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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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
On Wednesday, Amazon Will Unveil The “Kindle Fire”  —  Last Friday, Amazon sent out invites to a press conference being held this coming Wednesday.  They didn't give away any details in the invite, but given our scoop earlier this month, everyone assumed it was to unveil the new Kindle tablet.
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Most - But Not All - Big Magazine Publishers Sign On For Amazon's Tablet  —  In 2010, magazine publishers got giddy about the prospects of selling their stuff on the iPad.  This year's version of the story: Lots of enthusiasm, tempered with a little bit of skepticism, over Amazon's new tablet.
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
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook's iPad App Was Feature Complete In May, But They Won't Release It, So The Developer Quit  —  You may recall that two months ago, we found and leaked Facebook's iPad app.  What was especially awesome is that the entire app was buried in the code for Facebook's iPhone app, you just had to do a few tricks to enable it.
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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.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
No iPhone in Sight, T-Mobile Doubles Down on Android  —  Not expecting to be part of next week's iPhone party, T-Mobile on Monday announced two new phones that it hopes will keep it in the forefront of the minds of consumers looking for a powerful smartphone.  —  One is its flavor of Samsung's Galaxy S II.
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.
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.
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
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.
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Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Spotify responds to criticism of forced Facebook logins with new statement
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
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Signing in to Windows 8 with a Windows Live ID … Each Windows user wants to have the ability to set up and use a PC in a way that is unique to them.  Doing so, however, can be challenging in today's multiple user and multiple PC environment.  We know that shared PC usage is common …
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook denies cookie tracking allegations  —  Summary: Facebook has denied allegations that it can track what you're doing online even if you log out of the social network.  In fact, one of the company's engineers says Facebook cookies aren't used for tracking at all.
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.”
Discussion: Technologizer and blog.chron.com
The Official Google Blog:
From the desert to the web: bringing the Dead Sea Scrolls online  —  (Cross-posted on the Nonprofits Blog, the Google.org Blog and the European Public Policy Blog)  —  It's taken 24 centuries, the work of archaeologists, scholars and historians, and the advent of the Internet …
Chris Mellor / The Register:
EMC supremo Joe Tucci to quit as CEO  —  Will assume chairman's position by 2013  —  EMC CEO Joe Tucci, the long-serving boss of the world's largest storage company, has confirmed he will step down by the end of next year.  —  Talking to the WSJ, he said that at the end of 2012 …
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.
Electronista:
Nielsen: Android climbs to 43% in US, iPhone still at 28%  —  Nielsen says Android chewing non-iPhones in August  —  Android is still growing in the US, but is taking all its share from non-iPhone rivals, Nielsen found on Monday.  Google was up from 40 percent in July to 43 percent in August …
Wall Street Journal:
Heading Off Privacy Problem—Before They Arise  —  With ‘privacy-impact assessments,’ companies understand how regulators and consumers will react to new products and services When General Electric Co. was getting ready to launch a home energy-monitoring appliance last year …
Discussion: AllThingsD
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Facebook forming own PAC to back candidates  —  Facebook confirmed it filed paperwork on Monday to start its own political action committee.  —  “FB PAC will give our employees a way to make their voice heard in the political process by supporting candidates who share our goals of promoting …
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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 …
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 …
 
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