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5:35 PM ET, September 12, 2011

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Jack McKenna / TechCrunch:
“Deciding” To Move On  —  AOL has issued the following statement: “The TechCrunch acquisition has been a success for AOL and for our shareholders, and we are very excited about its future.  Michael Arrington, the founder of TechCrunch has decided to move on from TechCrunch and AOL to his newly formed venture fund.
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Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
ARRINGTON: “It's No Longer A Good Situation For Me To Stay”  —  TechCrunch founder Mike Arrington just officially announced his resignation from the blog he founded.  —  He took the stage to kick off the TechCrunch Disrupt conference and said he wanted to clear the air about all the “drama” …
Silvio Gulizia / @silviogulizia:
@arrington on stage at #tcdisrupt? yeah! ( #tcdisrupt live at http://t.co/R3EkJBS)
Discussion: TechCrunch
Focus Taiwan:
HTC mulling purchase of operating system: report  —  Taipei, Sept. 12 (CNA) Cher Wang, chairwoman of Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp., said the company is considering buying an operating system (OS), but is in no rush, according to a recent news report.  —  After the global PC heavyweight …
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John Cook / GeekWire:
HTC boss on Windows Phone 7, patent wars and why iPhones aren't cool anymore  —  Martin Harriman of LightSquared; Martin Fichter of HTC and Brad Stone of Bloomberg at Mobile Future Forward  —  Martin Fichter, the acting president of HTC America, appeared today at the Mobile Future Forward conference in downtown Seattle.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Gowalla Is Reborn As A Beautiful App For Travel And Storytelling  —  The location wars had a number of casualties.  Some companies shut down, some sold off their remaining tech and talent.  Others are still out there plugging away, but at this point, it seems clear that Foursquare won the all-important battle over the check-in.
Technology Review:
Groupon's Hidden Influence on Reputation  —  A Groupon deal might boost sales but, it can also lower a merchant's reputation as measured by Yelp ratings, say computer scientists who have analyzed the link between daily deals and online reviews.  —  One of the biggest internet phenomena …
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LAUNCH:
Running Groupon or Living Social Deal Leads to 10% Decrease in Yelp Rating — Study
Discussion: @rakeshlobster, Thanks:jason
IDC:
IDC: More Mobile Internet Users Than Wireline Users in the U.S. by 2015  —  By 2015, more U.S. Internet users will access the Internet through mobile devices than through PCs or other wireline devices.  As smartphones begin to outsell simpler feature phones, and as media tablet sales explode …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Fusion Garage hacks $200 off of Grid 10 tablet, aims to play the undercutting game  —  Looks like we're all indebted to HP in one way or another.  Since the TouchPad fire sale began, we've seen a noticeable southward shift in tablet pricing — it's as if iPad rivals finally figured …
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
YouTube Founders Aim to Revamp Delicious  —  SAN MATEO, Calif. — Chad Hurley and Steve Chen have some experience with turning a small Web site into Internet gold.  In 2006 they sold their scrappy start-up YouTube to Google for $1.65 billion.  —  More recently they picked an unlikely candidate …
Alana / Nielsen Wire:
Social Media Report: Spending Time, Money and Going Mobile  —  Social media not only connects consumers with each other, but also with just about every place they go and everything they watch and buy.  Nielsen's new Social Media Report looks at trends and consumption patterns across social media platforms …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Consumers Still Love Last Year's iPhone  —  With the iPhone 5′s October launch fast approaching, you'd expect demand for the iPhone 4 to be waning.  Why invest in a smartphone that's over a year old now when you can wait a few weeks and buy its brand-new successor?  Or so the logic goes.
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Hacker Rattles Internet Security Circles  —  He claims to be 21 years old, a student of software engineering in Tehran who reveres Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and despises dissidents in his country.  —  He sneaked into the computer systems of a security firm on the outskirts of Amsterdam.
Discussion: Computerworld and Gizmodo
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
NBC, TNT and TBS Bring Full-Length TV Episodes to iOS Devices  —  Late last week, NBC announced that it had enhanced its iPad application to offer viewers access to full-length episodes, providing a significantly improved set of offerings for users. … NBC is not the only network to roll …
Discussion: CNET News, GottaBeMobile and Gizmodo
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Last but not least, Dolphin Browser comes to iPad  —  In late August, software developers MoboTap released Dolphin, the popular browser formerly exclusive to the Android platform, on iOS.  Today, the tablet-specific version called Dolphin Browser HD is available for free in the iTunes App store.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
TC Disrupt: Reid Hoffman On What He'd Do With Yahoo  —  Today to kick off TechCrunch Disrupt, LinkedIn founder, Greylock partner, and prolific angel investor Reid Hoffman took the stage for a chat with TC founder Michael Arrington for a conversation that spanned everything …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Analyst: With new MacBook Airs, Apple could sell close to 5 million Macs for the Quarter  —  According to a report from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, Apple could sell 4.6+ million Macs in the September quarter, topping the company's previous record of 4.1 million during the holiday quarter ending in December 2010.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Flipboard Hits 3.5 Million Downloads, 550 Million Flips Per Month  —  Flipboard CEO Mike McCue took the stage today with TechCrunch Editor-in-Chief Erick Schonfeld, talking about the future of tablet publishing.  —  He revealed that the app has hit 3.5 million downloads in a year and two months …
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Philadelphia papers court subscribers with $99 Android tablet  —  The Philadelphia Media Network, parent company of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com, on Monday officially announced its program to subsidize Android tablets for newspaper subscribers.
LAUNCH:
A Horribly Unimpressive List of Products Yahoo Launched under Carol Bartz  —  [ Carol Bartz just after she became Yahoo CEO.  Photo by Yahoo social media team via creative commons license. ]  —  Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz got the boot this week, but we wanted to review the products that launched during …
Discussion: @jason, Thanks:harryallen
Bloomberg:
Dell Loses Orders as Facebook Do-It-Yourself Servers Gain: Tech  —  Sept. 12 (Bloomberg) — When Facebook Inc. set out to build two new data centers, engineers couldn't find the server computers they wanted from Dell Inc. or Hewlett-Packard Co. They decided to build their own.
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Gilt Introduces Vacation Home Rentals  —  Want to rent Richard Branson's private 14-bedroom Necker Island estate?  You can do it online at the discount rate of $54,000 a night at Gilt's new vacation home rental service, Jetset Homes.  —  And, Gilt is eager to point out …
Discussion: The Next Web, AllThingsD and Tnooz
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zendesk Adds A Twilio-Powered VoIP System To Cloud-Based Customer Support Platform  —  Customer support startup Zendesk is unveiling Zendesk Voice, a cloud-based call center that integrates with the startup's popular help-desk platform.  Launched in 2008, Zendesk offers a web-based …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Decide.com knows precisely when you should buy a new phone  —  Decide.com, a service that tracks consumer electronics prices and release dates to let you buy without regret, now also tracks mobile phones, the company announced today.  —  Additionally, the site now makes it easy for you to follow …
Discussion: msnbc.com and GeekWire
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sequoia Leads $20 Million Round In MongoDB Big Data Database Provider 10gen  —  10gen, a company which offers enterprises a big data database built off of MongoDB, has raised $20 million in financing, led by Sequoia Capital and with participation from 10gen's other existing investors Flybridge Capital and Union Square Ventures.
Discussion: The Register, VatorNews, GigaOM and Betabeat
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Pandora's song-finding flair comes to Spotify, IHeartRadio via separate initiatives
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Ooyala Now Allows Publishers To Sell And Rent Premium Video On Facebook
Discussion: Business Wire
Griffin McElroy / Joystiq:
Gamestop launching branded Android gaming tablet next year
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court to Rule on GPS Surveillance, Addressing ‘Big Brother’ Claims
Joshua Topolsky / This is my next:
Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash, HTC Titan headed to AT&T with Windows Phone 7 Mango on-board
 Earlier Items: 
David Carr / New York Times:
News Trends Tilt Toward Niche Sites
Discussion: Poynter and Monday Note
Edward Moyer / CNET News:
IBM's Watson to offer medical advice to doctors
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Broadcom Buys Chipmaking Technology Company Netlogic For $3.7 Billion
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
Analysis: AOL's Armstrong feeling the heat with Project Devil
Discussion: Marketing Pilgrim
Dave Reisner / ls /etc/ | more:
Google Bought Me! The First Two Days
Discussion: ReveNews and Betabeat
Christopher Beam / New York Magazine:
Bubble Boys  —  Out in Silicon Valley, the last bastion …
Discussion: Gizmodo