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11:25 AM 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, Apple's (AAPL) current go-to outlet for backchannel leaks, reports that the new iPhone will be unveiled at a special event on Tuesday Oct. 4.
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
Kim Hart / The Politico:   Mr. Schmidt goes to Washington
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 …
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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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 …
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Vikas SN / Mobile Knots:
Adobe announces 3D-Capable Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 with a slew of new features, coming in October
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 …
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 …
Mark Tonkelowitz / Facebook Blog:
Interesting News, Any Time You Visit  —  When you visit Facebook, you should see the things you're most interested in, like status updates from your family and closest friends.  Last week, we announced improvements to Friend Lists and a new Subscribe button to help you see more of what you care about, and less of what you don't.
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 …
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.
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 …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Windows Phone manager who tweeted inside info about Nokia device is out at Microsoft  —  A Windows Phone principal program manager has left the company two weeks after making headlines for tweeting his impressions of an unreleased Nokia phone running the Microsoft mobile operating system.
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 …
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 …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Stitcher gets $10M to personalize Internet talk radio  —  Stitcher, the Pandora of Internet talk radio, has raised $10 million as it capitalizes on the opportunity in non-music streaming radio.  The San Francisco company raised the money from New Enterprise Associates, which led the round …
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
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Startup Incubator TechStars Raises $24M, Increases Funding For Each Company By $100K  —  Startup incubator and network TechStars has raised $24 million in new funding from the Foundry Group, IA Ventures, Avalon Ventures, DFJ Mercury, SoftBank Capital, SVB Financial Group, RRE Ventures …
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Apple: Why It's Not In The Dow  —  An interesting question cropped up today: Why isn't Apple in the Dow Jones Industrial Average?  —  After all, Apple is now the world's largest company by market cap, with a value at today's close of $383 billion, well ahead of previous leader Exxon Mobil at $360 billion.
Dylan Love / Business Insider:
Here's What Sergey Brin Just Posted To Google+ After Not Using It For Weeks  —  We just called out a laundry list of senior Googlers for not using Google+.  —  Among them was Sergey Brin, whose last update was on August 29, sharing a picture of a blimp sailing over San Francisco.
Discussion: CNET News
Myriam Joire / Engadget:
HP's unreleased white TouchPad and Pre 3 for AT&T (hands-on video)  —  What's this?  Some of HP's unreleased WebOS devices?  Well yes!  Say hello to the white european TouchPad, the black TouchPad 4G for AT&T, the Pre 3 for AT&T, and our very own Veer 4G review unit, all gathered on a fine specimen of new century modern upholstery.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Gilt Groupe Investor Matrix Partners Leads $33M Round In Fashion Retail And Styling Platform JustFabulous  —  JustFabulous, a fashion retail and styling platform, has raised $33 million in Series A funding lead by Matrix Partners (who also invested in flash sales giant Gilt Groupe) …
Ellis Hamburger / Business Insider:
Remember Kazaa?  They Just Built An iPhone App To Compete With Spotify  —  Kazaa, perhaps the most popular peer to peer music piracy service circa Y2K, just announced the availability of its brand new iPhone app.  —  Except there's no piracy even remotely involved here …
Discussion: Engadget, everythingiCafe, TUAW and iPodNN
Instagram:
Introducing Instagram v2.0  —  Today, we're excited to announce the release of one of the largest revamps to the Instagram app since it launched nearly a year ago.  —  Since the day we launched, one core part of the app has remain largely unchanged: the camera.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Microsoft And Others Put $61M Into Intent-Driven Ad Technology Company Adchemy  —  Advertising technology company Adchemy has raised $61 million in Series E funding from Microsoft, August Capital and the Mayfield Fund.  This brings Adchemy's total funding to $120 million.
 
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Bloomberg:
Google, Oracle CEOs Said to Make Little Headway in Patent Talks
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Japan's Rakuten Acquires UK E-commerce Site Play.com For $39.2 Million
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Rosa Golijan / msnbc.com:
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google+ Renames Its Group Messaging App; From The Already Taken ‘Huddle’ To, Get This, ‘Messenger’
Dunstan Prial / Fox Business:
Feds: Full Tilt Poker a Giant ‘Ponzi Scheme’
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Internal T-Mobile memo says customers can keep rate plans following AT&T merger
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Food Delivery Search Engine GrubHub Raises $50M, Buys Campusfood And Allmenus
Discussion: The Daily Grub
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Amazon responds to complaints about poor working conditions in warehouses
Discussion: The Register and Gawker
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
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