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8:30 AM ET, September 28, 2011

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Victor Agreda, Jr / TUAW:
Apple may discontinue the iPod shuffle and classic  —  We've been sitting on a tip for a while until things came into greater focus, but now that the speculation meter has exploded (see this CNet story), it's a good time to tell you all what we've heard.  It seems that the “product transition” …
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Donald Bell / CNET News:
Will Apple kill the iPod?
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
How the teardrop iPhone design wound up in the hands of every case maker in China  —  The idea of a next-generation iPhone shaped like a teardrop dates back to a report published by This is my next in late-April, describing a 3.7-inch iPhone with edge-to-edge glass and striking new design shape akin …
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple announces iPhone 5 event for Oct. 4
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Google's Biggest Threat Is Google  —  Google faces antitrust inquiries and competition from all corners.  But its biggest threat is Google itself, Larry Page, its chief executive and co-founder, said Tuesday.  —  “There are basically no companies that have good slow decisions,” …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Larry Page And Eric Schmidt Hold Court At Google Zeitgeist [Video]
Ryan Block / gdgt:
Oh, one more thing about the Amazon tablet: the second, better version is coming very soon  —  Yesterday I posted about how the Kindle teams used the RIM PlayBook to get a color e-reader product out the door (gdgt.com­/discuss­/the­- amazon­-tablet­-will­- look­-like­-...).
Thomas Ricker / This is my next:
MeeGo is dead: Meet Tizen, another new open source OS based on Linux  —  First there was Maemo and Moblin, combined to form MeeGo under the stewardship of Nokia and Intel.  The OS has been floundering after the defection of Nokia to Windows Phone, with plenty of rumors suggesting Intel's been looking for a buyer.
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Dan Frommer / SplatF:
“Tizen” is Intel and Samsung's answer to Android
Matt Mastracci / grack.com:
Google+ upcoming feature discoveries: Google Experts, the Facebook wall and more  —  I was snooping around the Google+ source code, trying to get early access to the new circle sharing feature when I came across some interesting features that haven't been discovered yet.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Groupon Closes The Redemption Loop With Loyalty Rewards  —  Groupon may be struggling to get its IPO out the door, but that is not stopping it from introducing new products.  Up until now, Groupon has built a billion-dollar business by getting local merchants to offer great one-time deals to consumers.
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Facebook Keeps A History Of Everyone Who Has Ever Poked You, Along With A Lot Of Other Data  —  Your Facebook report might be 100s of pages long  —  Across the pond, European law grants citizens a “right to access,” meaning that companies have to provide a person with all of the personal data they have on them if they request it.
Discussion: SiliconFilter and Gawker, Thanks:forbestech
Jeffrey Meisner / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Neutralizes Kelihos Botnet, Names Defendant in Case  —  Building on the recent successes of the Rustock and Waledac botnet takedowns, I'm pleased to announce that Microsoft has taken down the Kelihos botnet in an operation codenamed “Operation b79” using similar legal and technical measures …
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Seed funded startups ripe for shakeout, VCs say  —  Individual seed investors have been an increasingly powerful force in Silicon Valley's startup funding landscape.  But in an onstage conversation at GigaOM's Mobilize conference in San Francisco Tuesday, two venture capital heavyweights …
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Toshiba Thrive 7-inch coming in early December for less than $400 (hands-on)  —  Release a 10.1-inch Android Honeycomb tablet.  Shrink it.  Shave a few dollars off the price and release it.  That seems to be the checklist on the desk of every major Android tablet manufacturer …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Mango WiFi sharing to have hardware, driver, and carrier restrictions  —  Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” update has started rolling out.  With the release, Microsoft has finally confirmed that it will include the ability to share a data connection over WiFi to up to five computers …
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Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Windows Phone 7.5 ‘Mango’ release details and updated review
Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog:
Google asks to protect Android plans in AT&T, T-Mobile antitrust trial  —  Summary: In a bid to protect confidential information from “reaching competitors, or even the newspapers”, Google filed a motion to block the disclosure of its Android plans.  —  Google wants to protect confidential …
Discussion: Associated Press
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple complains about timing of Verizon's proposed amicus brief in Samsung case  —  On Friday, the largest U.S. wireless carrier, Verizon, asked a federal court for permission to file an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief in support of Samsung against Apple, and provided its proposed brief at the same time.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Mobile Chief: Within 1-2 Years, We're Going To Be A Mobile Company  —  Facebook has their sights locked on mobile.  We know that.  This afternoon at GigaOm's Mobilize conference, Facebook Mobile Chief Erick Tseng touched on just how crucial mobile is to them — and more importantly, how crucial it will be.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iTunes Music Store Coming Soon to 10 New European Union Countries?  —  Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita reports [Google translation] that Apple is set to launch the iTunes Music Store in ten new European Union (EU) countries.  While the exact timing of the launch is unknown …
Discussion: 9to5Mac, MacStories and The Next Web
Boonsri Dickinson / CNET News:
Startup helps find cheapest prescription drugs  —  A search for cholesterol drug Lipitor in San Francisco.  —  Everyone knows food and gas prices can vary by location, but the same is often true of prescription drugs.  —  GoodRX, which launched a new Web site today at the Health 2. conference …
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Fortune releases new Kindle-exclusive eBook on the rise of Steve Jobs  —  Fortune magazine on Tuesday released “All About Steve: The Story of Steve Jobs and Apple from the pages of FORTUNE,” an eBook available exclusively from Amazon's Kindle Store.  —  The eBook, which can also be read …
Reuters:
Google to build data centers in Singapore, HK, Taiwan  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc said on Wednesday that it will begin building data centers in Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan, which will be operational within 1-2 years once construction begins.  —  Investment in the data centers in Hong Kong …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Hackers leak data of Goldman Sachs CEO  —  Lloyd Blankfein, chief executive of Goldman Sachs, is the latest target of hackers leaking personal information.  —  Hackers today released personal information for Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein.
 
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Windows Phone 7.5 no longer accesses location data without authorization
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