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2:20 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.
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
What's inside LulzSec's final data dump
Discussion: @lulzsec
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 …
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.
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Felix Salmon:
Upgrading Skype and Silver Lake to Evil
Discussion: Techie Buzz and Slashdot
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.
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 …
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.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iOS 5 supports over-the-air software updates via 3G networks  —  In early May, we reported that Apple is bringing a long-awaited over-the-air iOS software update feature to iOS 5.  Sure enough, Apple announced the feature as a part of their iOS devices become PC-free initiative …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Why Turntable.fm is the most exciting social service of the year  —  It's emerged out of nowhere to become one of the coolest sites on the Web in a matter of weeks, but what's the story behind Turntable.fm, what's so great about it and where is it going?  —  A service amassing …
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.
 
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Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
How The Food Network Suddenly Spiked In Popularity & Why comScore Isn't Buying It
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
From @-reply triage to journalistic meme-tracking: How NPR may scale Andy Carvin's Twitter curation
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Shuts Down A Large Number Of Applications
Zach Epstein / BGR:
HP to launch 7-inch tablet in August according to report
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: PBT Consulting