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8:50 AM ET, September 27, 2011

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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Facebook iPad App Still Snagged in Negotiations  —  It was almost ready to make its long-awaited debut.  —  In June, I reported that the Facebook iPad application had been in the works for almost a year and was essentially complete.  According to people briefed on Facebook's plans at the time …
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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Facebook to Launch iPad App at Apple's iPhone 5 Event [EXCLUSIVE]  —  Facebook will launch its long-awaited iPad app at Apple's iPhone 5 launch event on Oct. 4, Mashable has learned.  In addition to the iPad app, Facebook is also expected to release a revamped version of its iPhone app …
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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Ryan Block / gdgt:
The Amazon tablet will look like a PlayBook — because it basically is.  —  As you might have heard from my man MG over at TechCrunch, Amazon's definitely got a Kindle tablet in the works, and supposedly looks a lot like RIM's failing (failed?)  PlayBook: techcrunch.com­/2011­/ 09­ …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Amazon Kindle, tablet lineup will test the water for bigger form factors in 2012
Discussion: Kindle Review, Thanks:beijingdou
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Delicious Relaunches Tonight: Exclusive Q&A with CEO Chad Hurley  —  Tonight is the relaunch of Delicious, the little bookmarking site that helped inspire a wave of social companies in the eight years since it was founded.  New owners Chad Hurley and Steve Chen (aka the creators of YouTube) …
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A New Flavor...Still Delicious  —  Hey there, we have some great news - the new Delicious site is now live!  Today's a big day for us, and there's lots to share.  We'll try to keep it brief so you can start using the new service and giving us feedback!  —  Back to Beta  —  “What if they say I'm no good?
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Denied Trademark for Multi-Touch  —  In a decision handed down by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Apple has been denied an application for a trademark on Multi-Touch.  Apple originally applied for the trademark on January 9, 2007, the day the iPhone was introduced.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft employees allegedly left “in droves” during Ballmer's company meeting speech  —  Microsoft employees allegedly left “in droves” during Steve Ballmer's recent speech at the recent annual Microsoft Company Meeting.  —  The claims were made in comments at mini-Microsoft …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Firefox Creator Says the Web is Dead Meat; Android Creator Disagrees  —  Joe Hewitt, one of the most important software developers in recent history, published a provocative and sad post on his personal blog today, predicting that unless the open and free Web gets someone to own …
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
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
Discussion: Redmond Pie
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 …
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Is New York's Tech Boom Sustainable?  —  The battle royale brewing between New York and Silicon Valley to be the nation's dominant epicenter for tech innovation and hot start-ups wages on.  —  On Monday night in downtown Manhattan, Paul Graham stood before a jam-packed auditorium of 800 entrepreneurs …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Betabeat
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Plus Traffic Went Up 1269% Last Week  —  New data from Experian Hitwise show a dramatic increase in traffic over the week since the service opened to everyone.  Visits to Google Plus increased by 1269% last week.  The site received 15 million U.S. visits, up from 1.1 million the week before.
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Facebook Defends Getting Data From Logged-Out Users  —  Facebook on Monday defended its practice of gathering data from “Like” buttons even after users have logged out, saying that the collection is part of a system to prevent improper logins and that the information is quickly deleted.
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Spotify responds to criticism of forced Facebook logins with new statement  —  Spotify has been taking a great deal of flak today about a change made to the service that forces newly registered users to log in using their Facebook IDs.  The streaming music service has just released …
Business Insider:
Guess Who Made The Highest Bid For Hulu  —  Remember how a group of bidders was circling around Hulu a couple weeks ago?  Whatever happened with that?  —  Two sources tell us that satellite TV provider Dish was the highest bidder, coming in around $1.9 billion.  It beat out both Amazon and Yahoo.
Discussion: Electronista
Electronista:
ASUS promises the ‘real ultrabook’ with UX launch October 11  —  ASUS UX ultralights get US intro at Oct 11 event  —  ASUS on Monday sent out invitations accompanied by a teaser page to mark the US arrival of its UX series ultrabooks in its first shot at dethroning the MacBook Air.
Discussion: Engadget, TechEye and thinq_
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Square COO: There's no value in NFC  —  The COO of mobile payment startup Square, Keith Rabois, thinks that the mobile payment technology Near Field Communications (NFC) has no value proposition for consumers and merchants, he said at GigaOM's Mobilize conference on Monday.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
MySQL.com Sold for $3k, Serves Malware  —  A security firm revealed today that mysql.com, the central repository for widely-used Web database software, was hacked and booby-trapped to serve visitors with malicious software.  The disclosure caught my eye because just a few days ago I saw evidence …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Tumblr Is A Pageview Machine, Now Bigger Than Wikipedia  —  If you are wondering why Tumblr just raised $85 million, all you have to do is look at its pageviews.  The super-easy blogging platform saw its pageviews jump from about 2 billion a month to 13 billion since the beginning of the year.
Star Chang / M.I.C. Gadget:
Fire Has Broken Out At Foxconn Plant again (Video)  —  Breaking news.  Yes, yet again, fire has broken out at one of the Foxconn factories in China this morning!  There are reports coming in of a substantial fire and possible explosion at a Foxconn plant in Yantai, a city in northeastern Shandong province of China.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Geek.com
Agam Shah / Macworld:
Intel: Mac Thunderbolt ports will support optical cables  —  Thunderbolt ports on Apple's current Macintosh computers will be compatible with upcoming fiber optic cables, which should be ready by next year.
Discussion: 9to5Mac, AppleInsider, Fudzilla, MacNN and TUAW
 
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Michael Gorman / Engadget:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Nokia Windows Phone is ‘absolutely stunning’
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