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7:50 AM ET, September 22, 2011


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James B. Stewart / New York Times:
Voting to Hire a Chief Without Meeting Him  —  The mystery isn't why Hewlett-Packard is likely to part ways with its chief executive, Léo Apotheker, after just a year in the job.  It's why he was hired in the first place.  —  The answer, say many involved in the process, lies squarely with the troubled Hewlett board.
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
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:   Tick, Tick, Tick, HP Board: The Time to Act Is Today
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman Being Considered for HP CEO Job to Replace Apotheker
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Employee Reveals Killer Facebook Music Feature In Deleted Tweet  —  Facebook Music is launching tomorrow.  This, everyone knows.  But not everyone knows exactly how it will work, since Facebook been tweaking things right up until launch.  But tonight one Facebook employee accidentally revealed …
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 …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Fall Event  —  Mark Sigal asks a good question …
Discussion: parislemon
Tony Romm / Politico:
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.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Congress doesn't get Google, and it doesn't get Congress  —  Is Google evil?  Members of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights tried to decide that today in a hearing on Google's market power and whether it is beneficial for consumers or not.
Discussion: BGR
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
How Quickly We Forget: Google's Competitors Falsely Claim Google Dominates Because It Was ‘First’
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Is Google A Monopoly? “We're In That Area,” Admits Schmidt
Discussion: SlashGear and TG Daily
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Google's Schmidt, Senators bicker over whether links were ‘cooked’
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.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft confirms Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” will roll-out in next two weeks
Discussion: WMPoweruser and SlashGear, Thanks:rahadyan
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.
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Facebook users protest changes to News Feed, new ‘ticker’  —  Maybe it's time for Facebook to finally roll out that “dislike” button.  —  Facebook is getting an earful about changes it made to the News Feed right before its annual developers conference Thursday.
Steven Bertoni / Forbes:
Sean Parker: Agent Of Disruption  —  Pointed toward his 18-acre compound in Marin County, Sean Parker rips through the night fog on the Golden Gate Bridge in a stealthy Audi S6 that masks a Lamborghini engine, one pale hand on the wheel, the other toggling through thousands of songs uploaded on the car's sound system.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Sherilynn Macale / The Next Web:   Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning are building a new live video startup called Airtime
Jennifer Valentino-Devries / Wall Street Journal:
‘Stingray’ Phone Tracker Fuels Constitutional Clash  —  For more than a year, federal authorities pursued a man they called simply “the Hacker.”  Only after using a little known cellphone-tracking device—a stingray—were they able to zero in on a California home and make the arrest.
Discussion: Digits and
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
A Galaxy S Sequel With Big-Screen Ambitions  —  In the crowded and sometimes confusing market for smartphones based on Google's Android operating system, Samsung's Galaxy models have been among the best and most popular.  Launched last year on multiple carriers, the Galaxy S models …
Dan Rowinski / ReadWriteWeb:
Intuit Showcases Mobile Payments Innovation, Introduces Dongle-to-Debit Card  —  Financial management system Intuit had an event in Mountain View this evening to show off its next generation of mobile payment solutions.  From its dongle-based Square competitor, GoPayment …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple purchasing flash memory from Japan to reduce reliance on Samsung  —  Apple is increasing purchases of flash memory from Japanese suppliers in an effort to scale back its dependance on Samsung for components, as the two companies continue their legal dispute, a new report claims.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
YouTube Integrates Magisto's “Magical Video Editing” Tool  —  Yeesh — talk about a grand debut.  After just going into public beta and announcing a $5.5 million Series B yesterday, cloud-based video editing service Magisto will later today announce a rather huge new partner: Youtube.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Color Targets New Facebook-Powered App Exclusively To Harvard Students  —  With Sequoia's Doug Leone talking up Color Labs' next pivot at TechCrunch Disrupt, and in-the-wild signs of a Color Labs Facebook app called Blue already beginning to appear, it seems like many are rapt in anticipation …
Discussion: @parislemon
Paul Sawers / The Next Web: aims to drive pageviews, adds a follow button to all hosted blogs  —  Users of the free ‘hosted’ service may have noticed some changes to their website today.  —  The blogging service has added a small button to the bottom of each blog which is designed to help increase page views.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Nokia appoints research chief as new CTO - he'll be based in Silicon Valley  —  Nokia this morning announced that it has appointed Henry Tirri, formerly Head of Nokia Research Centre, as its new chief technology officer and executive vice president.  —  He's replacing former CTO Richard Green …
LivingSocial Weighs $6B Funding Instead of IPO  —  LivingSocial may raise more than $200 million in funding that would give it a valuation of as much as $6 billion, rather than proceeding with plans for an initial public offering, people with knowledge of the matter said.
Discussion: CNET News and DealBook
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
YouTube Now Converting 2D Videos To 3D, Removes 15 Minute Limit For Verified Users  —  I hate 3D videos.  Chances are, you hate 3D videos too.  And yet, the electronics makers of the world insist on shoving 3D display technology into everything from TVs to smartphones …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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Discussion: AllThingsD
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
What Are You Doing With Your iPad? Playing Around, Buying Apps, Watching Netflix.
Discussion: Electronista
Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
Zynga's Revenue Growth Rate Is Slowing
Discussion: Reuters
Paul Roberts / threatpost:
Massachusetts Attorney General, Victim of an iTunes Scam, Says She'll Demand Answers
Discussion: MacNN, 9to5Mac and BGR
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Windows 8, Amazon tablets will hurt Android more than iPad
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Pandora rolls out HTML5 redesign to everyone, drops 40 hour listening cap
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Google evangelist warns Facebook could be the next AOL or IBM
Discussion: New Media Age