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7:10 AM 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 …
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Notebook players limit initial Ultrabook shipment volume below 50,000 units  —  First-tier notebook brand vendors Acer, Lenovo, Toshiba and Asustek Computer, understanding that demand for notebooks is unlikely to recover in the fourth quarter, while Apple's products are taking up all the glory in the market …
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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.
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 …
Discussion: Fudzilla, Fonehome and MCV: Home Stream
Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
Groupon Clones: Still viable or dead on arrival?  —  With Groupon clones lining the digital streets like “GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS” signs in the seedy parts of Reno, you'd think the model was an easy one to replicate.  —  Facebook did it; Yelp did it; now Google is doing it.
Chester Wisniewski / Naked Security:
Operation Black Tulip: Fox-IT's report on the DigiNotar breach  —  Fox-IT, the security auditors hired to investigate the compromise of DigiNotar, the digital certificate authority that signed fraudulent certificates for Google, the CIA and others, released their preliminary findings this afternoon.
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Toby Sterling / Associated Press:
Experts suspect Iran involvement in Dutch hacking
Discussion: Electronista
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: A VC
John Cook / GeekWire:
Photos: A look at Amazon's new delivery locker at 7-Eleven  —  Amazon's new locker system at 7-Eleven store in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood  —  Yesterday, my two-year-old son and I did a little investigative reporting.  Our goal?  Find the Seattle area 7-Eleven housing Amazon.com's new delivery locker system.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Customer Support Surprise: Phone Reps Handling 10,000 Calls A Week From 60 Countries  —  Google has long received mixed-to-negative criticism for its customer service — or lack thereof.  But Francoise Brougher is changing all that.  Perhaps the least well-known senior executive outside Google …
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Dell to partner Baidu to develop tablets, mobile  —  (Reuters) - Dell Inc said on Tuesday it will partner China's top search engine Baidu Inc to develop tablet computers and mobile handsets.  —  Baidu offered a glimpse of its upcoming mobile operating system and launched a new mobile application platform …
Chris von Eitzen / The H Open Source:
Linux development temporarily moves to GitHub  —  Linus Torvalds has published the fifth release candidate of Linux 3.1.  As the main server for kernel.org is not completely back up and running after the break-in that was made public last week, Torvalds uploaded the git repository with the mainline Linux sources to GitHub.
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
How Market Fares After Labor Day Will Determine if Groupon's IPO Is Delayed — Or Even Pulled (Or Not)
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Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
China's Perfect World game operator to invest $100M in venture capital fund
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T-Mobile's Next Big Android Phone Gets Caught On Camera
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David Meyer / ZDNet:
Wikileaks: Microsoft aided former Tunisian regime
Discussion: TechEye
Tim O'Reilly / Google+:
This New York Times piece on the Amazon-California sales tax …
Rochelle King / The Official Netflix Blog:
Netflix Launches in Latin America