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11:35 PM ET, October 2, 2011


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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Airbnb, Investor Chamath Palihapitiya Settle Differences; Employees Will 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 and he discussed the terms of the planned funding deal.
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: FT Tech Hub, @eghosao and @karaswisher
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 …
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.
Christopher Trout / Engadget:
Radio Shack inventory screen pegs iPhone 5 for Sprint  —  Could it be?  Are the rumors true?  If this screenshot, apparently culled from Radio Shack's inventory system, is any indication, Sprint will indeed be among the carriers offering the iPhone 5.  That lines up just right with previous reports …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
A Breakdown of Tuesday's Possible iPhone Releases
Discussion: Mashable!
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Google's “Interesting” Week  —  Let's start gingerly, with Nokia.  You'll recall the indignation when Nokia threw Symbian under the Windows Phone 7 bus and osborned its existing product line.  Nokia dead-ended Symbian handsets, causing sales to plunge while everyone waited for the new MicroNokia smartphones.
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Oracle commits to ‘parallel everything’ architecture for Exadata, Exalogic  —  Summary: Oracle's CEO Larry Ellison insisted upon the importance of the “parallel architecture” strategy for developing hardware and software together.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — There is the notion that if you design …
Discussion: Computerworld
Quentin Hardy / Bits:
Conventional Data From Oracle OpenWorld  —  Oracle OpenWorld, the biggest convention in San Francisco, opens Sunday night with a keynote speech from Larry Ellison, the company's founder and chief executive.  An hour before the doors opened, lines 400 deep formed at each main door of the Moscone Center.
Discussion: Reuters
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
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 …
Michael Arrington / UNCRUNCHED:
No One Likes A Tattletale, Except Of course, Zynga  —  “No one likes a tattletale, Danny... except of course, me.”  Ty Webb (Chevy Chase), Caddyshack.  —  An interesting twist in the Zynga lawsuit with Vostu over game stealing - At least one Vostu employee, and a source says there are more …
Discussion: @pdeva
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
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PayPal On Barriers To Google Wallet: Mass Adoption Of NFC Is Years Away
Hunter Skipworth / Pocket-lint:
HP: WebOS not dead, still coming to printers
Discussion: webOSroundup, Thanks:stuartmiles
Daniel Waisberg / Search Engine Land:
Google Analytics Premium: Better Support & Goodbye Data Sampling
Discussion: UNCRUNCHED and WebProNews
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Will Remove the Discussions Tab App From Pages in One Month
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Twitvid raises $6.5M to boost video on Twitter
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Humphries /
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
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Dell to take another shot at MacBook Air
Discussion: Electronista