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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Michael Arrington launching venture fund  —  America's most powerful tech blogger is taking a major step into the world of venture capital.  —  Michael Arrington, founder and co-editor of TechCrunch, is raising a venture capital fund to invest in early-stage technology companies, Fortune has learned.
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Michael Arrington, TechCrunch Blogger, to Invest in Start-Ups  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Michael Arrington has become a fixture in Silicon Valley by writing about technology start-ups on his influential blog TechCrunch, which AOL bought last year.  Now, Mr. Arrington is starting a venture capital fund …
Mat Honan / Gizmodo:
Aol: You've Got Conflicts  —  In what seems like an obvious conflict of interest, Fortune reports that Mike Arrington, founder of Aol's TechCrunch, is launching a venture capital fund to invest in start-up companies.  Aol's TechCrunch specializes in reporting on start ups.
Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
AOL Is Replacing Michael Arrington At TechCrunch - He'll Still Write  —  Now that Michael Arrington has started a venture capital fund, AOL is conducting an external and internal search to replace him.  —  Arrington will continue to write for AOL's technology blog, TechCrunch, but he will …
Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
NETFLIX CEO REED HASTINGS: Here's Why We Let Starz Walk Away...  We asked Netflix CEO Reed Hastings for his take on Starz walking away from the contract negotiations.  —  Here's what he said:  —  Starz has been a great content partner for many years and we are thankful for their support.
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Netflix loses a ton of content in 2012 as Starz ends renewal talks [Updated]  —  Starz has announced that it will not renew its contract with Netflix to provide streaming content from its Starz and Encore brands.  Netflix shares were down 7% on news of the cancellation.  Updated with statement from Netflix.
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Apple CEO Tim Cook promotes iTunes/iCloud chief Eddy Cue to senior VP of Internet Software and Services  —  9to5Mac has learned that Apple's iTunes chief Eddy Cue has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, reporting directly to Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple.
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Steve Kovach / The Business Insider:   Tim Cook Picked This Guy To Finally Turn Around Apple's iAd Business
CNET News:
Suspects in iPhone prototype case plead not guilty  —  REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—Two men pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor theft charges in a case involving an iPhone 4 prototype the pair are accused of selling to gadget blog Gizmodo last year.  At an arraignment here this morning …
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Peter Jamison / The Snitch:
Lost iPhone 5 Prototype: SFPD Says It Has No Records of Investigation
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Puts Legacy Final Cut Studio Back on Sale  —  Apple has put the previous version of its Final Cut Studio video editing suite back on sale after a mixed reception to the new and completely redesigned Final Cut X. We received word that Apple had issued a memo this afternoon announcing re-availability of the product.
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Groupon PR to peHUB: Call Us Before You Write Another ‘Nastigram’  —  For a company that's in registration to go public and thus forbidden from pumping up the company stock in advance of an IPO, Groupon is having an awfully hard time keeping quiet.  Last week, of course …
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Andrew Mason's Silicon Valley Problem: He's Not Here
Jack Dorsey / Twitter Developers:
A note from @jack to Twitter developers  —  As Twitter developers, you are a fundamental part of our DNA.  Thank you for your many contributions to the Twitter ecosystem.  Our ongoing commitment is to give you the structure, tools, resources, and support you need to build your businesses as you leverage the power of Twitter.
Vinicius Vacanti / Yipit Blog:
Here's What Really Happened to Yelp Deals  —  While Yelp's daily deal segment got off to a strong start, things have been getting worse ever since.  But, in August, things got dramatically worse as revenue declined 52% based on Yipit Data.  —  So, what happened?
Discussion: Screenwerk, The Business Insider and GigaOM, Thanks:vacanti
Sam Biddle / Gizmodo:
Anonymous Roars Back With 3GB Leak of Texas Police Chief Emails: “That stupid bitch got what she deserved”  —  Anonymous, after a relatively large period of doing nothing, are back with a vengeance.  Even without their (arrested) de facto leader Topiary, they've punched Texan law enforcement squarely …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Also Quietly Rolled Out A Like Button Chrome Extension  —  Yesterday, we noted that Google quietly rolled out their +1 Button Chrome extension a couple days ago.  It's more powerful than it may seem because you can now easily +1 any page you're browsing on the web regardless …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Judge Throws Out $1.3 Billion Judgment Against SAP as “Grossly Excessive”  —  A judge in Oakland has overturned a $1.3 billion judgment against software company SAP that had earlier been awarded to rival Oracle in a copyright infringement lawsuit.  —  Calling the award “grossly excessive …
Electronista:
Best Buy slashes up to $150 off of BlackBerry PlayBook  —  BlackBerry Playbook gets big Best Buy price drop  —  Best Buy hinted at possible sluggish sales of the BlackBerry PlayBook by starting a new sale on RIM's tablet.  The deal takes $50 off of the 16GB and 32GB tablets and a much steeper $150 off …
Joanna Glasner / PE Hub Blog:
The #1 Predictor of Startup Failure: Premature Scaling  —  In the wake of Solyndra's revelation of an impending bankruptcy filing, the latest report from The Startup Genome Project makes for a timely read.  —  The report, published this week, crunches data from a set of more than 3,200 companies …
Discussion: TechCrunch and @bgurley
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Motorola Deal Could Give Google A Huge Tax Break  —  Google not only gets patents, a phone business, and a set-top box business from buying Motorola.  —  It could also get a huge tax break.  —  According to calculations by tax expert Robert Willens, who laid out his reasoning to Reuters yesterday …
Discussion: The Register, Tactical IP and Reuters
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 hands-on (video)  —  Samsung may have been talking up the Galaxy Note as the hottest new piece of hardware for this year's IFA, but it's the Galaxy Tab 7.7 that's got us really excited.  The device is the latest entry in Samsung's popular Android-based Galaxy Tab line, and the thing is pretty darn slick.
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Vlad Savov / This is my next:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 launched at IFA 2011: Super AMOLED Plus display, 7.9mm thickness, and Android 3.2
Chris Burns / SlashGear:
Lenovo U300s Ultraportable Laptop Revealed  —  This week the folks at Lenovo are revealing a handful of devices for those that love their computers to fly away at a gust of wind - first of all there's the “spectacularly slim” U300s Ultrabook, a luxury accessory as Lenovo puts it …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Move Over, Craigslist: Airbnb Launches Sublets for Longer-Term Rentals  —  Airbnb, the fast-growing online accommodations service, is expanding an offering to allow users to more easily book longer rentals of a month or more.  —  The San Francisco-based company said in a press release that it had seen a …
Greg Finn / Search Engine Land:
Pages That Display Tweet Buttons See 7x More Social Mentions  —  In a recent report released by BrightEdge, an enterprise SEO company, stats were released showing correlation between social buttons and social shares.  Data showed that pages that displayed the Tweet button saw 7 times …
Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
Oregon Dentists And Chiropractors Ban Groupons  —  Hoping to get a steal on your next filling or crown?  —  If you live in Oregon, you're sh*t out of luck.  —  The Oregon Board of Dentistry has banned the use of Groupons by the state's dentists because they run afoul of some “no commissions” rule.
 
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Alyson Shontell / The Business Insider:
Digg's Kevin Rose And Foursquare's Dennis Crowley Discuss Growing Pains And Web Domination
Discussion: Laughing Squid
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Feature: How AT&T conquered the 20th century
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Sprint: AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Would Destroy Jobs, Here's A Study To Prove It
Discussion: Appolicious Advisor and IntoMobile
Tom Loftus / Digits:
Ask.com Wants to Channel Your Inner Jeeves
Discussion: Search Engine Land and WebProNews
Chris Dale / YouTube Blog:
Renting movies in Canada, eh? Check out YouTube.ca/movies
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
Why a $25 PC? Because it's the price of a textbook
Thanks:mthwgeek
 Earlier Items: 
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
A Parallels World Where Windows Zips on Macs
Wall Street Journal:
Biz Stone Goes Back to College, This Time as Adviser to M.B.A.s
Discussion: @amir_efrati
Reuters:
Google touts daily deal on home page, a first
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Hackers may have stolen over 200 SSL certificates
Lisen Stromberg / Lisen's “Blog”:
My Neighbor, Steve Jobs
Discussion: Fortune