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9:25 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” …
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:   Sequoia's Doug Leone to Mike Arrington: Why You Want to Be a VC is Beyond Me
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.
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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Samsung's First New iPhone-Killer To Hit The U.S. Is Here And We Have It [HANDS ON]  —  At last, we have the first model of Samsung's Galaxy S II to land in the U.S. of A.  —  This is the Sprint model, called the Epic Touch 4G, that's launching September 16 for $199 with a two-year contract.
LAUNCH:
Running Groupon or Living Social Deal Leads to 10% Decrease in Yelp Rating — Study  —  After a company runs a daily deal through Groupon or Living Social it can expect a Yelp star decline of 10% — despite a 44% increase in the number of Yelp reviews if it already had at least one …
Discussion: WebProNews and @rakeshlobster, Thanks:jason
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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Max Levchin And Peter Thiel: Innovation In The World Today Is Between ‘Dire Straits And Dead’  —  Peter Thiel and Max Levchin are busy guys.  Thiel, aside from being on the Board of Directors for companies like Palantir Technologies, Geni, and Asana, an early investor and former board member at Facebook …
Discussion: CNET News and VentureBeat
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 …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple to release iOS 5 GM to assemblers during week of Sept. 23  —  Apple reportedly plans to release the golden master of iOS 5, its forthcoming operating system update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, to its overseas assemblers at some point between September 23 and September 30 …
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.
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.
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
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
If You Weren't Using TestFlight Before, You Will Be Now With Their New SDK  —  It was nine months ago when we first wrote about TestFlight, the super-simple over-the-air (OTA) iOS app distribution service.  As we noted at the time, the service seemed perfect for developers looking for a better …
Discussion: MacStories, GigaOM and iClarified
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.
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Pixel Qi receives major investment from 3M, says this is the step to enable ‘mass adoption’  —  It was almost two years ago that Pixel Qi founder Mary Lou Jepsen promised a mainstream device (a tablet or netbook, etc.) with the company's unique transflective 3Qi display.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Guy Accused Of Being Part Of Anonymous Banned By Court From Using His Real Name Online  —  Ah, the bizarre legal results of confused courts and confused laws.  Four of the people arrested in the UK and accused of being a part of the not-actually-a-group Anonymous last week won a small part of a court battle.
John D. Sutter / CNN:
How many pages are on the internet?  —  (CNN) — It seems like an answerable question, right?  —  But no one really knows how many websites or individual Web pages make up this seemingly infinite digital universe that is the internet.  —  Kevin Kelly, a founder of Wired magazine …
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 and GottaBeMobile
Megan Rose Dickey / LAUNCH:
Google Docs Launching Comment-Only Sharing Options  —  Google Docs is rolling out a comment-only sharing option this week for users who don't want to allow full editing access to other people.  —  No doubt users had asked for this, but Google wanted the feature for itself as well.
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 …
Discussion: MediaFile
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 and AllThingsD
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spool Is Instapaper On Steroids  —  Spool is a new service aimed at addressing the problem created by the multi-device, multi-screen environment we now live in, where the content consumption experience can vary widely from platform to platform.  On iOS devices, for example, you can't watch Flash videos without serious workarounds.
 
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Jasmin Melvin / Reuters:
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
TC Disrupt: Office Hours With YC Partners Paul Graham And Harj Taggar
Discussion: The Next Web
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zendesk Adds A Twilio-Powered VoIP System To Cloud-Based Customer Support Platform
Discussion: VentureBeat
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Pandora's song-finding flair comes to Spotify, IHeartRadio via separate initiatives
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Griffin McElroy / Joystiq:
Gamestop launching branded Android gaming tablet next year
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A Horribly Unimpressive List of Products Yahoo Launched under Carol Bartz
Discussion: @jason, Thanks:harryallen
Bloomberg:
Dell Loses Orders as Facebook Do-It-Yourself Servers Gain: Tech
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Hacker Rattles Internet Security Circles
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