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8:05 AM ET, October 1, 2011

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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple welcomes some users to iCloud with early email  —  As Apple prepares to introduced its iCloud service alongside iOS 5 and its new iPhone hardware in the next two weeks, the company appears to have let some “Welcome to iCloud” emails slip out early.  —  An AppleInsider reader received …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Apple seeks worldwide iCloud music rights  —  Managers at iTunes are trying to lock down worldwide cloud-music rights, CNET has learned.  —  Sources familiar with the discussions between Apple, record companies and music publishers, say Apple is seeking international music licenses for its iCloud service.
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  —  Today at the China 2.0 conference at Stanford, Alibaba Groups's Jack Ma replied to a pointed question about buying Yahoo with, “We are very interested in Yahoo.  Our Alibaba group is important to Yahoo and Yahoo is important to us …
Paul Yang / Google LatLong:
Helicopter view of your driving directions on Google Maps  —  Getting directions is one of the most popular features on Google Maps, whether it be for driving, walking, biking or transit.  Today, we are launching a new feature that allows you to bring your upcoming trip to life, by allowing you to preview your route in 3D.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Teardrop Skepticism  —  Preface: I don't know what the new iPhone looks like.  I don't even know whether there's only one new iPhone.  The only thing I know is that there existed, months ago, “N94” prototype iPhones that looked like the iPhone 4, but which contained the iPad 2's next-gen A5 CPU.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
‘iPhone 5’ Silicone Sleeves Already Arriving at AT&T Retail Stores
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.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
How the Kindle Moved From BlackBerry to iPad  —  Do you remember the first generation Amazon Kindle?  Although it helped change the publishing industry, it wasn't exactly the prettiest gadget.  It was clunky, a strange shape, and looked more like a 1960s-era calculator than an e-reader from 2007.
Jonathan Prynn / This Is London:
Google's first store pops up in London  —  It is the ultimate brand of the internet era.  But today Google embraces a more traditional form of retail technology for the first time in its short history.  —  The world's first “Google store” opened not in California but in the less glamorous setting …
Mark Milian / CNN:
Nokia paying developers to build Windows Phone apps  —  San Francisco (CNN) — As Nokia prepares for its next crucial venture into the U.S. and high-end smartphones, the Finnish cell-phone maker is missing a crucial piece: an abundant catalog of applications.
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Nokia's Windows Phone device to include 3D voice navigation?
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: Mashable!
Andrew Rassweiler / iSuppli:
Amazon Sells Kindle Fire at Low Profit Margin to Promote Online Merchandize Sales  —  An IHS analysis reveals Amazon's business model for its new Kindle Fire tablet, with the company willing to settle for a razor-thin margin on sales of devices and digital content in order to achieve …
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Adobe's Announcement Competes With Apple's  —  Are you excited about the announcement next Tuesday morning?  You know the one, from that Silicon Valley tech company that begins with an A?  —  No, I'm not talking about the long-awaited unveiling of the iPhone 5 by Apple.
Discussion: AppleInsider, AppleInsider and MacNN
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Best Buy To Cut The HTC Flyer Tablet To $299 On October 1st  —  Watch out for falling tablet prices!  No, seriously, don't get burned by price cuts.  The HTC Flyer is the latest tablet to see a major price reduction.  Starting tomorrow, October 1st, Best Buy will lower the price of the 7-inch Android 2.3 tablet from $499 to $299.
Mark Larson / Google Chrome Blog:
Problems with Microsoft Security Essentials  —  Earlier today, we learned that the Microsoft Security Essentials tool began falsely identifying Google Chrome as a piece of malware ("PWS:Win32/Zbot") and removing it from people's computers.  —  If Chrome is working correctly for you, then there's no need to take any action.
John Cook / GeekWire:
Vinod Khosla invests in Michael Arrington's CrunchFund  —  Michael Arrington and Vinod Khosla at Startup Weekend EDU in Seattle.  (Photos via: Bootstrapper Studios).  —  At a talk this evening on the University of Washington campus, it didn't take long for Michael Arrington to break some news …
Discussion: UNCRUNCHED and @frankcatalano, Thanks:theromit
Electronista:
Nexus Prime, Droid HD, Vigor show in Verizon Cellebrite unit  —  Nexus Prime and more tracked in Verizon system  —  Three flagship Android phones Verizon have surfaced in the Cellebrite catalog system that both confirms their Verizon attachments as well as that they will ship soon.
Wall Street Journal:
Shift in Sentiment Toward China's Internet Darlings  —  BEIJING—A series of alleged frauds at little-known Chinese companies listed in the U.S. has triggered a stunning shift in sentiment among investors, who are now dumping even the darlings of the Chinese Internet as they focus on hidden business risks.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Major Usenet Provider Ordered to Remove All Infringing Content  —  Two years ago BREIN, representing the movie and music industries, took News-Service.com (NSE) to court.  —  The group demanded that the Usenet provider delete all infringing content from its servers, and today the Court of Amsterdam sided with the copyright holders.
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Favors Its Own Download Site, Then Offers Yahoo Toolbar Download, Too  —  While the US government accuses Google of, in part, favoring its own properties in search results, Yahoo appears to be doing the same thing on download-related searches.  And, in the process of offering downloads …
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Chris Boyd / GFI Labs blog:
Charitable Results  —  One of our researchers noticed that searches …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Inquirer
 
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Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Internet firms co-opted for surveillance: experts
Discussion: @eff
Katia Moskvitch / BBC:
Smart cities get their own operating system
Discussion: Slashdot
Roberta Nilerud / Ubuntu One Blog:
Ubuntu One now works on Windows!
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
E-book ‘missing content’? Amazon must do better
Discussion: Great Hat and TeleRead
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Teen Who Created OMGFacts Twitter Feed Gets Victory On Path To Reclaiming Control
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Major security flaw lets anyone bypass AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II security [updated]
Michael Arrington / UNCRUNCHED:
Aloha! 450 Google+ Employees Are In Hawaii For Offsite
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sequoia-Backed Stripe Wants To Disrupt The Online Payments Space
Discussion: The Next Web
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Apple removes click-wheel games from iTunes as iPod classic lives its last days
 

 
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