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7:25 PM ET, September 1, 2011

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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Michael Arrington launching venture fund  —  America's most powerful tech blogger is taking a major step into the world of venture capital.  —  Michael Arrington, founder and co-editor of TechCrunch, is raising a venture capital fund to invest in early-stage technology companies, Fortune has learned.
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Michael Arrington, TechCrunch Blogger, to Invest in Start-Ups  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Michael Arrington has become a fixture in Silicon Valley by writing about technology start-ups on his influential blog TechCrunch, which AOL bought last year.  Now, Mr. Arrington is starting a venture capital fund …
Discussion: @dannysullivan and @jennydeluxe
Mat Honan / Gizmodo:
Aol: You've Got Conflicts  —  In what seems like an obvious conflict of interest, Fortune reports that Mike Arrington, founder of Aol's TechCrunch, is launching a venture capital fund to invest in start-up companies.  Aol's TechCrunch specializes in reporting on start ups.
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Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Apple CEO Tim Cook promotes iTunes/iCloud chief Eddy Cue to senior VP of Internet Software and Services  —  9to5Mac has learned that Apple's iTunes chief Eddy Cue has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, reporting directly to Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple.
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Steve Kovach / The Business Insider:   Tim Cook Picked This Guy To Finally Turn Around Apple's iAd Business
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Netflix loses a ton of content in 2012 as Starz ends renewal talks [Updated]  —  Starz has announced that it will not renew its contract with Netflix to provide streaming content from its Starz and Encore brands.  Netflix shares were down 7% on news of the cancellation.  Updated with statement from Netflix.
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Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
NETFLIX CEO REED HASTINGS: Here's Why We Let Starz Walk Away...  We asked Netflix CEO Reed Hastings for his take on Starz walking away from the contract negotiations.  —  Here's what he said:  —  Starz has been a great content partner for many years and we are thankful for their support.
Discussion: Gizmodo and SplatF
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Netflix's 60% price hike goes into effect today  —  Netflix fans, say your final goodbyes to the $9.99 steaming and DVD combo package.  The company's much-hated plan to charge 60 percent more for the two services combined goes into effect today.  —  Back in mid-July, Netflix announced …
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Groupon PR to peHUB: Call Us Before You Write Another ‘Nastigram’  —  For a company that's in registration to go public and thus forbidden from pumping up the company stock in advance of an IPO, Groupon is having an awfully hard time keeping quiet.  Last week, of course …
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Andrew Mason's Silicon Valley Problem: He's Not Here  —  Earlier this year at All Things D, Groupon CEO Andrew Mason said one of his regrets was not opening an office in Silicon Valley earlier.  The implication was that he was talking about not taking advantage of the superior coding talent, but I took it another way.
Jack Dorsey / Twitter Developers:
A note from @jack to Twitter developers  —  As Twitter developers, you are a fundamental part of our DNA.  Thank you for your many contributions to the Twitter ecosystem.  Our ongoing commitment is to give you the structure, tools, resources, and support you need to build your businesses as you leverage the power of Twitter.
Vinicius Vacanti / Yipit Blog:
Here's What Really Happened to Yelp Deals  —  While Yelp's daily deal segment got off to a strong start, things have been getting worse ever since.  But, in August, things got dramatically worse as revenue declined 52% based on Yipit Data.  —  So, what happened?
Discussion: Screenwerk, GigaOM and The Business Insider, Thanks:vacanti
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 hands-on (video)  —  Samsung may have been talking up the Galaxy Note as the hottest new piece of hardware for this year's IFA, but it's the Galaxy Tab 7.7 that's got us really excited.  The device is the latest entry in Samsung's popular Android-based Galaxy Tab line, and the thing is pretty darn slick.
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Vlad Savov / This is my next:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 launched at IFA 2011: Super AMOLED Plus display, 7.9mm thickness, and Android 3.2
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Sprint: AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Would Destroy Jobs, Here's A Study To Prove It  —  It's no surprise whatsoever that Sprint isn't down with the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, and with good reason.  There's no telling just how severe the effects of this deal may be on Sprint, but we know for sure that it won't be good.
Discussion: Appolicious Advisor and IntoMobile
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Also Quietly Rolled Out A Like Button Chrome Extension  —  Yesterday, we noted that Google quietly rolled out their +1 Button Chrome extension a couple days ago.  It's more powerful than it may seem because you can now easily +1 any page you're browsing on the web regardless …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Judge Throws Out $1.3 Billion Judgment Against SAP as “Grossly Excessive”  —  A judge in Oakland has overturned a $1.3 billion judgment against software company SAP that had earlier been awarded to rival Oracle in a copyright infringement lawsuit.  —  Calling the award “grossly excessive …
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
A Parallels World Where Windows Zips on Macs  —  Apple's Macintosh computers have long been able to run Windows, in addition to their native operating system, Mac OS X. But the process has sometimes been clumsy, slow or taxing to the machine and it hasn't been tailored to the new Lion version of Apple's OS.
Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
Oregon Dentists And Chiropractors Ban Groupons  —  Hoping to get a steal on your next filling or crown?  —  If you live in Oregon, you're sh*t out of luck.  —  The Oregon Board of Dentistry has banned the use of Groupons by the state's dentists because they run afoul of some “no commissions” rule.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Move Over, Craigslist: Airbnb Launches Sublets for Longer-Term Rentals  —  Airbnb, the fast-growing online accommodations service, is expanding an offering to allow users to more easily book longer rentals of a month or more.  —  The San Francisco-based company said in a press release that it had seen a …
Reuters:
Google touts daily deal on home page, a first  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc promoted a Groupon-like daily deals offer on its home page on Wednesday for the first time, a rare instance of the Internet giant using its prized online real estate for advertising.  —  The world's No.1 Web-search engine launched …
Joanna Glasner / PE Hub Blog:
The #1 Predictor of Startup Failure: Premature Scaling  —  In the wake of Solyndra's revelation of an impending bankruptcy filing, the latest report from The Startup Genome Project makes for a timely read.  —  The report, published this week, crunches data from a set of more than 3,200 companies …
Discussion: TechCrunch and @bgurley
Chris Burns / SlashGear:
Lenovo U300s Ultraportable Laptop Revealed  —  This week the folks at Lenovo are revealing a handful of devices for those that love their computers to fly away at a gust of wind - first of all there's the “spectacularly slim” U300s Ultrabook, a luxury accessory as Lenovo puts it …
Sam Biddle / Gizmodo:
Anonymous Roars Back With 3GB Leak of Texas Police Chief Emails: “That stupid bitch got what she deserved”  —  Anonymous, after a relatively large period of doing nothing, are back with a vengeance.  Even without their (arrested) de facto leader Topiary, they've punched Texan law enforcement squarely …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Nielsen: Android takes 40% of U.S. smartphone market in July; iOS flat, RIM down a point  —  Google's Android platform gained once again during the three-month period ending in July, increasing it's share by 1% over second-quarter totals to grab 40% of the U.S. smartphone market.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Chrome Celebrates Its Third Birthday By Browsing Down Memory Lane  —  It's a little hard to believe, but it's been three years to the day since Google first launched its Chrome browser in September 2008 (sure, we found out about it a few days early due to a leaked comic book of all things …
Greg Finn / Search Engine Land:
Pages That Display Tweet Buttons See 7x More Social Mentions  —  In a recent report released by BrightEdge, an enterprise SEO company, stats were released showing correlation between social buttons and social shares.  Data showed that pages that displayed the Tweet button saw 7 times …
 
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Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Motorola Deal Could Give Google A Huge Tax Break
Discussion: The Register, Reuters and Tactical IP
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
iSwifter is the first to bring Flash-based Google+ games to the iPad
Discussion: Inside Mobile Apps and CNET News
Tom Loftus / Digits:
Ask.com Wants to Channel Your Inner Jeeves
Discussion: Search Engine Land and WebProNews
Chris Dale / YouTube Blog:
Renting movies in Canada, eh? Check out YouTube.ca/movies
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
Why a $25 PC? Because it's the price of a textbook
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Wall Street Journal:
Biz Stone Goes Back to College, This Time as Adviser to M.B.A.s
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IEEE Spectrum:
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Lisen Stromberg / Lisen's “Blog”:
My Neighbor, Steve Jobs
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