Herald understood …
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Zynga Updates IPO Filing to List Investors and Google's One of Them  —  Lookie, what do we have here?  —  This afternoon Zynga filed a 619-page document with the SEC — that's triple the length of its original IPO filing.  In other words, it is packed full of brand new information …
Discussion: VentureBeat and AllThingsD
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Zynga and Facebook Exclusivity Goes Far Beyond Credits  —  An extensive addendum to Zynga's S-1 filing with the SEC today paints an intricate picture of Zynga's dependence on the Facebook platform.  Here's a parsing of the key parts of that relationship.  —  The fuller disclosures …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Bye Bye, Borders: Chain Shuttering All Remaining Stores  —  Borders is closing its 399 remaining stores.  11,000 employees are being laid off.  —  Yesterday's deadline for new bids on Borders came and went, with Phoenix-based venture capital firm Najafi “reluctantly” declining to submit …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Borders May Be Dead, But e-Reader Kobo Is Still Alive And Kicking
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Opens Viral Growth Channel for Pages, Delivering Invites to Like as Notifications  —  Facebook now allows Page administrators to send their friends invites to Like their Page that appear as notifications, opening a new viral channel that could assist Page growth.
Discussion: The Next Web and WebProNews
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple to launch low-priced iPhone for $350, iPhone 4S/5 end of summer  —  We know these next-generation iPhone rumors have been out of control (aren't they every year right before a new iPhone is slated to be released?), but we just received some new information from an incredibly solid source of ours.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Buys G.Co To Create An Official URL Shortcut For Google Products  —  Google joins Internet biggies Twitter (T.Co) , Overstock (O.co) and Amazon (A.Co, Z.Co and K.Co) today in taking over the G.Co domain name, buying the TLD in order to build the official URL shortcut for Google products like GMail, Documents and Photos.
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.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
This Fall, Apple Has A Shot At Becoming The Most Valuable Company In The World  —  In January, we noted that Apple surged past an amazing $300 billion market cap, making them by far the most valuable tech company in the world.  In fact, the valuation made them the second most valuable company in the world period.
Discussion: 9to5Mac, @bill_gross and parislemon
Amazon.com:
Students Can Now Save Up To 80% with Kindle Textbook Rental  —  Low rental prices and flexible rental periods of any length between 30 and 360 days  —  Margin notes and highlighted passages are stored in the Amazon Cloud for viewing anytime, anywhere - even after a rental expires
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Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
Reputation.com Raises a New $41 Million Round  —  Reputation.com has raised a $41 million round of funding, as the online privacy start-up aims to expand its business with new offerings.  —  The new round was led by venture-capital firm August Capital, with participation from Insight Capital …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Dell wants to use Google+ Hangouts for customer service  —  Dell could soon use Google's new group video chat platform Google+ Hangouts as an alternative to the traditional customer service call, according to the company's chairman and CEO, Michael Dell.  —  Hangouts has been hailed …
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Outgoing federal CIO warns of ‘an IT cartel’  —  Vivek Kundra, in appearance before White House science committee, also tells of the risk of data sharing
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
New Tech Gadget News Site Name: The Verge  —  A new tech site, which has been founded by a number of former staffers of AOL-owned Engadget, will be announcing its new name — The Verge — during an appearance by Editor-in-Chief Josh Topolsky tonight on Jimmy Fallon's late-night television talk show.
Discussion: This is my next
Jeffrey Meisner / TechNet Blogs:
Microsoft Offers Reward for Information on Rustock  —  Last month, I shared with you that the Rustock botnet has remained inactive since Microsoft and its partners took it offline on March 16th.  —  Today, we take our pursuit a step further.  After publishing notices in two Russian newspapers …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Netflix hires Reddit Chief Architect: Will outages end?  —  Updated.  Netflix has made a hire that could help put an end to some of its recent outages: Former Reddit Chief Architect Jeremy Edberg announced via Twitter that he has joined the streaming company as its Lead Cloud Reliability Engineer.
Discussion: @jedberg, CNET News and VentureBeat
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Cisco To Cut 6,500 Employees, Take $1.3B Charge  —  Cisco Systems (CSCO) this afternoon said it will lay off 6,500 workers, or 9% of its full-time workforce, in an effort to shave $1 billion in annual costs.  —  The company will take a one-time $1.3 billion charge for the cost of the cut.
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
EBay's marketplace turnaround gains momentum  —  (Reuters) - EBay Inc has been trying to revive its main marketplace business for at least a year and quarterly results from the e-commerce company this week may show those efforts are paying off.  —  “After several quarters of share losses in the U.S. …
 
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Dan Levin / New York Times:
Baidu, China's Search Giant, Announces Music Licensing Deal
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MobiTV Said to Hire JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank to Manage IPO
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
American Express Friends Facebook, Checks In With Foursquare: Does Your Social Graph Have Good Credit?
Discussion: TechCrunch and CNET News
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Nginx creator launching company based on popular web server
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Firefox world loses Web dev guru to Chrome
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
NPD data suggests Apple sold record 4.2M Macs in June quarter
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Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg:
Hulu's Owners Are Said to Offer Bidders Five-Year Program-Access Guarantee
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Privacy Isn't Dead. Just Ask Google+.
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Mark Brown / Wired.co.uk:
Anonymous unleashes social network AnonPlus after Google+ ban
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
LinkedIn Downgraded By JP Morgan, Which Helped Underwrite Its IPO
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