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August 22, 2012, 7:00 AM

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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Verizon Vacation Blackout Reveals The New iPhone Will Launch On Friday, September 21  —  A trusted Verizon employee has just confirmed to TechCrunch that the carrier is having an all-staff vacation blackout from the dates of Friday, September 21 to September 30.  You know what that means, right?
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
Apple's closing shot hits at Samsung ‘copycat’ docs  —  Apple once again hammers away at Samsung for internal documents in its closing argument against the company.  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — Apple highlighted its broad collection of Samsung internal documents, and not its millions of dollars spent …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch's Picks: The 10 Best Startups From Y Combinator's S12 Demo Day  —  75 startups pitched their hearts out today at Y Combinator's 15th Demo Day.  We saw surefire small businesses to risky big bets but after collecting opinions from their YCS12 classmates and top VCs, these are TechCrunch's top 10 picks.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
T-Mobile adding unlimited data plans with no throttling on September 5th  —  Among US national carriers, T-Mobile and Sprint have long been the champions of unlimited data even as Verizon and AT&T have clamped down in recent years — but for T-Mobile customers, there's always been a catch …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
An LTE iPhone could be the most disruptive thing in the UK mobile market since the original  —  Today's been rather a momentous day in the UK mobile arena, following local regulator Ofcom's approval of Everything Everywhere's plans to use existing spectrum to roll out LTE service early.
David Meyer / GigaOM:
Google lashes out at German copyright ‘threat’  —  Google has launched a broadside against a proposed law in Germany that would see search engines forced to pay license fees for linking people to news stories.  —  Well, actually that's slightly inaccurate: the draft law would make search engines pay …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
Inside Intellectual Ventures, the most hated company in tech  —  Nathan Myhrvold and other executives at the controversial company say critics simply don't understand what they're doing.  CNET went behind the scenes to understand what 40,000 patents and an unapologetic plan to make money from them really means.
Reuters:
Exclusive: Barry Diller's IAC offers $300 million for About.com  —  (Reuters) - Barry Diller's IAC/Interactivecorp submitted an offer in excess of $300 million to buy the About.com information website from the New York Times Co, according to people with knowledge of the situation.
Mark Milian / Bloomberg:
After Getting Funded, Some Kickstarter Projects Stall  —  Kickstarter began in 2009 as a way for entrepreneurs to raise money to get projects off the ground.  Though the company's fundraising platform has been a success, many projects have not.  —  More than a million backers have given $274 million …
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Julie Bort / Business Insider:
Google Plans To Kill Its Popular Postini Spam Filtering Service  —  Google will soon be turning off its popular spam filtering and e-mail archiving product, Postini.  It will shift Postini users to Google Apps, which also includes Postini's features.  —  At last count, Google …
More: CNET
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Octane: A New JavaScript Benchmark Based On Popular Apps And Libraries  —  Google's Chrome team just launched Octane, a new JavaScript benchmark suite that aims to measure real-world performance.  Unlike most other benchmarks, which tend to use artificial tests developed …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
PopCap Confirms Layoffs as the Billion-Dollar Payoff From EA Becomes Less Likely  —  EA-owned PopCap, responsible for creating such games as Bejeweled and Plants vs. Zombies, is laying off 50 employees from its Seattle studios and is re-evaluating the need for an office in Dublin.
Reyhan Harmanci / BuzzFeed:
Tech Confessional: The Googler Who Looks At The Worst Of The Internet  —  Sitting in the sun at a tech company cafeteria, this former Google worker described a year spent immersed in some of the darkest content available on the Internet.  His role at the tech company mainly consisted …
More: TechEye and Gizmodo
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
City of Oakland, FCC identify source of police radio interference: AT&T  —  Since its installation in July 2011, the City of Oakland has had massive problems with its radio system.  —  Timothy Wells  —  On Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that local officials …
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Google, Boingo bring their free Wi-Fi experiment to mall rats  —  Google and Boingo are building on their free Wi-Fi project in New York City, launching the advertising-paid access model in eight malls across the country.  Though the project is still in its infancy, it represents a growing trend …

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