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11:20 AM ET, September 2, 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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Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
ARIANNA HUFFINGTON: Mike Arrington Is Out At TechCrunch  —  TechCrunch founder and editor Michael Arrington no longer works for TechCrunch, says Arianna Huffington, the president and editor-in-chief of AOL Huffington Post Media Group.  —  This contradicts some initial reports of Mr. Arrington's new role …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
CrunchFund confusion  —  If Michael Arrington is leaving TechCrunch, what does that mean for the investors in CrunchFund?  —  Yesterday we were first to report that tech blogger Michael Arrington has launched a $20 million venture capital fund, which is being backed by AOL (AOL) and a group of Silicon Valley's top VC firms.
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 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:   Mike Arrington, AOL Employee, Won't Have “Influence on Coverage,” Says AOL
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Netflix offered $300 million-plus, but Starz wanted higher consumer prices  —  Starz didn't just want Netflix to pay more money for its content.  It wanted Netflix consumers to pay more too.  —  Netflix offered Starz more than $300 million per year to renew their agreement …
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Netflix loses a ton of content in 2012 as Starz ends renewal talks [Updated]
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Netflix's 60% price hike goes into effect today
Aaron Ricadela / Bloomberg:
Google Acquired Motorola for More Than Patents, Chairman Eric Schmidt Says  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) Chairman Eric Schmidt said his company's planned $12.5 billion purchase of smartphone maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. was aimed at acquiring products, and not merely patents.
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Reuters:
AT&T prepares two-track plan to save T-Mobile deal  —  (Reuters) - AT&T Inc is expected to soon present a proposed solution to U.S. antitrust regulators to salvage its planned $39 billion acquisition of smaller rival T-Mobile USA, according to people close to the matter.
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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Sprint: AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Would Destroy Jobs, Here's A Study To Prove It
Discussion: IntoMobile and eWeek
Frank Barbieri / TechCrunch:   AT&T Merger Fail Highlights Failure Of Spectrum Politics
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:   T-Mobile May Suffer if AT&T Deal Fails
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Puts Legacy Final Cut Studio Back on Sale  —  Apple has put the previous version of its Final Cut Studio video editing suite back on sale after a mixed reception to the new and completely redesigned Final Cut X. We received word that Apple had issued a memo this afternoon announcing re-availability of the product.
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple explains decision to start selling Final Cut Studio again
Discussion: Ars Technica and @arnoldkim, Thanks:theloop1
Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
Samsung Electronics Would ‘Never’ Pursue Purchase of WebOS, Says CEO Choi  —  Samsung Electronics Co., the world's second-largest maker of mobile phones, rejected speculation it may buy Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ)'s WebOS software used in handsets and tablet computers.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel reportedly plans to back off MeeGo OS  —  Intel reportedly plans to temporarily discontinue development of its MeeGo OS due to a lack of enthusiasm for the platform from handset and tablet PC vendors.  Instead, Intel will focus on hardware products, with its handset platforms to be paired …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Twitter Keeps Suspending Accounts Based On Highly Questionable DMCA Claims  —  Last year, we wrote about how Twitter was receiving a ton of DMCA takedown notices.  That seemed pretty strange to us, because with such short messages, there's little that could be covered by copyright.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Lenovo announces IdeaPad A1, the $199 Android tablet, we go hands-on (video)  —  If you thought you couldn't get a real Android tablet from a brand you've heard of for less than $200, think again.  Lenovo's just announced the IdeaPad Tablet A1, a 7-inch Android unit that we got a sneaky first glimpse of back in July.
Peter Jamison / SF Weekly:
Lost iPhone 5 Prototype: SFPD Says It Has No Records of Investigation  —  Yesterday we related an interesting scoop that popped up on CNET: the tech-news site reported that a prototype of Apple's latest iPhone model had been lost in a San Francisco bar, echoing a similar incident last year …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Ex-Microsoft exec kickstarts new social network for college kids  —  Creating a social network for college kids might seem like a foolhardy pursuit given Facebook's historic roots in that market.  And Jonathan Lazarus says that his new upstart, a social networking site called CollegeBrain …
Discussion: TechFlash
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Court Tosses Out Ridiculous Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google  —  A year and a half ago, we wrote about a bizarre antitrust lawsuit filed in Ohio state court by a small shopping search engine company most people haven't heard of called myTriggers.  The details were particularly odd.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple's first store in London's financial district in doubt over sunlight regulations  —  Apple may be hindered in its attempts to open a new Apple Store in the heart of London's financial district after the plot's current owner, the City of London local authority, has been swept up in a legal issue …
Discussion: 9to5Mac, TechCrunch, Reuters and Inquirer
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 …
Discussion: Pastebin, InfoWorld, Inquirer and Examiner
 
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Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
HTC Titan and Radar WP7 Mango phones revealed, we go hands-on
Juliette Garside / Guardian:
Skype boss found route to Silicon Valley on Piccadilly line | Friday interview
Harry McCracken / Time:
The PC Isn't Dying — It's Just Evolving
Discussion: Technologizer and TechCrunch
Kathrin Hille / Financial Times:
Foreign internet presence in China to face scrutiny
Thanks:chadcat
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Oprah to Do Live Interview at Facebook Next Week
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Ashlee Vance / Business Week:
When Patents Attack: Could Facebook Be Next?
Andy Myers / The Windows Blog:
Tweet-ness! How Twitter works in Mango
Discussion: SocialTimes.com
Alyson Shontell / The Business Insider:
Tech Community Dominates Vanity Fair's 2011 New Establishment List
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Yipit rides the daily deal chaos to success
Discussion: Guardian
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Digg's Kevin Rose And Foursquare's Dennis Crowley Discuss Growing Pains And Web Domination
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