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4:15 PM ET, September 4, 2011


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Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
iPhone 5 launch could be signaled by ‘Apple fixture installation’ at Best Buy on October 21st  —  We've just been tipped off this evening to a Best Buy location that's been scheduled to have a mysterious “Apple fixture” installed on Friday, October 21st.  That lines up nicely …
Alex Wagner /
Best Buy prepping for Sprint iPhone 5 in the first week of October?  —  The rumblings of a Sprint iPhone 5 have been growing louder as we've marched toward the device's rumored October arrival, and today we've got more evidence to support the claims that Hesse and Co. may soon be landing Apple's upcoming smartphone.
Robert Scoble / Google+:
I am asking Google to remove me from the Google+ suggested user list.  Here is my thinking.  —  1. I don't need to be on the list.  My bosses don't care.  It isn't needed for my role in the industry or my business model.  By being off the list on Twitter I have found my natural audience.
Ed Bott / The Ed Bott Report Blog:
The decline and fall of TiVo and Media Center  —  Summary: The streaming media era began in 2008, and the DVR is an endangered species.  TiVo, the company that defined the DVR category a decade ago is on the ropes, and Microsoft has all but declared Media Center a legacy app.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jacob Appelbaum / Tor Blog:
DigiNotar Damage Disclosure  —  About an hour ago I was contacted by the Dutch Government with more details about the DigiNotar Debacle.  It seems that they're doing a great job keeping on top of things and doing the job that DigiNotar should've done in July.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Why keeping up with RSS is poisonous to productivity, sanity  —  On this long Labor Day weekend in the US, we're bringing you a set of opinion pieces from various Ars writers—and we've love to have you join the conversation in the comments.  —  On the surface, RSS seems great for those of us …
Discussion:, Eileen Rivera and @davewiner
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Microsoft to win from Google Motorola buy: Acer  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft will be the winner in Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility as the deal makes Google a direct rival to its phone-making clients, a senior executive from Acer Inc said on Friday.  —  Acer uses operating software …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPhone 5 Cases Suggest a Much Larger Device with a 4" Screen  —  While we've seen a number of possible “iPhone 4S” parts based on the iPhone 4 design in recent weeks, the design of the iPhone 5 has remained unclear with little concrete evidence of the device's design having yet surfaced.
David Meyer / Guardian:
Samsung Galaxy Tab sold just 20,000 out of 1m shipped, claims rival  —  Lenovo boss says that trying to undercut Apple means losing money as Chinese company offers tablet close to iPad pricing  —  An executive at Android tablet maker Lenovo claims that Samsung sold only 20,000 of the 1m tablets …
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
Understanding the iOS and Android Market in China  —  China is fast-becoming the second-largest market in terms of downloads for many developers including companies like Rovio, but it lags behind in terms of monetization.  The country came in just behind the U.S. in page views …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
World's First BitTorrent Certified Digital TV Launches  —  Early 2011 BitTorrent Inc., the company behind the popular file-sharing client uTorrent, launched a new all-in-one ecosystem for BitTorrent-certified products codenamed Chrysalis.  —  By using a certified application users can search …
Discussion: Business Insider, Thanks:alliewag
CNET News:
Full text: SFPD statement on aiding Apple  —  Cava22, the San Francisco tequila lounge where, according to a CNET source, an Apple employee lost an unreleased iPhone  —  After CNET reported earlier this week that an unreleased iPhone had gone missing in a local bar, and that a nearby home …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
AdMob To Stop Serving Ads To Mobile Web, Google Pushes Developers To Use AdSense
Discussion: MacNN and Google Mobile Ads Blog
Michael Geist / Toronto Star:
Leaks show U.S. swayed Canada on copyright bill
Discussion: Michael Geist Blog
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Mac OS X Lion installation stats bode well for digital distribution
Discussion: AppleInsider
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
German website creates two-click Like button, Facebook not amused
Discussion: jwz and ct
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Fortune's Lashinsky Penning an “Inside Apple” Book
Discussion: Business Insider
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