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9:00 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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why We Sold TechCrunch To AOL, And Where We Go From Here  —  By now you must have heard the news that AOL has acquired us.  Here are videos of the on stage signing of the agreement and an interview with AOL CEO Tim Armstrong immediately afterwards.  —  So how did all this happen?
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.
Edmund Lee / AdAge:   Why AOL Bought TechCrunch
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
TechCrunch to keep independent voice, Arrington says
Bryan Gardiner / Gizmodo:
Exclusive: The Plans For Steve Jobs' New House  —  You knew Steve Jobs was tearing down his old mansion.  You didn't know what he was building in its place.  Until now.  —  After nearly a six years of detailed cost comparisons, environmental impact surveys, court appeals …
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Joanna Stern / Engadget:
T-Mobile G2 preview  —  Well, well, well... would you look at what we found lounging around Best Buy's NYC holiday event!  Yes, indeed, it's the T-Mobile G2 (the US version of the HTC Desire Z if you happen to think it looks familiar).  After months of leaks and blurry shots we finally got …
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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 …
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
RIM VP Confirms PlayBook QNX OS Will Replace BlackBerry OS  —  Over a breakfast event today at the BlackBerry Developer Conference, a RIM VP confirmed that the QNX operating system announced in their new PlayBook tablet would in fact be finding its way to smartphones in the long run, and ultimately replace the existing BlackBerry OS.
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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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Amir Efrati / Digits:
Tweet This Milestone: Twitter Passes MySpace  —  There's a new piece of data that Twitter Chief Operating Officer Dick Costolo could take with him to the stage today at the IAB MIXX conference in New York, as the company tries to woo marketers.  —  Last month the four-year-old micro-blogging …
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.
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
GameCrush — where you pay to play video games with hot girls — opens its doors  —  GameCrush is just like prostitution, but with boys buying game time rather than sexy time from a dizzying array of cute, gamer girls.  The service, which has been privately beta testing since the start of the year …
Discussion: VentureBeat and IGN
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Pinger brings free calling to your iPod Touch  —  A startup called Pinger says it has already built a big user base for Textfree — which is (you guessed it) a free text messaging service.  Now it's offering a similar service for making phone calls.  —  The calls can be made over a 3G cellular network or your WiFi network.
Discussion: TechCrunch and IntoMobile
Gary Merson / HD Guru:
Google TV by Sony Revealed-Exclusive First Photos  —  (September 28, 2010)Best Buy conducted its holiday preview press event today in New York City.  Included among the hot items for the fourth quarter was the first Google HDTV, the Sony NSX-46GT1.  HD GURU received a quick demo and snapped these exclusive photos.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo Exec Churn Continues, With Media Head Pitaro Ready to Bolt  —  Last week at a Goldman Sachs investment conference, voluble Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz tried to minimize the impact of the recent spate of significant executive departures at the Internet giant.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
AOL's Wild Acquisition Day Concludes With Thing Labs, Maker Of Brizzly  —  It's a Ronco kind of day for folks who cover AOL (NYSE: AOL)—you think you're done and then the company says, but, wait, there's more.  For the last one (today), paidContent can confirm that AOL has acquired Thing Labs and its Brizzly social media reader.
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?
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Apple takes legal battle with Nokia to Britain  —  (Reuters) - Apple has sued Nokia in Britain, extending the two technology giants' legal battle over patents beyond U.S. borders.  “We are investigating the claims, which appear to be based on nine implementation patents already in suit between …
Anil Dash:
Make The Revolution  —  Malcolm Gladwell gets started with “The revolution will not be tweeted” in this week's New Yorker, condemning social media's ability to enact real cultural change with an argument he sums up early in the piece: … Who are the “they”?  It's not really clear.
Jessica Dolcourt / Crave: The gadget blog:
Mozilla: No Firefox browser for the iPhone  —  Despite the hopes of many, Mozilla made it official today that it will not develop a standalone Firefox browser for the iPhone.  —  Instead, the browser-maker will continue to pour resources into Firefox Home for iPhone, its browser companion app.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yammer Debuts A Facebook For The Enterprise  —  Yammer, which launched as the “Twitter for businesses” at TechCrunch 50 in 2008, is launching the next-gen version of its platform today.  Aiming to be a full-fledged social network for the enterprise, Yammer 2.0 is being released today at TechCrunch Disrupt.
Discussion: All Facebook and VentureBeat
The Official Google Blog:
What does the future of display advertising look like?  —  This afternoon, we gave a keynote address at the Interactive Advertising Bureau's MIXX Conference in New York, entitled “Display 2015: Smart and Sexy.”  —  As you know by now, we're investing significantly to make display advertising better …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Figure Out Your Flying Needs With Superfly  —  People are obsessed with airline mileage, but it's really difficult to keep track of the passwords to the mileage programs you are already involved in let alone the ones that might be advantageous to be a part of.
Discussion: VentureBeat
 
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Mike Taylor / New York Observer:
Did Apple Suffer a Mini Flash Crash?
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Condé Nast's iPad Apps Are Too Portly. Blame Adobe.
Amir Efrati / Digits:
For Google and Apple, an Easing of Tensions?
Bloomberg:
Yahoo, RealNetworks Music License Fees Voided by Court
Discussion: Techdirt and Reuters
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Former Palm CEO: HP's Android Tablet Tossed
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Goes Live with Real-Time Streaming API
Discussion: Search Engine Land and TechCrunch
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Amazon Debuts “Kindle for the Web”, Which Is Pretty Much What It Sounds Like
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