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9:20 AM ET, September 30, 2011

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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Amazon has Palm in its shopping cart — will it click Buy? (exclusive)  —  Who will save what's left of Palm from HP's bumbling?  It could be Amazon, as the online retailing giant is in serious negotiations to snap up Palm from HP, VentureBeat has learned.  —  A well-placed source tells us …
Bloomberg:
IBM Tops Microsoft to Become Second-Most Valuable in Technology  —  Sept. 30 (Bloomberg) — International Business Machines Corp. passed Microsoft Corp. to become the world's second-most valuable technology company, a reflection of industry changes including the shift away from the personal computer.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Neowin.net
DigiTimes:
Amazon likely to outsource 10.1-inch tablet PCs to Foxconn  —  Amazon is expected to outsource the production of 10.1-inch tablet PCs to Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), and shipments of the 10.1-inch tablets are likely to begin before year-end 2011 for holiday-season demand, according to industry sources.
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Amazon's $199 Fire sparks supply, margin questions  —  (Reuters) - The rock-bottom price of the new Kindle Fire tablet computer is raising questions about Amazon.com Inc's ability to keep up with demand and the device's effect on the company's already razor-thin profit margins.
Discussion: Bits, BGR, CNET News and DigiTimes
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Full Video: Watch Jeff Bezos unveil Amazon's new Kindles
Discussion: Bits, IBD Click, AllThingsD and Gear Live
Lukas Mathis / ignore the code:
A Machine for Reading Books
Joe Schneider / Bloomberg:
Samsung Electronics Gives Apple Proposal to End Australia Patent Dispute  —  Samsung Electronics Co. made a proposal to Apple Inc. to resolve their patent dispute in Australia regarding touch-screen technology, a Sydney court was told today.  —  Samsung lawyer David Catterns didn't give details …
Brian Winter / Reuters:
Brazil's $12 billion iPad deal is in trouble: sources  —  (Reuters) - A much-hyped $12 billion plan for Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn to produce iPads in Brazil is “in doubt” due to stagnant negotiations over tax breaks and Brazil's own deep structural problems such as a lack of skilled labor, government sources tell Reuters.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Apotheker's Exit Is Cheaper Than Expected for HP (But Still Pricey, Considering)  —  Léo Apotheker is gone from Hewlett-Packard, but he left so suddenly that the board of directors didn't have time to finalize his severance package.  That is until today.
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Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
Meg Whitman Will Work for $1 a Year
Discussion: Neowin.net
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Chrome poised to take No. 2 browser spot from Firefox  —  StatCounter's data points to a December 2011 take-over by Google's browser  —  Google's Chrome is on the brink of replacing Firefox as the second-most-popular browser, according to one Web statistics firm.
Michael Arrington / UNCRUNCHED:
AOL + TechCrunch One Year Anniversary: A Look Back And A Look Forward  —  “So we begin another journey.  I fully intend to stay with AOL for a very, very long time.”  - Me, one year ago.  —  A year ago yesterday we announced the acquisition of TechCrunch by Aol.
Discussion: Fortune, @paulcarr and Business Insider
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring accelerometer, gyro stabilization for iPhone video recording  —  Using the built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, future iPhones could compensate for shaky video recordings with new software-based stabilization.  —  Apple's interest in allowing users to record better video …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Is Apple Shoring up their Multi-Touch Patent Claims for Battle?  —  On September 29, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published two multi-touch related patent applications from Apple that revealed a very odd twist.  Apple had just been granted two identical patents in June and it appears …
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
This Guy Built His Own iPhone 5 “Design Prototype”  —  Oh, you think you're a hardcore Apple fan?  Sure, you might have plastered the back window of your hybrid with Apple stickers.  Yeah, you've got something MG Jobs said painted on the wall above your bed.
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Ellison Takes New Swings at H-P  —  Larry Ellison, Oracle Corp.'s iconoclastic chief executive, has passed up few chances to tweak rival Hewlett-Packard Co. But the verbal potshots this week concerning H-P's $10.3 billion acquisition of Autonomy Corp. reached a new level.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Widespread MobileMe Outage Affecting Mail, Me.com, and Find My iPhone  —  A number of Apple's MobileMe services appear to have been down for several hours now, and Apple's system status page indicates that the company is experiencing issues with MobileMe Mail, me.com web apps, and Find My iPhone.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Report: Google Remains ‘Most Attractive Employer’ Among Business, Engineering Students  —  Universum, a company that specializes in employer branding, has published some findings based on the preferences of over 160,000 career seekers with a business or engineering background from the world's 12 largest economies (based on nominal GDP).
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
With ‘frictionless sharing,’ Facebook and news orgs push boundaries of online privacy  —  Facebook again may have gone too far in its quest to make privacy obsolete, and this time some news organizations could get burned by going along with it.  —  Facebook spent years making it easier …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Sean Parker Is Launching a Blog  —  The Sean Parkington Post?  Seanster?  Blogify?  It's not clear what former Facebook president Sean Parker will call his forthcoming blog, but it's clear the famed tech hustler is serious about the endeavor: He's hired a firm to build buzz, and is already running ads and planning to hire writers.
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
GetJar: We've given away $1 million worth of premium apps  —  Independent app store GetJar said today that it had given away $1 million worth of pay applications through its Gold program.  —  GetJar is just one of many alternative app stores that have sprung up catering to Android and other smartphone platforms.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Number of Circles you're in on Google+ showing up in Google search  —  If you're an author and decided to take the markup steps that Google+ announced a while back, your Google+ follower numbers are showing up next to your profile in Google search results.  —  In June, Google explained the new markup language this way:
Noah Davis / Business Insider:
AOL's Seed Is ‘Defunct’  —  AOL launched Seed, its platform for freelancers, to great fanfare in late 2009.  —  It was intended as a way for AOL to solicit content from freelancers.  Editors would post stories, and writers would get them written.  It was an efficient, seamless way to generate articles …
John Jersin / Google Analytics Blog:
What's happening on your site right now?  —  The web is getting faster, and not just the speed of the pages, but also the speed of change.  Before, it was fine to build a website and modify it only when new products were launched.  All of us avid Analytics users know that's just not good enough.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iPhone 4S / 5 appears in Apple's inventory system, iPod touch may see price drops  —  Yesterday we reported that tweaked iPhone 4 models and white iPod touch models have appeared in Apple's internal inventory systems ahead of the October 4th Apple event.  Today, though, comes the big news …
 
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Tillmann Werner / threatpost:
The Inside Story of the Kelihos Botnet Takedown
Discussion: Computerworld and Slashdot
Associated Press:
Full Tilt Poker Site Loses License
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Klout has competition, Peoplebrowsr announces new social influence tracker, ‘Kred’
Discussion: TechCrunch
Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat:
Will Stanford Take the F Train to Silicon Island?  Tensions Rise as Deadline for Tech Campus Approaches
Violet Blue / Pulp Tech Blog:
AVOS' Delicious Disaster: Lessons from a Complete Failure
Discussion: PC World and SocialTimes.com
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's Mobile App Platform to Include Seamless Login, Bookmarks, Requests
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Intel Acquires Telmap to Help Navigate a Crowded App Market
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Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
AOL Is Building A MapQuest Social Network Called mqVibe
Discussion: Fusible.com
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Kayak Puts IPO Plans on Hold
Discussion: DealBook and MediaFile
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Bing Launches Airport Maps For 42 US Cities
Ellis Hamburger / Business Insider:
Spotify Adds “Private Listening” Mode After Complaints From Facebook Users
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
Moods on Twitter Follow Biological Rhythms, Study Finds
Discussion: PC World, Gawker and Digital Trends
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Said to Add Comcast, Verizon Pay TV to Xbox Live
 

 
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