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2:35 PM ET, September 2, 2011

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The Business Insider:
AOL SPOKESMAN: Mike Arrington Is No Longer Employed By This Company*  —  Update: WAIT!  Now AOL Says Mike Arrington Is Still An Employee - In The Business Development Division  —  Earlier: TechCrunch founder and editor Michael Arrington is “not employed by AOL” anymore, AOL Huffington Post spokesperson Mario Ruiz tells us.
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
CrunchFund confusion  —  If Michael Arrington is leaving TechCrunch, what does that mean for the investors in CrunchFund?  —  Yesterday we were first to report that tech blogger Michael Arrington has launched a $20 million venture capital fund, which is being backed by AOL (AOL) and a group of Silicon Valley's top VC firms.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Arrington is the future of what we used to call journalism  —  Interesting but not too surprising how the tech press is spinning the new VC fund being run by Mike Arrington of TechCrunch.  —  There's not any real controversy here, however.  —  1. It's not news.  He's been investing in tech startups for a long time.
Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
Arrington On Whether He Works For TechCrunch Or AOL: “I Have No Idea”
Discussion: Bits
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Mike Arrington, AOL Employee, Won't Have “Influence on Coverage,” Says AOL
Discussion: Mixed Media
Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
Samsung Electronics Would ‘Never’ Pursue Purchase of WebOS, Says CEO Choi  —  Samsung Electronics Co., the world's second-largest maker of mobile phones, rejected speculation it may buy Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ)'s WebOS software used in handsets and tablet computers.
Reuters:
AT&T prepares two-track plan to save T-Mobile deal  —  (Reuters) - AT&T Inc is expected to soon present a proposed solution to U.S. antitrust regulators to salvage its planned $39 billion acquisition of smaller rival T-Mobile USA, according to people close to the matter.
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Frank Barbieri / TechCrunch:
AT&T Merger Fail Highlights Failure Of Spectrum Politics
Discussion: TechPinions
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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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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Netflix loses a ton of content in 2012 as Starz ends renewal talks [Updated]
Xavier Lanier / GottaBeMobile:
Samsung: ‘No Plans’ to Launch Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Note in the U.S.  —  The Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Note are two devices that are generating quite a bit of buzz here at IFA 2011 in Berlin.  There's a lot to like about these devices, but unfortunately you might not be able to buy one stateside.
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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
Discussion: Ars Technica, Thanks:theloop1
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel reportedly plans to back off MeeGo OS  —  Intel reportedly plans to temporarily discontinue development of its MeeGo OS due to a lack of enthusiasm for the platform from handset and tablet PC vendors.  Instead, Intel will focus on hardware products, with its handset platforms to be paired …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
This is what Eric Schmidt really said about leaving Apple's board  —  There has been a misquote being passed around the net like wildfire this morning.  According to the quote that is being reported widely by tech and Apple blogs, Eric Schmidt said that he stayed on Apple's Board of Directors until he …
Discussion: iPhone
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Full Video: Salesforce's Marc Benioff Interviews Google Chairman Eric Schmidt
Makoto Miyazaki / Bloomberg:
U2's Bono Praises Apple's Jobs After NYT Article About CEO's Philanthropy  —  Bono, U2 rock band's lead singer, defended Apple Inc. (AAPL) co-founder Steve Jobs after a New York Times columnist wrote the former chief executive wasn't a prominent philanthropist.
Guardian:
LulzSec and Anonymous police and FBI investigation sees two more arrested  —  Two men arrested in South Yorkshire and Wiltshire as part of investigation into international online hacking gangs  —  Two men have been arrested in connection with online attacks by hacking gangs Anonymous and LulzSec, Scotland Yard said.
Royal Pingdom:
Huge milestone: Tumblr users have soon cranked out 10 BILLION posts  —  The growth of the microblogging platform Tumblr has been nothing short of amazing.  The increase in users and overall attention the service is getting is reminiscent of when Twitter took off.  There are now almost 28 million blogs on Tumblr.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Twitter Keeps Suspending Accounts Based On Highly Questionable DMCA Claims  —  Last year, we wrote about how Twitter was receiving a ton of DMCA takedown notices.  That seemed pretty strange to us, because with such short messages, there's little that could be covered by copyright.
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 …
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Baidu offers glimpse of new mobile OS  —  (Reuters) - China's top search engine Baidu Inc offered a glimpse of its upcoming mobile operating system and launched a new mobile application platform on Friday aimed at bolstering its presence in the increasingly competitive mobile web market.
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Acer Aspire Ultrabook S3 officially announced, starts at 799 euros  —  And the march of the Ultrabooks continues.  Following on the heels of Toshiba and Lenovo, Acer just announced the Aspire S3 at its IFA press conference — confirming that unequivocal leak we spotted earlier a few days ago.
 
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Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
DHS warns of planned Anonymous attacks
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Court Tosses Out Ridiculous Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple's first store in London's financial district in doubt over sunlight regulations
John Cook / GeekWire:
Ex-Microsoft exec kickstarts new social network for college kids
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
HTC Titan and Radar WP7 Mango phones revealed, we go hands-on
Juliette Garside / Guardian:
Skype boss found route to Silicon Valley on Piccadilly line | Friday interview
Harry McCracken / Time:
The PC Isn't Dying — It's Just Evolving
Discussion: Techland, TechCrunch and Technologizer
 Earlier Items: 
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
Ashlee Vance / Business Week:
When Patents Attack: Could Facebook Be Next?
Andy Myers / The Windows Blog:
Tweet-ness! How Twitter works in Mango
Discussion: SocialTimes.com
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Yipit rides the daily deal chaos to success
Discussion: VentureBeat and Guardian
Alyson Shontell / The Business Insider:
Digg's Kevin Rose And Foursquare's Dennis Crowley Discuss Growing Pains And Web Domination
 

 
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