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3:55 PM ET, September 3, 2011


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The Business Insider:
AOL Left Arianna Huffington In The Dark About Arrington's Controversial VC Fund  —  Arianna Huffington, the boss of all media at AOL Huffington post—including TechCrunch—was not informed of TechCrunch editor Mike Arrington's plans to launch a venture capital fund with AOL's money until yesterday …
Caterina Fake /
Make things  —  Anil and I have had a few conversations lately about building cool stuff for the internet, the Golden Age of the independent web, and how it's increasingly hard to filter out industry noise.  He posted a quote from Dave Winer and it reminded me of our “About” page for Ludicorp …
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Apple's iCloud runs on Microsoft and Amazon services  —  Who says Azure isn't cool and trendy now?  —  Apple has selected Microsoft's Azure and Amazon's AWS to jointly host its iCloud service, The Reg has learned.  —  We understand that Apple has barred Microsoft and Amazon from discussing …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Next strike: Apple apparently forced Samsung to remove Galaxy Tab 7.7" from IFA (trade show) booth and German website  —  Yesterday (Friday, September 2, 2011) was the first day a trade show named IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung) in the German capital of Berlin.
Steven M. Davidoff / DealBook:
In a Quiet Period, Groupon Feels the Noise  —  Groupon's initial public offering is about to hit some very rough turbulence.  —  The reason is that the Securities and Exchange Commission may force a postponement of the offering.  The problem arises from an e-mail apparently sent last week …
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 …
Reuters:   Apple hunted lost item - clue points to new iPhone
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
The Problem with Collecting Logos at Startups  —  Collecting logos.  It seems to be all the fad in the startup and VC world these days.  VCs are paying up at enormous prices to say that they have GroupOn, Facebook and Twitter on their roster irrespective of whether they really venture funded them or bought in late stage.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and BRYCE DOT VC
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Is Testing a “Translate” Button for Comments on Pages  —  Facebook may be poised to let users translate comments from other languages — that's 750 million users around the world who are going to have an easier time talking to each other.  —  In tests that we and others are now seeing …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple's possible photo and video sharing Find my Friends social network detailed  —  Google Latitude explanation video - seemingly similar to the planned Find my Friends service  —  You may remember a finding in the iOS 4.3 SDK that pointed to Apple's work on a new iOS-device based social network called “Find my Friends.”
Discussion: AppleInsider, MacRumors and iClarified, Thanks:deancorp
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 …
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Man gets 6 years for hacking victims' computers to extort photos  —  Luis Mijangos would hack his victims computers and then spy on them using their own webcams and microphones  —  IDG News Service - A 32-year-old paraplegic was sentenced to six years in prison for infecting more than 100 computers …
Steven Millward / Penn-Olson:
Baidu Launches Android-Based Mobile OS  —  Screenshots of Baidu's new mobile OS/platform, ‘Baidu Yi’.  —  This morning, Baidu - at its annual Baidu World event in Beijing - launched its Android-based mobile OS, dubbed Yue (a reader app), Shen Bian (like Google Places), and Ting (its music app).
Derek Kessler /
HP splitting the webOS GBU in two; software headed to Office of Strategy and Technology [exclusive]  —  Ready for things to get shaken up once more in Sunnyvale?  Good, because it's happening.  We've received two memos sent to employees of HP's webOS Global Business Unit that tell the story …
Discussion: This is my next
Matt Hickey / The Daily:
A new locker system from Amazon sends your deliveries to 7-Eleven  —  You're at work and your cellphone rings.  It's the delivery guy and he has your Amazon purchase ready to be dropped off.  (Yes, the new shower curtain!)  But you're chained to your desk and can't get home to sign for it.
Discussion: Examiner, @calamod, SlashGear and SplatF
Germany lifts Doom sales ban after 17 years  —  Doom's blocky graphics are now surpassed by those on modern mobiles  —  A German ban on selling Doom to teenagers has been lifted after 17 years.  —  The classic video game was put on an index of controlled titles in 1994 as it was deemed likely to harm youth.
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Chris Buckley / Reuters:
China state paper urges Internet rethink to silence foes
Jason Kottke /
Google's search by drawing feature
Discussion: The AppsLab and LAUNCH
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Google App Engine Price Hike Stuns Developers
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Johnathan Nightingale / Mozilla Security Blog:
DigiNotar Removal Follow Up
Discussion: The Register and Slashdot
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Microsoft, Yahoo, TripAdvisor, Yelp and VEVO Now Among Largest Facebook Applications
Deborah Yao / SNL Financial LC:
Former FCC chairman: ‘AT&T is certain to lose’ DOJ lawsuit
Discussion: CircleID and BGR
 Earlier Items: 
Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg:
Hulu Said to Be Talking With Up to Five First-Round Bidders
Discussion: Mashable!
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Desktop Will Be Discontinued
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Google-Oracle settlement likely with top execs called to court
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Still Considering USB 3.0 in Addition to Thunderbolt?
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Apple continues to dominate mobile browsing
Discussion: MediaPost, TUAW and FierceMobileContent
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple to ITC: Andy Rubin got inspiration for Android framework while working at Apple

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