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8:20 PM ET, September 24, 2011

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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple blacking out vacation days during second week of October  —  Apple is quietly denying requests for employee vacations during the second week of October, hinting that the company currently anticipates an influx of customers to its stores around that time related to availability of its new iOS 5 and fifth-generation iPhone products.
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Nilay Patel / This is my next:
Exclusive: Motorola Spyder (Droid RAZR for Verizon?) features industry-first qHD Super AMOLED display, LTE, dual-core processor  —  Well hello there, Motorola Spyder.  A trusted source just sent us some photos of this as-yet announced dual-core LTE Moto handset — the first phone we've ever seen …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yes, Google Drive Is Coming.  For Real This Time.  —  About a month ago, some additions to the code in Chromium (the open source browser behind Chrome) suggested that the long-fabled “GDrive” may be on the verge of actually launching.  A week later, user-facing proof started appearing.
Discussion: wiseCom
Christopher Trout / Engadget:
Motorola Xoom 2 evidence mounts — new photos, rumored specs and a Media Edition?  —  Talk of a younger, slimmer Motorola Xoom just keeps on coming.  A helpful tipster is adding fuel to the rumors of a Xoom 2 with these shots of a similar, but not exactly identical Motorola tablet.
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Sean Hollister / This is my next:
Exclusive: Motorola Xoom 2 is 9mm thick, shoots 1080p, streams Netflix in HD  —  Sure, we just brought you details on the 4.3-inch Droid RAZR (or Spyder), but now we're hunting bigger game — like a 10.1-inch Motorola Xoom 2 that's just 9mm thick.  That's still a hair thicker …
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Moneyball for tech startups  —  Moneyball, the film based on Michael Lewis's excellent book about the business of baseball, opens this weekend.  —  If you haven't read the book or seen the trailer, the basic idea is: Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane — played in the film by Brad Pitt …
Discussion: @mathewi and @stevecheney
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Verizon backs Samsung in Apple 4G injunction battle  —  Verizon has demanded that US courts reject Apple's request for a preliminary sales injunction against the Samsung Infuse 4G, Galaxy S 4G, Droid Charge and Galaxy Tab 10.1, arguing that doing so would “run counter to the public interest.”
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Windows Phone proven to access location data without authorisation  —  Windows Phone 7 camera location notification  —  Claims in a lawsuit against Microsoft over Windows Phone location management have been proven true.  —  Microsoft has been accused of tracking Windows Phone locations without explicit end user consent.
Dan Lyons / Real Dan Lyons Web Site:
All of life has been utterly, profoundly changed thanks to Facebook's new features, and nothing will ever be the same, and all I can do is sit here and weep at the beauty and magic that Mark Zuckerberg has brought to this world  —  I don't mean to overhype this, but frankly …
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches Music Dashboard That Shows What Friends Are Listening to Across Services
Jan Hoffman / New York Times:
Therapists Are ‘Seeing’ Patients Online  —  THE event reminder on Melissa Weinblatt's iPhone buzzed: 15 minutes till her shrink appointment.  —  She mixed herself a mojito, added a sprig of mint, put on her sunglasses and headed outside to her friend's pool.  Settling into a lounge chair, she tapped the Skype app on her phone.
Discussion: Digital Trends
Greg Finn / Search Engine Land:
Google+ Gains Nearly 10 Million Users In First 2 Days Of Being Open To The Public  —  A Google+ post by Paul Allen, founder of ancestry.com and a self-proclaimed “unofficial Google+ statistician, shows significant growth of Google's social network since opening to the public.
 
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