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7:40 AM ET, September 3, 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.
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Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Amazon Is Only Launching A 7″ Tablet?  Genius.  (Plus A Mockup!)  —  The Amazon Kindle tablet is real.  Very much real.  As in, MG has held it in his very own hands.  I threw together the mockup above based on what he shared with me.  —  As MG explained, we now know that the Kindle tablet …
Discussion: @parislemon
John Paul Titlow / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon to Launch a $250 7-inch Android-based Tablet in November
Discussion: AndroidOS.in and PhoneDog.com
Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
Crunch theater: blogger's VC fund creates media spectacle  —  The tech blogosphere was on fire on Friday with a flood of constantly-updated news reports and a barrage of tweets dissecting every angle of the story.  —  A new iPhone?  Details of the long-awaited Facebook IPO?  —  Not quite.
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
CrunchFund?  Unethical Ventures?  Pig Pile Partners?  No Matter What You Call It, It's Business as Usual in Silicon Valley.  —  Of course I have something to say about the news yesterday that AOL would be a key investor in a new early-stage venture fund being started by TechCrunch's …
The Business Insider:
AOL Left Arianna Huffington In The Dark About Arrington's Controversial VC Fund  —  Arianna Huffington, the boss of all media at AOL Huffington post—including TechCrunch—was not informed of TechCrunch editor Mike Arrington's plans to launch a venture capital fund with AOL's money until yesterday …
Discussion: Soshable
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.
Discussion: The Snitch, @dannysullivan and Bits
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Arrington is the future of what we used to call journalism
Peter Jamison / The Snitch:
Lost iPhone 5 Update: Police ‘Assisted’ Apple Investigators in Search of SF Man's Home  —  The bizarre saga involving a lost prototype of the iPhone 5 has taken another interesting turn.  Contradicting past statements that no records exist of police involvement in the search for the lost prototype …
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Reuters:   Apple hunted lost item - clue points to new iPhone
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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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple to ITC: Andy Rubin got inspiration for Android framework while working at Apple  —  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.
John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:
This Guy Walked Away From The Genius Bar With A Drive Full Of Apple's Retail Secrets [Exclusive Pics]  —  After news broke yesterday that Apple had, for the second time in two years, lost an iPhone prototype at a San Francisco bar, the general reaction was one of incredulity.
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Apple's iCloud runs on Microsoft and Amazon services  —  Who says Azure isn't cool and trendy now?  —  Apple has selected Microsoft's Azure and Amazon's AWS to jointly host its iCloud service, The Reg has learned.  —  We understand that Apple has barred Microsoft and Amazon from discussing …
Discussion: AppleInsider
Alexander Howard / Google+:
A Google Suggested Users List is up.  Here's their official “get started” page:  —  https://plus.google.com/getstarted/ follow  —  +1 to +Craig Kanalley for putting this together and adding his perspective.  —  I can't help but feel like we've been here before with Twitter.
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Matt Hickey / The Daily:
A new locker system from Amazon sends your deliveries to 7-Eleven  —  You're at work and your cellphone rings.  It's the delivery guy and he has your Amazon purchase ready to be dropped off.  (Yes, the new shower curtain!)  But you're chained to your desk and can't get home to sign for it.
Discussion: @calamod, SlashGear and SplatF
Jason Kottke / kottke.org:
Google's search by drawing feature  —  This is kind of amazing...you draw a graph and Google Correlate finds query terms whose popularity matches the drawn curve.  I drew a bell curve, a very rough one peaking in 2007, and it matches a bunch of searches for “myspace”.
Discussion: The AppsLab and LAUNCH
BBC:
Germany lifts Doom sales ban after 17 years  —  Doom's blocky graphics are now surpassed by those on modern mobiles  —  A German ban on selling Doom to teenagers has been lifted after 17 years.  —  The classic video game was put on an index of controlled titles in 1994 as it was deemed likely to harm youth.
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Microsoft, Yahoo, TripAdvisor, Yelp and VEVO Now Among Largest Facebook Applications  —  The Facebook platform is best known for social games, but another class of applications has been on the rise in the past couple years: integrations of Facebook features by large media and tech companies into their own properties.
Discussion: LiveSide.net
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Google App Engine Price Hike Stuns Developers  —  Google says it is looking into user discussions of App Engine's new pricing scheme—in the wake of vocal outrage at the magnitude of the change.  In May, Google announced that it would alter the price of App Engine, the company's platform as a service offering, later in the year.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Awards Eddy Cue 100,000 Shares of Stock as Promotion Bonus  —  In recognition of Eddy Cue's promotion to Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, Apple has awarded Cue 100,000 restricted stock units with half vesting in 2013 and the other half in 2015, pending continued employment through the vesting dates.
 
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Chris Buckley / Reuters:
China state paper urges Internet rethink to silence foes
Discussion: @ricmacnz
Johnathan Nightingale / Mozilla Security Blog:
DigiNotar Removal Follow Up
Discussion: The Register
Deborah Yao / SNL Financial LC:
Former FCC chairman: ‘AT&T is certain to lose’ DOJ lawsuit
Discussion: CircleID and BGR
Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg:
Hulu Said to Be Talking With Up to Five First-Round Bidders
Discussion: Mashable!
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Google-Oracle settlement likely with top execs called to court
Discussion: FOSS Patents and Electronista
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Still Considering USB 3.0 in Addition to Thunderbolt?
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Digital Coupons/Incentives Platform Zave Networks To Bulk Up Commerce
Discussion: VentureBeat
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
WikiLeaks: MPAA behind Aussie ISP lawsuit (but don't tell anybody)
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Apple continues to dominate mobile browsing
Discussion: TUAW and FierceMobileContent
James Kwak / The Atlantic:
Steve Jobs's Law: Why Founders Make the Best Leaders
DigiTimes:
Barnes & Noble reportedly to launch new Nook Color in September
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
This is what Eric Schmidt really said about leaving Apple's board
Discussion: Bloomberg, TUAW and TechCrunch
Xavier Lanier / GottaBeMobile:
Samsung: ‘No Plans’ to Launch Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Note in the U.S.