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11:50 AM ET, September 6, 2011


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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch As We Know It May Be Over  —  This is a post I never thought I'd have to write.  Unfortunately, I do.  And the worst part about it is that it should be Michael Arrington writing this post, not me.  —  But he can't.  —  TechCrunch is on the precipice.
MG Siegler / parislemon:
It's Not A Mirror, It's A Crystal Ball  —  Aside from a few tweets, I've mainly stayed out of the latest TechCrunch brouhaha.  These things tend to flare up every few months, and they ultimately end up meaning nothing.  But I would like to address one thing in particular …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: Ultrabook: Intel's $300 million plan to beat Apple at its own game  —  My desktop isn't the only computer I plan to replace in the next few months.  I need a new laptop too, and my goal is simple: to find a 13" MacBook Air that isn't made by Apple.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Notebook players limit initial Ultrabook shipment volume below 50,000 units  —  First-tier notebook brand vendors Acer, Lenovo, Toshiba and Asustek Computer, understanding that demand for notebooks is unlikely to recover in the fourth quarter, while Apple's products are taking up all the glory in the market …
David Segal / New York Times:
Closed in Error on Google Places, Merchants Seek Fixes  —  In mid-August, Jason Rule learned some surprising news about the coffee shop that he owns and operates in Hays, Kan.: the place had closed for good.  —  Not in the real world, where it is thriving.
Mikko / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
DigiNotar Hacker Comes Out  —  Almost from the beginning of the DigiNotar CA Disaster (report here), we had a reason to believe the case was connected to “ComodoGate” — the hacking of another Certificate Authority earlier this year, by an Iranian attacker.  —  This connection has now been confirmed.
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Apple designer Jonathan Ive enters a new era  —  The synergy between ‘Jony’ Ive and Steve Jobs set into motion a decade of hits from the iPod to the iPad.  Now Apple will be counting on Ive to deliver breakthrough designs without much input from Jobs.  —  Reporting from San Francisco …
Joe Schneider / Bloomberg:
Apple May Have to Show IPad Sales to Successfully Bar Samsung in Australia  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) may have to reveal iPad and iPad 2 sales figures in the U.K. and U.S. to improve its chances of barring Samsung Electronics Co. from selling the Galaxy 10.1 tablet computer in Australia, a judge said.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Why Amazon's tablet will challenge Apple in a way that Google cannot  —  The key difference between Amazon and Google is that one of them holds millions of credit cards and is a famous name in retail  —  The rumours are unstoppable: Amazon is going to unveil a tablet in the next few weeks …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
How Apple could revolutionize solar  —  If Apple launched one of its gadgets with embedded solar cells, it could revolutionize the market for solar.  Apple has been exploring how to use solar power to charge gadgets for some time, including looking into ways to embed solar cells in devices.
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Dell to partner Baidu to develop tablets, mobile  —  (Reuters) - Dell Inc said on Tuesday it will partner China's top search engine Baidu Inc to develop tablet computers and mobile handsets.  —  Baidu offered a glimpse of its upcoming mobile operating system and launched a new mobile application platform …
David Murphy / PC Magazine:
Following Lost iPhone 5, Apple Job Hunts for “New Product Security Managers”  —  What do you do when an employee at your company just lost another top-secret smartphone prototype somewhere in a San Francisco-area bar?  —  It remains to be seen what Apple has in store for the poor worker …
Evan Blass /
Samsung Stratosphere (LTE) for Verizon Revealed (Images)  —  We've gotten a few glimpses of the Samsung Stratosphere SCH-I405 in the wild, but the handset could never seem to sit still for a clear or full-body shot.  Now this Verizon-bound, LTE-capable QWERTY slider has been fully revealed.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Will Windows Phone Apps Run On Windows 8?  —  When you look at the combined 70 percent smartphone market share of Android and Apple in the U.S. compared to Microsoft's measly and shrinking 6 percent, it seems like it's game over before it really began for Windows Phone.
Megan Geuss / PC World:
Why Is Windows Phone 7 Winning Over Some Indie App Developers?  —  Microsoft's mobile platform is still struggling to keep up with iOS and Android—but for some independent developers, Windows Phone 7 is a perfect fit.  —  While many app developers have merely reworked their Android or iOS apps …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Apple to ship 86.4 million iPhones in 2011, blow past Nokia -report  —  We knew in July that Apple had passed the imploding Nokia for the global smartphone unit lead by manufacturer.  However, today Digitimes forecasts that by year end Apple will have sold 86.4 million iPhones by year …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple to Soon Offer 3G iPad 2 in China, Retail Stores Expand to Hong Kong  —  The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has received certification to sell the 3G iPad 2 in mainland China.  Up until now, Apple has only been allowed to sell the Wi-Fi models of the iPad 2 in China.
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Sydney Morning Herald:
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Discussion: TechEye
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Symantec finds 15% of Facebook videos are likejacking attacks
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Customer Support Surprise: Phone Reps Handling 10,000 Calls A Week From 60 Countries
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
GameStop to carry iOS devices soon, begins trading-in used iPhones, iPads and iPods for in-store credits
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
China's Perfect World game operator to invest $100M in venture capital fund
Discussion: PR Newswire and TechCrunch
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
T-Mobile's Next Big Android Phone Gets Caught On Camera
Peter Maushagen / Reuters:
D.Telekom could miss fee if AT&T deal fails: source