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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.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Meet the LulzSec Leader Arrested by British Police Today
Discussion: SC Magazine US
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Moment Of Truth For Airbnb As User's Home Is Utterly Trashed  —  Important updates to post at end  —  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.
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.
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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msnbc.com:   Groupon IPO may be delayed by SEC scrutiny
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 and msnbc.com
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.
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.
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.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Next iPhone to feature thinner, tapered design according to new silicone cases  —  Yesterday, a purported case mold schematic for the fifth-generation iPhone emerged, pointing to a complete re-design for Apple's handset.  This mold points to a larger display, a larger home button, and a thinner profile for the next iPhone.
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 …
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” …
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:
Lodsys fiercely opposes Apple's motion for an intervention  —  Lodsys had an (extended) deadline today to respond to Apple's motion for an intervention in a patent infringement litigation in which Lodsys is suing 11 app developers, five of which are rather small.
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:
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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Leases Giant New SF Office, Plans To Grow To 400+ Employees  —  Dropbox, the startup that makes it super-easy to sync files between your computers, phones, and other devices, is growing.  A lot.  As in, they're about to hire hundreds of people — and they're getting …
Discussion: PC World
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.
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.
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 …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
DHS Fears a Modified Stuxnet Could Attack U.S. Infrastructure  —  One year after the discovery of a sophisticated worm that was used to attack centrifuges in Iran's nuclear program, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security told Congress it fears the same attack could now be used against critical infrastructures in the U.S.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
 
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Diana ben-Aaron / Bloomberg:
Nokia Debt Cut to Two Grades Above Junk by Moody's With Negative Outlook
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
It's Dangerous To Go Alone: SimpleGeo And Urban Airship Partner Up For Location Notifications
Discussion: ReadWriteMobile and Urban Airship
Antony Bruno / Billboard.Biz:
Universal Music Group Launching Spotify Playlist Service for U.S. Fans
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Smartling, a Language Translation Engine for the Web, Raises $10 Million
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Alex Williams / SiliconANGLE:
The Telling Story of a Once Faithful Google Apostle Saved by Vic Gundotra after Automated System …
Discussion: TwitLonger, @mattcutts and Matt Cutts
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Bitcoin befuddles U.S. customs agents, thwarting Seattle visit by digital currency guru
Eric Smalley / Webware.com:
Cornell software fingers fake online reviews
Discussion: PC World
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
NSA Lawyer Questioned Over Cellphone Location Tracking of Americans
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