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John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
Feature: Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: the Ars Technica review  —  Mac OS X 10.7 was first shown to the public in October 2010.  The presentation was understated, especially compared to the bold rhetoric that accompanied the launches of the iPhone ("Apple reinvents the phone") and the iPad …
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Brian X. Chen / Wired:
Lion Is Smooth, But Tries Too Hard to Be iOS  —  Mac OS X Lion is rich with visual enhancements, such as the new Launchpad feature for launching apps  —  My head started hurting after the first hour of using Mac OS X Lion.  Two words: inverted scrolling.  —  That's correct …
Apple:
Mac OS X Lion Available Today From the Mac App Store
Fortune:
Larry Summers calls Winklevoss twins ‘A**holes’  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — What did Larry Summers really think of the Winklevoss twins?  —  “Rarely, have I encountered such swagger, and I tried to respond in kind,” the former president of Harvard said in an interview at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference.
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Fortune:
Brainstorm Tech video: Larry Summers on debt, bubbles, and Obama
Discussion: All Facebook
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Twitter Poised to Close a Two-Stage $800M Funding, With Half Used to Cash Out Investors and Employees  —  In a move reminiscent of one done by Facebook in 2009, Twitter is close to completing an $800 million funding deal that will include a second part in which around $400 million of the total …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Wave Goodbye to Google Labs  —  Google just announced that it is shutting down Google Labs, the company's central hub for testing new product ideas and features.  According to Google, the decision was made in order to allow it to prioritize its product efforts.
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Lee Youkyung / YONHAP NEWS:
Samsung to release Galaxy S2 in U.S. next month  —  Samsung Electronics Co. will release its flagship Galaxy S2 smartphone in the U.S. market next month, the chief of its mobile business division said Wednesday, a move that will likely pit the product against the forthcoming iPhone.
Apple:
Apple Updates MacBook Air With Next Generation Processors, Thunderbolt I/O & Backlit Keyboard  —  Apple® today updated the MacBook Air® with next generation processors, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology, a backlit keyboard and Mac OS® X Lion, the world's most advanced operating system.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The MacBook Is Dead. Long Live The (New) MacBook Air.
Todd Brix / Windows Phone Developer Blog:
Windows Phone Developers Get New App Hub Features: Mango app submission just one month away  —  This week marks another significant developer milestone on the path to the release of Mango and also gives me a chance to talk about where we're headed.  —  We know there's tremendous excitement among …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Google blinks in Oracle patent case, indicates willingness to pay  —  Oracle and Google just filed their joint reply to the judge's request for input on “the extent to which” that lawsuit should be stayed.  —  As I expected, the common and agreed-upon part of their response is confined …
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple launches Business App Store for volume purchases  —  Apple on Wednesday launched its B2B App Store, allowing businesses to make volume purchases of apps.  —  “Whether you're providing apps to two employees or ten thousand, the Volume Purchase Program makes it simple to find, buy …
Discussion: 9to5Mac, MacNN, MacStories and UberMobile Blog, Thanks:mmbman
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
REPORT: How Google Plus Stacks Up Against Facebook  —  Ever since Google Plus launched last month, the blogosphere has been making bold declarations about how the search giant's social media product means the beginning of the end for Facebook.  —  Well now, we've got some hard numbers …
Bloomberg:
Apple, Google Are Said to Be Among Companies Sizing Up InterDigital Offers  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Google Inc. (GOOG), aiming to bolster their patent portfolios, are among companies weighing possible bids for InterDigital Inc., a mobile-phone technology designer, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
Christopher S Penn / Christopher S. Penn:
Google+ and Search Signals: Tinfoil Hat Edition  —  I was recently examining Google+ and how it transparently redirects through plus.google.com as it sends readers to your website.  One of the oddities I noticed was this: … Take a look at how the URL starts.  The second query string variable looks awfully familiar.
Discussion: @mathewi
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Exclusive: Google offers credit card to advertisers  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc is introducing a credit card for its advertising customers, offering its clients a credit line to try and drum up business as competition in the online ad market heats up.  —  Google is offering the card …
Larissa Fontaine / Google Book Search Blog:
Pottermore and Google team up to enable Harry Potter ebooks push to Google Books libraries  —  When JK Rowling's new website Pottermore opens its doors this Fall, we'll provide services to help fans make the most of their ebook purchasing experience.  Pottermore and Google are teaming …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple initiates mass discontinuation of boxed retail software  —  Further emphasizing the Mac App Store as the preferred place to get new software for Mac OS X, Apple on Wednesday discontinued a slew of boxed software products.  —  Virtually all of Apple's retail software was declared …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft Makes Windows Live Access Easier for Mobile Developers on iOS, Android & Windows Phone  —  Microsoft is making it easier for mobile developers building apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone to integrate data from Windows Live into their applications.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Intel Q2 Crushes Estimates; Q3 View Beats; Raises Spending View  —  Intel (INTC) this afternoon reported Q2 revenue and earnings per share ahead of estimates.  —  Revenue in the three months ended in June rose 22%, year over year, to $13.1 billion, yielding EPS of 59 cents per share.
Bloomberg:
Zillow Surges on First Day After Pricing IPO Above Range  —  Zillow Inc., an online real estate information service, surged in its trading debut after selling shares above an increased price range in its initial public offering.  —  The Seattle-based company's stock, trading …
Discussion: Reuters and Howard Lindzon
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
U.S. to Close 800 Computer Data Centers  —  The federal government plans to shut 40 percent of its computer centers over the next four years to reduce its hefty technology budget and modernize the way it uses computers to manage data and provide services to citizens.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Jack Dorsey Cleaning House At Twitter: 4 Key Product Guys Are Out  —  Breaking news out of Twitter this afternoon, four key product managers have just been let go, we've learned.  The move was led by Jack Dorsey and will see key product guys Kevin Cheng, Josh Elman, and two others we've yet to confirm, leave the company.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Suppressed Report Found Busted Pirate Site Users Were Good Consumers  —  The June raids against Kino.to, which involved as many as 250 police and other authorities, dwarfed even the 2006 raids against The Pirate Bay.  —  Following the event the Kino.to site displayed notices which stated …
Discussion: Geek.com
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
San Francisco Passes Law Requiring Radiation Warnings For Cell Phones  —  “Cell phones cause cancer.”  “No they don't!”  “Yes they do.”  “No they don't!”  —  Back and forth it goes, like the world's slowest game of tennis.  One study spends 6 months proving that cell phones turn …
Adam Klasfeld / Courthouse News Service:
Trial Looms for Price-Fixing in Digital Music  —  MANHATTAN (CN) - Major record labels must face a consolidated class action lawsuit claiming they fixed prices on digital music, a federal judge ruled.  —  The defendants include Bertelsmann, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Sony Corporation of America …
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Firefox 8 for Windows x64: Has 64-bit browsing finally come of age?  —  Over the last couple of weeks, Mozilla has finally stepped up its 64-bit testing process.  There are now five slaves dedicated to building Firefox for Windows x64, which means that from Firefox 8 and onwards …
AppleInsider:
Apple releases 64-bit, full-screen iTunes 10.4 and iWork updates [u]  —  With Mac OS X Lion now unleashed on the Mac App Store, Apple has also introduced a new version of iTunes that is both 64-bit and full-screen capable, in addition to full-screen version of iWork that will also leverage several …
 
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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
D-Link And OpenDNS To Bring Parental Controls To Your Router
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Lack Of A Legal Or Moral Basis For The Aaron Swartz Indictment Is Quite Troubling
Hugo Martin / Money & Company:
New TSA software to end naked scanner images
Discussion: Gizmodo, Reuters and USA Today
Paul Kedrosky / Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
The Trouble with Nathan Myhrvold's Pro-Patent Arguments
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Regina Sinsky / VentureBeat:
Online payment company WePay helps little guys, goes after big ones (PayPal)
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Sara Jerome / NationalJournal:
Kohl Seeks to Block AT&T Merger
Zach Howard / Reuters:
Law enforcement to begin iPhone iris scans amid privacy concerns
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Amazon Pulls a Netflix, Adds (Old) CBS Shows
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
VC funding for web reaches 10 year high