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10:05 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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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 …
Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
ARIANNA HUFFINGTON: Mike Arrington Is Out At TechCrunch
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]
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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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 and TUAW, Thanks:theloop1
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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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Sprint: AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Would Destroy Jobs, Here's A Study To Prove It
Frank Barbieri / TechCrunch:   AT&T Merger Fail Highlights Failure Of Spectrum Politics
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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: TechCrunch, Inquirer and Reuters
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.
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
HTC Titan and Radar WP7 Mango phones revealed, we go hands-on  —  HTC just threw two new Windows Phone handsets down on the table and politely requested that we be impressed.  The high-end Titan (previously leaked as the 'Eternity') is indeed an awe-inspiring brute, wielding a 4.7-inch SLCD display …
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 …
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Patent Troll WiLAN Targets Apple, HP, HTC, Dell And Others In Yet Another Suit
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Court Tosses Out Ridiculous Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google
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
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: Guardian
Alyson Shontell / The Business Insider:
Digg's Kevin Rose And Foursquare's Dennis Crowley Discuss Growing Pains And Web Domination
Discussion: @cindyroyal
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Motorola Deal Could Give Google A Huge Tax Break
Discussion: The Register
Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
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