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5:20 AM ET, July 19, 2011

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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  —  We're hearing from multiple retail sources across the world that Apple's retail chain will be holding employee overnights Tuesday night.  The likely topic?  Lion.  —  In the employee halls of the retail chain sit large tubes …
Electronista:
Apple's win against HTC driving some firms to Windows Phone  —  Apple may push phone makers to WP7 with HTC win  —  Apple's early win against HTC has sent some Chinese phone makers running to Windows Phone 7, a source said.  Mainland Chinese paper 21st Century Business Herald understood …
Discussion: DigiTimes and WinRumors
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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.)
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Zynga and Facebook Exclusivity Goes Far Beyond Credits  —  An extensive addendum to Zynga's S-1 filing with the SEC today paints an intricate picture of Zynga's dependence on the Facebook platform.  Here's a parsing of the key parts of that relationship.  —  The fuller disclosures …
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Zynga Updates IPO Filing to List Investors and Google's One of Them
Discussion: VentureBeat and AllThingsD
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 …
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Opens Viral Growth Channel for Pages, Delivering Invites to Like as Notifications  —  Facebook now allows Page administrators to send their friends invites to Like their Page that appear as notifications, opening a new viral channel that could assist Page growth.
Discussion: The Next Web and WebProNews
Daniel Rubino / WPCentral.com:
Breaking: New video of Nokia Sea Ray prototype running WP7  —  Look at what we have here, leaking clearly out of a development factory in either China or Hong Kong (forgive us, it's 2am), we get a nice clear look at the Nokia N9, cough, ‘Sea Ray’ for Windows Phone 7.
Joshua Topolsky / This is my next:
The Verge  —  Yes folks, the rumors are true.  Extra true.  Super true.  Our new home come fall-time will be called The Verge.  Why The Verge, you ask?  Well put simply, I don't think a single idea better defines the news we cover or the way we cover it.
Discussion: VentureBeat and AllThingsD
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Asking Twitter To Commit Suicide With A Google+ Dagger  —  Sometimes, it's easy for power users to get drunk on that power.  —  I'm as guilty of this as anyone.  When I constantly bitch that my Gmail account is SO DAMN SLOW, I forget that I also have a full 20 GB of email …
Dan Levin / New York Times:
Baidu, China's Search Giant, Announces Music Licensing Deal  —  BEIJING — Baidu, the dominant Chinese Internet search engine, on Tuesday announced a major licensing deal with three of the world's largest music companies that would allow Chinese Web users to legally download and stream hundreds of thousands of songs free.
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: 9to5Mac and @bill_gross
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.
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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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Is Amazon going to challenge Zynga in social games?  —  Amazon.com's recent hire of a veteran games designer suggests the massive retailer may be about to get into the business of publishing games itself.  —  The designer, Jonathan Tweet, is presumably working on a social game for Amazon.
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: FunctionSource Posts and Inquirer
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 …
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 …
Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
Reputation.com Raises a New $41 Million Round  —  Reputation.com has raised a $41 million round of funding, as the online privacy start-up aims to expand its business with new offerings.  —  The new round was led by venture-capital firm August Capital, with participation from Insight Capital …
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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Bloomberg:
MobiTV Said to Hire JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank to Manage IPO
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
American Express Friends Facebook, Checks In With Foursquare: Does Your Social Graph Have Good Credit?
Discussion: CNET News and TechCrunch
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
EBay's marketplace turnaround gains momentum
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Outgoing federal CIO warns of ‘an IT cartel’
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Nginx creator launching company based on popular web server
Discussion: nginx news
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Netflix hires Reddit Chief Architect: Will outages end?
Discussion: @jedberg, CNET News and VentureBeat
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
NPD data suggests Apple sold record 4.2M Macs in June quarter
Discussion: SlashGear, TUAW, Ars Technica and MacNN
 Earlier Items: 
Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg:
Hulu's Owners Are Said to Offer Bidders Five-Year Program-Access Guarantee
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Privacy Isn't Dead. Just Ask Google+.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Cisco To Cut 6,500 Employees, Take $1.3B Charge
Mark Brown / Wired.co.uk:
Anonymous unleashes social network AnonPlus after Google+ ban
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Twitter spam and motivation to report it
Discussion: Guardian and @qthrul