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12:35 PM ET, October 2, 2011


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Joe Brown / Gizmodo:
Gizmodo Exclusive: Looks Like There Will Be a Cheaper iPhone 4, Made in Brazil  —  Our Brazilian brothers,, got their hot little hands on a few photos of a new iPhone, to be announced next week.  How?  Well, there's a Foxconn factory in Brazil, and Pedro & co got one of their men inside.
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.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
A Breakdown of Tuesday's Possible iPhone Releases  —  After following some of the comment threads on the latest stories about the new iPhones, it seems clear there's a lot of confusion about what is coming on Tuesday.  The combination of Apple code numbers and natural use of the term …
Discussion: Mashable!
Michael Arrington / UNCRUNCHED:
Facebook: Brutal Dishonesty  —  “Facebook does not track users across the web,” - A Facebook spokesperson on September 25, 2011  —  “Generally, unlike other major Internet companies, we have no interest in tracking people.”  - Facebook employee on September 25, 2011  —  v.
Discussion: Soshable and
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Email: Chamath Palihapitiya Decries Airbnb's Recent $112M Funding for Founder Control and Cash-Out  —  Here's some electric weekend reading for those interested in the push-and-pull between venture investors and start-ups in the frothy Web 2.0 environment.  —  In an email to Airbnb CEO …
Michael Arrington / UNCRUNCHED:
Chamath Palihapitiya's Statement On Airbnb Email Fiasco  —  My mouth fell open, literally, as I read the extremely private email from investor Chamath Palihapitiya to Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky.  The message in the email was fine, even reasonable.  But the fact that it was leaked to the press …
Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
Massive Security Vulnerability In HTC Android Devices (EVO 3D, 4G, Thunderbolt, Others) Exposes Phone Numbers, GPS, SMS, Emails Addresses, Much More  —  I am quite speechless right now.  Justin Case and I have spent all day together with Trevor Eckhart (you may remember him as TrevE …
Discussion: and @sdkstl
Michael Arrington / UNCRUNCHED:
Nick Bilton Turns Down $1.5 Million+ From CBS/CNET, Stays At NY Times  —  Nick Bilton, the NY Times lead technology writer, may be one of the most heavily recruited tech writers around.  He was our number one most desired hire while I was at TechCrunch.  And apparently at CNET, too.
Discussion: Business Insider, @robcurley and @blam
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Deal Sites Have Fading Allure for Merchants  —  Like businesses across the land, the Madison Avenue spa Wellpath tried to drum up customers by running heavily discounted coupons on deal-of-the-day Web sites.  But the Internet coupon fad is shrinking faster than fat from a weight-loss laser.
Discussion: @pkedrosky
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Dell to take another shot at MacBook Air  —  Dell is going to go after Apple's MacBook Air again, part of its broader strategy to take on the entire MacBook line.  —  Dell's 2009 answer to the MacBook Air, the Adamo.  It was discontinued earlier this year.
Discussion: Electronista
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Twitvid raises $6.5M to boost video on Twitter  —  Twitvid has raised $6.5 million in funding in a Series B that was led by Azure Capital Partners, with existing investor Draper Fisher Jurvetson also chipping in.  The company said in a press release that it wants to use the new cash infusion …
Discussion: CNET News and VatorNews
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The case against the Kindle as a low end tablet disruption  —  In an HBR article Rob Wheeler makes the case for the Kindle Fire as a disruptive innovation.  I believe that it is but crucially I disagree that the Kindle Fire is a low end disruption.  —  My assessment of the Kindle Fire …
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Mozilla Paladin project is developing Gladius, a 3D game engine for web browsers
Discussion: Mozilla Labs and Slashdot
Lillian Cunningham / Washington Post:
Google's Eric Schmidt expounds on his Senate testimony
Robert Lee Hotz / Wall Street Journal:
Decoding Our Twitter Chatter
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
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Wall Street Journal:
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