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4:50 PM ET, September 6, 2011

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Editorial Independence  —  There's confusion - way too much confusion - about my status at TechCrunch and TechCrunch's status at Aol after last week's announcement that I was launching a venture fund, partially backed by Aol.  —  The multiple conflicting statements made by Aol.
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Give Me Back My Baby: Michael Arrington Trying to Buy Back TechCrunch From AOL — But Would AOL Sell It?  —  Here's another interesting wrinkle to the ongoing saga of AOL, TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington and his nascent venture firm, CrunchFund.  —  Arrington has reached …
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
YOUR MOVE, AOL: The World Awaits AOL's Response To Mike Arrington's Classic Ultimatum  —  You've got to love Mike Arrington.  —  Four days ago, in response to Arrington's plan to operate a venture capital fund within TechCrunch, AOL president Arianna Huffington immediately fired him.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch As We Know It May Be Over  —  This is a post I never thought I'd have to write.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Conde Nast Spins Out Reddit, Without Letting Go  —  Five years after buying Reddit, Conde Nast is giving the social news site a gentle shove out the door.  —  The publisher isn't pushing Reddit very far away, though.  It is spinning out the company as a standalone operation, but will retain full ownership of it, for now.
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Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
A Startup Is Reborn: Reddit, No Longer Part of Conde Nast, Seeks CEO
Discussion: TechCrunch and WebProNews, Thanks:adrjeffries
Ari Burack / San Francisco Examiner:
Google exec Marissa Mayer threatened by man on Twitter  —  A man accused of threatening a prominent Google executive via Twitter has been arrested and indicted on felony charges by a federal grand jury in San Francisco, court documents show.  —  Gregory Calvin King, 27 …
Discussion: WebProNews, The Next Web and Oye! Times
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.
Sprint Newsroom:
Sprint Files Suit to Block Proposed AT&T and T-Mobile Transaction  —  Sprint Nextel [NYSE:S] today brought suit against AT&T, Inc., AT&T Mobility, Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile seeking to block the proposed acquisition as a violation of Section 7 of the Clayton Act.
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Following Justice Department, Sprint Sues to Stop AT&T From Buying T-Mobile
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Google Goes Big With Its Hulu Bid  —  Hulu's corporate owners are currently mulling bids from three would-be buyers: Amazon, Yahoo, and the Dish Network.  —  And then there's Google.  The search giant has also made an offer for the video site, but it seems to be playing a different sport …
Pew Internet:
28% of American adults use mobile and social location-based services  —  More than a quarter (28%) of all American adults use mobile or social location-based services of some kind.  This includes anyone who takes part in one or more of the following activities:
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.
Discussion: @dondodge
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
GROUPON CANCELS IPO ROADSHOW, SEC Wants Answers On Leaked Memo  —  Groupon has canceled its IPO roadshow, which was scheduled for next week, Anupreeta Das of the Wall Street Journal tweets (citing a DJ Newswires story).  —  The SEC has reportedly been asking questions about the internal email …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Best Buy's October 21st ‘Apple Fixture Installation’ Debunked as iPhone Launch  —  Over the weekend, several Best Buy-related tips surfaced in connection with Apple.  One of those tips came in the form of a new “Apple Fixture Installation” scheduled for October 21st that some have speculated …
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.
Discussion: TechPinions and blog.chron.com
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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 …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, A VC and WebProNews
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 …
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
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.
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Now Lets You Export Google Voice Data  —  Google Takeout, the recently launched “data liberation” service that lets you export files, photos and data from Google services like Picasa and Buzz, now includes support for Google Voice.  —  With the update, users of Google's Internet …
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
RIM Investor Jaguar Says Company Should Explore All Options Including Sale  —  Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM), the maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, should consider selling itself or spinning off its patents to boost investor returns after a slump in its stock price, investor Jaguar Financial Corp. (JFC) said.
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
BlackBerry App World 3.0 goes live - adds social sharing, looks pretty  —  After a short beta period, RIM has launched the new version of their software portal, BlackBerry App World.  Most of the new stuff is just user interface shuffling, like new app categories, and updated search bar placement.
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Adds Display-Ad Tools to Rival Google  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), the largest software maker, is adding features to its Internet display- advertising products to keep from losing customers to Google Inc. (GOOG) and Facebook Inc. in the $12.3 billion U.S. market.
 
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Lanyrd Secures $1.4 million In Seed Funding To Make Conferences More Social
Discussion: AllThingsD and The Lanyrd Blog
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: GigaOM
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google+ API Launch Still Months Away
Discussion: Softpedia News
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Russian Minister: YouTube and Google Should Be Shut Down For Copyright Infringement
Sydney Morning Herald:
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 Earlier Items: 
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Apple to ship 86.4 million iPhones in 2011, blow past Nokia -report
Megan Geuss / PC World:
Why Is Windows Phone 7 Winning Over Some Indie App Developers?
Discussion: pocketnow.com
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Symantec finds 15% of Facebook videos are likejacking attacks
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
How Apple could revolutionize solar
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Will Windows Phone Apps Run On Windows 8?
Discussion: Computerworld
Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
Groupon Clones: Still viable or dead on arrival?
Discussion: ReveNews
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Dell to partner Baidu to develop tablets, mobile