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9:40 PM ET, July 27, 2011

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Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Meet the LulzSec Leader Arrested by British Police Today  —  British police announced today that they arrested a 19-year-old hacker in Scotland's isolated Shetland Islands who used the nickname “Topiary” online.  Here's what we know about this core member of the hacking group Lulz Security, from interviews and leaked chat transcripts.
Discussion: AllThingsD and SC Magazine US
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Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Metropolitan Police arrest Topiary, suspected LulzSec and Anonymous spokesperson
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: New York Times, BBC and WL Central
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.
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.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Fourth Law Firm Withdraws From Representing Paul Ceglia in Facebook Case  —  Paul Ceglia, who claims he deserves half of Facebook based on an arrangement with Mark Zuckerberg from 2003, has lost another law firm as his case continues.  —  Edelson McGuire, which had only taken on the case within …
Discussion: paidContent, All Facebook and Gawker
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.
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.
Amit / Digital Inspiration Technology Blog:
A Cleaner Layout for Google Search  —  Google is testing a fresh and cleaner layout for web search and other search properties.  —  The new Google design uses a single column layout while the old sidebar options appear between the search box and the search results.
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.
Discussion: CNET News, Electronista and TUAW
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
BBC iPlayer goes global with iPad app launch in 11 countries  —  Western Europe first for subscription-based service, with US to follow later in 2011  —  BBC Worldwide is launching its global iPlayer service today, via an iPad app that will be made available in 11 countries in Western Europe.
Discussion: The Next Web and Neowin.net
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
LAUNCH:
Aggressive Google: Gmail Team Asks You to Do an Email Intervention  —  Google under Larry Page is uber aggressive, and the latest salvo comes in the form of EmailIntervention.com, a slick website that enables you to do an intervention with your Yahoo, Aol and Hotmail-using friends and family members.
Discussion: CNET News, Gmail Blog and Ubergizmo, Thanks:therealdansfera
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.
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.
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Ex-NASA CTO builds cloud dream team, launches Nebula  —  The cloud computing world has been anxious to hear former NASA CTO Chris Kemp's plans since he left his post in the spring to pursue a startup venture, and on Wednesday morning, he introduced his new company, Nebula.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix is for Movies, Hulu is for TV Shows.  Neither Is for Your iPad or Your iPhone.  —  Lots of you are using your phones to watch YouTube.  But Netflix and Hulu?  Not so much.  —  That's one of the take-aways from a new Nielsen report about viewing habits on the two online video services.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft confirms fall store opening at University Village  —  We've known this was happening for a while, based on my previous digging into city permit filings, but Microsoft today made it official, confirming on Facebook that it's planning to open a retail store in Seattle's upscale University Village shopping center this fall.
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.
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Google+: Overall visits decreases, male users increase  —  Google+ has been around for nearly a month now, still locked down under invite-only mode.  Traffic has decreased slightly, but it's not time to spell out the end of the site just yet.  —  Last week, Experian Hitwise found …
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 …
Discussion: IntoMobile, Ars Technica and mocoNews
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.
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
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.
Discussion: The H Security and Softpedia News
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Old Java Emails May Bite Google In Android Patent Suit  —  It may be wiser for Google to settle its patent infringement showdown with Oracle than take it to trial.  New documents emerging from early hearings in the case suggest the search giant may have a tough time mounting a …
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.
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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Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Qualcomm's Awesome Augmented Reality SDK Now Available For iOS
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