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Anonymousirc / Pastebin:
A message to PayPal, its customers, and our friends  —  Dear PayPal, its customers, and our friends around the globe,  —  This is an official communiqué from Anonymous and Lulz Security in the name of AntiSec.  —  In recent weeks, we've found ourselves outraged at the FBI's willingness …
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Anonymous Promotes Legal Boycott of PayPal
Discussion: BBC and WL Central
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
In ‘Anonymous’ Raids, Feds Work From List of Top 1,000 Protesters  —  It turns out there's a method behind the FBI's raids of suspected Anonymous members around the country.  The bureau is working from a list, provided by PayPal, of the 1,000 internet IP addresses responsible …
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Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Metropolitan Police arrest Topiary, suspected LulzSec and Anonymous spokesperson  —  Reports are emerging that Topiary, a key member and spokesman of LulzSec, has been arrested.  —  Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service's Police Central arrested a 19-year-old man in an intelligence-led operation today.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Moment Of Truth For Airbnb As User's Home Is Utterly Trashed  —  Until now everything has been just great for Airbnb, a service that lets people rent out their homes and become a sort of mini-hotel.  The company launched in 2008 and has grown rapidly.  They've been cloned by the Germans, which is always a mark of success.
The Strategy Sesion Blog:
Groupon Accounting Is Prolonging SEC Review  —  Concerns from regulators about Groupon's accounting metrics are prolonging the company's pre-initial public offering document review, according to people familiar with the matter.  The Internet group-discount site is now eyeing a mid to late-September debut, two of these people added.
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Colleges Join Plan for Faster Computer Networks  —  A coalition of 28 American universities is throwing its weight behind a plan to build ultra-high-speed computer networks — with Internet service several hundred times faster than what is now commercially available — in the communities surrounding the participating colleges.
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Rogue Academic Downloader Busted by MIT Webcam Stakeout, Arrest Report Says  —  Hacker and activist Aaron Swartz faces federal hacking prosecution for allegedly downloading millions of academic documents via MIT's guest network, using a laptop hidden in a networking closet.
Discussion: Ars Technica
Cliff Simpkins / The Windows Blog:
Another Helping of Mango for Devs  —  Last month, we released Beta 2 of the Windows Phone SDK 7.1.  Yesterday, Windows Phone Engineering CVP Terry Myerson announced Windows Phone OS RTM.  Today, I'm excited to announce that we are offering a refresh of the beta tools to our registered developer community.
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Charges Customer 122 Times for Lion  —  John Christman purchased OS X Lion on July 23, and paid $31.79 after sales tax.  Then, his PayPal account was charged $31.79 an additional 121 times, for a total of $3,878.40.  —  Clearly Mr. Christman didn't need 122 copies of Lion, and something has gone awry.
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Nice timing: Facebook debuts “Facebook for Business”  —  On Tuesday Facebook debuted a step-by-step online guide aimed at helping small businesses use the social networking site.  The company is billing the new web page, found at Facebook.com/business, as an “online education center” …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
T-Mobile responds to Sen. Al Franken's recommendation against AT&T merger  —  Minnesota Senator Al Franken sent a letter to the heads of the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice earlier this week, stating that AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA …
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
The White House just Rickrolled a Twitter user  —  We've known since 2008 that US President Obama has pushed for more social media interaction.  With a Twitter Town Hall meeting and now sending his own tweets, it seems that somebody on the staff has decided to take things a step further.
Richard Hung / Google Mobile Blog:
Find nearby deals with Google Shopper 1.5 for iPhone  —  We've recently made a few new changes to Google Shopper for iPhone that makes it easy to find nearby deals when you're on-the-go.  In the latest version of Google Shopper, in addition to the ‘Shop’ tab, you'll now see two new tabs at the bottom of the app: Offers and My Offers.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
S3 Graphics deal appears increasingly unlikely to help HTC against Apple  —  In my previous posts on the dispute between Apple and HTC, most recently this one (in which I explained why Apple won't just settle for money like most other patent holders do), I consistently pointed out that HTC's best chance …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Before iPhone war, Samsung sells 5m GS2′s in 85 days  —  Samsung has sold 5 million Galaxy S II (GS2) smartphones in 85 days, making it the fastest selling handset in the company's history.  According to Samsung's figures, the device sales are actually accelerating as the phone debuts on more carriers around the world.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
White spaces standards are here.  Next up: devices!  —  Another hurdle was removed today for “Wi-Fi on steroids,” as the IEEE published a wireless standard that could bring high-speed broadband to rural areas.  The 802.22TM-2011 standard will be used on frequencies that were used …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Samsung Is Only Tablet Maker Giving iPad 2′s Display a Run for Its Money  —  Although the first wave of Android tablets couldn't hold a candle to Apple's iPad 2 when it came to screen quality, analysis firm DisplayMate says the latest Galaxy Tab model offers a significantly better display …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Feds Extend Review of Google's Admeld Acquisition  —  Move Ups Odds That DOJ Will Ultimately Impose Conditions on the Deal  —  Google will have to wait a little longer to close its near-$400 million deal to acquire Admeld, as the Department of Justice decided today to extend its inquiry …
Chris Dentel / Facebook Developers:
Making it easier to create and manage Test Users  —  As part of Operation Developer Love, we are continuing to improve documentation, fix bugs, and build features that make it easier for you to create and manage apps on Facebook Platform.  Over the last few weeks, we released the new Developer App …
Antony Bruno / Billboard.Biz:
Universal Music Group Launching Spotify Playlist Service for U.S. Fans  —  How badly do U.S. record labels want Spotify to succeed?  —  Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD) has created a fan-facing music playlist service that's entirely powered by Spotify's free usage tier.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Vonage extends cheap international calling to mobile  —  Vonage is sweetening its Internet calling service by extending its international unlimited calling plans to mobile phones.  —  The company today introduced Vonage Extensions, which basically extends its home voice calling service to any cell phone.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Netflix Adds CBS, Showtime, CW Mix For Canada, Latin America  —  CBS (NYSE: CBS) and Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) are expanding their relationship with a new deal that goes both north and south of the U.S. border—and illustrates how idiosyncratic some of these licensing moves can be thanks to existing deals, rights limitations and strategy.
Dhanya Skariachan / Reuters:
Toys R Us to carry Kindle  —  (Reuters) - Toys R Us, the world's largest toy retailer, said its U.S. stores will carry Amazon.com's Kindle electronic reader and related accessories starting July 31.  —  The news came as more retailers attempt to grab a bite of growing e-reader sales.
Discussion: paidContent and TeleRead
Diana ben-Aaron / Bloomberg:
Nokia Debt Cut to Two Grades Above Junk by Moody's With Negative Outlook  —  Nokia Oyj (NOK1V), the world's biggest maker of mobile phones, had its debt rating cut to two steps above junk by Moody's Investors Service, which cited “a severe weakening” of the Finnish company's market position.
Tony Smith / The Register:
Microsoft's MS-DOS is 30 today  —  MS-DOS is 30 years old today.  Well, kind of.  On 27 July 1981, Microsoft gave the name MS-DOS to the disk operating system it acquired on that day from Seattle Computer Products (SCP), a hardware company owned and run by a fellow called Rod Brock.
 
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Cornell software fingers fake online reviews
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NSA Lawyer Questioned Over Cellphone Location Tracking of Americans
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