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Tim Armstrong / TechCrunch:
Tim Armstrong: We Got TechCrunch!  —  I'm very pleased to announce that we have acquired TechCrunch.  Details are in the press release below, and I'm sure founder Michael Arrington will have a few words to say as well.  This is a great complement to our continued investment in world class content.
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Insider Says TechCrunch Price Only $25 Million - CNBC Says $40 Million  —  Update: Sources tell CNBC that AOL paid $40 million.  We're guessing the $25 million figure is cash and the rest is an earnout.  Earlier: AOL has told insiders that the company is only paying $25 million for TechCrunch, a second-hand source tells us.
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Why AOL Bought TechCrunch  —  Tim Armstrong Explains Why AOL Decided to Buy This Time Rather Than Build  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — AOL CEO Tim Armstrong told Ad Age today that he wants a “build-first” culture at his company, in which the growth is sparked internally, like the world's oldest startup.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
TechCrunch to keep independent voice, Arrington says  —  I talked at length today with Mike Arrington after he and CEO Heather Harde sold TechCrunch to AOL this morning on stage at the Techcrunch Disrupt conference.  He then gave me a funny short interview.
Discussion: TechCrunch, VentureBeat and Techie Buzz, Thanks:atul
Ryan Tate / Gawker:   TechCrunch Sold to AOL
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
We Nailed It! AOL Has Bought TechCrunch
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
T-Mobile G2 preview  —  Well, well, well... would you look at what we found lounging around Best Buy's NYC holiday event!  Yes, indeed, it's the T-Mobile G2 (the US version of the HTC Desire Z if you happen to think it looks familiar).  After months of leaks and blurry shots we finally got …
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Clayton Morris / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE Apple TV Review: Hands on With Steve Jobs' New Hobby  —  Apple's latest gizmo, the Apple TV, streams high-definition web videos from your home PCs to your television.  —  Steve Jobs swung for the stands with the new Apple TV, a tiny box that plays high-definition web video on your television.
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Updates Remote App with iPad and Retina Display Support  —  As predicted, Apple has updated their Remote app that allows iOS users to control iTunes and their Apple TV from their devices.  The app hadn't been updated for nearly a year, but has finally received a 2. update that brings support …
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
RIM VP Confirms PlayBook QNX OS Will Replace BlackBerry OS  —  Over a breakfast event today at the BlackBerry Developer Conference, a RIM VP confirmed that the QNX operating system announced in their new PlayBook tablet would in fact be finding its way to smartphones in the long run, and ultimately replace the existing BlackBerry OS.
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Shayndi Raice / Digits:
Best Buy In Talks to Carry BlackBerry PlayBook
Office For Mac:
Office for Mac 2011 Available October 26  —  We are excited to announce that starting on October 26 you can get your own copy of Office for Mac 2011!  And starting today preorders can be placed at Amazon.com.  —  One of the most visually impactful features in the new suite also is called Dynamic Reorder …
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Google CEO: the Internet of things will augment your brain  —  For Google CEO Eric Schmidt, the next step in technology is the same that it has always been — augmenting humanity to handle information that a human brain couldn't otherwise keep up with, and just make things work.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Buys Schedule Management Startup Plannr  —  According to multiple sources familiar with the matter, Google has just bought Seattle-based mobile planning startup Plannr, which if you remember our coverage launched about two months ago as an Outlook for hipsters.
Gary Merson / HD Guru:
Google TV by Sony Revealed-Exclusive First Photos  —  (September 28, 2010)Best Buy conducted its holiday preview press event today in New York City.  Included among the hot items for the fourth quarter was the first Google HDTV, the Sony NSX-46GT1.  HD GURU received a quick demo and snapped these exclusive photos.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Document Foundation forks OpenOffice.org, liberates it from Oracle  —  A group of key contributors to the OpenOffice.org (OOo) project have formed a new organization called the Document Foundation to manage a community-driven fork of the popular open source office suite.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
AOL's Wild Acquisition Day Concludes With Thing Labs, Maker Of Brizzly  —  It's a Ronco kind of day for folks who cover AOL (NYSE: AOL)—you think you're done and then the company says, but, wait, there's more.  For the last one (today), paidContent can confirm that AOL has acquired Thing Labs and its Brizzly social media reader.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple Has Already Approved The Official Google Voice App For iPhone, Expect It Soon  —  The App Store review office at 1 Infinite Loop has officially frozen over: we've gotten word that the official Google Voice application is on its way to the iPhone in the next few weeks.
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Amir Efrati / Digits:
For Google and Apple, an Easing of Tensions?
Discussion: PC World
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Former Palm CEO: HP's Android Tablet Tossed  —  Confirming what we first reported here back July, former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein — who currently heads up Hewlett-Packard's mobility group, tells the Financial Times that HP has abandoned plans for its Android tablet.
The Official Google Blog:
What does the future of display advertising look like?  —  This afternoon, we gave a keynote address at the Interactive Advertising Bureau's MIXX Conference in New York, entitled “Display 2015: Smart and Sexy.”  —  As you know by now, we're investing significantly to make display advertising better …
Bryan Gardiner / Gizmodo:
Exclusive: The Plans For Steve Jobs' New House  —  You knew Steve Jobs was tearing down his old mansion.  You didn't know what he was building in its place.  Until now.  —  After nearly a six years of detailed cost comparisons, environmental impact surveys, court appeals …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo Exec Churn Continues, With Media Head Pitaro Ready to Bolt  —  Last week at a Goldman Sachs investment conference, voluble Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz tried to minimize the impact of the recent spate of significant executive departures at the Internet giant.
Jessica Dolcourt / The Download Blog:
Mozilla: No Firefox browser for the iPhone  —  Despite the hopes of many, Mozilla made it official today that it will not develop a standalone Firefox browser for the iPhone.  —  Instead, the browser-maker will continue to pour resources into Firefox Home for iPhone, its browser companion app.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Two new iPhones and an unidentified device show up in the AppleTV firmware  —  Well, what do we have here?  The current iPhone 4 is actually called iPhone 3,1 in Apple product speak.  The AppleTV firmware makes reference to new versions 3,2 and 3,3.  —  Verizon?  Sprint?  China Mobile?  T-Mobile?
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Apple takes legal battle with Nokia to Britain  —  (Reuters) - Apple has sued Nokia in Britain, extending the two technology giants' legal battle over patents beyond U.S. borders.  “We are investigating the claims, which appear to be based on nine implementation patents already in suit between …
Ogle Earth:
Beware: Chinese iPhone 4 comes with a crippled Maps app  —  The iPhone 4 officially landed in China yesterday, so I bought one from the new Apple Store at Xidan in Beijing.  In China, Apple sells its iPhones unlocked and without a contract (16GB = USD747, 32GB = USD895), so you can pretty much stick in any sim card and go.
 
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Faith Merino / VatorNews:
Face.com pulls in $4.3M in financing
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Amazon Debuts “Kindle for the Web”, Which Is Pretty Much What It Sounds Like
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New HTC, full-QWERTY device destined for Verizon breaks cover
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