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4:55 AM ET, September 2, 2011

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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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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 …
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.
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:   Arrington, AOL Launch $20M CrunchFund to Fund Firms TechCrunch Covers
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Netflix offered $300 million-plus, but Starz wanted higher consumer prices  —  Starz didn't just want Netflix to pay more money for its content.  It wanted Netflix consumers to pay more too.  —  Netflix offered Starz more than $300 million per year to renew their agreement …
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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.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Netflix loses a ton of content in 2012 as Starz ends renewal talks [Updated]
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.
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple explains decision to start selling Final Cut Studio again  —  Earlier today, Mac Rumors noted that Apple was once again selling Final Cut Studio to people that called the company's sales line.  Apple tonight, explained what's going on.  —  “As we've done before with many end …
Discussion: @arnoldkim, TUAW and AppleInsider, Thanks:theloop1
Aaron Ricadela / Bloomberg:
Google Acquired Motorola for More Than Patents, Chairman Eric Schmidt Says  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) Chairman Eric Schmidt said his company's planned $12.5 billion purchase of smartphone maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. was aimed at acquiring products, and not merely patents.
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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt Weighs In On Patent Issues: They're ‘Terrible’  —  Eric Schmidt, Google's Executive Chairman and former CEO, took the stage at the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco today to talk about a host of topics, including the success of Google Apps, his feelings about Steve Jobs …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Sprint: AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Would Destroy Jobs, Here's A Study To Prove It  —  It's no surprise whatsoever that Sprint isn't down with the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, and with good reason.  There's no telling just how severe the effects of this deal may be on Sprint, but we know for sure that it won't be good.
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Frank Barbieri / TechCrunch:   AT&T Merger Fail Highlights Failure Of Spectrum Politics
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
T-Mobile May Suffer if AT&T Deal Fails
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Techdirt
Harry McCracken / Time:
The PC Isn't Dying — It's Just Evolving  —  An HP Omnibook, circa 1997.  The Omnibook line lasted from 1993 until HP bought Compaq in 2002.  —  Michel Delsol / Time Life Pictures / Getty Images  —  On August 12th, the IBM PC — the classic machine from which all modern Windows computers descend — turned thirty.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Peter Jamison / SF Weekly:
Lost iPhone 5 Prototype: SFPD Says It Has No Records of Investigation  —  Yesterday we related an interesting scoop that popped up on CNET: the tech-news site reported that a prototype of Apple's latest iPhone model had been lost in a San Francisco bar, echoing a similar incident last year …
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.
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
Ashlee Vance / Business Week:
When Patents Attack: Could Facebook Be Next?  —  Rising Web stars such as Facebook and Twitter have so far been spared in the patent wars, but that could change  —  Paul Maritz has witnessed a number of patent skirmishes.  The chief executive officer of VMware spent 14 years at Microsoft …
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 …
Alyson Shontell / The Business Insider:
Digg's Kevin Rose And Foursquare's Dennis Crowley Discuss Growing Pains And Web Domination  —  Digg founder Kevin Rose interviewed Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley on his show, Foundation.  —  They talked about their love of Prodigy, how they became entrepreneurs, what scaling issues they had, and what they learned along the way.
Discussion: @cindyroyal and Laughing Squid
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 …
Andy Myers / The Windows Blog:
Tweet-ness!  How Twitter works in Mango  —  As an active Twitter user on the Windows Phone team, I was excited when I first learned that Twitter integration was coming to our phone.  But I admit I was also skeptical.  We've had great Facebook integration for a while now, but Twitter is a different animal.
Alyson Shontell / The Business Insider:
Tech Community Dominates Vanity Fair's 2011 New Establishment List  —  Vanity Fair came out with the 2011 New Establishment List today.  —  A number of tech folks made the list of 50 including Business Insider's CEO Henry Blodget and Chairman Kevin Ryan.  —  Here are the other tech people who made the cut and where they ranked:
Discussion: Vanity Fair
 
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Juliette Garside / Guardian:
Skype boss found route to Silicon Valley on Piccadilly line | Friday interview
Kathrin Hille / Financial Times:
Foreign internet presence in China to face scrutiny
Thanks:chadcat
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Oprah to Do Live Interview at Facebook Next Week
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Yipit rides the daily deal chaos to success
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Feature: How AT&T conquered the 20th century
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Motorola Deal Could Give Google A Huge Tax Break
Discussion: The Register, Tactical IP and Reuters
 Earlier Items: 
Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
Oregon Dentists And Chiropractors Ban Groupons
Vinicius Vacanti / Yipit Blog:
Here's What Really Happened to Yelp Deals
Discussion: The Business Insider, Screenwerk and GigaOM, Thanks:vacanti
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Apple CEO Tim Cook promotes iTunes/iCloud chief Eddy Cue to senior VP of Internet Software and Services