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6:30 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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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple board member Al Gore, speaking at conference, ‘confirms’ new iPhones in October - that's PLURAL  —  Former Vice President and Apple board member Al Gore has confirmed that new iPhones will be released in October.  He specifically stated that 'the new iPhones would be out next month …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
If iPhone 5 is unveiled Oct. 4, when will it go on sale?
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.
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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.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
HAH!  Guess How Much Money Soon-To-Be-Canned HP CEO Apotheker Will Get For His Lousy Year Of Work  —  HP CEO Leo Apotheker hasn't done a very good job since he was promoted to the top slot last year.  —  You can tell because the board is debating whether or not to fire him in public.
Discussion: Pulse2
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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Brian Heater / Engadget:   Pandora rolls out HTML5 redesign to everyone, drops 40 hour listening cap
Dominic Leung / Gmail Blog:
Introducing multiple sign-in and preferences on Gmail for mobile  —  Posted by Posted by Dominic Leung, Mobile Software Engineer  —  The Gmail for mobile team works hard to bring you features that make you more productive on the go.  Today, we will highlight some new features for Gmail in your mobile browser.
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.
Eric Hautala / The Windows Blog:
Where's Mango?  An update on timing  —  Hi everybody.  Given all the recent speculation around the timing of our Mango update, I wanted to bring you up to speed on what to expect next.  —  For months, we and dozens of our partner companies have been laying the groundwork for the Windows Phone 7.5 update—and making solid progress.
Tony Romm / Reuters:
At Google antitrust hearing, Senate questions neutrality  —  A critical hearing Wednesday on Google's business practices saw lawmakers praising the company's growth but expressing concern that its dominance in search and expansion into other areas might harm smaller competitors.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Acquires Julpan, The Startup By The Guy Who Helped Perfect Google Search  —  In 2006, Google acquired the exclusive rights to a search algorithm called Orion.  They outbid Yahoo and Microsoft on the deal, which was the PhD work of a 26-year-old University of New South Wales student named Ori Allon.
Bloomberg:
Google Ad Rate for Microsoft Said to Be Under U.S. Investigation  —  Sept. 21 (Bloomberg) — U.S. antitrust enforcers are investigating whether Google Inc. illegally increased advertising rates 50-fold for rival Microsoft Corp., according to a person familiar with the matter.
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Joshua Reich / BankSimple Blog:
A First Look at BankSimple  —  We've been very cautious on our blog and website about talking about what we've been building.  Instead, we've focused on our vision.  Today that is changing: Below is a first public sneak peek of BankSimple.  We think it's far more powerful to show than tell.
Deepak Vijaywargi / Bing:
Take Action on Bing  —  Helping you get things done faster is a big focus for us at Bing.  —  Whether it's checking the status of your flight, accessing your online banking account or booking a room at a hotel, we are constantly exploring ways to help you make faster decisions.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Buys Customer Service SaaS Assistly For $50M To Reach Small Businesses  —  Salesforce has just bought social customer service SaaS startup Assistly.  The purchase price is $50 million, and the deal is all-cash.  —  Assistly helps companies collect and organize …
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: AppleInsider, Electronista, TUAW and Macgasm
Bloomberg:
AT&T Gave $963,275 to Lawmakers Urging Approval of T-Mobile Bid  —  Sept. 21 (Bloomberg) — Representative Pete Olson and 99 fellow House Republicans signed a letter yesterday urging the Obama administration to resolve a government lawsuit and let AT&T Inc. buy T-Mobile USA Inc.
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Reuters:
U.S. judge sets February 13 for AT&T antitrust trial
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Increases Character Limit on Posts to 5000, Rolls Out Floating Navigation Bar and More Amid Unrest  —  Users part of the initial roll out of the news feed redesign announced yesterday are also receiving several other unannounced changes to Facebook's interface.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Shasta Ventures Closes New $265 Million III Fund  —  Menlo Park-based VC firm Shasta Ventures is announcing the closing of its Shasta Ventures III fund today, topping off at $265 million.  With the participation of mostly already existing investors, the fund will be the VC firm's largest raised to date …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
This Tweet Has Been Approved By... Political Ads Hit Twitter  —  We're just about a year away from the next Presidential election.  That means one thing: campaign ads.  A s**t ton of them.  Everywhere.  —  And that includes Twitter.  —  Yes, the old: “This message has been approved by....” is coming to Twitter starting today.
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Google evangelist warns Facebook could be the next AOL or IBM  —  Vint Cerf says Facebook's closed model risks it becoming a ‘walled garden’ unconnected from other networks and websites  —  Vint Cerf, Google's chief internet evangelist, and the man who designed one of the key building blocks …
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: AppleInsider, TechCrunch and Geek.com
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: VatorNews, VentureBeat and AllThingsD
Lisa Fleisher / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Funds Go to Teachers  —  Some of Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million gift to the Newark school system will be given directly to public schoolteachers, one year after the Facebook founder announced the donation, said three people familiar with the plans.  —  The foundation that manages …
 
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Todd Haselton / BGR:
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Google spurns Oracle $2.2 billion Android damage claim
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Brad Molen / Engadget:
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Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
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