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2:40 PM ET, September 26, 2011

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Bloomberg:
Apple Cuts IPad Supply Chain Orders: JPMorgan  —  Apple Inc. is cutting orders to vendors in the supply chain for its iPad tablet computer, a move that may result in slower sales for companies including Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., JPMorgan Chase & Co. said in a report.
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple reportedly cuts iPad orders by 25% for Q4 - or production shifts to Brazil  —  Apple has reportedly cut its fourth-quarter iPad orders to China-based manufacturing partners by 25%, JP Morgan analysts Mark Moskowitz and Gokul Hariharan wrote in a research note on Sunday.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
The new iPhone...  It's time to show our cards.  —  If you crack open the casing of the new iPhone, you will find significant upgrades from the iPhone 4.  The new iPhone features Apple's dual-core A5 processor like the iPad 2 for even faster performance, better gaming, and drastically improved graphics.
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Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
The New Voice-Controlled Software Apple Is Planning For iPhone 5 Sounds Incredible  —  Apple's next iPhone will support new, expansive software features that turn the smartphone into a virtual personal assistant, Mark Gurman 9 to 5 Mac reports.  —  We've heard of many of these features in dribs and drabs …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Electronista
New York Times:
Netflix Secures Streaming Deal With DreamWorks  —  LOS ANGELES — DreamWorks Animation, the company behind successful movie franchises like “Madagascar” and “Shrek,” said it had completed a deal to pump its films and television specials through Netflix, replacing a less lucrative pact with HBO.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Netflix-DreamWorks deal is more spin than win
Discussion: BetaNews
James Hutchinson / iTnews.com.au:
Apple reduces Samsung tablet patent claims  —  Uses ‘eyes wide open’ attack.  —  Apple has reduced the number of patent claims it will pursue against Samsung in Australia to four following negotiations with the rival tablet maker.  —  The amended claim to the Federal Court of Australia came …
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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Verizon takes Samsung's side in spat with Apple
Discussion: ZDNet and FierceWireless
Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
Samsung Says It Can Meet Tablet Sales Target for 2011 Amid Apple Lawsuits
Discussion: Reuters
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Tumblr Lands $85 Million in Funding  —  Over the past few years, Tumblr, a microblogging service, has steadily built a community of fans and users who like the site's combination of social networking features and simple blogging tools that lets them quickly post photographs, videos, songs, links and bits of text.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Liveblogging President Obama's LinkedIn Town Hall on Jobs: Working My Last Wireless Nerve  —  Arriving at Silicon Valley's Computer History Museum, in the heart of the tech industry, with the leader of the free world talking jobs and digital, you might expect fantastic wireless access.
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The Facebook Chart That Freaks Google Out  —  The overhaul Facebook rolled out last week is meant, first and foremost, to keep users sticking around.  But, hyperbole aside, Facebook is already crushing the rest of the Web when it comes to stickiness.  —  Check out this engagement chart, courtesy of Citigroup's Mark Mahaney.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Seattle Times
Mike Elgan / Cult of Mac:
Why Apple Needs a Real Social Network  —  In a single week, Facebook has become not just a competitor to Apple, but the Mother of All Apple Competitors.  —  Facebook this week announced a series of initiatives and partnerships that the New York Times says makes Facebook a “primary entertainment hub.”
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Amazon, Fox Streaming Deal Brings 11k Movies And TV Shows To Prime Instant Video  —  Amazon quietly announced a huge deal with Fox Broadcasting Company over the weekend.  Posting directly on Amazon.com, CEO Jeff Bezos brought the big news to Prime subscribers who will now have unlimited access …
Electronista:
Apple purported working on curved-glass iOS devices for 2012  —  Apple may opt for curved touchscreens in 1h 2012  —  An industry rumor on Monday claimed that Apple was developing mobile devices with curved glass.  The company has supposedly given part suppliers help by buying glass polishing hardware, Digitimes said.
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Facebook to offer free ads to small businesses, report says  —  Advertising has long been the lifeblood of Facebook, and now, the company is hoping small businesses will also find use for its ad platform, a new report claims.  —  Facebook is looking to partner with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zynga takes its most popular game, CityVille, to Google+  —  Zynga announced today it has taken its most popular game, CityVille, to the fledgling Google+ social network.  —  The move could be strategically important for both Google and Zynga, which need each other: Zynga needs Google …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Evri Comes To iPad With New Topic-Based News Reader  —  Realtime semantic startup Evri is debuting its brand-new iPad application today, where it joins the crowded “iPad news magazine” space filled with the likes of Flipboard, The Daily, Zite, Pulse, NewsMix, AOL Editions, News360 and others.
Lauri Apple / Gawker:
YouTube to Launch ‘Channels’ That Are Like TV Channels  —  Our favorite Internet place for watching the stars of tomorrow and the stars of yesterday is reportedly preparing to launch at least a dozen new channels in 2012.  Unlike Vevo and other existing “channels” that offer whatever unscheduled clips …
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
New Spotify users are now required to have a Facebook account  —  Facebook's recent integration with Spotify will certainly help make the music-streaming service a lot more social, but it seems that users are now required to have a Facebook account to sign-up for the service.
Betabeat:
Seamless, Fresh Out of Corporate Fetters, Buys MenuPages for $15 M. as GrubHub Comes Nipping  —  New York City-based online food ordering service Seamless, born SeamlessWeb during the dotcom boom in 1999, has purchased Menupages from New York magazine publisher New York Media for $15 million …
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Inside Sean Parker's Totally Deluxe Off-The-Hook Spotify Party  —  Facebook investor Sean Parker stole some of Facebook's thunder last night.  —  While Facebookers and F8 attendees were getting down at the official party, Parker was throwing a much smaller — but way cooler — party a few blocks away.
Discussion: Holler @
Chris Woodyard / USA Today:
Senator charges GM's OnStar invades privacy  —  General Motors' OnStar in-car communications system violates privacy, a U.S. senator is charging.  —  OnStar, used by 6 million Americans, maintains its two-way connection with a customer even after the service is discontinued …
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
The Guy Who Created Facebook's iPad App Just Quit Out Of Frustration And Took A Job At Google  —  Facebook engineer Jeff Verkoeyen has quit to take a job at Google — a striking reversal from the recent trend of employees moving the other way, forcing Google to pay seven-figure bonuses to keep them around.
 
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Howard Mintz / Mercury News:
Federal probe of eBay may turn on its quest for rival's ‘secret sauce.’
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PayPal Now Processing $315 Million In Payments Per Day
Discussion: FT Tech Hub
Tom Krazit / paidContent:
Why Cutting A Deal With Oracle Should Be Google's Top Android Priority
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Supercomputer Predicts Revolution
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