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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: @jennydeluxe
Kara Swisher / @karaswisher:   Hopelessly troubled AOL's new biz plan is apparently taking egregious conflicts of interests to a new level. Go, Tim!: http://t.co/Zx5cwxq
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
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.
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 …
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Netflix just lost a ton of content as Starz ends contract
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
CNET News:
Suspects in iPhone prototype case plead not guilty  —  REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—Two men pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor theft charges in a case involving an iPhone 4 prototype the pair are accused of selling to gadget blog Gizmodo last year.  At an arraignment here this morning …
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  —  The Samsung Android tablet family today welcomes a new member in the form of the Galaxy Tab 7.7.  As with the Tab 8.9 and 10.1 that came before it, this slate's name is derived …
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Brian Heater / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 hands-on (video)
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 …
Discussion: MediaPost and Search Engine Land
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.
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 …
Discussion: Inside Facebook and scribbal.com
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Hackers may have stolen over 200 SSL certificates  —  Source say DigiNotar breach generated fraudulent certs for Mozilla, Yahoo and Tor, not just Google  —  Computerworld - Hackers may have obtained more than 200 digital certificates from a Dutch company after breaking into its network …
Discussion: Help Net Security and Inquirer
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Biz Stone Goes Back to College, This Time as Adviser to M.B.A.s  —  Twitter Inc. co-founder Christopher “Biz” Stonedropped out of college—twice, from Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts, Boston—yet this fall he'll be advising M.B.A. students at the University …
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 …
Lisen Stromberg / Lisen's “Blog”:
My Neighbor, Steve Jobs  —  This article first appeared in Palo Alto Patch.  —  My neighbor, Steve Jobs, has been in the news lately.  The talk of the town is the recent announcement he will be stepping aside to let other seeds grow at Apple.  The business press, the general press …
Discussion: Fortune
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 …
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 …
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google May Be On The Verge Of Resurrecting “GDrive”  —  In 2006, Google was internally testing a project codenamed “Platypus”, an online storage service.  When it was accidentally disclosed during an analyst meeting as “GDrive”, it quickly captured the web's imagination.
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
Why a $25 PC?  Because it's the price of a textbook  —  There is growing interest surrounding the Raspberry Pi Foundation and their promise of a PC that will cost just $25.  We've seen how the OLPC has struggled to deliver a $100 laptop for developing countries, and yet Raspberry Pi …
Thanks:mthwgeek
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Pogoplug Debuts New Hardware For Streaming To Mobile Devices  —  Cloud Engines, Inc., makers of the Pogoplug line of devices and accompanying software, are launching a new hardware product today called Pogoplug Mobile.  The device works like the company's current Pogoplug product …
AJ Glasser / Inside Social Games:
A Closer Look at Zynga's Adventure World  —  Zynga's Adventure World is an exploration adventure game for with puzzle elements.  The game will launch on Facebook in the next week or so.  —  This is the first title to come from Zynga Boston, the studio formed following the Conduit Labs acquisition back in August 2010.
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
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Takes A Deep Data Dive On Startup Founder Profiles  —  LinkedIn has taken a number of deep data dives on the profile information of its 120 million members to highlight trends.  The company has compared men and women networkers, professional names and more.
 
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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: WebProNews
Chris Dale / YouTube Blog:
Renting movies in Canada, eh? Check out YouTube.ca/movies
Vlad Savov / This is my next:
Samsung Galaxy Note unveiled at IFA: 5.3-inch Super AMOLED display, WXGA resolution, and S Pen stylus
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In fortified data center, NYSE runs ‘gated’ trading cloud
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Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Mac OS X can't properly revoke dodgy digital certificates
Discussion: Ars Technica and TUAW
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Lawsuit claims Microsoft tracking its mobile users against their express wishes
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Hackers break into Linux source code site
 

 
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