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8:20 PM ET, October 3, 2011

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Wall Street Journal:
Sprint to ‘Bet the Company’ on iPhone  —  With the new iPhone coming out this week, Sprint Nextel Corp. is finally expected to gain access to a device it has long coveted—but at a staggering cost.  —  The No. 3 wireless company is making a multibillion dollar gamble that Apple Inc.'s gadget …
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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Sprint scores iPhone 5 exclusive thanks to $20 billion deal with Apple?  —  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Sprint has entered into an agreement with Apple to purchase over $20 billion worth of iPhones over the next four years — that's around 30 million iPhones.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Unbelievably Wild, Crazy Ass iPhone Rumor: The iPhone 5 Is Sprint Exclusive With WiMax 4G, and Other Fanboy Fantasies  —  That Sprint is buying $20 billion worth of iPhones is kind of crazy.  But not as crazy as what Boy Genius just posted: The iPhone 5 is going to be a Sprint exclusive, and it's going to have WiMax 4G.
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Welcome To CrunchFund, MG Siegler  —  I want to welcome MG Siegler as our newest general partner at CrunchFund.  MG, who I worked with for several years at TechCrunch, will join me and Patrick Gallagher in the next couple of weeks.  —  More on this shortly.  —  Enter your comment here... Email (required) (Not published)
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Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Apple will NOT stream tomorrow's iPhone event  —  In case there was any question, we've heard directly from Apple PR that there won't be a webcast of Apple's iPhone launch event.  Last Year's September event was live streamed but for unspecified reasons, Apple has chosen to keep this one off the airwaves.
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Robert Scoble / Google+:
Will tomorrow be Steve Jobs' last big thing?  —  I read all the press reports, like this one on CNET, about what Apple is announcing tomorrow http://news.cnet.com/8301-27076_3- 20114545-248/what-to-expect-from-apples - iphone-event/ or the others here on Techmeme: http://www.techmeme.com/111003/ p13#a111003p13 …
Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
Tim Cook's time to shine with new Apple iPhone
Jeffrey Veen / The Typekit Blog:
Adobe acquires Typekit  —  Just a few moments ago, Adobe's CTO Kevin Lynch took the stage at their annual MAX conference and explained the company's Creative Cloud strategy.  Part of that announcement is very big news for us: Typekit has been acquired by Adobe.  —  We are thrilled.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
PhoneGap to become an Apache project as Adobe acquires Nitobi
Discussion: eWeek
Andre Charland / Andre's Blog:
Nitobi enters into Acquisition Agreement with Adobe
Discussion: The Register, PhoneGap and ReadWriteWeb
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Co-Founder of Siri: Assistant launch is a “World-Changing Event” (Interview)  —  On Tuesday, Apple will change the way humans interact with electronic devices.  All over again.  —  Perhaps the biggest announcement at Apple's iPhone event on Tuesday will be Assistant, Apple's evolution of the Siri Personal Assistant Software.
Brian / The Tech Erra:
Apple to allow iOS app rentals soon?  —  After some examinations of various strings in iTunes 10.5 beta 9, @SonnyDickson found some interesting results.  —  If you look at the below image, you can see that it may soon be possible to rent iOS apps.  At the end of the rental period …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
‘Diggnation,’ Popular Web Talk Show, to End in December  —  Together, Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht are akin to Oprah for a certain class of tech enthusiasts.  —  The weekly beta-testing and beer-guzzling show they have hosted for six years, “Diggnation,” adapted the television talk show format …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Sean Parker Is Now On Twitter: “Sorry Zuck”  —  Sean Parker is getting a lot louder.  —  You've been hearing about him for a decade now — cofounder of Napster and Plaxo, founding President of Facebook, and most recently as an investor (and advocate) of Spotify.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
‘iPhone 4S’ 16GB, 32GB, 64GB Listings at Vodafone Germany  —  Over the past few days, there have been a number of reports of next generation iPhone models appear in various inventories.  Both Radio Shack and Cincinnati Bell websites have listed “iPhone 5” entries, fueling speculation …
Woody Leonhard / InfoWorld:
The rise and fall of the Windows Desktop Gadget  —  Following last month's dump of user-submitted Office templates, Microsoft has abruptly dropped support for third party Windows Desktop Gadgets  —  Follow @infoworld  —  In a move that took many by surprise, Microsoft dropped support for new Windows Desktop Gadgets.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Rhapsody to acquire Napster (scoop)  —  Rhapsody, one of the older subscription music services, has now made it official.  The company has acquired Napster subscribers and other assets from Best Buy, the companies said today.  In a deal that CNET first reported, Rhapsody has acquired Napster's subscribers …
Jennifer Preston / New York Times:
Mashable, Once a One-Man Blog, Gains Clout in Social Media  —  Pete Cashmore acknowledged he was nervous.  Only a few years ago, he was living with his parents in a small town in northeast Scotland, trying to start a technology blog.  Now, at 26, he was about to interview Elie Wiesel …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Attention Shoppers: Coupons.com Grabs $30M in Funding From Greylock  —  Among the hot and hyped Web 2.0 scene, not many would pick out 13-year-old digital promotions site, Coupons.com.  —  But, on the heels of a recent $200 million funding — which valued the quiet Mountain View, Calif. …
Discussion: VentureBeat and VatorNews
Stuart Dredge / paidContent:
More Than Half Of Netflix's Streams Are TV Shows, Not Films  —  Netflix's background in DVDs-by-mail means it is often seen as mainly a movies service.  However, the balance has tipped more towards TV shows in its streaming operation.  —  “50 percent and sometimes 60 percent of viewing is TV episodes now …
Discussion: GigaOM and ReadWriteWeb
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Kindle Fire pre-orders reach 95,000 units on day one, market research firm says  —  Amazon reportedly sold 95,000 Kindle Fire tablets during the device's first day of pre-sales availability alone.  According to estimates from market research and intelligence firm eDataSource …
Discussion: CNET News, VentureBeat and IntoMobile
Bloomberg:
Google's Schmidt Says Acquisition of Motorola Won't ‘Screw Up’ Android  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) Chairman Eric Schmidt said the $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. may spur competition among phone makers using its Android software, and the company won't play favorites with its partners.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Greylock Funds WhoSay's Celebrity Social Media Platform  —  A start-up that counts megastars like Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler and Ellen DeGeneres among its active users now has a high-profile Silicon Valley investor: Greylock Partners.  —  In an interview last week, Greylock partner David Sze …
Discussion: VatorNews
Mike Krieger / Instagram Engineering:
Sharding & IDs at Instagram  —  With more than 25 photos & 90 likes every second, we store a lot of data here at Instagram.  To make sure all of our important data fits into memory and is available quickly for our users, we've begun to shard our data—in other words, place the data in many smaller buckets …
Discussion: The Next Web
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Adobe unveils Adobe Creative Cloud, Photoshop Touch and five other tablet apps  —  Update: We go hands on with new Adobe Touch Apps!  —  Adobe Photoshop Touch and five other new iPad apps from Adobe will land on the App Store soon, coming to Android devices in November.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
More new Microsoft Hotmail features targetting ‘gray mail’ due by end of 2011  —  Summary: Microsoft is adding more granular spam-fighting and organization tools to Hotmail between now and the end of the year, officials said on October 3.  —  Microsoft is adding more new features …
 
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Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
New version of Growl enters The Mac App Store for $1.99
Ryan Lane / Wikimedia blog:
Native HTTPS support enabled for all Wikimedia Foundation wikis
Discussion: Softpedia News
Tom Nguyen / Adobe AIR and Adobe Flash Player Team Blog:
Adobe Flash Player 11 & AIR 3 Available Later Today
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Kindle Touch 3G can't touch most of Internet without WiFi
Discussion: TechFlash and Computerworld
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Telecom companies lash out at EU fiber proposal
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John Cook / GeekWire:
IPO window closes, raises fears among venture capitalists
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PayPal To Open A Pop-Up Store In New York To Showcase New Payments Technologies
Discussion: Between the Lines Blog and ZDNet
Brian Oliver Bennett / LAPTOP Magazine:
T-Mobile and Walmart Team Up To Offer $30 No Contract 4G Data
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Murdoch's Tablet Newspaper Experiment The Daily Shows Some Promise
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
New Myspace Owners Set to Finally Unveil Their Strategy Today
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