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1:15 PM ET, September 21, 2011

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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple's Next Event to Be Held on October 4, Starring Its New CEO  —  That's the day Apple is currently expected to hold its next big media event, according to sources close to the situation, where the tech giant will unveil the next iteration of its popular iPhone.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
If iPhone 5 is unveiled Oct. 4, when will it go on sale?  —  “Sources close to the situation” say within a few weeks.  History suggests earlier.  —  All Things Digital's John Paczkowski reports that Apple (AAPL) plans to unveil the new iPhone at a special event on Tuesday Oct. 4.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman Being Considered for HP CEO Job to Replace Apotheker  —  Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman is being considered by Hewlett-Packard directors as a possible candidate for CEO, in a move that would replace its current leader Léo Apotheker, according to several sources close to the situation.
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Bloomberg:
HP's Board Is Said to Weigh Ousting Apotheker After Less Than Year as CEO  —  Hewlett-Packard Co.'s board plans to meet to consider whether to oust Leo Apotheker as chief executive officer after less than 11 months on the job, two people familiar with the matter said.
Tom Conrad / Pandora:
New Pandora for All  —  Today is a big day for Pandora: after more than a year of planning, design, engineering, and beta testing we're launching an entirely new Pandora website.  —  In late 2010 we started with a clean sheet of paper, challenging ourselves to create a new internet radio experience …
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Jeremy Stoppelman / Yelp Official Blog:
Seeking a level playing field...  Yelp helps consumers find great local businesses.  One important way consumers find Yelp is through a search on Google.  —  You may have heard that a number of government officials are investigating whether Google has violated state and federal anti-trust laws.
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Wall Street Journal:
Google Rivals Are Readying An Antitrust Assault in D.C.  —  Three Internet companies—Nextag Inc., Yelp Inc. and Expedia Inc.—are gearing up to attack Google Inc. on Capitol Hill, claiming the company is taking new profits for itself by unfairly punishing them on its search engine.
Bloomberg:
Google Ad Rate for Microsoft Said to Be Under U.S. Investigation
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Google spurns Oracle $2.2 billion Android damage claim  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc urged a federal judge to reject an Oracle Corp expert's recommendation that it pay more than $2.2 billion for infringing on patents for Java technology used in the Android operating system.
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Bloomberg:   Google, Oracle CEOs Said to Make Little Headway in Patent Talks
Reuters:
French papers team up to break Apple stranglehold  —  (Reuters) - Apple's tight control over media content on its iPad is about to fall foul of some of France's most powerful newspapers and magazines, which hope that by teaming up they can stop the technology giant from dictating the terms of their distribution.
Discussion: 9to5Mac, Inquirer and Electronista
Tim Carmody / Wired.com:
Google+ Suddenly Looks Pretty Busy For A Ghost Town  —  Google+ is opening up.  The service that the enthusiastic and curious once begged to join is now open to anyone with a Google account, except those unfortunate Apps users (what's up with that?).  Users new and old also get to play …
David Goldman / CNN Money:
Microsoft's plan to stop Bing's $1 billion bleeding  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Bing, Microsoft's two-year old search engine, is losing nearly a $1 billion a quarter, with no sign of letting up.  —  Microsoft ( MSFT, Fortune 500) has lost $5.5 billion on Bing since the search service launched in June 2009 …
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
The Man Who Would Have Facebook  —  PAUL CEGLIA IS A PUDGY 38-YEAR-OLD, with greasy black hair and creases around his light brown eyes, a serial small-time entrepreneur who could sell you the Brooklyn Bridge.  “He's got tremendous confidence,” said Bill Castle, an upstate hotelier …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Twitter to launch political advertising  —  Trying to capitalize its status as a hub of the national political conversation, the social networking giant Twitter is beginning for the first time this week to sell political advertising, executives told POLITICO.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Microsoft And Nokia Release Windows Phone Porting Guides For Symbian Developers  —  Microsoft and Nokia have teamed up on a package of new tools aimed at getting Nokia developers prepared for the transition to Windows Phone.  Announced today are three jointly developed tools and guides …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Andreessen Horowitz Leads $40M Round In Smartphone Security Company Lookout  —  Lookout, a company that offers security services for a number of smartphones, has raised $40 million in new funding led by Andreessen Horowitz.  Current investors Khosla Ventures, Accel Partners and Index Ventures also participated in the round.
Discussion: VentureBeat and AllThingsD
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple finds a use for some of those first-generation iPads  —  Donates thousands to teachers in America's poorest schools  —  Teach for America might sound like a fun way to spend a couple years after college, but it's a pretty tough gig.  With just five-weeks training, recent graduates …
Discussion: SlashGear
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Netflix, Discovery Ink Expanded Two-Year Licensing Agreement  —  Even more news from the Netflix camp, which has just signed an agreement with media juggernaut Discovery Communications to renew and expand their licensing deal.  —  The companies this morning announced a two-year …
Paul Krill / Computerworld:
Adobe forges ahead with Flash 11 as industry turns away  —  Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 are announced just as Microsoft chooses HTML5 over plug-ins like Flash in Metro version of IE10  —  Adobe has moved forward with its Flash-based strategy, announcing today Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 for creating …
Twitter Blog:
Share a photo via text message  —  Sending a text message (or SMS message) has always been one of the easiest ways to share information and keep up with your favorite accounts on Twitter.  SMS is currently available in about 80 countries and nine languages and usage continues to grow.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Gling?  Glam Buys Ning for $200 Million, Mostly in Stock  —  Glam Media, a social content platform for sites primarily targeting women, said it's buying Ning, the custom social-platform start-up co-founded by Marc Andreessen.  —  The purchase price wasn't disclosed, but sources close …
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Brad Molen / Engadget:
AT&T launches new global messaging plans, lets you comfortably roam  —  The largest GSM carrier in the country is popular amongst travelers because you can use nearly all of its phones anywhere in the world.  Messaging whilst abroad, however, has always been an expensive headache since …
Amy Gahran / CNN:
New law bans warrantless cell phone searches  —  Editor's note: Amy Gahran writes about mobile tech for CNN.com.  She is a San Francisco Bay Area writer and media consultant whose blog, Contentious.com, explores how people communicate in the online age.  —  (CNN) — If you get arrested …
Discussion: Gizmodo, IntoMobile and PhoneArena
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Amazon launches Kindle book-lending service with 11,000 US libraries  —  We knew that Amazon was working to launch its own Kindle Lending Library service but today the internet retailer has taken the wraps off its book borrowing service that will see Kindle users be able to check …
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Google draws a big blue Google+ ad on its homepage  —  Have you visited Google.com today?  —  Now that Google+ is available to everyone in the world, the company is making it crystal clear in reminding its users it's now open to the masses.  Check out the shot below of the enormous arrow animation …
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Todd Haselton / BGR:
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Arthur de Haan / The Windows Blog:
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