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2:40 PM ET, July 18, 2011

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Kim Yoo-chul / The Korea Times:
Apple, Samsung, LG work on new LCD  —  Samsung Electronics and LG Display, the world's two largest makers of liquid crystal displays (LCDs), are close to securing big orders from Apple, industry sources said.  —  Apple is looking to order advanced screens for the next version of its immensely popular tablet computers.
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Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Apple quality-testing 2048-by-1536 iPad 3 displays from Samsung and LG
Discussion: Geek.com
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple to launch low-priced iPhone for $350, iPhone 4S/5 end of summer  —  We know these next-generation iPhone rumors have been out of control (aren't they every year right before a new iPhone is slated to be released?), but we just received some new information from an incredibly solid source of ours.
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Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Stop the iPhone 5 Rumor Insanity  —  The new iPhone will be called the iPhone 5 or the iPhone 4S, and it will come in one, two, or three models, with one being a smaller, cheaper device, or not.  It will have NFC, unless it doesn't.  It will be slimmer, or not, and have an edge-to-edge screen, unless that's not true.
Discussion: I4U News
EchoSign:
Great News!  Adobe Acquires EchoSign  —  We're extremely pleased to announce that EchoSign is now part of the Acrobat family — Adobe has acquired EchoSign.  —  “Together, our aim is to make electronic signatures the standard way for people to sign documents and automate contracting.
Tom Anderson / TechCrunch:
Is Social In Google's DNA?  —  Google is an algorithm driven-company.  “PageRank” (named after Larry Page himself) was the “founding algorithm” of Google—the one that gave it superior search results, and eventually led to Google “winning” the search wars of the early 2000s.
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Jeffrey Meisner / TechNet Blogs:
Microsoft Offers Reward for Information on Rustock  —  Last month, I shared with you that the Rustock botnet has remained inactive since Microsoft and its partners took it offline on March 16th.  —  Today, we take our pursuit a step further.  After publishing notices in two Russian newspapers …
Amazon.com:
Students Can Now Save Up To 80% with Kindle Textbook Rental  —  Low rental prices and flexible rental periods of any length between 30 and 360 days  —  Margin notes and highlighted passages are stored in the Amazon Cloud for viewing anytime, anywhere - even after a rental expires
NPR:
Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone Plays Not My Job … Back in 2006, Biz Stone and his friends had an idea, spent about two weeks programming it, and launched the microblogging site Twitter ... and haven't gotten any work done since.  —  We've invited Stone to play a game called “I can hardly clear my throat in 140 characters.”
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Is Netflix killing DVD like Apple killed floppies?  —  Big Champagne CEO Eric Garland has seen Netflix's price hike in many different forms over many years.  —  Industry leaders change directions with a product or service and stunned customers revolt.  It's a scenario that played …
Discussion: SplatF, WebBeat.TV and Pulse2
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
46% of smartphone buyers prefer Apple's iOS, 32% choose Google Android  —  Among consumers who plan to buy a smartphone in the next three months, the iPhone is the top choice, with nearly half of all prospective buyers choosing Apple.  —  The data comes from the latest survey …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Sequoia Leads $10 Million Investment In Dolphin, The Customizable Android Browser  —  The desktop browser wars are fiercer than ever, with Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and *cough* Internet Explorer all in a heated race for users (and new features).  But there's a relatively …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Roku 2 - Nearly Upon Us?  —  Since the Roku 2 passed through the FCC approval process a few weeks ago, we've learned a bit more thanks to leaks from a pair of beta testers and some industry info that recently came my way.  As with Roku's current lineup, the refreshed AppleTV-esque hardware will be available in three models:
Discussion: Neowin.net, I4U News and Engadget
 
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Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Wireless jobs disappear despite booming revenues
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
American Express signs Sprint to promote its Serve digital payments platform
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Dan Levin / New York Times:
Chinese Web Search Giant Serves Two Masters
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Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Internal memo: Vice Media executives plan to lay off hundreds of its 900+ employees over the next week, and the company is in advanced talks to sell Refinery29

Tampa Bay Times:
Tim Burke is charged with 14 crimes related to alleged computer hacks at Fox News, including six counts of accessing a protected computer without authorization

Katie Kilkenny / The Hollywood Reporter:
An interview with studio owner Tyler Perry, who says he's putting an $800M studio expansion in Atlanta on hold after seeing the capabilities of OpenAI's Sora

 
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