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9:25 AM ET, September 29, 2010

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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?
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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.
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Engadget's Founder on TechCrunch Under AOL  —  Michael Arrington, one of the most outspoken and wild tech bloggers, is about to get a corporate boss, following AOL's purchase of his site, TechCrunch.  —  Peter Rojas once found himself in a similar position.  He founded Engadget in 2004.
Discussion: MediaVidea, TechCrunch and The Wire
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Insider Says TechCrunch Price Only $25 Million - CNBC Says $40 Million
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Why AOL Bought TechCrunch
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Facebook and Skype Readying Deep Integration Partnership  —  You didn't think Facebook would integrate with Google (GOOG) Voice, did you?  —  Actually, according to sources close to the situation, Facebook and Skype are poised to announce a significant and wide-ranging partnership …
Ross Miller / Engadget:
BlackBerry PlayBook vs. iPad vs. Galaxy Tab vs. Streak: the tale of the tape  —  What a day — yesterday, that is.  Research in Motion finally announced its long-awaited BlackBerry tablet, the 7-inch PlayBook (thankfully not named the BlackPad).  While there's still quite a few missing details …
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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.
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 …
Amir Efrati / Digits:
Google Wants to Make Online Display Ads ‘Sexy’  —  Google has long dominated Web search, and the advertising it generates.  But the company has vowed to build a major business in the parallel market of online display ads, and on Tuesday laid out some predictions about how that business will evolve.
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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
By the Numbers: Apple, Microsoft, Dell, H.P.  —  Back in May, Apple edged past Microsoft as the most valuable technology company.  And, my oh my, has Apple stretched its lead since then.  —  $222.12 billion versus $219.18, or $2.94 billion — That was the gap separating Apple and Microsoft at the close of trading on May 26.
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
What Twitter Learns from All Those Tweets  —  The company's head of analytics explains how Twitter mines the data users produce.  —  Twitter messages might be limited to 140 characters each, but all those characters can add up.  In fact, they add up to 12 terabytes of data every day.
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
Destroy entire websites with this Asteroids bookmarklet  —  Have you ever visited a website and been so frustrated by the content, layout, or adverts that you'd love to destroy it?  Well, now you can.  —  If you head on over to the erkie GitHub page there's a JavaScript bookmarklet you can drag and add to your bookmarks toolbar.
Don Jeffrey / Bloomberg:
Disney, CBS, Fox Sue Online Subscription Service Ivi for Streaming Shows  —  Walt Disney Co.'s ABC, CBS Corp. and other broadcasters sued Ivi, an online subscription service, for streaming television programs over the Web without authorization.  —  The companies, also including News Corp.'s Fox …
Michelle Goldberg / The Daily Beast:
The Woman Who Beat Craigslist  — trending topics - INNOVATORS SUMMIT - COLLEGE RANKINGS - GET AMERICA BACK TO WORK - FACEBOOK MOVIE  —  Underage girls who say they were sold for sex on the site were behind the battle to shutter its adult-services section.
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 …
Sharon Pian Chan / Seattle Times:
Q&A with Steve Ballmer on mobile, search and Facebook  —  Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer sat down with The Seattle Times for a Q and A on the eve of the annual company meeting on Sept. 28, 2010.  Here is the story.  —  With the imminent launch of a new Windows mobile phone …
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 …
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 …
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 data network or Wi-Fi.
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.
Discussion: Leigh's Blitherings
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.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Condé Nast's iPad Apps Are Too Portly.  Blame Adobe.  —  The Wired iPad app has a weight problem.  —  The first one came in at about half a gigabyte of memory, and it hasn't shrunk that much since.  —  And Condé Nast's newest iPad app, from the New Yorker, isn't much better …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
MobilePay May Be The Death Of The Wallet.  Yes, For Real This Time.  —  I absolutely hate carrying around both my phone and my wallet in my pocket.  What if I could just carry around my phone and my driver's license?  That would be awesome.  If MobilePay USA takes off, my wish will come true.
Discussion: VentureBeat and IntoMobile
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nintendo 3DS ships in Japan February 26, US and Europe in March, auto-generates Mii from camera (update: video!)  —  Enough with the rumored prices and launch dates for the 3DS already, let's get official.  Nintendo just announced a February 26 ship date in Japan for ¥25,000 (about $298).
Mike Taylor / New York Observer:
Did Apple Suffer a Mini Flash Crash?  —  Shares in Apple Computer experienced two sharp downward spikes today.  But the price action is very different from what we saw yesterday with Progress Energy.  Progress' shares dropped 90 percent almost instantaneously.
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Jon Brodkin / Computerworld:
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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
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