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2:20 PM ET, September 29, 2010

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Wiltse Carpenter / Gmail Blog:
Turn off Gmail's conversation view  —  The way Gmail organizes mail into conversations is like cilantro.  You either love it — and, like me, enjoy the nice citrusy, herbal finish it gives to everything from salsa to curry — or you hate it.  And those of you who hate it hate it enough …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Facebook and Skype Readying Deep Integration Partnership  —  You didn't think Facebook would integrate with Google (GOOG) Voice, did you?  —  Actually, according to sources close to the situation, Facebook and Skype are poised to announce a significant and wide-ranging partnership …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Should Facebook Buy Skype?  —  Photo of Skype CEO Josh Silverman By Phil Wolff via Flickr  —  Ever since Skype was freed from the shackles of eBay, I've marveled at the company's management team led by its CEO, Josh Silverman.  Sure, it has a whole lot of powerful backers, but in the end, it's the team and their strategy.
Discussion: Digital Daily and Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why We Sold TechCrunch To AOL, And Where We Go From Here  —  By now you must have heard the news that AOL has acquired us.  Here are videos of the on stage signing of the agreement and an interview with AOL CEO Tim Armstrong immediately afterwards.  —  So how did all this happen?
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Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Engadget's Founder on TechCrunch Under AOL
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
AOL May Restore Lost Luster With Three Acquisitions
Discussion: CrunchGear
Ross Kelly / Wall Street Journal:
Dell to Launch 7-Inch Tablet in Weeks Ahead  —  SYDNEY—Dell Inc. will launch its seven-inch tablet in the next few weeks and a 10-inch tablet within 6-12 months, Dell Greater China President Amit Midha said Wednesday.  —  Texas-based Dell has joined a host of computer makers rushing to offer tablets …
Sharon Pian Chan / Seattle Times:
Q&A with Steve Ballmer on mobile, search and Facebook  —  Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer sat down with The Seattle Times for a Q and A on the eve of the annual company meeting on Sept. 28, 2010.  Here is the story.  —  With the imminent launch of a new Windows mobile phone …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Amazon Android app store T&Cs leak  —  Amazon still aren't talking about the rumored Android app store they're tipped to be working on - which would sit alongside the official Android Market and offer users an alternative source for software - but the App Store Distribution Agreement participating developers …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Cisco to Unveil an Affordable Home TelePresence Product for Consumers Next Week  —  Cisco, the networking giant, is making yet another big step into the consumer space, with the introduction next week of an inexpensive home telepresence product for personal use.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
TweetBeat Wants To Kill Hashtags On Twitter By Making Them Obsolete  —  Back in June we previewed a new product by social media search engine Kosmix called TweetBeat.  Essentially, it's a way to follow news being discussed on Twitter in realtime.  Today during our TechCrunch Disrupt conference …
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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Ross Miller / Engadget:
Xbox Live Fall 2010 Dashboard Update preview: ESPN, Netflix search, Kinect, and more!  —  Shortly before Kinect hits store shelves on November 4th, Microsoft plans on rolling out the Fall Update to Xbox Live — even sooner for those who signed up for the preview program.
Pete Cashmore / Unmashed:
SWINGING FOR THE FENCES  —  TechCrunch getting acquired by AOL is pretty interesting to me.  I mailed the team earlier today to congratulate them on their accomplishment, but I thought I'd blog a few thoughts too.  —  I'm excited about the deal.  It's a huge validation for our industry …
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Did HP's Todd Bradley just confirm the ‘PalmPad’ name?  Still set for early 2011  —  HP has already let loose the word that they'd be releasing a webOS-based tablet in 2011, but in todays' Analyst Meeting, HP EVP Todd Bradley was the first HP employee to call it the PalmPad, a trademark HP filed for in July:
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
With LinkedIn Signal, Twitter And LinkedIn Collide  —  LinkedIn's CEO Jeff Weiner has just unveiled LinkedIn Signal at TechCrunch Disrupt, a new feature that neatly marries the worlds of LinkedIn and Twitter and allows users to apply the professional social network's filters to Twitter's firehose.
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
By the Numbers: Apple, Microsoft, Dell, H.P.  —  Back in May, Apple edged past Microsoft as the most valuable technology company.  And, my oh my, has Apple stretched its lead since then.  —  $222.12 billion versus $219.18, or $2.94 billion — That was the gap separating Apple and Microsoft at the close of trading on May 26.
Discussion: Cult of Mac
James Ledbetter / Slate:
The strange but inevitable rise of e-reader pornography.  —  As I write this, the most downloaded item for Amazon's Kindle is a novel by Jenna Bayley-Burke called Compromising Positions.  Here is part of the plot description: “David Strong knows how to do a lot of things …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Unix's Revenge  —  With QNX now firmly roadmapped at RIM and Android spreading among vendors like a virus, I wanted to point out that these operating systems share one ancestor: Unix.  —  A technical triumph  —  Technically Linux, which underlies Android, among others …
Min Lee / Canadian Press:
Google says company's future in China ‘very uncertain’ after search engine shut  —  HONG KONG — Google's future in China is “very uncertain” after it pulled its search engine from the country in a dispute over restrictions on freedom of information, a company official said Wednesday.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Future of Search is Mobile, Autonomous & Serendipitous, Says Google CEO  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt, speaking to the audience at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco this week, said that his company expects mobile to dominate search at some point in the future.
Discussion: p2pnet and Reuters
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
New Kobo eReader gets wireless connection, faster processor, pretty colors  —  When we reviewed the $150 Kobo e-reader this summer we liked the value it offered, but didn't particularly appreciate the poor performance nor the missing wireless connectivity.  Now it's back, a new version offering fixes …
Michelle Goldberg / The Daily Beast:
The Woman Who Beat Craigslist  —  Underage girls who say they were sold for sex on the site were behind the battle to shutter its adult-services section.  Michelle Goldberg reports on the inside story of their role—and the remarkable woman who led the fight.
Don Jeffrey / Bloomberg:
Disney, CBS, Fox Sue Online Subscription Service Ivi for Streaming Shows  —  Walt Disney Co.'s ABC, CBS Corp. and other broadcasters sued Ivi, an online subscription service, for streaming television programs over the Web without authorization.  —  The companies, also including News Corp.'s Fox …
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
What Twitter Learns from All Those Tweets  —  The company's head of analytics explains how Twitter mines the data users produce.  —  Twitter messages might be limited to 140 characters each, but all those characters can add up.  In fact, they add up to 12 terabytes of data every day.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Neowin.net
DealBook:
McClure to Google: Buy Twitter  —  Dave McClure has some advice for Google: Get out the checkbook and buy Twitter — and make it snappy.  —  The feisty Silicon Valley investor told Reuters that Google needs to buy the micro-blogger if it wants to stay competitive against Facebook.
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Sonos Controller for iPad now available  —  The Sonos Controller for iPad is a free download (Sonos system required for use).  —  For those of you who have a Sonos system and an iPad, there's good news: the Sonos Controller for iPad is now available in the App Store as a free download.
Discussion: PC World, GeekTonic and Gadget Lab
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Jon Brodkin / Computerworld:
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Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
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Mike Taylor / New York Observer:
Did Apple Suffer a Mini Flash Crash?
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