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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 …
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.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
HAH! Guess How Much Money Soon-To-Be-Canned HP CEO Apotheker Will Get For His Lousy Year Of Work
Discussion: Pulse2
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.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Google's Schmidt, Senators bicker over whether links were ‘cooked’  —  Summary: A Senator charges that Google is cooking links to favor its own properties.  Google's Eric Schmidt said “I can assure you we haven't cooked anything.”  —  Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and a panel …
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
Discussion: All Facebook and The Next Web
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.
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
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Social Commerce Network Lockerz Acquires Personalized Video Curation Platform Vodpod  —  Exclusive-Flush with $45 million new funding in new funding, Kleiner-backed social commerce network Lockerz has acquired personalized video curation platform Vodpod and all related assets from parent company Remixation.
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 …
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 …
Todd Haselton / BGR:
AT&T Samsung GALAXY S II launches October 2nd for $199.99  —  AT&T confirmed on Wednesday that its Samsung GALAXY S II smartphone will be available on October 2nd for $199.99 with a new two-year contract.  The Samsung GALAXY S II is equipped with a dual-core 1.2GHz Samsung Exynos processor …
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
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Reuters:
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Bloomberg:
AT&T Gave $963,275 to Lawmakers Urging Approval of T-Mobile Bid
Arthur de Haan / The Windows Blog:
Follow-up on the Sept 8 service outage
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Google spurns Oracle $2.2 billion Android damage claim
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Gilt Groupe Investor Matrix Partners Leads $33M Round In Fashion Retail And Styling Platform JustFabulous
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Myriam Joire / Engadget:
HP's unreleased white TouchPad and Pre 3 for AT&T (hands-on video)