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1:45 PM ET, September 2, 2011

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The Business Insider:
AOL SPOKESMAN: Mike Arrington Is No Longer Employed By This Company*  —  Update: WAIT!  Now AOL Says Mike Arrington Is Still An Employee - In The Business Development Division  —  Earlier: TechCrunch founder and editor Michael Arrington is “not employed by AOL” anymore, AOL Huffington Post spokesperson Mario Ruiz tells us.
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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.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Arrington is the future of what we used to call journalism  —  Interesting but not too surprising how the tech press is spinning the new VC fund being run by Mike Arrington of TechCrunch.  —  There's not any real controversy here, however.  —  1. It's not news.  He's been investing in tech startups for a long time.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Mike Arrington, AOL Employee, Won't Have “Influence on Coverage,” Says AOL  —  You thought a story about Mike Arrington would clean and easy?  Ha.  —  So here's the latest (for those just tuning in, we'll do back story later - who said the inverted triangle was dead?):
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Michael Arrington launching venture fund
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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]
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.
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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Frank Barbieri / TechCrunch:
AT&T Merger Fail Highlights Failure Of Spectrum Politics
Discussion: TechPinions
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, Thanks:theloop1
Xavier Lanier / GottaBeMobile:
Samsung: ‘No Plans’ to Launch Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Note in the U.S.  —  The Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Note are two devices that are generating quite a bit of buzz here at IFA 2011 in Berlin.  There's a lot to like about these devices, but unfortunately you might not be able to buy one stateside.
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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Baidu offers glimpse of new mobile OS  —  (Reuters) - China's top search engine Baidu Inc offered a glimpse of its upcoming mobile operating system and launched a new mobile application platform on Friday aimed at bolstering its presence in the increasingly competitive mobile web market.
Royal Pingdom:
Huge milestone: Tumblr users have soon cranked out 10 BILLION posts  —  The growth of the microblogging platform Tumblr has been nothing short of amazing.  The increase in users and overall attention the service is getting is reminiscent of when Twitter took off.  There are now almost 28 million blogs on Tumblr.
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:pingdom
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.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
This is what Eric Schmidt really said about leaving Apple's board  —  There has been a misquote being passed around the net like wildfire this morning.  According to the quote that is being reported widely by tech and Apple blogs, Eric Schmidt said that he stayed on Apple's Board of Directors until he …
 
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple's first store in London's financial district in doubt over sunlight regulations
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: Techland, TechCrunch and Technologizer
Kathrin Hille / Financial Times:
Foreign internet presence in China to face scrutiny
Thanks:chadcat
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Oprah to Do Live Interview at Facebook Next Week
Ashlee Vance / Business Week:
When Patents Attack: Could Facebook Be Next?
Andy Myers / The Windows Blog:
Tweet-ness! How Twitter works in Mango
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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
 

 
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