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A message to PayPal, its customers, and our friends  —  Dear PayPal, its customers, and our friends around the globe,  —  This is an official communiqué from Anonymous and Lulz Security in the name of AntiSec.  —  In recent weeks, we've found ourselves outraged at the FBI's willingness …
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Anonymous Promotes Legal Boycott of PayPal
Discussion: New York Times, BBC and WL Central
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
In ‘Anonymous’ Raids, Feds Work From List of Top 1,000 Protesters  —  It turns out there's a method behind the FBI's raids of suspected Anonymous members around the country.  The bureau is working from a list, provided by PayPal, of the 1,000 internet IP addresses responsible …
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Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Metropolitan Police arrest Topiary, suspected LulzSec and Anonymous spokesperson  —  Reports are emerging that Topiary, a key member and spokesman of LulzSec, has been arrested.  —  Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service's Police Central arrested a 19-year-old man in an intelligence-led operation today.
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Nice timing: Facebook debuts “Facebook for Business”  —  On Tuesday Facebook debuted a step-by-step online guide aimed at helping small businesses use the social networking site.  The company is billing the new web page, found at Facebook.com/business, as an “online education center” …
Amit / Digital Inspiration Technology Blog:
A Cleaner Layout for Google Search  —  Google is testing a fresh and cleaner layout for web search and other search properties.  —  The new Google design uses a single column layout while the old sidebar options appear between the search box and the search results.
Cliff Simpkins / The Windows Blog:
Another Helping of Mango for Devs  —  Last month, we released Beta 2 of the Windows Phone SDK 7.1.  Yesterday, Windows Phone Engineering CVP Terry Myerson announced Windows Phone OS RTM.  Today, I'm excited to announce that we are offering a refresh of the beta tools to our registered developer community.
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Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Official: Japan To Get The World's First Windows Phone 7 Mango Handset In September
John Markoff / New York Times:
Colleges Join Plan for Faster Computer Networks  —  A coalition of 28 American universities is throwing its weight behind a plan to build ultra-high-speed computer networks — with Internet service several hundred times faster than what is now commercially available — in the communities surrounding the participating colleges.
Discussion: CircleID, Electronista and Pulse2
Zach Epstein / BGR:
T-Mobile responds to Sen. Al Franken's recommendation against AT&T merger  —  Minnesota Senator Al Franken sent a letter to the heads of the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice earlier this week, stating that AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA …
Richard Hung / Google Mobile Blog:
Find nearby deals with Google Shopper 1.5 for iPhone  —  (Cross-posted on the Google Commerce Blog)  —  We've recently made a few new changes to Google Shopper for iPhone that makes it easy to find nearby deals when you're on-the-go.  —  In the latest version of Google Shopper …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Before iPhone war, Samsung sells 5m GS2′s in 85 days  —  Samsung has sold 5 million Galaxy S II (GS2) smartphones in 85 days, making it the fastest selling handset in the company's history.  According to Samsung's figures, the device sales are actually accelerating as the phone debuts on more carriers around the world.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Samsung Is Only Tablet Maker Giving iPad 2′s Display a Run for Its Money  —  Although the first wave of Android tablets couldn't hold a candle to Apple's iPad 2 when it came to screen quality, analysis firm DisplayMate says the latest Galaxy Tab model offers a significantly better display …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
S3 Graphics deal appears increasingly unlikely to help HTC against Apple  —  In my previous posts on the dispute between Apple and HTC, most recently this one (in which I explained why Apple won't just settle for money like most other patent holders do), I consistently pointed out that HTC's best chance …
Alex Williams / SiliconANGLE:
The Telling Story of a Once Faithful Google Apostle Saved by Vic Gundotra after Automated System Falsely Flags Account for Possessing Child Pornography  —  A man who once called himself a Google apostle has had his account restored after Senior Vice President Vic Gundotra personally looked …
Discussion: TwitLonger, @mattcutts and Matt Cutts
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
White spaces standards are here.  Next up: devices!  —  Another hurdle was removed today for “Wi-Fi on steroids,” as the IEEE published a wireless standard that could bring high-speed broadband to rural areas.  The 802.22TM-2011 standard will be used on frequencies that were used …
Chris Dentel / Facebook Developers:
Making it easier to create and manage Test Users  —  As part of Operation Developer Love, we are continuing to improve documentation, fix bugs, and build features that make it easier for you to create and manage apps on Facebook Platform.  Over the last few weeks, we released the new Developer App …
Discussion: WebProNews
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Vonage extends cheap international calling to mobile  —  Vonage is sweetening its Internet calling service by extending its international unlimited calling plans to mobile phones.  —  The company today introduced Vonage Extensions, which basically extends its home voice calling service to any cell phone.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Netflix Adds CBS, Showtime, CW Mix For Canada, Latin America  —  CBS (NYSE: CBS) and Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) are expanding their relationship with a new deal that goes both north and south of the U.S. border—and illustrates how idiosyncratic some of these licensing moves can be thanks to existing deals, rights limitations and strategy.
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Why European VCs are lean, mean and more extreme  —  You've probably all heard the cliches about European startups and investors: venture money in Europe is more conservative, entrepreneurs are afraid of risk, the businesses are less ambitious and there are fewer blockbuster successes.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Leases Giant New SF Office, Plans To Grow To 400+ Employees  —  Dropbox, the startup that makes it super-easy to sync files between your computers, phones, and other devices, is growing.  A lot.  As in, they're about to hire hundreds of people — and they're getting …
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Charges Customer 122 Times for Lion  —  John Christman purchased OS X Lion on July 23, and paid $31.79 after sales tax.  Then, his PayPal account was charged $31.79 an additional 121 times, for a total of $3,878.40.  —  Clearly Mr. Christman didn't need 122 copies of Lion, and something has gone awry.
Discussion: AppleInsider and iGadgetsReport, Thanks:jlgolson
Diana ben-Aaron / Bloomberg:
Nokia Debt Cut to Two Grades Above Junk by Moody's With Negative Outlook  —  Nokia Oyj (NOK1V), the world's biggest maker of mobile phones, had its debt rating cut to two steps above junk by Moody's Investors Service, which cited “a severe weakening” of the Finnish company's market position.
msnbc.com:
Groupon IPO may be delayed by SEC scrutiny  —  Groupon's hotly anticipated initial public offering of stock could be delayed until mid- to late-September as federal regulators have raised questions about the company's self-selected financial metrics, CNBC reported Wednesday.
Antony Bruno / Billboard.Biz:
Universal Music Group Launching Spotify Playlist Service for U.S. Fans  —  How badly do U.S. record labels want Spotify to succeed?  —  Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD) has created a fan-facing music playlist service that's entirely powered by Spotify's free usage tier.
Discussion: The Business Insider
Zach Epstein / BGR:
IMS: Annual smartphone sales to reach 1 billion units by 2016; Apple, Samsung winners so far  —  More than 420 million smartphones will be sold around the world in 2011, accounting for 28% of total cell phone sales according to market research firm IMS Research.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Bitcoin befuddles U.S. customs agents, thwarting Seattle visit by digital currency guru  —  A developer who specializes in the Bitcoin digital currency says he was sent back to China last week after he arrived at Sea-Tac Airport with only $600 in cash and wasn't able to convince U.S. Customs …
Discussion: The Next Web
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
It's Dangerous To Go Alone: SimpleGeo And Urban Airship Partner Up For Location Notifications  —  Over the past couple of years, push notifications have become a vital part of the mobile picture.  There are so many apps, and so much that you can do on smartphones, that you need a system …
Discussion: ReadWriteMobile and Urban Airship
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Here's how Apple is forcing a worse user experience on its customers  —  Amazon just updated its Kindle app for the iPhone and iPad to remove an important function: The link to its Kindle store where you can go to buy new e-books.  Now, Apple device owners will have to figure out on their own …
Discussion: Fortune
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Kellex / Droid Life:
Confirmed: XOOM 4G LTE Upgrade Available In September, Emails To Customers Rolling Out Today …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Finishing Up Work on an Ultra-Thin 15" Mac Notebook [Updated]