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4:45 PM ET, October 1, 2011

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iPhone 4S with iPhone 4 design, dual-mode capability leaked by iTunes  —  While we have independently been expecting the new iPhone to feature little exterior differences from the iPhone 4, there still has been some debate over the new iPhone's design.  Today, rumors of a re-design can essentially be put to rest.
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Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
How Apple and Facebook Nearly Fell Out — Over the HP TouchPad [EXCLUSIVE]  —  Tech titans Facebook and Apple have a contentious relationship that is frequently put to the test.  But a Facebook for TouchPad application was very nearly the last straw, Mashable has learned from multiple sources.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
iOS's Internet market share hits a record 54.65%  —  And where is Android?  Still trailing Java ME, according to Net Applications  —  Data: Net Applications.  Chart: PED  —  You would think that with nearly 50% of the global market for smartphones that Google's (GOOG) Android would also dominate the Web.
Michael Arrington / UNCRUNCHED:
Brutal Honesty  —  There are a lot of different kinds of people in this world.  I've found that I get along best with the ones that are brutally honest.  —  Earlier this evening I interviewed Vinod Khosla at the jam-packed Startup Weekend Seattle event.  We had a long talk …
Discussion: GeekWire
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John Cook / GeekWire:
Vinod Khosla invests in Michael Arrington's CrunchFund
Discussion: AndrewDumont.me … and @frankcatalano, Thanks:theromit
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Record-Breaking BitTorrent Lawsuit Decimated  —  Working alongside Dunlap, Grubb and Weaver law firm (better known as the U.S. Copyright Group), Voltage Pictures have been in the headlines time and again this year.  Not for their movie-making skills, but for the copyright settlement shakedown built around their products.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Neowin.net and Gizmodo
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Panda 2.5: Losers Include Today Show, The Next Web; Winners Include YouTube, Fox News  —  Searchmetrics has a pretty good track record of figuring out who lost after one of Google's Panda Updates.  Among the latest victims of this week's Panda Update 2.5, some unexpected surprises …
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's News Feed Changes May Be Reducing Impressions, Increasing Feedback for Page Posts  —  Since Facebook combined the Top News and Most Recent tabs into a single, hybrid news feed last week, we've been watching for fluctuations in the volume of Page posts and other content types seen on the site's home page.
Discussion: EdgeRank Checker and All Facebook
Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry Maker's Issue: Gadgets for Work or Play?  —  As Research In Motion Ltd. executives prepared early this year for the launch of their first tablet, the PlayBook, one big question loomed: Who was the device for?  —  Some executives, like RIM's technical visionary …
Business Insider:
Facing Low Bids For A Site That's Working, Hulu's Parents May Not Sell At All  —  Hulu's owners are reconsidering whether to sell the company at all because the bids are not coming in as high as they hoped.  —  Two sources say that Hulu is less likely to sell now given recent market developments.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Alibaba's Jack Ma at Stanford: “We Are Very Interested” in Buying the “Whole” of Yahoo  —  In answer to a direct question about whether his company was going to buy Yahoo at a forum at Stanford University in Silicon Valley this afternoon, Alibaba Chairman and CEO Jack Ma said: “We are very interested.”
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   Buying Yahoo Is A No-Brainer For Alibaba
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Finally, the Tablet to Make HP and RIM Feel Better About Themselves  —  There have been some pretty bad attempts to take on the iPad over the past year, but things reached a new low last night.  —  On NBC's “The Office,” the fictional Dunder Mifflin team was forced to sell a triangle-shaped tablet, dubbed the Pyramid.
Discussion: Gizmodo, PhoneArena and 9to5Mac
Matth / Nielsen Wire:
Top US Web Brands  —  Google was the most visited website during August 2011 with 176 million unique U.S. visitors.  The Top Sites among U.S. web users remained largely the same as the month before, with Amazon increasing its rank to become the 9th most visited site during August 2011.
Discussion: PC Magazine and Mashable!
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Pandora Smacked With Class Action For Revealing User Profiles  —  Pandora (NYSE: P) is the latest company to stumble into the minefield of privacy lawsuits that are blowing up all over the tech industry.  A new complaint says the Internet radio provider violated the privacy of its Michigan subscribers …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and MediaPost
 
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