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4:45 PM ET, September 2, 2011

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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.
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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?):
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.
Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
Arrington On Whether He Works For TechCrunch Or AOL: “I Have No Idea”  —  Michael Arrington doesn't even know what his relationship with AOL is anymore.  —  He just told the New York Times: “I have no idea what AOL's final position on this will be.  I look forward to hearing it.
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
The CrunchFund: Actually, Tim, We Don't All Have “Different” Standards  —  Yesterday afternoon, Mike Arrington and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong announced the launch of “the CrunchFund”, a venture fund that will — according to the New York Times — “invest in start-ups, including some that [Arrington] and his staff write about”.
Peter Jamison / The Snitch:
Lost iPhone 5: Bernal Heights Man Says Visitors Impersonating Police Searched His Home (Exclusive)  —  A Bernal Heights man says that six officials claiming to be San Francisco Police officers questioned him and searched his family's home in July for a lost iPhone 5 prototype they asserted …
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Mat Honan / Gizmodo:
Apple Investigators Reportedly Impersonated SF Police in iPhone 5 Search (Developing)  —  According to The SF Weekly, Apple investigators looking into the missing iPhone 5 may have been impersonating San Francisco police officers.  That's a crime.  —  The SF Weekly reached Sergio Calderón …
Thanks:gizmodo
Peter Jamison / SF Weekly:
Lost iPhone 5 Prototype: SFPD Says It Has No Records of Investigation
Aardvark Blog:
Goodbye Aardvark  —  As part of the shutdown of GoogleLabs, Aardvark will be shutting down at the end of September.  —  Aardvark began as a small experiment in a new kind of social search, and over a few years blossomed into a service that made millions of connections between people to answer each other's questions.
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Alan Eustace / The Official Google Blog:
A fall spring-clean  —  Technology improves, people's needs change, some bets pay off and others don't.  So, as Larry previewed on our last earnings call, today we're having a fall spring-clean at Google.  —  Over the next few months we'll be shutting down a number of products and merging others into existing products as features.
Discussion: TechCrunch and WebProNews
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:   Google Shutters Fast Flip, Sidewiki, Aardvark, Subscribed Links & More Google Labs Projects
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
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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.
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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt Weighs In On Patent Issues: They're ‘Terrible’
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 …
Discussion: TUAW and iPhone
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Full Video: Salesforce's Marc Benioff Interviews Google Chairman Eric Schmidt
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 …
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Kindle Tablet Is Very Real.  I've Seen It, Played With It.  —  It's called simply the “Amazon Kindle”.  But it's not like any Kindle you've seen before.  It displays content in full color.  It has a 7-inch capacitive touch screen.  And it runs Android.
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 …
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
Thanks:theloop1
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.
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google+ To Roll Out A Twitter-Like Suggested User List  —  Google's Bradley Horowitz just Tweeted out a note indicating that Google is about to add a Twitter-like Suggested User list to Google+. … As stated in the message, Horowitz is looking for users who have more than a 100,000 followers on Twitter.
 
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