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11:00 PM ET, September 2, 2011

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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.
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Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Amazon Is Only Launching A 7″ Tablet?  Genius.  (Plus A Mockup!)  —  The Amazon Kindle tablet is real.  Very much real.  As in, MG has held it in his very own hands.  I threw together the mockup above based on what he shared with me.  —  As MG explained, we now know that the Kindle tablet …
Discussion: @parislemon
John Paul Titlow / ReadWriteWeb:   Amazon to Launch a $250 7-inch Android-based Tablet in November
Peter Jamison / The Snitch:
Lost iPhone 5 Update: Police ‘Assisted’ Apple Investigators in Search of SF Man's Home  —  The bizarre saga involving a lost prototype of the iPhone 5 has taken another interesting turn.  Contradicting past statements that no records exist of police involvement in the search for the lost prototype …
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Mat Honan / Gizmodo:
Apple Investigators Reportedly Impersonated SF Police in iPhone 5 Search (Updated)
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?):
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Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
Arrington On Whether He Works For TechCrunch Or AOL: “I Have No Idea”
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Arrington is the future of what we used to call journalism
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
CrunchFund?  Unethical Ventures?  Pig Pile Partners? …
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.
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Shutters Fast Flip, Sidewiki, Aardvark, Subscribed Links & More Google Labs Projects  —  The purge of products in Google Labs continues.  The company has just announced the closure of several well-known projects, including Fast Flip, Sidewiki, Aardvark and Subscribed Links.
Discussion: @gsterling
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Desktop Will Be Discontinued  —  One year ago, I wondered why Google Desktop is still available for download.  Most operating systems include desktop search features and have support for gadgets, one of Google Desktop's built-in gadgets was broken and Google was supposed to encourage people …
Discussion: Inside Google Desktop
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple to ITC: Andy Rubin got inspiration for Android framework while working at Apple  —  I just provided a detailed update on the current state of affairs in the ITC investigation of Apple's first complaint against HTC, and I saved a true gem for this separate blog post.
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Dish Said to Plan Blockbuster Rival to Netflix  —  Dish Network Corp. (DISH), the second largest U.S. satellite-TV provider, will introduce a Blockbuster streaming-movie service to compete with Netflix Inc. (NFLX) next month, according to a person with direct knowledge of the plans.
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Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg:
Hulu Said to Be Talking With Up to Five First-Round Bidders
Discussion: Mashable!
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Microsoft defends Windows 8 design choices  —  When Microsoft announced and launched the ‘Building Windows 8’ blog, we sat up and took notice, as it was to be the official conduit that the company would use to unveil elements of its next operating system.  —  Today, on the other hand …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's Windows chief: Media Center will be part of Windows 8
John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:
This Guy Walked Away From The Genius Bar With A Drive Full Of Apple's Retail Secrets [Exclusive Pics]  —  After news broke yesterday that Apple had, for the second time in two years, lost an iPhone prototype at a San Francisco bar, the general reaction was one of incredulity.
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Awards Eddy Cue 100,000 Shares of Stock as Promotion Bonus  —  In recognition of Eddy Cue's promotion to Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, Apple has awarded Cue 100,000 restricted stock units with half vesting in 2013 and the other half in 2015, pending continued employment through the vesting dates.
Discussion: AppleInsider and The Next Web
Deborah Yao / SNL Financial LC:
Former FCC chairman: ‘AT&T is certain to lose’ DOJ lawsuit  —  A former FCC chairman said Sept. 1 that AT&T Inc. has no hope of prevailing in court against the U.S. Department of Justice's lawsuit blocking its proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc.
Discussion: CircleID and BGR
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Reuters:
AT&T prepares two-track plan to save T-Mobile deal
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.
James Kwak / The Atlantic:
Steve Jobs's Law: Why Founders Make the Best Leaders  —  Apple's CEO is unique, but one lesson we can take from his story is more universal.  Corporate boards worship “superstar CEOs”.  But more often, the first executive makes for the best executive.  —  This year, dozens of startup company founders …
 
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Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Google-Oracle settlement likely with top execs called to court
Discussion: FOSS Patents
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Still Considering USB 3.0 in Addition to Thunderbolt?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Digital Coupons/Incentives Platform Zave Networks To Bulk Up Commerce
Discussion: VentureBeat
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
WikiLeaks: MPAA behind Aussie ISP lawsuit (but don't tell anybody)
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Apple continues to dominate mobile browsing
Discussion: TUAW
 Earlier Items: 
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
DHS warns of planned Anonymous attacks
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
This is what Eric Schmidt really said about leaving Apple's board
Discussion: TUAW
Xavier Lanier / GottaBeMobile:
Samsung: ‘No Plans’ to Launch Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Note in the U.S.
Royal Pingdom:
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