BBC: A 14th-Century statue in the Italian city of Florence has lost a finger after it was handled by an American tourist.
Reuters: Jeff Bezos, 49, who is buying the Washington Post as a personal investment for $250 million, has funded an eclectic array of ventures.
Information Week: The table market is slowing down in the second quarter, as customers anticipate a new iPad release.
CNET.com: Social networks are continuing to attract new members in the U.S., especially among older users, according to the Pew Research Center survey.
Reuters: The world's first laboratory-grown beef burger was flipped out of a petri dish and into a frying pan on Monday.
AP: The U.S. issued a global travel alert, citing an al-Qaida threat. The State Department also closed 21 embassies and consulates in the Muslim world.
BBC: US regulators have called for Apple to be forced to cancel certain e-book contracts with major publishers.
CNN.com: A new study in the journal Science shows that shifts in climate historically have been associated with violent conflicts.
RT: NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia and left the Moscow airport.
Mercury News: As Bay Area same-sex couples plan their marriages, the wedding industry is having to adjust their businesses built on the tradition of marriage between one man and one woman.
Washington Post: Some congressional Democrats expressed opposition to former treasury secretary Lawrence Summers replacing Ben Bernanke as Federal Reserve chairman prompting President Obama to defend him.
CBS: Unemployment rates rose in 90% of U.S. cities in June as new college graduates began searching for jobs.
Reuters: Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday met with the head of China Mobile Ltd, the world's largest mobile carrier by subscribers.