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July 9, 2012, 7:15 PM

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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds Golden Master of OS X Mountain Lion to Developers  —  “200 New Features” Mountain Lion slide shown at WWDC  —  Apple released the Golden Master (GM) version of OS X Mountain Lion to developers today.  The “golden master” designation indicates that this version of the software …
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Salesforce.com to Buy GoInstant  —  Salesforce.com is expected to buy start-up GoInstant for more than $70 million, people familiar with the matter said, as the big provider of online business software beefs up its customer-service offerings.  —  A deal for the roughly two-year-old company …
Anthony Aarons / Bloomberg:
Samsung Wins U.K. Apple Ruling Over ‘Not As Cool’ Galaxy Tablet  —  Samsung Electronics Co. won an intellectual property ruling against Apple Inc. (AAPL) as a U.K. judge said the Galaxy tablet isn't “cool” enough to be confused with the design for the iPad.  —  The Galaxy tablet …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 8 launching late October, RTM ‘on track’ for August  —  Microsoft's Tami Reller has announced that Windows 8 will Release to Manufacturing (RTM) in the first week on August, with a release in late October to retail stores.  Speaking at the company's Worldwide Partner Conference in Canada …
Eliza Kern / GigaOM:
GitHub finally raises funding: $100M from Andreessen Horowitz  —  GitHub is ready to take a huge step forward.  After successfully bootstrapping its operation since 2008, the open-source code hosting site is set to announce Monday that it has accepted $100 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz …
Miguel Helft / Fortune:
The death of cash  —  Tech giants - and startups like Square - want you to use your phone to pay for everything from gum to train rides.  Here's how they plan to achieve cash-free nirvana.  —  FORTUNE — Café Grumpy is the kind of hipster hangout that wouldn't deign to trumpet itself.
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Here's How Often AT&T, Sprint, And Verizon Each Hand Over Users' Data To The Government  —  When it comes to modern law enforcement surveillance, no one watches the wiretappers.  —  The vast majority of law enforcement's demands that phone carriers and Internet services hand over users' private data …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Verizon confirms locked bootloader on Samsung Galaxy S III  —  Over the weekend we heard reports that Verizon's version of the Samsung Galaxy S III had a locked bootloader, which makes rooting and otherwise hacking the device much more difficult.  We reached out to Verizon for more details …
Alina Selyukh / Reuters:
Exclusive: Campaign donations by text?  Not so fast, wireless carriers say  —  (Reuters) - Wireless carriers are balking at U.S. regulators' move to allow political donations by text message, a plan that could reshape the nation's campaign finance system by giving cell-phone users the ability to make instant contributions.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft buys multitouch display maker Perceptive Pixel  —  Summary: Microsoft buys multi-touch large-display vendor, emphasizing collaboration in office work as one of the main potential uses of the technology.  —  Follow @maryjofoley  —  Microsoft announced on July 9 plans to buy Perceptive Pixel …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Twitter follows Facebook down the walled garden path  —  Twitter set off alarm bells across the web in recent weeks when it ended its partnership with LinkedIn and reiterated its warning that it would be cracking down on the terms of its API.  The company didn't offer any explanation …
Christina Farr / VentureBeat:
The Fancy gives you cash for sharing the stuff you love  —  The Fancy, a social photo-sharing site that is New York's answer to Pinterest, is offering cash rewards to users who share the stuff they love.  —  Starting today, anytime you share a product that you fancy, you'll receive a link with a referral code.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
China's smartphone market grows 164%, Apple's iOS takes 17.3% share  —  Even without availability on China's largest mobile provider, the iPhone's market share in China has grown form 9.9 percent a year ago to 17.3 percent in the June quarter.  —  Needham & Company analyst Charlie Wolf's quarterly report …
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Palo Alto Networks Sets IPO Price Range Of $34-$37 A Share  —  Palo Alto Networks disclosed in a filing with the SEC this morning that it expects to price its initial public offering at $34 to $37 a share.  The company plans to sell 6.2 million shares, including 1,512,741 from selling holders.
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Intel Agrees To Buy 15% Of ASML In $4.1 Billion Investment  —  Intel Corp. (INTC), the world's largest semiconductor maker, agreed to invest as much as $4.1 billion chip equipment maker ASML Holding NV (ASML) in exchange for an equity stake.  —  The U.S. company will take an initial 10 percent stake …

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