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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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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 …
Nick Bilton / Bits:   Anonymous Promotes Legal Boycott of PayPal
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” …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Finishing Up Work on an Ultra-Thin 15" Mac Notebook [Updated]  —  Apple is working on a 15" ultra-thin Mac notebook, MacRumors has learned.  We aren't certain if it will be called a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, but we do know that it is already in late testing stages at Apple.
Terry Myerson / The Windows Blog:
Windows Phone “Mango” - Released to Manufacturing  —  I wanted to drop into the Windows Phone Blog briefly to update you on an important milestone.  Earlier this morning, the Windows Phone development team officially signed off on the release to manufacturing (RTM) build of “Mango” …
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Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Official: Japan To Get The World's First Windows Phone 7 Mango Handset In September  —  As the sun just starts to set here on the West Coast, we've got a bit of news straight from the other side of the globe: Fujitsu and KDDI (Japan's second largest wireless operator) have just confirmed …
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 and ZDNet
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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 …
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.
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 and Matt Cutts
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
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
Ars Technica's OS X Lion review made $15,000+ in 24 hours on the Kindle  —  Will people pay for quality digital content?  It's an argument that has been on the table for quite some time, with naysayers pointing towards downloads of discographies instead of paying attention to concrete purchasing decisions.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple reportedly “evaluating” solar panels for use in future products  —  According to a report from Digitimes, Apple, among other companies like Samsung, is currently evaluating the use of solar panels for future products.  Even more exciting is that Apple is reportedly considering the …
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.
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
NSA Lawyer Questioned Over Cellphone Location Tracking of Americans  —  Is the government using cellular data to track Americans as they move around the U.S.?  —  According to the general counsel of the National Security Agency, it may have that authority.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
AdSense For Images Pixazza Rebrands As Luminate, Launches Platform For In-Image Apps  —  Pixazza, a Google Ventures-backed photo tagging service that has been compared to an “AdSense for Images,” is rebranding as Luminate today, and debuting a new platform for in-image apps.
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.
Mary Jo Foley / Redmond:
Why Microsoft Won't Dump Bing  —  Many Microsoft shareholders, employees, partners and customers would like Steve Ballmer to resign (or be ousted) as CEO.  Almost as many are agitating for Microsoft to push Bing out of the Redmond nest.  —  To all of those folks, I've got bad news …
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.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Fox Switches To Authentication For New Shows Online; Dish, Hulu Plus Get First Crack  —  Counting on keeping up with Glee next season through Hulu.com or Fox.com the next day?  Count again—unless you subscribe through a video distributor with the right deal.
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Ben Fritz / Company Town:
No cable? You'll have to wait eight days to see Fox shows on Hulu [Updated]
Discussion: mocoNews and Gizmodo
Eric Smalley / Webware.com:
Cornell software fingers fake online reviews  —  See the bottom of this post for the answer.  —  (Credit: Myle Ott, Cornell University)  —  If you're like most people, you give yourself high ratings when it comes to figuring out when someone's trying to con you.
BRYCE DOT VC:
RIP Regional Venture Funds  —  I had a different post I'd plan to write this morning, then I read this on the blog of Boise, ID based Highway 12 Ventures blog: … As many of you know, I cut my teeth in the venture business backing companies in the intermountain and southwest region.
Owen Williams / Neowin.net:
OneNote Mobile for iPhone gets major update  —  Microsoft has announced today that they are releasing a major new version of OneNote for the iPhone, presumably to bring it into line with the features that Windows Phone 7 offers.  —  In a post on the OneNote blog, Microsoft …
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Tech News Is So Phenomenally Boring  —  You never read tech news, do you?  Good.  Somehow, the story of the accidental early release of a Facebook iPad app everyone was expecting is threatening to turn into a week-long saga.  Make it stop!  This is the most boring s**t ever.
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MG Siegler / parislemon:   Rhymes With “Douchebag”  —  Adrian Chen of Gawker writes that …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Electronic Arts' Revenues and Profits Up in Q1  —  Fresh off its $750 million acquisition of PopCap, Electronic Arts reported its fiscal first-quarter earnings today, exceeding analyst expectations.  —  The company recorded a profit of $221 million, or 66 cents a share, on revenues of $999 million …
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Nick Cowen / Guardian:
PopCap chief: ‘EA was a good fit for us’
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