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11:45 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 …
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Plenty of Chatter About a New iPhone  —  We're just weeks away from the announcement of the new Apple iPhone 5, according to an Apple employee who asked not to be named because he was not allowed to speak publicly for the company.  —  As the excitement for Apple's latest product revs up …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iPhone 5 Screen Protectors Show Elongated Home Button Area  —  Ukwire.hk 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 …
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
iPad iOS 5 vs Windows 8 Slate [video]  —  Microsoft unveiled its Windows 8 developer preview earlier this week, but how does it compare to iOS?  —  Microsoft has done some impressive work with Windows 8 to make it truly slate friendly.  Hardware specifications and specifics are still …
Mat Honan / Gizmodo:
If You Already Hate Windows 8 Then You Hate Technology  —  I hate the term fanboy.  It's a pejorative meant to denigrate someone's opinion.  A conversation-ender.  After applying it to someone, really there's nothing left to say.  But seeing the reaction to Windows 8, I get why people use it.
Thanks:joemfbrown
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 …
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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 …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
It's Called Google Propeller and It's Aimed at Flipboard (and Facebook Too, Natch)  —  Please see this disclosure related to me and Google.  —  Earlier today, well-known digerati dude Robert Scoble posted on his social feed on Google+ that the search giant was working on a social and news reader.
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Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Google Working On A “Mind-Blowing” Flipboard Copycat
Discussion: Robert Scoble
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.
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.
Discussion: Business Insider
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 …
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Rick Webb / rickwebb's tumblrmajig:   Disrupt, Disruption, and the Nobility of the Tech Scene
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.
Chris Brandrick / PC World:
Windows 8 Gets Sad New Blue Screen of Death  —  Microsoft's next release of their flagship operating system, Windows 8, will sport an updated error screen, most commonly referred to as the ‘Blue Screen of Death’ (BSoD).  For those fortunate enough to not run into the infamous error message over the years …
Discussion: SFGate
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
When Kickstarter Goes Wrong: Were 419 Backers Almost Taken for a $27,637 Ride?  —  About a month ago, there was a $2,000 Kickstarter project called the Tech Sync Power System, a system for controlling home lights from mobile devices over a wifi connection.  The project creator …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Google Is Secretly Spending Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars Turning YouTube Into A Cable Alternative  —  Now we know what Google's “big ass ideas” for YouTube, Web TV, and (maybe) Hulu are: build an alternative to cable.  —  Last spring, news broke that Google would spend $100 million loading YouTube up with original content.
Discussion: Felix Salmon and Electronista
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Cloud storage provider Box.net spurns $500M offer (exclusive)  —  Cloud storage provider Box.net was a presenter at Dreamforce this year.  —  Cloud storage provider Box.net rejected a $500 million offer to purchase the company, multiple sources have confirmed to VentureBeat.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and bizjournals, Thanks:jolieodell
Edwin Chan / Reuters:
HP execs misled investors before August stock crash: lawsuit  —  (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co and top executives misled investors for months before unveiling a series of major decisions, such as the demise of the TouchPad, that hammered its shares, a shareholder alleged in a proposed class-action lawsuit filed this week.
Discussion: The Next Web
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Exclusive: Andy Weissman Leaves betaworks For Union Square Ventures  —  Betaworks co-founder Andy Weissman has made a major and unexpected move.  After four years at the innovation lab, Mr. Weissman is leaving to join New York's most prestigious venture fund, Union Square Ventures …
Discussion: AllThingsD and Wall Street Journal
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 …
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Fifteen lawmakers ask Obama to OK AT&T merger  —  (Reuters) - Fifteen Democratic lawmakers asked the Obama administration on Thursday to approve AT&T Inc's proposed purchase of T-Mobile USA.  —  Representative Heath Shuler and 14 other Democrats sent a letter to President Barack Obama arguing that the deal …
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Former MySpace CEO Mike Jones Launching Incubator in L.A.  —  [ Mike Jones still has a MySpace page. ]  —  According to our sources, former MySpace CEO Mike Jones is starting a Los Angeles-based incubator.  We've reached out to Jones for comment.  —  Jones sold his company Userplane to Aol in August 2006.
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 Wiggins / Heroku:
Facebook and Heroku  —  We're delighted to announce that Facebook and Heroku have teamed up to bring you the fastest and easiest way to get your own Facebook app up and running in the cloud.  —  Facebook apps have long been a major segment on the Heroku platform.
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.
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.
 
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Pinterest Has Already Pinned Down $10M At A $40M Valuation
Discussion: AndroidSPIN
Farhad Manjoo / Slate Magazine:
Great Social Networks Steal
Dan Levine / Reuters:
EBay lawyer: Craigslist “sought” criminal probe
Discussion: Mercury News
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
SEC Watch: Social Media Dashboard HootSuite Raises $3 Million
Kevin Fogarty / ITworld:
Anonymous to launch more effective site-attack tool Saturday, when it occupies Wall Street
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Longtime Mozilla VP Mike Shaver Steps Down
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Instagram wannabes...  Today when I was reading about Vlix …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Amazon cloud earns key FISMA government security accreditation
Discussion: Amazon.com and ReadWriteWeb
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Yahoo! Rolls Out Redesign for Search Results Pages
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Facebook Should Buy WebOS, Jefferies Analyst Proposes
Eric Franklin / CNET News:
Archos G9 tablets offer high storage at low prices
Amir Efrati / Digits:
316 Firms That Fund Tech Companies-On One Page
Discussion: LUMA Partners
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: Josh Elman joins Greylock
Discussion: AllThingsD
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix Cuts Its Guidance by One Million Subscribers