From the Wires

Tourist breaks finger off Florence statue

BBC: A 14th-Century statue in the Italian city of Florence has lost a finger after it was handled by an American tourist.

Tech pioneer buys Washington Post

Reuters: Jeff Bezos, 49, who is buying the Washington Post as a personal investment for $250 million, has funded an eclectic array of ventures.

Tablet buyers wait for new iPads

Information Week: The table market is slowing down in the second quarter, as customers anticipate a new iPad release.

Seventy two percent of adults on social networks Social networks are continuing to attract new members in the U.S., especially among older users, according to the Pew Research Center survey.

First test-tube burger created, eaten

Reuters: The world's first laboratory-grown beef burger was flipped out of a petri dish and into a frying pan on Monday.

U.S. closes 21 embassies and consulates, issues travel alert

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.

Apple faces e-book clampdown

BBC: US regulators have called for Apple to be forced to cancel certain e-book contracts with major publishers.

Warming planet equals more violence A new study in the journal Science shows that shifts in climate historically have been associated with violent conflicts.

Snowden granted 1-year asylum in Russia

RT: NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia and left the Moscow airport.

Wedding industry adjusting to gay marriage

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.

Congressional Democrats clash with Obama over Larry Summers

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.

Unemployment up in 90 percent of U.S. cities

CBS: Unemployment rates rose in 90% of U.S. cities in June as new college graduates began searching for jobs.

Apple in talks with China Mobile

Reuters: Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday met with the head of China Mobile Ltd, the world's largest mobile carrier by subscribers.