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7:55 PM ET, September 6, 2011

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Editorial Independence  —  There's confusion - way too much confusion - about my status at TechCrunch and TechCrunch's status at Aol after last week's announcement that I was launching a venture fund, partially backed by Aol.  —  The multiple conflicting statements made by Aol.
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Give Me Back My Baby: Michael Arrington Trying to Buy Back TechCrunch From AOL — But Would AOL Sell It?  —  Here's another interesting wrinkle to the ongoing saga of AOL, TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington and his nascent venture firm, CrunchFund.  —  Arrington has reached …
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
YOUR MOVE, AOL: The World Awaits AOL's Response To Mike Arrington's Classic Ultimatum  —  You've got to love Mike Arrington.  —  Four days ago, in response to Arrington's plan to operate a venture capital fund within TechCrunch, AOL president Arianna Huffington immediately fired him.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch As We Know It May Be Over  —  This is a post I never thought I'd have to write.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Carol Bartz Out at Yahoo; CFO Tim Morse Named Interim CEO  —  According to sources at the company, Yahoo's Carol Bartz is no longer CEO of Yahoo.  CFO Tim Morse has been named interim CEO.  The situation around the departure is unclear, but Bartz has had a rocky tenure in her 30 months at the company.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Carol Bartz Confirms Her Own Firing — From Her iPad  —  Title says it all.  This is the note Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz just sent out to Yahoo employees: … Crazy day.  Here's our favorite Bartz moment.
Discussion: AllThingsD and @paulcarr
Brad Garlinghouse / @bgarlinghouse:   ding dong the witch is dead
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Google Goes Big With Its Hulu Bid  —  Hulu's corporate owners are currently mulling bids from three would-be buyers: Amazon, Yahoo, and the Dish Network.  —  And then there's Google.  The search giant has also made an offer for the video site, but it seems to be playing a different sport …
Shayndi Raice / Wall Street Journal:
Groupon Reevaluating IPO Plans Due to Market Volatility  —  Groupon Inc. is reevaluating its plans to go public in the face of stock market volatility, said a person familiar with the matter.  —  The Chicago-based daily deals site isn't cancelling its initial public offering, said this person …
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Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
GROUPON CANCELS IPO ROADSHOW, SEC Wants Answers On Leaked Memo  —  Groupon has canceled its IPO roadshow, which was scheduled for next week, Shayndi Raice of the Wall Street Journal reports.  —  The SEC has reportedly been asking questions about the internal email that was leaked two weeks ago …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Conde Nast Spins Out Reddit, Without Letting Go  —  Five years after buying Reddit, Conde Nast is giving the social news site a gentle shove out the door.  —  The publisher isn't pushing Reddit very far away, though.  It is spinning out the company as a standalone operation, but will retain full ownership of it, for now.
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Sprint Newsroom:
Sprint Files Suit to Block Proposed AT&T and T-Mobile Transaction  —  Sprint Nextel [NYSE:S] today brought suit against AT&T, Inc., AT&T Mobility, Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile seeking to block the proposed acquisition as a violation of Section 7 of the Clayton Act.
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Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop:
AT&T Responds to Sprint Lawsuit
Discussion: TechCrunch, TmoNews and MobileBurn.com
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Following Justice Department, Sprint Sues to Stop AT&T From Buying T-Mobile
Ari Burack / San Francisco Examiner:
Google exec Marissa Mayer threatened by man on Twitter  —  A man accused of threatening a prominent Google executive via Twitter has been arrested and indicted on felony charges by a federal grand jury in San Francisco, court documents show.  —  Gregory Calvin King, 27 …
Discussion: WebProNews, The Next Web and Oye! Times
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
RIM Investor Jaguar Says Company Should Explore All Options Including Sale  —  Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM), the maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, should consider selling itself or spinning off its patents to boost investor returns after a slump in its stock price, investor Jaguar Financial Corp. (JFC) said.
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.
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
Nvidia CEO sees tenfold growth in mobile-processor business  —  Nvidia, best known for its high-end graphics chips, will generate a vast majority of its revenue from its now burgeoning mobile-processor business, according to outspoken Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang.
Jay Greene / CNET News:
Korean trustbusters raid Google offices (scoop)  —  The Korean Fair Trade Commission, that country's antitrust agency, raided Google's offices in Seoul today, CNET has learned.  —  It was not immediately clearly, though, why the offices were the target of the raid.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
SF Port Authority Shuts Down Tech-Hub Pier 38; Boots All Tenants Including Dogpatch Labs, Polaris Ventures, Automattic, True Ventures  —  A few weeks ago, we heard that the San Francisco Port Authority had red-tagged Pier 38 — putting up warnings that the space was unsafe.
Discussion: @lizgannes and RyanSpoon.com
Tomio Geron / Forbes:
After Doubling Fund Size, Google Ventures Looks For Next Google  —  First, it's the strength of Google — it is Google Ventures.  We have access to all these resources.  It'd be foolish to ignore them.  Google is really great at recruiting.  We get millions of resumes at Google.
Discussion: @dondodge
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
In E-Mail Age, Postal Service Struggles to Avoid a Default  —  The United States Postal Service has long lived on the financial edge, but it has never been as close to the precipice as it is today: the agency is so low on cash that it will not be able to make a $5.5 billion payment due …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and A VC
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Details on new battery suggest thinner, lighter iPad 3 design  —  Apple has secured Simplo Technology Co. and Dynapack International Technology Corp. to supply battery packs for the vendor's upcoming iPad 3 tablet, Taiwan Economic News reported on Tuesday.  According to the report …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Best Buy's October 21st ‘Apple Fixture Installation’ Debunked as iPhone Launch  —  Over the weekend, several Best Buy-related tips surfaced in connection with Apple.  One of those tips came in the form of a new “Apple Fixture Installation” scheduled for October 21st that some have speculated …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Now Lets You Export Google Voice Data  —  Google Takeout, the recently launched “data liberation” service that lets you export files, photos and data from Google services like Picasa and Buzz, now includes support for Google Voice.  —  With the update, users of Google's Internet …
 
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Twitter and Bing Renew Social Search Partnership
Richard Chirgwin / The Register:
Oz bookseller fires back in online battle
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to deliver next Windows Intune release on October 17
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Mayfield Fund snags game investor Tim Chang as managing director
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Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Adds Display-Ad Tools to Rival Google
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google+ API Launch Still Months Away
Discussion: Softpedia News
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Apple designer Jonathan Ive enters a new era
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
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