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12:35 PM ET, September 6, 2011

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch As We Know It May Be Over  —  This is a post I never thought I'd have to write.  Unfortunately, I do.  And the worst part about it is that it should be Michael Arrington writing this post, not me.  —  But he can't.  —  TechCrunch is on the precipice.
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MG Siegler / parislemon:
It's Not A Mirror, It's A Crystal Ball  —  Aside from a few tweets, I've mainly stayed out of the latest TechCrunch brouhaha.  These things tend to flare up every few months, and they ultimately end up meaning nothing.  But I would like to address one thing in particular …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: Ultrabook: Intel's $300 million plan to beat Apple at its own game  —  My desktop isn't the only computer I plan to replace in the next few months.  I need a new laptop too, and my goal is simple: to find a 13" MacBook Air that isn't made by Apple.
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Notebook players limit initial Ultrabook shipment volume below 50,000 units
David Segal / New York Times:
Closed in Error on Google Places, Merchants Seek Fixes  —  In mid-August, Jason Rule learned some surprising news about the coffee shop that he owns and operates in Hays, Kan.: the place had closed for good.  —  Not in the real world, where it is thriving.
Mikko / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
DigiNotar Hacker Comes Out  —  Almost from the beginning of the DigiNotar CA Disaster (report here), we had a reason to believe the case was connected to “ComodoGate” — the hacking of another Certificate Authority earlier this year, by an Iranian attacker.  —  This connection has now been confirmed.
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Joe Schneider / Bloomberg:
Apple May Have to Show IPad Sales to Successfully Bar Samsung in Australia  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) may have to reveal iPad and iPad 2 sales figures in the U.K. and U.S. to improve its chances of barring Samsung Electronics Co. from selling the Galaxy 10.1 tablet computer in Australia, a judge said.
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Apple designer Jonathan Ive enters a new era  —  The synergy between ‘Jony’ Ive and Steve Jobs set into motion a decade of hits from the iPod to the iPad.  Now Apple will be counting on Ive to deliver breakthrough designs without much input from Jobs.  —  Reporting from San Francisco …
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
In E-Mail Age, Postal Service Struggles to Avoid a Default  —  The United States Postal Service has long lived on the financial edge, but it has never been as close to the precipice as it is today: the agency is so low on cash that it will not be able to make a $5.5 billion payment due …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Why Amazon's tablet will challenge Apple in a way that Google cannot  —  The key difference between Amazon and Google is that one of them holds millions of credit cards and is a famous name in retail  —  The rumours are unstoppable: Amazon is going to unveil a tablet in the next few weeks …
Tomio Geron / Forbes:
After Doubling Fund Size, Google Ventures Looks For Next Google  —  First, it's the strength of Google — it is Google Ventures.  We have access to all these resources.  It'd be foolish to ignore them.  Google is really great at recruiting.  We get millions of resumes at Google.
David Murphy / PC Magazine:
Following Lost iPhone 5, Apple Job Hunts for “New Product Security Managers”  —  What do you do when an employee at your company just lost another top-secret smartphone prototype somewhere in a San Francisco-area bar?  —  It remains to be seen what Apple has in store for the poor worker …
Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
Samsung Stratosphere (LTE) for Verizon Revealed (Images)  —  We've gotten a few glimpses of the Samsung Stratosphere SCH-I405 in the wild, but the handset could never seem to sit still for a clear or full-body shot.  Now this Verizon-bound, LTE-capable QWERTY slider has been fully revealed.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Will Windows Phone Apps Run On Windows 8?  —  When you look at the combined 70 percent smartphone market share of Android and Apple in the U.S. compared to Microsoft's measly and shrinking 6 percent, it seems like it's game over before it really began for Windows Phone.
Discussion: WPCentral.com
Megan Geuss / PC World:
Why Is Windows Phone 7 Winning Over Some Indie App Developers?  —  Microsoft's mobile platform is still struggling to keep up with iOS and Android—but for some independent developers, Windows Phone 7 is a perfect fit.  —  While many app developers have merely reworked their Android or iOS apps …
Discussion: pocketnow.com and WPCentral.com
 
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Ari Burack / San Francisco Examiner:
Google exec Marissa Mayer threatened by man on Twitter
Discussion: Oye! Times, WebProNews and The Next Web
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google+ API Launch Still Months Away
Discussion: Google+ Info
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Russian Minister: YouTube and Google Should Be Shut Down For Copyright Infringement
Bill Bishop / DigiCha:
Could Regulatory Winter Be Coming For China Internet Investors?
Sydney Morning Herald:
New evidence links Cisco to jailing and torture of Chinese
Discussion: TechEye
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Apple to ship 86.4 million iPhones in 2011, blow past Nokia -report
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Symantec finds 15% of Facebook videos are likejacking attacks
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
How Apple could revolutionize solar
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
Groupon Clones: Still viable or dead on arrival?
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Dell to partner Baidu to develop tablets, mobile
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
How Market Fares After Labor Day Will Determine if Groupon's IPO Is Delayed — Or Even Pulled (Or Not)
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Customer Support Surprise: Phone Reps Handling 10,000 Calls A Week From 60 Countries
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
GameStop to carry iOS devices soon, begins trading-in used iPhones, iPads and iPods for in-store credits
Peter Maushagen / Reuters:
D.Telekom could miss fee if AT&T deal fails: source