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10:05 PM ET, September 19, 2011


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Osama Bedier / The Official Google Blog:
Launching Google Wallet on Sprint and working with Visa, American Express and Discover  —  In May we announced Google Wallet—an app that makes your phone your wallet—with Citi, MasterCard, Sprint and First Data.  With Google Wallet, you can tap, pay and save using your phone and near field communication (NFC).
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google Wallet Goes Live, But You Probably Won't Be Able to Use It Yet  —  As rumored, Google just announced that it is officially launching its cell phone-based mobile payment solution Google Wallet today.  After introducing the service in May and launching a limited trial at the time …
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Google Wallet review: photos, videos, and availability  —  After a reveal back in May and the promise of a summer launch in New York and San Francisco, Google and its partners have started rolling out an update to Sprint's Nexus S 4G today that enables Google Wallet — the most ambitious US deployment …
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.
Bill Gurley /
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 …
Discussion: TechNet Blogs and PC Magazine
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
10 things to remember about Netflix while scratching your head about Qwikster
Discussion: Fast Company
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Uh Oh ... Qwikster Already Has A Lively Twitter Account, But It's Not Owned By Netflix
Aaron Smith / Pew Internet:
Americans and Text Messaging  —  Some 83% of American adults own cell phones and three-quarters of them (73%) send and receive text messages.  The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project asked those texters in a survey how they prefer to be contacted on their cell phone and 31% …
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
Pew: 73% of Cell Phone Owners Text
Discussion: Pew Internet and INFOdocket
Topher Kessler / CNET News:
OS X Lion passwords can be changed by any local user  —  In OS X, user passwords are encrypted and then are stored in files called “shadow files” which are placed in secure locations on the drive.  Based on system permissions, the contents of these files can then only be accessed and modified by the user …
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 …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Why Verizon just launched a $99 LTE phone  —  Verizon introduced a new Android smartphone on Monday.  The Pantech Breakout runs on Verizon's fast 4G network but will only cost $99 after rebate when it appears in stores on Thursday.  The low purchase price requires a two-year contract …
PC Magazine:
AT&T vs. Verizon: LTE, Head-to-Head
Discussion: GSMArena Blog and FierceWireless
Animal rights group PETA to launch pornography website  —  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), no stranger to attention-grabbing campaigns featuring nude women, plans to launch a pornography website in the name of animal rights.  —  Imogen Bailey appears in a PETA advert.
Discussion: PC Magazine
Mike Shields / Digiday:
Microsoft Pins TV Hopes on Xbox  —  Many in the media industry have wondered whether Microsoft's Xbox gaming console represents a looming threat to the cable industry, given its growing library of video options, including TV and movie rentals and Netflix streaming.  It turns out Xbox might replace the cable box.
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. …
Google asks Android devs to prep apps for Ice Cream Sandwich  —  Google teaches devs to allow, block phones in ICS  —  Google gave notice to developers that they should change their apps to support Ice Cream Sandwich.  Anyone writing apps for Android 3 (Honeycomb) has been asked …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Why this image is most likely a retooled iPhone 4 prototype, not the iPhone 5 [Updated]  —  A new image has been posted on China's Weibo social news site that shows a front panel, battery and processing chip of an iPhone.  The parts that are displayed have led some to believe …
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 …
Discussion: Guardian, SlashGear, I4U News and PadGadget, Thanks:jakeosmith
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
Poke You!  (Not!)  Facebook Quietly Hides The Poking  —  Can you find a poke button on Facebook?  —  Facebook has quietly tucked this feature into a pull-down menu in the right-hand corner of profiles.  —  The label for this menu consists only of a gear icon and a down arrow.
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 HP suddenly decided to kill off webOS hardware entirely, and it appears a few units made it out into the wild — check out these photos …
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Dell shrugs off harbingers of PC doom  —  Michael Dell says he has little interest in buying Hewlett-Packard's PC business, but the Dell chief executive says his computer company is poised to gain market share as its larger rival undergoes a comprehensive restructuring.
Discussion: WinRumors, eWeek and Business Insider
Frank Gruber / Tech Cocktail:
Groupon Co-Founders Purchase The Historic Wrigley Building  —  Today it was confirmed that the Wrigley Building has been purchased in a joint venture that includes investor Byron Trott and the co-founders of Groupon Inc., Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky.  We first reported the potential acquisition …
Discussion: Chicago Sun Times and Bloomberg
Tomio Geron / Forbes:
Identified Launches Its People-Ranking Professional Search Engine  —  Brendan Wallace and Adeyemi Ajao, co-founders of Identified  —  A new professional job search engine built on Facebook data called Identified, is launching in public beta Monday with technology for ranking people on a scale of 0 to 100 …
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple closes trading at all-time high of $411.63, up 10.1% since Jobs stepped down
Discussion: Bits and 9to5Mac
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Manifesto-Driven Unthink Promises a Social Network Where Users Own Their Accounts
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Senators have privacy issues with background screening firm
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Viacom Demands to Be Repaid $131 Million From Shareholders of ‘Rock Band’ Maker
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Google's Page and Oracle's Ellison meet for settlement talks
Discussion: Bloomberg and GMSV
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MySpace Delays Announcement As Traffic Tumbles
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