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11:55 AM ET, October 4, 2011

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Greg Bensinger / Digits:
Apple's New iPhone Won't Run On Fastest Wireless Networks - Sources  —  The expected introduction Tuesday of Apple's newest iPhone smartphone is sure to bring long lines at the company's stores and breathless technological analysis of its new innovations.  One thing it won't bring is the fastest possible downloads.
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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 …
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.
Michael Arrington / UNCRUNCHED:
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.  Update: MG's post with details on his decision is here.
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MG Siegler / parislemon:
On The Next Venture  —  I've been thinking about how I was going to write this post for a while now.  Of course, I didn't anticipate that I would be writing at 2 AM local time in London, where I'm currently visiting to speak at FOWA in a couple of days (that talk also just potentially got more interesting).
Betabeat:
Can Erick Schonfeld Keep the TechCrunch Swagger Alive?  —  As the veteran editor steps into the top job, his departing colleague is torching the fields behind him.  —  For the last decade, Erick Schonfeld has been the lone wolf of tech media, working as the East Coast point man …
Fred Destin:
CrunchFund ?  —  The Uncrunching of Techcrunch.
Discussion: @arrington
Loic / Loic Le Meur Blog:
A Journalist? A VC? Who cares. It's all about Influence.
Thanks:loic
Reuters:
Apple rejects Samsung offer to help end Australia dispute  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc has rejected an offer from South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co to help settle their tablet-computer dispute in Australia, hoping for an important court victory there in its global campaign of patent litigation.
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Joe Schneider / Bloomberg:
Samsung Says It May Scrap Australia Tablet Plans If Ban Persists  —  Oct. 4 (Bloomberg) — Samsung Electronics Co., locked in patent disputes with Apple Inc., may scrap the release of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia unless it wins approval to sell its newest tablet computer in the next two weeks, a lawyer said.
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
HTC confirms security hole, says patch is incoming  —  HTC held true to its promise to look into the security vulnerability that surfaced over the weekend, an apparent glitch that allows any app requesting internet access to take a peek at a user account information, GPS location, system logs, and other potentially private data.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft confirms Zune HD death, “we will no longer be producing Zune players”  —  Microsoft has officially confirmed the death of its Zune player devices.  —  The software giant removed references to the Zune HD from its Zune site on Monday and later claimed that the removal was “a mistake.”
Yoni Heisler / Network World:
Steve Jobs gave Barack Obama an iPad 2 “a little bit early”  —  Being the “Commander in Chief” has its perks, like getting an iPad 2 directly from Steve Jobs a few weeks before launch  —  It's no secret that the Obama administration tends to be a bit Apple-centric.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Patent Troll Says Anyone Using WiFi Infringes; Won't Sue Individuals ‘At This Stage’  —  Just as some in the copyright trolling business are lowering their settlement fees, but making it up in volume, it appears there's a similar effort under way on the patent trolling side of the world.
CNET News:
Apple may face suit over search for unreleased iPhone  —  Cava22, the San Francisco bar where another unreleased iPhone went missing.  —  Sergio Calderon, the 22-year-old San Francisco man who accused Apple employees of impersonating police officers while searching his house for an unreleased iPhone, has hired a lawyer.
Discussion: Gizmodo and RazorianFly
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
iPhone Trade-Ins Seen Increasing Five-Fold With Launch Of Long Awaited iPhone 5  —  Trade-ins of old iPhones are at unprecedented levels in anticipation of Apple's iPhone 5 announcement  —  How excited are people for the new iPhone that Apple is expected to announce later today?
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Nik Cubrilovic:
Facebook Re-Enables Controversial Tracking Cookie  —  In May of this year the Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook like buttons and other website widgets were setting cookies on visiting browsers.  This cookie could then be read later and used to track the user across different web properties and back to the Facebook site.
Megan Barnett / Fortune:
Marissa Mayer: I thought Google had a 2% chance of success  —  What makes a company innovative?  Start with empowering your employees.  —  Google's Marissa Mayer, center, and Lululemon CEO Christine Day, right  —  FORTUNE — Several things drew Marissa Mayer to Google in 1999 …
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Evolving the Start menu … We'd like to share a series of blog posts on the how and why of reimagining Start.  This first post talks about the history and evolution of the Start menu, and several of the problems and trends we've learned from you.  We think it's always important to understand …
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Woody Leonhard / InfoWorld:
The rise and fall of the Windows Desktop Gadget
Discussion: eWeek, Ed Bott and Softpedia News
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
AOL drops big bucks on original web video  —  AOL has seen a ton of growth in its video properties over the last year or so, and is looking to bolster that part of its business even more, with a slate of web original content designed to capture viewer attention and steal TV ad dollars.
Discussion: VentureBeat, AOL Corp and MediaPost
Verne G. Kopytoff / New York Times:
Yahoo Aims to Create a Voice for Its Media Sites  —  One company dominates online news, sports and finance.  It has more visitors to its news site than the runner-up in the category, CNN, more in sports than ESPN and more in finance than Dow Jones, owner of The Wall Street Journal.
John Brownlee / Cult of Android:
Leaked Sales Numbers Suggest Amazon Kindle Fire On Track To Outsell iPad [Exclusive]  —  Six weeks before it officially goes on sale, Amazon's $199 Kindle Fire is shaping up to be the biggest tablet launch ever... and Cult of Android has the numbers to prove it.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Here's Myspace's New Pitch Deck: Music, Youth Culture and “Steadied” Traffic  —  Today and tomorrow Specific Media-owned Myspace is at Advertising Week with investor Justin Timberlake in tow to pitch its new agenda to marketers.  The company declined to make execs available …
Discussion: memeburn, Gizmodo and Electronista
David / TmoNews:
T-Mobile Preparing For Super November With Multiple Smartphone And Tablet Launches  —  If you've been eagerly waiting to hear just what exactly T-Mobile has in store for their November 2nd super-mega-launch day since we first brought you word 48 hours ago then the above image should be exactly what the doctor ordered.
 
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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Showtime launches Anytime streaming portal, social iPad app
Discussion: PadGadget and TUAW
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Should the US have OK'd Microsoft's purchase of Skype? Should the EU?
Thanks:evanwolf
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
YouTube's Rick Klau Joins Google Ventures To Head Startup University
Discussion: Business Insider
The Politico:
Early D.C. Facebook hire departs
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James Vicini / Reuters:
U.S. top court rejects Internet music download case
Discussion: Techdirt
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Mango rollout going smoothly, now available to half of all Windows Phones
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
New version of Growl enters The Mac App Store for $1.99
Discussion: MacStories, MacNN, MacRumors and TUAW
Ryan Lane / Wikimedia blog:
Native HTTPS support enabled for all Wikimedia Foundation wikis
Discussion: Softpedia News
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
PhoneGap to become an Apache project as Adobe acquires Nitobi
 

 
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