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4:15 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 …
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.
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: Media Decoder
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
Why Reed Hastings Should be Applauded for Netflix Split
Discussion: GigaOM and @gruber, 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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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. …
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.
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 …
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:   Samsung Slaps Apple With Aussie Countersuit
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
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 …
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% …
Discussion: msnbc.com, Telecompetitor and Mashable
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Study: Facebook ‘App Economy’ Adds Over 200K Jobs, Contributes More Than $15B To The U.S. Economy  —  Although the U.S. employment and jobs economic outlook is bleak, a new study released today reports that Facebook is creating a thriving economy around its social network.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
 
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Associated Press Teams With 40 Newspapers On Mobile Coupons
Tomio Geron / Forbes:
How One Start-up Plans To Use eBay's X.commerce Platform
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