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6:15 PM ET, September 15, 2011


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Todd Haselton / BGR:
iPhone 5 to have radical new design according to Case-Mate images  —  The iPhone 5 hasn't been announced yet, but that has not stopped accessory makers from posting upcoming cases for the highly anticipated handset.  Case-Mate has published a page on its website with six different case designs …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iPhone 5 Screen Protectors Show Elongated Home Button Area  — offers the first look at a screen protector that has been designed for the iPhone 5.  The screen protector shows off the elongated home button seen in the leaked design document:  —  A second shot shows how much bigger …
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Metro style browsing and plug-in free HTML5 … For the web to move forward and for consumers to get the most out of touch-first browsing, the Metro style browser in Windows 8 is as HTML5-only as possible, and plug-in free.  The experience that plug-ins provide today is not a good match …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
First Look: Xbox Live on Windows 8 (Video)
Mat Honan / Gizmodo:
If You Already Hate Windows 8 Then You Hate Technology
Ballmer: Windows Phone hasn't sold what I ‘would have liked’
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Microsoft jettisons Flash with ‘plug-in free’ Windows 8 Metro IE10
Discussion: CNET News and The Loop
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Research In Motion Earnings At Low End of Forecast as Cash Drops by Half  —  BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion said on Thursday reported sales and earnings at the low end of its forecast and below what many analysts had been expecting.  —  The smartphone and tablet maker said that revenue …
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
OUCH!  RIM Shipped Just 200,000 PlayBooks Last Quarter  —  RIM's earnings are out!  —  It's not good.  Major miss.  —  The PlayBook numbers are really, really bad.  Just 200,000 shipped versus estimates of 600,000 to 700,000.  —  Ouch!  —  Perspective: Apple shipped …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Arrington Talks New Blog (and How He ALMOST Stayed at AOL)  —  Michael Arrington is returning to the blogosphere.  —  The blogger, who is leaving AOL and TechCrunch over a fight over his new venture capital fund, said in an interview that he plans to start a personal blog in the coming days.
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
More TechCrunch drama as Arrington-backed startup wins blog's contest  —  Despite claiming transparency, TechCrunch readers are not convinced that a ‘Habbo Hotel for Facebook’ was a deserving winner of a coveted award  —  If you were wondering what that rumbling, thunderous sound is …
Discussion: Daring Fireball, @paulcarr and The Awl
Krishna Panicker / The Big Blog:
New Facebook Integration with Skype 5.4 for Mac OS X Beta  —  You may have noticed that we now release updates for Skype for Mac quicker than ever before.  We've released a number of updates in 2011 which included, amongst other features, a brand new interface, video call control bar and HD-quality video calling.
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
AT&T to launch LTE Sunday, Sept. 18  —  AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) will launch its first five LTE markets this Sunday Sept. 18, AT&T CFO John Stephens said during an appearance at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Entertainment & Communications conference.
David Flynn / Australian Business Traveller:
Boeing chooses Android for 787 Dreamliner's entertainment system  —  While Apple continues to score wins in the use of its iPad for inflight entertainment, Boeing has chosen its nemesis - Google's Android operating system - to provide music, video and even airline-specific apps for the next-gen 787 Dreamliner.
Discussion: SlashGear, Gizmodo and GottaBeMobile
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Google Working On A “Mind-Blowing” Flipboard Copycat  —  Not exactly shocking, since Google likes to try copying all hot products, but it's apparently working on a Flipboard copycat, according to Robert Scoble.  —  Scoble posted the scoop on Google+ citing a source working with Google.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google+ Opens First APIs: Read-Only And No Circle Access For Now  —  A week ago, we noted the talk amongst developers that a Google+ API could be months away.  The next day, we learned that Google was reaching out to “trusted” developers — among them, Google Ventures-backed startups — to try out their early stab at the API.
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
Google Plus API for Public Data Released
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Qualcomm details next-gen 2.5GHz Snapdragon processors  —  Your phone is only going to get faster and better in the future, according to Qualcomm, as it's outlined the next step for its Snapdragon processor at its Innovation Qualcomm event in Istanbul.  —  The company's processors …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's brand value rises to No. 2 in the world, after Google  —  The Apple logo is now worth $39.3 billion according to Brand Finance  —  30 Top U.S. Brands.  Click to enlarge.  Source: Brand Finance  —  Microsoft (MSFT) is down 9% to $39 billion.  Google (GOOG) is up 9% to nearly $48.3 billion.
Discussion: Mashable!, Electronista and 9to5Google
Eric Franklin / CNET News:
Archos G9 tablets offer high storage at low prices  —  Each G9 tablet includes 250GB of storage.  The 10.1-inch 101 G9 is pictured here.  —  Last month we briefly covered Archos' two new tablets, and now the company has seen fit to provide us with more details.  Some of them are quite juicy.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: Josh Elman joins Greylock  —  Yet another LinkedIn veteran joins venture capital firm Greylock  —  Josh Elman has been a project manager with some of Silicon Valley's hottest companies, including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn (LNKD).  Now he's becoming a venture capitalist.
Discussion: AllThingsD
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Instagram wannabes...  Today when I was reading about Vlix, a mobile video sharing app that adds Instagram-like filters, which is joining a long line of start-ups and apps that are trying to do precisely the same thing, I was reminded of what Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said - “You can't appoint a leader; it just happens.”
Discussion: TechCrunch
Patricia Hurtado / Bloomberg:
Apple IPad Data Was Given to Fleishman, Samsung Witness Says  —  Sept. 15 (Bloomberg) — An ex-Samsung Electronics Co. manager, testifying at the insider-trader trial of Primary Global Research LLC executive James Fleishman, told jurors he disclosed confidential shipping data for Apple Inc. iPad components.
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
IPhone 5 Rush Orders Seen to Benefit Broadcom  —  Broadcom Corp. (BRCM) stands out as one of the biggest beneficiaries from orders from Apple Inc. (AAPL), whose need for parts that go into iPhones and iPads represents a bright spot for a semiconductor industry plagued by weak demand.
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Facebook Should Buy WebOS, Jefferies Analyst Proposes  —  Well, here is the weirdest idea of the day so far.  —  Jefferies analyst Peter Misek wrote in a research note this morning that Facebook would be the best buyer for Hewlett-Packard's WebOS software business.
Discussion: BGR, eWeek and Tech Trader Daily
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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