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4:05 AM ET, September 13, 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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Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Sequoia's Doug Leone to Mike Arrington: Why You Want to Be a VC is Beyond Me  —  Today, longtime venture capitalist Doug Leone of Sequoia Capital sat down with TechCrunch founder Mike Arrington at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, and he was about as vibrant as his socks.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
It's Official: Arrington Out at AOL; Schonfeld New TechCrunch Editor (Plus Armstrong Internal Memo Too!)  —  AOL and TechCrunch founder and editor Michael Arrington have officially parted ways, almost exactly one year from the New York Internet portal's acquisition of the popular tech news site.
Loic / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Tech Writers In Denial: The Michael Arrington Case Study
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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.
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Focus Taiwan:
HTC mulling purchase of operating system: report
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
With Bitcasa, The Entire Cloud Is Your Hard Drive For Only $10 Per Month  —  The cloud is now your hard drive.  And not just a few dozen Gigabytes, Terabytes or even Petabytes, but all of it - infinite storage - for only $10 per month.  This is the incredible promise of the new TechCrunch Disrupt finalist Bitcasa.
Discussion: VentureBeat and PC Magazine
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Winning  —  Yours truly, last week: … Aaron Pressman argues that I was “deliberately obtuse”: … Pressman is right, in a way.  I was too flippant with the aforequoted question.  What I mean by “winning” needs more context.  —  What I'm talking about is the argument that Android is …
Discussion: TiPb
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.
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 …
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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Kyle Wagner / Gizmodo:
Someone Really Needs to Make a Good $100 Tablet  —  Today we heard that the UK is getting jobbed out of its final shipment of $100 TouchPads, with only HP employees being eligible to buy them.  Sozzlepops, UK chaps.  —  But that got us to thinking: With all the fuss over the TouchPad firesale …
Discussion: Channel Register
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.
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.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
China Grants Apple 40 New Design Patents Covering All-Things iPhone, MacBook Air & their Beautiful Shanghai Store Architecture  —  What's with Apple jamming through hundreds of design patents through China's Patent Office this past year?  The increase in design patents is measurably noticeable …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple asks courts to stay two Motorola Mobility lawsuits until Google has acquired the company  —  On Friday, Apple filed motions to stay in two of its various lawsuits with Motorola, arguing that the pending acquisition of Motorola Mobility (MMI) by Google has resulted in “a fundamental loss of Motorola's patent rights”.
Discussion: Electronista and Ars Technica
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.
Emily Glazer / Wall Street Journal:
Computer Hackers' Hackathons Go Mainstream  —  During a “hackathon” last year, GroupMe co-founders Steve Martocci and Jared Hecht built a group text-messaging service in one 24-hour stretch.  In August, the co-founders sold GroupMe to Skype for around $80 million.
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.
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 …
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Exclusive: SAP will pay $20 million in Oracle criminal case  —  (Reuters) - SAP AG has agreed to pay $20 million to resolve a criminal probe into allegations that it downloaded millions of files from rival Oracle, according to a source familiar with the matter.
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
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.
 
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Everpix: All Your Photos, Automatically Organized And Accessible From Anywhere
Discussion: VentureBeat
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Groupon Leaps Into E-Commerce in the U.K.
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Authors' Guild sues universities over book digitization project
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
If You Weren't Using TestFlight Before, You Will Be Now With Their New SDK
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FCC's Internet rules clear a review hurdle
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 Earlier Items: 
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Decide.com knows precisely when you should buy a new phone
Discussion: msnbc.com and GeekWire
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
TC Disrupt: Reid Hoffman On What He'd Do With Yahoo
Discussion: MediaFile and AllThingsD
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Gilt Introduces Vacation Home Rentals
Discussion: The Next Web, AllThingsD and Tnooz
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
NBC, TNT and TBS Bring Full-Length TV Episodes to iOS Devices
IDC:
IDC: More Mobile Internet Users Than Wireline Users in the U.S. by 2015