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1:50 PM ET, September 19, 2011

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Reed Hastings / The Official Netflix Blog:
An Explanation and Some Reflections  —  I messed up.  I owe everyone an explanation.  —  It is clear from the feedback over the past two months that many members felt we lacked respect and humility in the way we announced the separation of DVD and streaming, and the price changes.
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Bill Gurley / abovethecrowd.com:
Understanding Why Netflix Changed Pricing  —  Many journalists have offered their opinion on Netflix's recent changes, its stock price decline, and their even more recent branding changes (Qwikster).  Yet in each article, it appears as if the journalist all agree that the price move …
Anthony Taormina / Game Rant:
Netflix Disc-Based Service Becomes Qwikster, Will Offer Video Games … Though popular movie rental service Netflix has come under fire recently for separating its streaming and disc-based services into two distinct pricing categories, the company is not done making some bold changes.
Discussion: Joystiq
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Uh Oh ... Qwikster Already Has A Lively Twitter Account, But It's Not Owned By Netflix  —  Movie delivery service Netflix has just announced that it is rebranding its DVD-by-mail service as Qwikster and that it will keep calling its streaming service Netflix.
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
Why Reed Hastings Should be Applauded for Netflix Split
Thanks:msuster
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Wallet, Confirmed  —  M.G. Siegler reports that Google might be launching its somewhat delayed Google Wallet service sometime today.  From the looks of it, it might actually be out in the wild.  Our own Ian Kennedy snapped this photo at a Peet's Coffee shop near our offices in downtown San Francisco.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Wallet Launch Largely Symbolic But Important
Discussion: jacquesmattheij.com and SlashGear
Jake Smith / 9to5Mac:
As iCloud and iOS 5 launch nears, Apple plans iCloud backup reset for Sept. 22  —  According to a posting on the Apple Developer boards this afternoon, Apple will be resetting iCloud Backup data on Thursday, September 22nd.  We believe Apple is performing this reset for the release of iOS 5 GM …
Daniel P / PhoneArena:
Alleged next iPhone component shot reveals Apple A5 chip  —  Now we don't know if this is supposed to show the internals of the next iPhone, or the rumored affordable version, dubbed iPhone 4S, and we also can't vouch if this is real at all, but we were sent a link to a snapshot posted on Weibo …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google buys European Groupon clone, snaps up German website DailyDeal  —  With reports that Google's Groupon competitor Google Offers has gotten off to a slow start, the company has announced another acquisition in the Daily Deals space, snapping up German deal site DailyDeal.
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Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
No Barriers To Exit: 33% Of All Groupon Clones Have Been Shut Down Or Sold This Year
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Bloomberg:
AT&T Said to Seek Asset Sales to Save Bid for T-Mobile  —  AT&T Inc. (T) is approaching smaller rivals including MetroPCS Communications Inc. (PCS) and Leap Wireless International Inc. (LEAP) to sell spectrum and subscribers as part of an attempt to save its $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA Inc. …
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Metro Apps to Be Sold Only From Microsoft's App Store  —  Metro apps for Windows 8 will be available only through Microsoft's own store, the company said at its BUILD Windows conference last week.  —  But although Microsoft went to pains to say that it would not discuss the business end of the app store …
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Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Windows 8: BFD — Big Forking Decision
Discussion: PC World and Softpedia News
Horace Dediu / asymco:
OS turning circles: Questioning Windows' maneuverability
Discussion: ExtremeTech
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Exclusive: unannounced Motorola Android tablet caught on film, possibly a 7-incher  —  We've obtained exclusive footage this morning of a new Motorola tablet (shown above) that looks to be a lot sleeker and thinner than the 10-inch Xoom that launched earlier this year; the slightly angled corners …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Samsung planning legal offensive against Apple's unreleased iPhone 5  —  Samsung has already planned out an aggressive legal strategy to block sales of Apple's unannounced iPhone 5 when it arrives in Korea, a new report claims.  —  Insiders at the South Korean electronics giant indicated …
Avril Ormsby / Reuters:
News International to pay $4.7 million to settle hacking case  —  (Reuters) - News International is expected to pay about three million pounds($4.7 million) to settle hacking claims by the family of murder victim Milly Dowler against the now defunct News of the World newspaper, sources close to the case told Reuters on Monday.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Ahead of Possible iPhone Launch, Sprint Tightens Upgrade and Return Policies  —  Sprint intends to do away with a program that gave longtime customers the ability to upgrade their phones as often as every year.  —  The company said last week that it plans to kill off its Sprint Premier program …
Nilay Patel / This is my next:
HP's 7-inch TouchPad Go leaks out on Chinese forum  —  The seven-inch TouchPad Go (codenamed “Opal") was reportedly just weeks away from shipping before the company suddenly decided to kill off webOS hardware entirely, and it appears a few units made it out into the wild …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple said to release new iPhone 5 alongside China-focused ‘iPhone 4-plus’  —  J.P. Morgan revealed on Monday that its proprietary research suggests Apple will release two new iPhone models this fall: a newly redesigned “iPhone 5,” along with an upgraded “iPhone 4-plus” that would target …
New York Times:
Google to Face Congressional Antitrust Hearing  —  Google's slogan may be don't be evil, but a growing chorus of antitrust regulators in the United States and Europe want to know if the company has lived up to that creed.  —  This week, those concerns — especially whether Google gives …
 
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Opera Acquires Mobile App Store Handster
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Social Loyalty And Rewards Platform CrowdTwist Raises $6M From SoftBank And Others
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Twitter Adding More Data Center Space (Again)
Discussion: The Next Web
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Dell shrugs off harbingers of PC doom
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Study: Facebook ‘App Economy’ Adds Over 200K Jobs, Contributes More Than $15B To The U.S. Economy
Juliette Garside / Guardian:
Mobile phone bonanza ‘over’, despite demand in developing markets
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Associated Press Teams With 40 Newspapers On Mobile Coupons
Discussion: Mashable! and Poynter
Tomio Geron / Forbes:
How One Start-up Plans To Use eBay's X.commerce Platform
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Chris Dixon / cdixon's posterous:
bitcasa and convergent encryption
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Feature: UNIVAC: the troubled life of America's first computer
Mark Drajem / Bloomberg:
Google's Schmidt Urges Support for Jobs Bill, Stimulus
Discussion: Business Insider
Semil Shah / TechCrunch:
The Mobile Picture Wars, The Moskovitz Manifesto, And Other Big Themes From TC Disrupt SF
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sequoia's Doug Leone: We Are ‘Thrilled’ To Be Investors In Color, ‘Stay Tuned’ For The Pivot
Discussion: Mark Evans Tech, Thanks:leenarao
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