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5:30 PM ET, September 9, 2011

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Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Sprint Is Said to Plan Unlimited Data With IPhone 5 to Stand Out From Pack  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) will offer Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPhone next month with unlimited data service plans to distinguish itself from rivals AT&T Inc. (T) and Verizon Wireless, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Sprint To Offer Unlimited Data For iPhone, But Will It Last?
Discussion: CNET News, GottaBeMobile and App Advice
Bloomberg:
AOL Said to Discuss Deal With Yahoo Advisers  —  AOL Inc. (AOL) Chief Executive Officer Tim Armstrong is talking with advisers to Yahoo! Inc. to gauge its interest in combining the companies after the ouster of CEO Carol Bartz, according to two people familiar with the matter.
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Chikodi Chima / The Next Web:   Aol and Yahoo reportedly in merger talks
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Delivering fast boot times in Windows 8 … Few operations in Windows are as scrutinized, measured, and picked apart as boot.  This is understandable—boot times represent an effective proxy for overall system performance and we all know the boot experience is an incredibly important thing for us to get right for customers.
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Sean Hollister / This is my next:
Watch Windows 8 boot in eight seconds, thanks to kernel hibernation
Discussion: TechCrunch and dailywireless.org
Jonny Evans / Computerworld:
Adobe brings Flash-free-Flash to Apple iPad, iPhone  —  At long last Adobe Flash has come to an iPad or iPhone.  At long last, Adobe finally seems to have got the idea in its long-running dispute with Apple [AAPL] over the once important media encoding technology.  Flash will in future run on Apple devices — no Flash required.
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
More Bad News For Groupon: Sales Team Files Class-Action Suit  —  Earlier this week came reports that the daily-deals site, suddenly unpopular with both users and investors, is considering shelving its long-expected IPO.  Now comes more bad news—Groupon's own employees have filed a class-action suit against the company.
Discussion: Business Insider and reDesign
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple wins (again) in Germany: Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction upheld  —  A reporter from Germany's leading news agency DPA (Deutsche Presse Agentur) was first to report on Twitter that the Düsseldorf Regional Court once again upheld the preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 based …
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Geoffrey Cain / Time:   How Samsung Is Affected by Its Patent Legal War with Apple
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Facebook Begins Auto-Grouping Friends Into Smart Lists  —  You've got 500-something friends, all of about 50 you really interact with.  You went to school with Lucy and Henry, you've worked with Mike for years, and Joe lives just down the block.  Facebook knows all of this …
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Mike Rosenberg / Mercury News:
Cupertino residents fear traffic boom from Apple Campus 2  —  Not everyone is thrilled at the prospect of living next to one of the biggest buildings in the Bay Area, as residents from three cities told Cupertino officials Thursday that Apple's plan for a second mega-campus may simply be too big and busy.
Fred / A VC:
The Logged Out User (continued)  —  I brought this subject up a while back.  It's a big one that doesn't get enough attention.  —  And yesterday we got some stats from Twitter that I'd like to talk about.  Dick Costolo gave a “state of Twitter” press conference yesterday at Twitter HQ.
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Researchers' Typosquatting Stole 20 GB of E-Mail From Fortune 500  —  E-mail captured with a doppelganger domain reveals information from a large oil firm's daily tank report, including the contents of its cargo tanks that day.  Image: Godai Group  —  Two researchers who set up doppelganger domains …
Discussion: Geek.com and Geekosystem
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Apple tops J.D. Power customer satisfaction survey, grim reading for RIM and Nokia  —  Not only is Apple shipping the most smartphones, it's also shipping the best smartphones — if you believe the stats in J.D. Power and Associates' latest US customer satisfaction survey.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
RIM may be rushing BlackBerry Colt QNX phone amid weak BlackBerry 7 sales  —  Research In Motion is said to be rushing its first QNX-powered smartphone to market in light of underwhelming BlackBerry 7 devices sales.  In a note to investors on Friday, Jefferies & Company analyst Peter Misek suggested demand …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Ex-Googlers Launch Mobile Travel Guide To Kill Lonely Planet; Raise Funding From Chris Sacca & More  —  In the days of yore, travel guides were written by intrepid travelers who spent months scribbling in diaries and field journals, or by teams of adventurous souls exhaustively scrap booking …
Discussion: Gizmodo, MediaPost and Tnooz
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Anonymous group releases new Twitter tool  —  Anonymous has released a new tool designed to let its messages ride the coattails of trending topics on Twitter.  —  The Anonymous group of online activists released a new tool today designed to allow people to hijack trending topics on Twitter and tweet messages within them.
Discussion: Geekosystem
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Hurt Locker Lawsuits Hit Canada, ISPs Ordered To Reveal BitTorrent Users  —  In March 2010, the law firm Dunlap, Grubb and Weaver imported the mass litigation “pay up or else” anti-piracy scheme to the United States.  —  Some of the most high-profile customers of the law firm …
Michael de la Merced / DealBook:
AT&T Responds to Justice Dept.'s Lawsuit Over T-Mobile Deal  —  AT&T on Friday filed its response to the Obama administration's lawsuit seeking to block the telecommunications giant's $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA.  —  In its response, filed in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia …
Discussion: CNET News, Bloomberg, Reuters and Reuters
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
WSJ: Google Paid $125MM for Zagat  —  Yesterday TechCrunch apparently erroneously reported that Google paid less than $66 million for Zagat, using acquisition price thresholds in the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.  Independently I told someone yesterday that I would be very surprised if the deal was less than $50 million at rock bottom.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
In One Year, Tumblr Goes From 1 Billion Posts To 10 Billion  —  This morning, I logged into Tumblr (where I run my personal blog) and saw confetti flying everywhere on the screen.  Was Tumblr hacked?  Were they converting the platform to be Geocities-powered complete with animated GIFs?
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
LG resolves iPad 2 panel quality issues as Apple continues to source from Samsung  —  It appears LG has been able to resolve issues that plagued panels it supplied for Apple's iPad 2 tablet, after the company resumed normal shipment levels in August following problems with its backlight units …
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
Exclusive: Evernote considers IPO as growth picks up  —  (Reuters) - Evernote, which makes a popular app for taking notes and storing data on tablets, phones and personal computers, is considering filing for an initial public offering by the end of next year, its chief executive told Reuters on Friday.
Discussion: IntoMobile
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
In Its Sixth Acquisition This Year, Group Buying Site BuyWithMe Scoops Up TownHog  —  BuyWithMe, which rivals group buying / daily deal sites LivingSocial and Groupon in the United States, has been busy this year.  The company this morning announced its sixth acquisition for 2011, scooping up San Francisco-based TownHog.
Discussion: AllThingsD, VatorNews and Business Wire
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple addresses compromised DigiNotar web certificates with OS X Security Update  —  Apple has released a security update that addresses digital certificates issues by DigiNotar last month that were found to be compromised.  The update is 2011-005 and is available for Lion and Snow Leopard users.
 
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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Microsoft posts security bulletins 4 days early, scrambles to fix mistake
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Google Docs Outage Blamed on Memory Glitch
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
CityGrid Media Opens Places Database of 15M Local Businesses To Developers
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Fring tries to one-up Google Hangouts with Playgrounds
Discussion: fring, Engadget and Softpedia News
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Microsoft's online services hit by outage
Arun Sudhaman / The Holmes Report:
Twitter Selects Edelman As Its First PR Agency
Discussion: The Next Web
 Earlier Items: 
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Alibaba to release English mobile OS this month: executive
Oliver Milman / StartupSmart:
Google Mapping a way to the top
Thomas Roessler / W3C Blog:
“Do Not Track” standards for the Web: The work is starting.
Orian Marx:
What's wrong with the Twitter API
SFGate:
Anti-Michael Arrington TechCrunch Posts Show Insecurity
Wall Street Journal:
Deluge of Content on the Web Swamps Yahoo
Discussion: MediaPost and Business Insider