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4:50 PM ET, August 1, 2011


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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Launching New iPhone in October, Not September  —  So those rumors claiming the iPhone 5 will debut in late September?  They're wrong.  —  Instead, it's going to be an October surprise — the month in which Apple plans to launch its next-gen iPhone.
Brian Caulfield / Shiny Objects:
October iPhone Launch Could Cost Apple 2 Million Units In Sept Quarter
Discussion: SlashGear and WebProNews
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple TV Adds Support for Cloud-Based Storage of Purchased TV Shows  —  Apple hasn't updated the Apple TV release notes page yet, but I just ran software update on my Apple TV 2 and got a new update that adds support for a major new feature: purchased TV shows.
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Apple TV update introduces show streaming, Vimeo support  —  Apple rolled out an update to its Apple TV software Monday that introduces a bunch of new features.  (Hat tip to Daring Fireball.)  The update is available now and allows you to stream TV shows you purchase through iTunes …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Meet Comex, The 19-Year-Old iPhone Uber-Hacker Who Keeps Outsmarting Apple  —  Nicholas Allegra, better known by the hacker handle Comex.  —  A version of this story will appear in the upcoming issue of Forbes, published later this week.  —  Nicholas Allegra lives with his parents in Chappaqua, New York.
The Dealmap:
Deal of the Day: Google Buys The Dealmap  —  We're thrilled to announce that The Dealmap has been acquired by Google.  —  Since launching The Dealmap in May 2010, our team has worked to build a great product where people can find and share all the best local deals, all in one place.
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Google acquires Dealmap, the missing link between Offers & Maps
Discussion: 9to5Google
Brian Chesky / The Airbnb Blog:
Our Commitment to Trust & Safety  —  Last month, the home of a San Francisco host named EJ was tragically vandalized by a guest.  The damage was so bad that her life was turned upside down.  When we learned of this our hearts sank.  We felt paralyzed, and over the last four weeks, we have really screwed things up.
Apple Suit Puts Samsung Tablet Sales in Australia on Hold  —  Apple Inc. escalated a patent dispute against Samsung Electronics Co. and won an agreement that the South Korean company won't sell the newest version of its tablet computer in Australia until a lawsuit is resolved.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Galaxy Tab 10.1 down under: Apple has Samsung on the defensive in Australia
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
How Facial Recognition Technology Can Be Used To Get Your Social Security Number  —  What does your face give away?  —  Those freaked out by facial recognition technology have fresh fodder: a study from Carnegie Mellon University in which researchers were able to predict people's social security numbers …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Square Now Processing $4 Million In Mobile Payments Per Day  —  Flush with $100 million in new funding, Square is continuing to grow like a weed in the mobile payments space.  After passing the $3 million mark at the end of May, Square is now processing $4 million in mobile payments daily …
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Foursquare to Users: Nice Check-in, Now Please Write Something  —  Mobile-Sharing Startup Wants Its Users to Share More Tips in Stealth Content Initiative  —  Mobile startup Foursquare wants its users to go beyond checking in and vying for virtual badges — it wants its 10 million users to do more writing.
Mike Elgan / Cult of Mac:
Why Google is a Better Apple Friend than Enemy  —  A casual observer might be forgiven for thinking that to Apple, Google is Enemy #1.  Apple's most profitable (and therefore important) businesses center on the iPhone and iPad.  The most serious competitors in both these product categories run on Google's Android platform.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Halo Effect: All AngelPad Companies Will Get $100K Investment Offers From 2 VC Firms  —  Earlier this year, Yuri Milner, SV Angel, and Y Combinator shook the early-stage investment world with Start Fund, a $150,000 investment offered to every startup in every new Y Combinator class, no questions asked.
Discussion: VentureBeat, AllThingsD and VatorNews
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Google Chrome overtakes Firefox to become UK's second most popular web browser  —  Internet browser passes Firefox, with speed and a nationwide advertising campaign credited for the rise in popularity  —  Google's Chrome is Britain's second most popular browser, a sign of the internet giant's increasing grip on the UK search market.
Garett Sloane / New York Post:
Foursquare sets revenue plan  —  Foursquare is looking to cash in on all those check-ins.  —  The social network, which has been known for having a fast-growing footprint — more than 10 million members have checked in more than 750 million times to about 15 million venues worldwide …
Discussion: GigaOM, Adweek and
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Takes Extra Measures To Protect Its Confidential Documents  —  Twitter is partnering with a German company called Brainloop in an effort to more effectively safeguard and increase its ability to share and collaborate on confidential documents.  —  Brainloop offers an online platform …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
BREAKING: Twitter Might Have a New York Office!  —  We need to be very careful here.  Because the last time we thought that Twitter might have opened a New York Office, Twitter said there was no such thing.  It was just an office in New York where people from Twitter went to work.  —  But!
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Democrats Introduce Federal Bill to Collect Online Sales Tax  —  A bill introduced Friday by Democrats in Congress would require a federal framework for collecting sales tax from online retailers, essentially providing guidelines for the states.  —  As it did during its earnings call …
Discussion: WebProNews
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Autodesk Acquires DIY Community Instructables  —  In its third acquisition this year, Autodesk, maker of design, engineering and entertainment software, has acquired San Francisco-based Instructables, a popular online community where people can upload, discuss, rate and collaborate on a wide variety of do-it-yourself projects.
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
NTP Wins Court Ruling on 7 Patents From Apple, AT&T Cases  —  NTP Inc., the patent licenser that extracted a $612.5 million settlement from Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM) in a dispute over wireless e-mail technology five years ago, won an appeals court ruling in a battle over the validity …
Discussion: paidContent, CNET News and Electronista
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twitter Confirms “Significant” New Funding Round Led By DST  —  After weeks of speculation, Twitter has just published a blog post confirming that it has indeed raised a “significant round of funding led by the venture firm DST Global, with the participation of several of our existing investors.”
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Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
HTC Sues Apple in U.K. Following Loss in U.S. ITC Patent Case
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Tony Romm / POLITICO:
Google's PAC posts big uptick
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iOS devs put out a call to unite against Lodsys, other patent trolls
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
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Alleged LulzSec hacker released on bail
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
PayPal: 12M monthly users are paying for Facebook games (exclusive)
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Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Vimeo to take on Brightcove, Ooyala for video hosting
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
BigCommerce Raises $15 Million To Help Retailers Manage E-Commerce
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Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Facebook expands UK operation
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