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12:50 PM ET, October 13, 2011

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Fred / A VC:
What We Are Seeing  —  The Wall Street Journal has a story out today that says “Web Startups Hit Cash Crunch.”  There has been a fair bit of reaction in the tech blogs and I thought I'd toss into the discussion some things we are seeing:  —  1) There are so many startups out there raising money.
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Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Web Start-Ups Hit Cash Crunch  —  As New Companies Proliferate, Financing Is Drying Up; Some Founders Seek Bridge Loans,  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Amid a glut of Web start-ups, some strains are starting to show.  —  For most of this year, a start-up fever, fueled by Facebook Inc. and others, has gripped Silicon Valley.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Web “Start-Ups” Hit Cash Crunch. Or Don't, Depending On Whom You Ask
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
New Data Shows Why the Wall Street Journal is Confused About the Startup Cash Crunch
Discussion: CB Insights, PE Hub Blog and CNET News, Thanks:megan
Bryce Roberts / BRYCE DOT VC:   The Pig Passing Through The Python
iFixit:
iPhone 4S Teardown  —  iFixit: “Siri, may we disassemble you for all to see?” iPhone 4S (Siri): “42” iFixit: “I didn't ask for the meaning of life, Siri...” iPhone 4S (Siri): “42 is the number of seconds you have left until I initiate the self-destruct sequence...” iFixit: “Message received.”
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Scott Moritz / Bloomberg:
Apple's New IPhone Sells Out at U.S. Carriers  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s latest iPhone has sold out for pre-order at AT&T Inc. (T), Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) according to the carriers' websites, signaling customer demand even before it goes on sale in stores tomorrow.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple: We're Gonna Need a Bigger iPhone Order  —  With demand for its new iPhone 4S still running strong following an initial surge of preorders, Apple is reportedly ratcheting up production volume on the device.  —  Supply chain sources tell the Commercial Times that Pegatron Technology …
Joshua Topolsky / This is my next:
Siri says some weird things  —  Look, I'm not going to go into great detail about what I've been doing with Siri during my testing period, but I will tell you this — Siri says some crazy stuff.  —  Hit the gallery below for a look at a number of bizarre items the AI / voice recognition …
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Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Outlook 2010 PC?  It's iCloud Or Google Calendar Sync, Not Both - And Outlook 2011 Mac Gets No Love  —  I live a complicated Calendar life.  I keep my schedule in Outlook 2010 on my PC, which syncs to the cloud through Google Calendar but can't talk to Outlook 2011 on my Mac, which I use for travel.
Discussion: @stshank
Ben Fritz / Los Angeles Times:
Apple prepping movie cloud service  —  Apple Inc. is preparing to put movies in the cloud, entering a market in which it may be both competitor and ally to a similar offering backed by most Hollywood studios.  —  Representatives of the iPhone and iPad maker have been meeting with studios …
Brad Burnham / Union Square Ventures:
Duck Duck Go  —  When I first got into the venture capital business in the early 90s, it seemed to me that half of the deals I brought to the partnership were dismissed with the line “sure it's cool but what the heck do they do if Microsoft decides to enter this business.”
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Gabriel Weinberg / Gabriel Weinberg's Blog:   DuckDuckGo is growing - welcome USV et al.!
Business Week:
Scott Forstall, the Sorcerer's Apprentice at Apple  —  The iOS chief is a lot like his mentor Steve Jobs: brilliant, presents well, a tenacious infighter—arguably just the taskmaster Apple needs to stay on top  —  The deteriorating health of Steve Jobs loomed over Apple's Oct. 4 press event …
Amar Toor / Engadget:
Mike Lazaridis apologizes for BlackBerry outage: 'We've let many of you down' (video) (Update: full services restored)  —  Now that BlackBerry services are returning to full functionality, RIM founder Mike Lazaridis has decided to issue a public apology for this week's mysterious global outage.
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Steve Jobs patent enables Apple to shut down any new Android product in Australia  —  In a posthumous triumph for the late Steve Jobs, one of his more than 300 patents — a patent on touchscreen heuristics — just helped Apple score a major legal win in Australia that lends momentum …
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Dennis Ritchie, 1941-2011: Computer scientist, Unix co-creator, C programming language designer  —  Computer scientist Dennis Ritchie is reported to have died at his home this past weekend, after a long battle against an unspecified illness.  No further details are available at the time of this blog post.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Windows Phone, a year on  —  Windows Phone is in limbo.  The company acknowledged that it has performed below expectations.  During the last quarter for which we have data (ending June) I have an estimate that Windows Phone sold only 1.4 million units (Gartner's sell-through analysis suggests 1.7 million).
Khidr Suleman / V3.co.uk:
Dell World: Dell gearing up to launch Windows 8 devices as Android disappoints  —  AUSTIN: Dell is throwing its weight firmly behind the Windows 8 tablet platform in a bid to challenge the dominance of the Apple iPad 2.  —  Michael Dell, founder and chief executive of Dell …
Bloomberg:
‘Angry Birds’ Maker May Hold IPO in 2012, Mighty Eagle Says  —  By Jon Erlichman and Diana ben-Aaron - October 13, 2011  —  Rovio Entertainment Oy, the Finnish creator of “Angry Birds” mobile-phone games, may sell shares to the public as early as next year and is probably worth more than $1 billion, its chief marketing officer said.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
“We Are Absolutely in a Feature Race,” Says Bradley Horowitz of Google+  —  As Facebook changes to become more about personal expression and oversharing, and Twitter maintains it will stay simple rather than get caught up in a feature race, how will Google+ respond?
JR Raphael / Computerworld:
Privacy alert: Verizon is now monitoring your mobile Web habits  —  Verizon Wireless users, listen up:  —  Verizon is making a significant change to its privacy policy for mobile users this week.  By default, the company will now use a bunch of your info for “certain business and marketing reports” …
Jesse Drucker / Bloomberg:
IRS Auditing How Google Shifted Profits Offshore to Avoid Taxes  —  Oct. 13 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Internal Revenue Service is auditing how Google Inc. avoided federal income taxes by shifting profit into offshore subsidiaries, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
LightSquared: GPS fix to cost industry $400M  —  SAN DIEGO—Start-up wireless provider LightSquared said today it will cost the commercial GPS industry as much as $400 million for gear that will eliminate the interference potentially caused by its planned next-generation network.
Discussion: DSLreports and Electronista
Nielsen Wire:
40% of Tablet and Smartphone Owners Use Them While Watching TV  —  American consumers are increasingly connected and our recent survey shows they are increasingly multitasking when it comes to multimedia.  —  Roughly 40 percent of tablet and smartphone owners in the U.S. used their devices daily …
Discussion: IntoMobile, AllThingsD and Electronista
 
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google Maps puts WebGL 3D graphics to use
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Startup Lets You Save and Share Parts of Web Pages
Rachel Metz / Associated Press:
EBay to add image recognition to mobile offerings
Discussion: FierceMobileContent and TechCrunch
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Google Q3 earnings preview: Eyes on economy, Motorola Mobility hit
Discussion: Reuters
Julian Benson / Wired.co.uk:
Q&A: Nick Halstead on mining Twitter's firehose with Datasift
Ellen Messmer / Network World:
The SSL certificate industry can and should be replaced
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Dan Lyons / Real Dan Lyons Web Site:
A conversation with Woz
Discussion: Business Insider
Nick Wingfield / Bits:
Snubbed by Apple, T-Mobile Looks Beyond the iPhone
Steve Yegge / Google+:
Hi external-world folks,  —  I posted a long opinionated rant tonight …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Exclusive: Hands-on with Amazon Locker, now working
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gadget Lab, SlashGear and Asiajin, Thanks:johnhcook
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
With X.commerce, eBay eyes a bigger prize as sales enabler