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5:35 AM ET, September 8, 2011

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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: Arrington out at AOL (for real this time)  —  Not TechCrunch editor.  Not AOL Ventures employee.  Michael Arrington is on his own.  —  It has been a very long week for AOL.  And it's about to get even longer.  —  Last Thursday, word leaked that one of its employees …
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Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
After Bartz, Armstrong Looks to Be Next  —  Yesterday, after two years as CEO of the ever-shrinking Internet giant Yahoo, Carol Bartz emailed employees, letting them know that she'd just been fired over the phone.  —  That call should have sent shivers down the spine of AOL's CEO of two years, Tim Armstrong.
Chadwick Matlin / Fortune:
The “end of TechCrunch”?  It might not be such a bad thing  —  What would the startup scene be like without the blog that currently animates it?  A whole lot better, actually.  —  FORTUNE — At TechCrunch's Disrupt conference earlier this year, Michael Arrington brought Arianna Huffington …
Bloomberg:
HTC Sues Apple Using Patents Obtained From Google Last Week  —  HTC Corp. (2498), Asia's second-biggest maker of smartphones, filed infringement claims against Apple Inc. (AAPL) today, using patents obtained from Google Inc. (GOOG) last week.  —  The nine patents originated with Palm Inc. …
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
HTC: We Paid for Patents We Got From Google  —  HTC told AllThingsD on Wednesday that it did pay for the patents that it recently acquired from Google and is using in its latest patent actions against Apple.  —  However, in answer to the million dollar (or $1, or $10,000) question, HTC won't say how much it paid for the patents.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Gizmodo
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
These are the patents Google gave to HTC to assert against Apple
Discussion: Electronista
Om Malik / GigaOM:
After the CEO, Yahoo needs to fire its board  —  There is one place Yahoo can easily finish first: the company with the worst and most ineffectual board with the spine of a centipede.  I have not been a fan of Yahoo's board for a long time and nothing really has changed my mind.
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Wall Street Journal:   Board: Bartz Failed on Many Fronts
Alberto Vildosola / Android and Me:
Eric Schmidt: Ice Cream Sandwich coming out in October or November  —  You can always count on Eric Schmidt to say a bit more than what he's supposed to.  At the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, Schmidt mentioned-intentionally or not-that Ice Cream Sandwich is coming out sometime in October or November.
CNET News:
SF Police launch probe into iPhone search  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Police here have launched a probe into the investigation into a missing iPhone prototype conducted by Apple security personnel with the assistance of four plainclothes officers.  —  Lt. Troy Dangerfield told CNET today …
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Microsoft lines up its big swing at tablets  —  (Reuters) - Next week a high-ranking Microsoft Corp executive will stand on stage and show off a new version of Windows on a tablet computer.  —  It won't be the first time.  Chief Executive Steve Ballmer did it last year.  Co-founder Bill Gates did it 10 years ago.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
How Android's fragmentation issue is slowly receding  —  Android fragmentation has long been a hot topic and for good reason.  Google was iterating its mobile platform quickly; handset makers couldn't keep up without investing more time, money, or both; and developers showed frustration …
Discussion: Beyond Search and parislemon, Thanks:kevinctofel
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Turntable.fm Is About To Rock An iPhone App; We Have Screenshots  —  For the past few months, few things on the web have been hotter than Turntable.fm.  The Stickybits pivot got so hot, so fast, that a “trough of disillusionment” was inevitable — and we've probably been seeing that the past couple of weeks.
Discussion: parislemon, MacNN, App Advice and Gizmodo
Reuters:
Exclusive: Facebook first half revenue hits $1.6 billion: source  —  (Reuters) - Facebook's revenue rose to $1.6 billion in 2011's first half, a source with knowledge of its financials told Reuters.  —  Net income in the first half of 2011 came to almost $500 million, according to the source …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Bombshell That Wasn't: FOSS Patents' Android Scoop Misses The Mark  —  As the legal challenges against Android have mounted, a few voices have risen more quickly than the rest.  One of these is patent analyst Florian Mueller's, whose site FOSS Patents has chronicled cases like Apple v. Samsung …
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Reuters:
Apple sues Samsung in Japan over patents: report  —  (Reuters) - Apple is suing Samsung Electronics in Japan, accusing it of patent violations relating to the iPhone and iPad, Kyodo news agency said, the latest salvo in a series of patent battles between the two firms.
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Bringing Hyper-V to “Windows 8” … Whether you are a software developer, an IT administrator, or simply an enthusiast, many of you need to run multiple operating systems, usually on many different machines.  Not all of us have access to a full suite of labs to house all these machines …
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Offline Google Docs  —  As promised, Google started to roll out the offline version of Google Docs, but don't expect too much.  Much like the offline Gmail and offline Google Calendar, Google Docs works offline only if you use Chrome and install an app from the Chrome Web Store.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
BigDoor Media acquires OneTrueFan for gamification expansion (exclusive)  —  The gamification business, which helps web sites get more traction by making them more game-like, has sprouted startups like weeds in the past couple of years.  Now it is seeing its first acquisition deal.
Discussion: GeekWire, GigaOM, BigDoor and AllThingsD
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Copyright Troll Righthaven Goes on Life Support  —  The great experiment in copyright trolling that is Righthaven appears to be nearing an end.  —  Righthaven, which was founded more than a year ago to monetize print news content through copyright infringement lawsuits, has suffered a myriad of courtroom setbacks in recent months.
Joe Fernandez / The Official Klout Blog:
100 Million People have Klout  —  Today, I am excited to announce that 100 million people now have Klout Scores.  While this is an exciting metric for our team, I think it's important to recognize the broader implications of this milestone.  One hundred million people with Klout Scores means …
Discussion: AllTwitter
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook Imitation Not Sincerest Form Of Flattery, Says Twitter Mobile Designer  —  Because this reminds me of that time when Facebook unveiled that the Facebook Places logo was, no joke, a “4″ in a square, I'm just going to copy the intro sentence to that post:
Discussion: TiPb and iPhone
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Adobe's Digital Publishing Suite to Support Newsstand for iOS 5  —  Adobe today announced that its Digital Publishing Suite will incorporate support for Apple's forthcoming Newsstand feature for iOS 5.  Newsstand is intended to serve as the organization hub for digital subscriptions in iOS 5 …
 
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