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8:25 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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Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
AOL Is Replacing Michael Arrington At TechCrunch - He'll Still Write  —  Now that Michael Arrington has started a venture capital fund, AOL is conducting an external and internal search to replace him.  —  Arrington will continue to write for AOL's technology blog, TechCrunch, but he will …
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 …
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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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.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Netflix's 60% price hike goes into effect today
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Netflix loses a ton of content in 2012 as Starz ends renewal talks [Updated]
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  —  Earlier today, Mac Rumors noted that Apple was once again selling Final Cut Studio to people that called the company's sales line.  Apple tonight, explained what's going on.  —  “As we've done before with many end …
Discussion: @arnoldkim, TUAW and AppleInsider, Thanks:theloop1
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
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
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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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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 …
Guardian:
LulzSec and Anonymous police and FBI investigation sees two more arrested  —  Two men arrested in South Yorkshire and Wiltshire as part of investigation into international online hacking gangs  —  Two men have been arrested in connection with online attacks by hacking gangs Anonymous and LulzSec, Scotland Yard said.
Harry McCracken / Time:
The PC Isn't Dying — It's Just Evolving  —  An HP Omnibook, circa 1997.  The Omnibook line lasted from 1993 until HP bought Compaq in 2002.  —  Michel Delsol / Time Life Pictures / Getty Images  —  On August 12th, the IBM PC — the classic machine from which all modern Windows computers descend — turned thirty.
Discussion: Technologizer and TechCrunch
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.
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 …
Juliette Garside / Guardian:
Skype boss found route to Silicon Valley on Piccadilly line |  Friday interview  —  Skype chief executive Tony Bates taught himself programming on the way to work, but must now learn how to make a profit from the web phone service  —  At first glance, Tony Bates is a typical member of California's techno-aristocracy.
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
HTC Titan and Radar WP7 Mango phones revealed, we go hands-on  —  HTC just threw two new Windows Phone handsets down on the table and politely requested that we be impressed.  The high-end Titan (previously leaked as the 'Eternity') is indeed an awe-inspiring brute, wielding a 4.7-inch SLCD display …
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.
Andy Myers / The Windows Blog:
Tweet-ness!  How Twitter works in Mango  —  As an active Twitter user on the Windows Phone team, I was excited when I first learned that Twitter integration was coming to our phone.  But I admit I was also skeptical.  We've had great Facebook integration for a while now, but Twitter is a different animal.
Discussion: SocialTimes.com
Ashlee Vance / Business Week:
When Patents Attack: Could Facebook Be Next?  —  Rising Web stars such as Facebook and Twitter have so far been spared in the patent wars, but that could change  —  Paul Maritz has witnessed a number of patent skirmishes.  The chief executive officer of VMware spent 14 years at Microsoft …
 
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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
Alyson Shontell / The Business Insider:
Tech Community Dominates Vanity Fair's 2011 New Establishment List
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Yipit rides the daily deal chaos to success
Discussion: Guardian
Alyson Shontell / The Business Insider:
Digg's Kevin Rose And Foursquare's Dennis Crowley Discuss Growing Pains And Web Domination
Discussion: @cindyroyal
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Motorola Deal Could Give Google A Huge Tax Break
Discussion: The Register
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Andrew Mason's Silicon Valley Problem: He's Not Here
Vinicius Vacanti / Yipit Blog:
Here's What Really Happened to Yelp Deals
Discussion: The Business Insider and Screenwerk, Thanks:vacanti
CNET News:
Suspects in iPhone prototype case plead not guilty