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4:05 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.
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Brian Caulfield / Shiny Objects:
October iPhone Launch Could Cost Apple 2 Million Units In Sept Quarter
Discussion: WebProNews and Redmond Pie
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.
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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.
Bloomberg:
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.
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Galaxy Tab 10.1 down under: Apple has Samsung on the defensive in Australia
Discussion: TechEye and MacStories
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.
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 …
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: AllThingsD, VatorNews and Pulse2
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 …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Farewell Flash?  Adobe Launches HTML5 Web Animations Tool “Adobe Edge”  —  Today, Adobe is launching a new tool called Adobe Edge which will allow creative professionals to design animated Web content using Web standards like HTML5, CSS and JavaScript.  Not Flash.
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
First look: Adobe Edge promises Flash-style animation with HTML5
Discussion: The Loop
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.
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.
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!
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.
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: CNET News and Electronista
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: Adweek and NYConvergence.com
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 …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iOS devs put out a call to unite against Lodsys, other patent trolls  —  Move over Apple: some independent app developers plan to begin banding together to fight off lawsuits brought by Lodsys and its ilk on their own.  On Monday, renowned iOS developer Mike Lee announced the Appsterdam Legal Defense Team …
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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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo UK & Others Switching To Bing Organic Results August 3rd
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Takes Extra Measures To Protect Its Confidential Documents
Tony Romm / POLITICO:
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple may face damages of $25.5 million in Korean class action lawsuit
Discussion: The Korea Herald and Electronista
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Premium Video Commerce Site Joyus — Headed by Top Ex-Googler — Gets $7.9 Million in Funding
Discussion: The Business Insider
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Alleged LulzSec hacker released on bail
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
PayPal: 12M monthly users are paying for Facebook games (exclusive)
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
American Express' Serve digital wallet now serving Verizon devices
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
BigCommerce Raises $15 Million To Help Retailers Manage E-Commerce
Discussion: Ecommerce Blog
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Facebook expands UK operation
Larry Seltzer / BetaNews:
This is leadership? US cybersecurity is a revolving door of exiting officials
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Researchers Say Vulnerabilities Could Let Hackers Spring Prisoners From Cells