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5:30 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, Gizmodo.com.br, 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.
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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.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
A Breakdown of Tuesday's Possible iPhone Releases
Discussion: Mashable!
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Airbnb, Investor Chamath Palihapitiya Settle Differences With Employees to Get Liquidity  —  Former Facebook employee-and newly minted venture capitalist-Chamath Palihapitiya is back involved in a new funding round for Airbnb, after the apartment sharing company agreed to make changes to its planned terms for the deal.
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Felix Salmon:
Why dividend cash-outs are evil  —  Investor Chamath Palihapitiya wrote a strongly-worded letter to Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky yesterday, which promptly got leaked to Kara Swisher.  —  Palihapitiya was given the opportunity to invest in Airbnb's latest round, but declined, partly because of the way it's structured.
Discussion: @eghosao and @karaswisher
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:
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 appft.uspto.gov
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 …
Bloomberg:
Google Joins Apple in Push for Tax Holiday  —  As a coalition led by Apple Inc. (AAPL), Google Inc. (GOOG), and Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) presses for a tax holiday on more than $1 trillion in offshore profits, it is turning to a well-positioned lobbyist: Jeffrey Forbes, once chief of staff to Max Baucus …
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch
Daniel Waisberg / Search Engine Land:
Google Analytics Premium: Better Support & Goodbye Data Sampling  —  Today Google launched a paid version of Google Analytics that processes higher volumes of page views and provides additional support.  The general feature set and user experience remain the fundamentally the same as the standard product.
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Will Remove the Discussions Tab App From Pages in One Month  —  Facebook has begun notifying Page admins that it will be removing the Discussions tab application from all Pages on October 31, 2011.  The in-house app, also known as Discussion Boards, allows Pages to host simple forums.
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.
 
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Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
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Google's Eric Schmidt expounds on his Senate testimony
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Dell to take another shot at MacBook Air
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