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11:55 AM ET, September 2, 2011

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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.
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The Business Insider:
AOL SPOKESMAN: Mike Arrington Is No Longer Employed By This Company  —  TechCrunch founder and editor Michael Arrington is “not employed by AOL” anymore, AOL Huffington Post spokesperson Mario Ruiz tells us.  —  This clarifies the situation we reported earlier: That TechCrunch founder Mike Arrington …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Mike Arrington, AOL Employee, Won't Have “Influence on Coverage,” Says AOL  —  You thought a story about Mike Arrington would clean and easy?  Ha.  —  So here's the latest (for those just tuning in, we'll do back story later - who said the inverted triangle was dead?):
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Michael Arrington launching venture fund
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]
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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
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Sprint: AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Would Destroy Jobs, Here's A Study To Prove It
Discussion: IntoMobile, New York Times and eWeek
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 and @arnoldkim, Thanks:theloop1
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.
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 …
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.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Lenovo announces IdeaPad A1, the $199 Android tablet, we go hands-on (video)  —  If you thought you couldn't get a real Android tablet from a brand you've heard of for less than $200, think again.  Lenovo's just announced the IdeaPad Tablet A1, a 7-inch Android unit that we got a sneaky first glimpse of back in July.
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 …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Ex-Microsoft exec kickstarts new social network for college kids  —  Creating a social network for college kids might seem like a foolhardy pursuit given Facebook's historic roots in that market.  And Jonathan Lazarus says that his new upstart, a social networking site called CollegeBrain …
Discussion: TechFlash
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Court Tosses Out Ridiculous Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google  —  A year and a half ago, we wrote about a bizarre antitrust lawsuit filed in Ohio state court by a small shopping search engine company most people haven't heard of called myTriggers.  The details were particularly odd.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple's first store in London's financial district in doubt over sunlight regulations  —  Apple may be hindered in its attempts to open a new Apple Store in the heart of London's financial district after the plot's current owner, the City of London local authority, has been swept up in a legal issue …
Discussion: 9to5Mac, TechCrunch, Reuters and Inquirer
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 …
Discussion: Pastebin, InfoWorld, Inquirer and Examiner
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.
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.
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: Technologizer and TechCrunch
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Patent Troll WiLAN Targets Apple, HP, HTC, Dell And Others In Yet Another Suit  —  Self-proclaimed “technology innovation and licensing company” WiLAN, billed as a notorious patent troll by most anyone else (and often, much worse), this morning announced that it has initiated litigation against Apple …
 
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Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
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