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11:40 PM ET, July 18, 2011

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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.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Retail Stores Receive Golden Master Copies of OS X Lion  —  Apple appears to be setting up the final pieces for OS X Lion's launch this week.  A previous report even pinpointed the release as early as Wednesday morning.  —  We've now been able to confirm that Apple Retail stores …
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple holding overnight Tuesday for possible Wednesday OS X Lion launch
Discussion: Digital Trends
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
LulzSec Hacks Murdoch-Owned ‘The Sun,’ Redirects Homepage To @LulzSec Twitter Account  —  Looks like hacker group LulzSec is back in action, this time redirecting the homepage of the Murdoch-owned The Sun (http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/ homepage/) to a fake story about Murdoch's death …
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Zee / The Next Web:   All News International Websites Now Offline. (Update: Servers back live. Propagating.)
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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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Bye Bye, Borders: Chain Shuttering All Remaining Stores  —  Borders is closing its 399 remaining stores.  11,000 employees are being laid off.  —  Yesterday's deadline for new bids on Borders came and went, with Phoenix-based venture capital firm Najafi “reluctantly” declining to submit …
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
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Buys G.Co To Create An Official URL Shortcut For Google Products  —  Google joins Internet biggies Twitter (T.Co) , Overstock (O.co) and Amazon (A.Co, Z.Co and K.Co) today in taking over the G.Co domain name, buying the TLD in order to build the official URL shortcut for Google products like GMail, Documents and Photos.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
This Fall, Apple Has A Shot At Becoming The Most Valuable Company In The World  —  In January, we noted that Apple surged past an amazing $300 billion market cap, making them by far the most valuable tech company in the world.  In fact, the valuation made them the second most valuable company in the world period.
Discussion: @bill_gross, 9to5Mac, SplatF and parislemon
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 …
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Outgoing federal CIO warns of ‘an IT cartel’  —  Vivek Kundra, in appearance before White House science committee, also tells of the risk of data sharing
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Battlemap: Apple's heavy patent artillery against HTC's guerrilla warfare  —  On Friday (July 15, 2011) an Administrative Law Judge at the US International Trade Commission (ITC) issued an initial determination that HTC's Android-based products infringe two Apple patents.
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Electronista:
ITC upholds view Kodak didn't infringe Apple patents
Discussion: AppleInsider
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
New Tech Gadget News Site Name: The Verge  —  A new tech site, which has been founded by a number of former staffers of AOL-owned Engadget, will be announcing its new name — The Verge — during an appearance by Editor-in-Chief Josh Topolsky tonight on Jimmy Fallon's late-night television talk show.
Discussion: Technologizer
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Firefox world loses Web dev guru to Chrome  —  For years, an extension called Firebug has been a powerful tool that kept Web programmers loyal to Firefox.  —  But now, as browser makers add their own tools geared to attract those who build Web sites and applications, the lead Firebug programmer …
Discussion: Inquirer
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Netflix hires Reddit Chief Architect: Will outages end?  —  Updated.  Netflix has made a hire that could help put an end to some of its recent outages: Former Reddit Chief Architect Jeremy Edberg announced via Twitter that he has joined the streaming company as its Lead Cloud Reliability Engineer.
Discussion: @jedberg, CNET News and VentureBeat
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Dell wants to use Google+ Hangouts for customer service  —  Dell could soon use Google's new group video chat platform Google+ Hangouts as an alternative to the traditional customer service call, according to the company's chairman and CEO, Michael Dell.  —  Hangouts has been hailed …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Zynga Updates IPO Filing to List Investors and Google's One of Them  —  Lookie, what do we have here?  —  This afternoon Zynga filed a 619-page document with the SEC — that's triple the length of its original IPO filing.  In other words, it is packed full of brand new information …
Discussion: AllThingsD
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Borders May Be Dead, But e-Reader Kobo Is Still Alive And Kicking  —  I am old enough to remember when going into a chain store like Borders and picking out books physically was something one did to save time.  Plus, as any bookworm will tell you, rifling through bookstore shelves …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Privacy Isn't Dead.  Just Ask Google+.  —  Some people have a very hard time trusting Facebook.  —  After dozens of privacy problems over the years, they've grown extremely weary of what the company is doing with my personal information.  I, for one, rarely use Facebook anymore, beyond a rare comment or “Like.”
Discussion: Googling Google Blog
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
NPD data suggests Apple sold record 4.2M Macs in June quarter  —  The latest domestic sales figures from the NPD Group suggest Apple may have sold as many as 4.2 million Macs in the June quarter, a sum that would represent the company's best quarter ever.  —  Domestic Mac NPD unit sales …
Discussion: Ars Technica, SlashGear, TUAW and MacNN
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Cisco To Cut 6,500 Employees, Take $1.3B Charge  —  Cisco Systems (CSCO) this afternoon said it will lay off 6,500 workers, or 9% of its full-time workforce, in an effort to shave $1 billion in annual costs.  —  The company will take a one-time $1.3 billion charge for the cost of the cut.
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 …
 
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Austin Carr / Fast Company:
American Express Friends Facebook, Checks In With Foursquare: Does Your Social Graph Have Good Credit?
Discussion: TechCrunch and CNET News
Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
Reputation.com Raises a New $41 Million Round
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
EBay's marketplace turnaround gains momentum
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Nginx creator launching company based on popular web server
Discussion: nginx news
Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg:
Hulu's Owners Are Said to Offer Bidders Five-Year Program-Access Guarantee
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Brown / Wired.co.uk:
Anonymous unleashes social network AnonPlus after Google+ ban
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
LinkedIn Downgraded By JP Morgan, Which Helped Underwrite Its IPO
Discussion: @bdsams and VentureBeat
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Twitter spam and motivation to report it
Discussion: @qthrul
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
After Copiepresse “Boycott,” Google Restores Search of News Sites
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
46% of smartphone buyers prefer Apple's iOS, 32% choose Google Android