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July 9, 2012, 11:35 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 …
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 …
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Why GitHub abandoned the bootstrapper's ship for a $100M Series A  —  After half a decade of preaching about the virtues of bootstrapping, the GitHub founders are finally getting in bed with a major VC firm to the tune of $100 million — that's $1 million per employee at the still-small startup.
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 …
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Google Chrome 21 beta can interact with cameras, mics, and game controllers  —  The latest beta version of Google Chrome adds two new APIs that allow web developers to do a few interesting things.  They can write web apps that will use your computer's mic or camera without a plugin.
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 …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Sexy Payments Startup Stripe Swipes $20M From General Catalyst, Sequoia, Thiel And More  —  White-hot payments startup Stripe has closed a $20 million Series B round of financing, led by General Catalyst with existing A-list investors Sequoia, Peter Thiel (personally) and angels Chris Dixon, Aaron Levie and Elad Gil also following on.
Juha Saarinen / Wired:
Kim Dotcom's Extradition Hearing Postponed Until March 2013  —  In this Feb. 22, 2012 file photo, Kim Dotcom, the founder of the file-sharing website Megaupload, comments after he was granted bail and released in Auckland, New Zealand.  The U.S. wants to extradite Dotcom from New Zealand …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
AT&T adds more LTE markets, but still struggles to catch Verizon  —  AT&T has expanded its 4G LTE wireless service to six more markets, the company said in a note to reporters.  The company now offers the service in 47 markets around the U.S.  —  (Credit: CNET/Marguerite Reardon)
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 …
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Lady Gaga's social network “Little Monsters” opens its doors to everyone  —  We told you about Lady Gaga and her jump into social networking with the site “Little Monsters.”  The site has been in private beta, but users all over the globe can now sign up.  —  Invites had been trickling …
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 …
Tristan Nitot / Beyond the Code:
About the future of Thunderbird  —  Jb Piacentino  —  Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Jb Piacentino, the managing Director of Thunderbird, following the recent Thunderbird announcement.  —  TN : Hi Jb, I read on the Web that Thunderbird is dead.  Is it true or is the rumor of Thunderbird's death greatly exaggerated?
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 …
Kevin Morris / Daily Dot:
Reddit lifts its ban on “The Atlantic”  —  The Atlantic has returned to Reddit.  —  A month after the social news site kicked out the news magazine and dozens of other sites —including Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Discovery News—for spam, Reddit has welcomed many back into the warm embrace of its monster traffic, with little fanfare.
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