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4:50 PM ET, June 26, 2011

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Joe Weisenthal / The Business Insider:
Notorious Hacker Group LulzSec Just Announced That It's Finished  —  LulzSec, the notorious hacker group that's been on a rampage, just announced that it's disbanding.  —  This follows 50 days chaos during which time it took down several websites (including CIA.gov at one point) …
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
What is LulzSec afraid of?  —  Or stated differently: Have the ill-winds of fate caught the Lulz Boat's sails?  —  Today, quite unexpectedly, LulzSec Security announced its retirement.  “This is our final release, as today marks something meaningful to us.
Discussion: PC Magazine and Associated Press
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
What's inside LulzSec's final data dump
Discussion: @lulzsec
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Skype's Worthless Employee Stock Option Plan: Here's Why They Did It  —  Skype is being criticized for terminating employees immediately prior to the closing of the Microsoft acquisition, and people are assuming they're doing this to keep the value of those employees stock options.
Zech Tesfa Yohannes / TechUnwrapped:
Geohot Now Working at Facebook  —  [Update No.1] We have added a video below showing where Joshua said he was working at Facebook.  [Update No. 2] Gabe Rivera of Techmeme in a tweet found Geohot's page at Facebook.com/Geohot, and the first post at the top of page says" is Facebook …
Joel Lehman / JoelBlog:
AT&T's Rube Goldbergian Web Form  —  I recently bought AT&T DSL and documented their frustratingly over-engineered registration process.  In short: a simple web-form system shouldn't end up installing Internet Explorer 8 for you.  I think it's interesting particularly because no lean startup …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Oblong Has Built The Future Of Computing.  I've Seen It.  Used It.  It's Beautiful.  —  “This is the next Macintosh-level of disruption.”  —  Over the past several years, I've followed pretty much every new thing in the technology space, and written about many of them.
Discussion: Feld Thoughts and Electronista
Wall Street Journal:
Reid Hoffman — The venture capitalist on how to hit a fast-moving target in the second-wave Web boom  —  Reid Hoffman founded his first social site, called SocialNet, before Mark Zuckerberg had even started high school and has been in the vanguard of the social-media movement ever since.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
In The War Over Tech IPOs, The New York Stock Exchange Is Drawing Some Blood  —  There's a war going on in the tech world, and it doesn't involve Google, Facebook, Apple, or Microsoft.  In fact, the foes are not based in Silicon Valley, but rather in New York City.
Matthew Prince / CloudFlare's blog:
On LulzSec, Censorship & CloudFlare  —  Thursday, June 2, 2011 was an otherwise unremarkable day in our office until we got word that LulzSecurity.com, a site that had quietly registered for CloudFlare earlier the same day, had allegedly published information it obtained from hacking the Sony Pictures' website.
Rob Moss / Personnel Today:
Monster to launch rival to LinkedIn with BeKnown Facebook app  —  Global job board Monster is to launch a professional networking platform on Facebook, which looks set to compete with the LinkedIn social network.  —  The Facebook application, called BeKnown, will enable Facebook's users …
Seth Rosenblatt / The Download Blog:
Avast to go mobile, get VPN  —  Avast isn't content with merely 130 million active Windows users.  In addition to expanding its security offerings for the PC, the company plans to move at least some of its threat definitions to the cloud, while introducing a personal VPN and debuting …
 
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
HP to launch 7-inch tablet in August according to report
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Dan Gillmor / Guardian:
Can Icann really be necessary?  —  It's a question worth asking …
Discussion: @timoreilly
Rocky Agrawal / reDesign:
Sam Altman will clean your house for $5
Discussion: @rakeshlobster
Dion Almaer / techno.blog:
An Epic conversation between Steve Jobs and developers from WWDC 97
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