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6:25 PM ET, September 2, 2011

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Kindle Tablet Is Very Real.  I've Seen It, Played With It.  —  It's called simply the “Amazon Kindle”.  But it's not like any Kindle you've seen before.  It displays content in full color.  It has a 7-inch capacitive touch screen.  And it runs Android.
Peter Jamison / The Snitch:
Lost iPhone 5: Bernal Heights Man Says Visitors Impersonating Police Searched His Home (Exclusive)  —  A Bernal Heights man says that six officials claiming to be San Francisco Police officers questioned him and searched his family's home in July for a lost iPhone 5 prototype they asserted …
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Mat Honan / Gizmodo:
Apple Investigators Reportedly Impersonated SF Police in iPhone 5 Search (Developing)  —  According to The SF Weekly, Apple investigators looking into the missing iPhone 5 may have been impersonating San Francisco police officers.  That's a crime.  —  The SF Weekly reached Sergio Calderón …
Thanks:gizmodo
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?):
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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.
Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
Arrington On Whether He Works For TechCrunch Or AOL: “I Have No Idea”  —  Michael Arrington doesn't even know what his relationship with AOL is anymore.  —  He just told the New York Times: “I have no idea what AOL's final position on this will be.  I look forward to hearing it.
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.
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
The CrunchFund: Actually, Tim, We Don't All Have “Different” Standards  —  Yesterday afternoon, Mike Arrington and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong announced the launch of “the CrunchFund”, a venture fund that will — according to the New York Times — “invest in start-ups, including some that [Arrington] and his staff write about”.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
CrunchFund?  Unethical Ventures?  Pig Pile Partners? …
Alan Eustace / The Official Google Blog:
A fall spring-clean  —  Technology improves, people's needs change, some bets pay off and others don't.  So, as Larry previewed on our last earnings call, today we're having a fall spring-clean at Google.  —  Over the next few months we'll be shutting down a number of products and merging others into existing products as features.
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Shutters Fast Flip, Sidewiki, Aardvark, Subscribed Links & More Google Labs Projects  —  The purge of products in Google Labs continues.  The company has just announced the closure of several well-known projects, including Fast Flip, Sidewiki, Aardvark and Subscribed Links.
Discussion: @gsterling
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: TUAW
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Full Video: Salesforce's Marc Benioff Interviews Google Chairman Eric Schmidt
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt Weighs In On Patent Issues: They're ‘Terrible’
Discussion: PC World, BetaNews and 9to5Mac
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple to ITC: Andy Rubin got inspiration for Android framework while working at Apple, hence infringes an Apple API patent  —  I just provided a detailed update on the current state of affairs in the ITC investigation of Apple's first complaint against HTC, and I saved a true gem for this separate blog post.
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Dish Said to Plan Blockbuster Rival to Netflix  —  Dish Network Corp. (DISH), the second largest U.S. satellite-TV provider, will introduce a Blockbuster streaming-movie service to compete with Netflix Inc. (NFLX) next month, according to a person with direct knowledge of the plans.
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Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Netflix offered $300 million-plus, but Starz wanted higher consumer prices
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.
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.
James Kwak / The Atlantic:
Steve Jobs's Law: Why Founders Make the Best Leaders  —  Apple's CEO is unique, but one lesson we can take from his story is more universal.  Corporate boards worship “superstar CEOs”.  But more often, the first executive makes for the best executive.  —  This year, dozens of startup company founders …
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google+ To Roll Out A Twitter-Like Suggested User List  —  Google's Bradley Horowitz just Tweeted out a note indicating that Google is about to add a Twitter-like Suggested User list to Google+. … As stated in the message, Horowitz is looking for users who have more than a 100,000 followers on Twitter.
DigiTimes:
Barnes & Noble reportedly to launch new Nook Color in September  —  Taiwanese suppliers will ship key components to be used in Barnes & Noble's Nook Color 2, scheduled for release in September 2011, according to industry sources.  —  TPK Holding will supply touch panels used in the e-bok reader …
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 …
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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John Cook / GeekWire:
Ex-Microsoft exec kickstarts new social network for college kids
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Twitter Keeps Suspending Accounts Based On Highly Questionable DMCA Claims