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2:15 PM ET, October 1, 2011

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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
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.
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 …
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: Gizmodo and Neowin.net
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
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 …
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.
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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.
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
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: eWeek, CNET News, AppleInsider and MacNN
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!
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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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Major Usenet Provider Ordered to Remove All Infringing Content
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
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
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