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2:55 PM ET, September 28, 2010

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Tim Armstrong / TechCrunch:
Tim Armstrong: We Got TechCrunch!  —  I'm very pleased to announce that we have acquired TechCrunch.  Details are in the press release below, and I'm sure founder Michael Arrington will have a few words to say as well.  This is a great complement to our continued investment in world class content.
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Insider Says TechCrunch Price Only $25 Million - CNBC Says $40 Million  —  Update: Sources tell CNBC that AOL paid $40 million.  We're guessing the $25 million figure is cash and the rest is an earnout.  Earlier: AOL has told insiders that the company is only paying $25 million for TechCrunch, a second-hand source tells us.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
TechCrunch Sold to AOL  —  Mike Arrington just confirmed the rumors: He's selling his five-year-old blog company TechCrunch to AOL.  And he's sticking around for at least three years to keep running the site.  —  Arrington made his announcement on stage at his Disrupt conference in San Francisco, joined by AOL CEO Tim Armstrong.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
We Nailed It! AOL Has Bought TechCrunch
Discussion: Techie Buzz and paidContent
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Techcrunch to keep independent voice, Arrington says
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple Has Already Approved The Official Google Voice App For iPhone, Expect It Soon  —  The App Store review office at 1 Infinite Loop has officially frozen over: we've gotten word that the official Google Voice application is on its way to the iPhone in the next few weeks.
Clayton Morris / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE Apple TV Review: Hands on With Steve Jobs' New Hobby  —  Apple's latest gizmo, the Apple TV, streams high-definition web videos from your home PCs to your television.  —  Steve Jobs swung for the stands with the new Apple TV, a tiny box that plays high-definition web video on your television.
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Updates Remote App with iPad and Retina Display Support  —  As predicted, Apple has updated their Remote app that allows iOS users to control iTunes and their Apple TV from their devices.  The app hadn't been updated for nearly a year, but has finally received a 2. update that brings support …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Buys Schedule Management Startup Plannr  —  According to multiple sources familiar with the matter, Google has just bought Seattle-based mobile planning startup Plannr, which if you remember our coverage launched about two months ago as an Outlook for hipsters.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yep, Amazon Launching Their Own App Store For Android Too  —  Earlier today, after several tips, we guessed that Amazon may be close to launching its own app store for Android — yes, another Android app store.  Sources we reached out to weren't sure about what exactly Amazon was launching …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Rumor: An Amazon Android Tablet May Follow The Amazon Android App Store  —  Okay, we know now that Amazon is on the verge of releasing an Android-based app store.  But last week, before we knew that, we got an interesting tip that such a move was coming soon — this week, actually.
Office For Mac:
Office for Mac 2011 Available October 26  —  We are excited to announce that starting on October 26 you can get your own copy of Office for Mac 2011!  And starting today preorders can be placed at Amazon.com.  —  One of the most visually impactful features in the new suite also is called Dynamic Reorder …
Dave Rosenberg / Software, Interrupted:
2010 acquisitions—Microsoft: 0 Google: 23  —  A recent blog post from information service provider CB Insights reveals a truly shocking piece of news—that Microsoft has announced zero acquisitions so far in 2010, while Google has acquired 23 companies, 75 percent of which are venture financed or angel-backed.
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John Cook / TechFlash:   What Google, Facebook and others look for in M&A deals
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Two new iPhones and an unidentified device show up in the AppleTV firmware  —  Well, what do we have here?  The current iPhone 4 is actually called iPhone 3,1 in Apple product speak.  The AppleTV firmware makes reference to new versions 3,2 and 3,3.  —  Verizon?  Sprint?  China Mobile?  T-Mobile?
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Virtual Goods Expected to Grow by 40 Percent Next Year, Study Says  —  The booming business in virtual goods — paying real money for things that don't really exist — is expected to continue booming.  —  That's good news for the likes of Zynga and Playfish, and of course, Facebook.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson LiveView acts as a 1.3-inch remote control for your smartphone, requires Android 2.0  —  You've been asking for someone, anyone, to please kick out a tiny remote control display that can save you from having to whip your smartphone out for every little thing and Sony Ericsson, it seems, has listened.
Boy Genius Report:
New HTC, full-QWERTY device destined for Verizon breaks cover  —  Hi there HTC Android fans, we have another present for you!  We've just been sent in a handful of images of a new, unseen HTC handset that is destined for Verizon Wireless.  This sleek, all-black, full-QWERTY Android 2.2 handset …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Goldman Sachs says Apple planning thinner iPad with camera, mini USB  —  A team of analysts for investment bank Goldman Sachs said Monday that their sources lead them to believe Apple will introduce a second-generation iPad during the spring of 2011 that will feature a camera, mini USB and a lighter design.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Amazon Debuts “Kindle for the Web”, Which Is Pretty Much What It Sounds Like  —  Amazon.com today introduced the beta version of “Kindle for the Web”, which enables people to read and share digital book samples in their browsers without the need to install or download anything.
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Google CEO: the Internet of things will augment your brain  —  For Google CEO Eric Schmidt, the next step in technology is the same that it has always been — augmenting humanity to handle information that a human brain couldn't otherwise keep up with, and just make things work.
Discussion: mocoNews and TechCrunch
Shayndi Raice / Digits:
Best Buy In Talks to Carry BlackBerry PlayBook  —  Best Buy is in talks with Research in Motion to carry the BlackBerry maker's new tablet computer in its stores, Chief Executive Brian Dunn said Tuesday.  —  “When it comes to market, we're going to be very happy to offer it to our customers …
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Eric Zeman / InformationWeek:
First Impressions Of BlackBerry PlayBook
Ogle Earth:
Beware: Chinese iPhone 4 comes with a crippled Maps app  —  The iPhone 4 officially landed in China yesterday, so I bought one from the new Apple Store at Xidan in Beijing.  In China, Apple sells its iPhones unlocked and without a contract (16GB = USD747, 32GB = USD895), so you can pretty much stick in any sim card and go.
Daniel Emery / BBC:
Adult video-sharing list leaked from law firm  —  The attacks were in retaliation for action against file-sharing site the Pirate Bay  —  The personal details of thousands of Sky broadband customers have been leaked on to the internet, alongside a list of pornographic movies they are alleged to have shared online.
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
OpenOffice files Oracle divorce papers  —  Uncertainty breeds mistrust  —  Open sourcers have seized control of the OpenOffice project and product and declared their independence from database giant Oracle.  —  The OpenOffice.org Project has unveiled a major restructuring that separates itself …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Beefs Up Company Profiles With News Feeds, Career Data, And More  —  We recently wrote about the fast growing number of company profiles on professional social network LinkedIn (the network has over one million to be exact).  Launched in April, the company profile gives organizations …
Faith Merino / VatorNews:
Face.com pulls in $4.3M in financing  —  Rhodium and Yandex bet on the Israeli-based facial-recognition startup  —  How recognizable are you in a crowd?  According to Face.com, a Tel-Aviv-based company that develops facial recognition technology, you can be pinpointed in a Facebook crowd consisting …
Discussion: TMCnet, TechCrunch and Globes Online
Mary Lou Jepsen / What's Happening at Pixel Qi:
Low-power, wireless displays made possible!  —  Wireless Pixel Qi display module can be controlled by another device, using new Display Solution AG board solution  —  Gilching, Bavaria, Germany, and San Bruno, California, USA  —  Have you ever wanted an extra reading screen for your laptop …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: MySpace and Rubicon Project in FAN Swap Deal  —  MySpace is trading most of the assets of its Fox Audience Network to the Rubicon Project in exchange for a significant equity minority stake, according to sources close to the situation.  —  Under the deal, which is nearly complete …
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
On Social Networks, Most Still Just Like to Watch
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Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
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Iranian Canadian Blogger Hossein Derakhshan Receives Over 19 Years In Prison
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Facebook Ads Become Dramatically More Transparent
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