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July 9, 2012, 9:10 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Reuters:
Kleiner bid for arbitration in sexism suit rebuffed  —  (Reuters) - A California judge on Monday tentatively rejected venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers LLC's bid to move a gender discrimination lawsuit brought by one of its own partners into arbitration.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:
Google Nexus 7 Tablet on Sale: Staples Takes Pre-Orders  —  Staples says it will carry the Google Nexus 7 tablet in its brick-and-mortar stores later this month, and that Google's 7-inch Android tablet is now available for pre-sale on its website.  —  The office-supply retailer's site …

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