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2:30 PM ET, September 12, 2011

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Jack McKenna / TechCrunch:
“Deciding” To Move On  —  AOL has issued the following statement: “The TechCrunch acquisition has been a success for AOL and for our shareholders, and we are very excited about its future.  Michael Arrington, the founder of TechCrunch has decided to move on from TechCrunch and AOL to his newly formed venture fund.
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
It's Official: Arrington Out at AOL; Schonfeld New TechCrunch Editor (Plus Armstrong Internal Memo Too!)  —  AOL and TechCrunch founder and editor Michael Arrington have officially parted ways, almost exactly one year from the New York Internet portal's acquisition of the popular tech news site.
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
ARRINGTON: “It's No Longer A Good Situation For Me To Stay”  —  TechCrunch founder Mike Arrington just officially announced his resignation from the blog he founded.  —  He took the stage to kick off the TechCrunch Disrupt conference and said he wanted to clear the air about all the “drama” …
Discussion: SFGate
Silvio Gulizia / @silviogulizia:
@arrington on stage at #tcdisrupt? yeah! ( #tcdisrupt live at http://t.co/R3EkJBS)
Discussion: TechCrunch
Focus Taiwan:
HTC mulling purchase of operating system: report  —  Taipei, Sept. 12 (CNA) Cher Wang, chairwoman of Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp., said the company is considering buying an operating system (OS), but is in no rush, according to a recent news report.  —  After the global PC heavyweight …
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
YouTube Founders Aim to Revamp Delicious  —  SAN MATEO, Calif. — Chad Hurley and Steve Chen have some experience with turning a small Web site into Internet gold.  In 2006 they sold their scrappy start-up YouTube to Google for $1.65 billion.  —  More recently they picked an unlikely candidate …
Technology Review:
Groupon's Hidden Influence on Reputation  —  A Groupon deal might boost sales but, it can also lower a merchant's reputation as measured by Yelp ratings, say computer scientists who have analyzed the link between daily deals and online reviews.  —  One of the biggest internet phenomena …
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Bloomberg:
Dell Loses Orders as Facebook Do-It-Yourself Servers Gain: Tech  —  Sept. 12 (Bloomberg) — When Facebook Inc. set out to build two new data centers, engineers couldn't find the server computers they wanted from Dell Inc. or Hewlett-Packard Co. They decided to build their own.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Gowalla Is Reborn As A Beautiful App For Travel And Storytelling  —  The location wars had a number of casualties.  Some companies shut down, some sold off their remaining tech and talent.  Others are still out there plugging away, but at this point, it seems clear that Foursquare won the all-important battle over the check-in.
Discussion: VentureBeat and CNET News
Dave Reisner / ls /etc/ | more:
Google Bought Me!  The First Two Days  —  For the past several months, I've been playing Operations Developer for Zagat Survey, taking care of the production website infrastructure, expanding our internal development environments, acting as liason to our hosting provider …
Discussion: Betabeat
LAUNCH:
A Horribly Unimpressive List of Products Yahoo Launched under Carol Bartz  —  [ Carol Bartz just after she became Yahoo CEO.  Photo by Yahoo social media team via creative commons license. ]  —  Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz got the boot this week, but we wanted to review the products that launched during …
Discussion: @jason and @amir_efrati, Thanks:harryallen
Tomio Geron / Forbes.com:
Posterous Is Now ‘Spaces,’ A Photo-Focused App For Private Sharing  —  Subscribe to Forbes Get a Free Trial Issue … Posterous Spaces is designed to help people easily privately share photos and videos with friends or family.  It's available for use as an iPhone app, on the Posterous website, or via email.
Christopher Beam / New York Magazine:
Bubble Boys  —  Out in Silicon Valley, the last bastion of full employment, the Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerbergs of the future are staying up all night writing code in dorms.  —  Feross Aboukhadijeh likes to tell the story of how he got famous.  It happened last fall, as he was beginning his junior year at Stanford.
Discussion: Gizmodo and GMSV
Alana / Nielsen Wire:
Social Media Report: Spending Time, Money and Going Mobile  —  Social media not only connects consumers with each other, but also with just about every place they go and everything they watch and buy.  Nielsen's new Social Media Report looks at trends and consumption patterns across social media platforms …
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Hacker Rattles Internet Security Circles  —  He claims to be 21 years old, a student of software engineering in Tehran who reveres Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and despises dissidents in his country.  —  He sneaked into the computer systems of a security firm on the outskirts of Amsterdam.
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Amazon Courting Magazine, Book Publishers for Kindle Tablet  —  Amazon is paving the way for its Kindle Tablet by soliciting newspaper, magazine and book publishers to offer their content via the slate, which aims to challenge Apple's iPad.  —  Amazon.com (NASDAQ:GOOG) …
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Zee Kane / The Next Web:
Amazon reportedly in talks to launch a Netflix for books
Joshua Topolsky / This is my next:
Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash, HTC Titan headed to AT&T with Windows Phone 7 Mango on-board  —  Timed to coincide with Microsoft's much-anticipated BUILD event happening this week, word has just hit the streets that Samsung will be launching two new Windows Phone devices — both running version 7.5 …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sequoia Leads $20 Million Round In MongoDB Big Data Database Provider 10gen  —  10gen, a company which offers enterprises a big data database built off of MongoDB, has raised $20 million in financing, led by Sequoia Capital and with participation from 10gen's other existing investors Flybridge Capital and Union Square Ventures.
Discussion: VatorNews, GigaOM and Betabeat
Edward Moyer / CNET News:
IBM's Watson to offer medical advice to doctors  —  IBM has inked a deal with health insurer WellPoint that will let WellPoint use the technology behind “Jeopardy"-playing computer Watson to suggest patient diagnoses and treatments.  —  The arrangement, which marks the first time the Watson technology …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court to Rule on GPS Surveillance, Addressing ‘Big Brother’ Claims  —  WASHINGTON — The precedent is novel.  More precisely, the precedent is a novel.  —  In a series of rulings on the use of satellites and cellphones to track criminal suspects, judges around the country …
Euan Rocha / Reuters:
RIM, Dolby set licensing deal; lawsuits dropped  —  (Reuters) - Dolby Laboratories said on Monday it has withdrawn its patent infringement lawsuit against Research In Motion after the BlackBerry maker inked a licensing deal to use of some of Dolby's technologies.
 
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
NBC, TNT and TBS Bring Full-Length TV Episodes to iOS Devices
Discussion: Gizmodo
Griffin McElroy / Joystiq:
Gamestop launching branded Android gaming tablet next year
David Carr / New York Times:
News Trends Tilt Toward Niche Sites
James Grimmelmann / Ars Technica:
Feature: Owning the stack: The legal war to control the smartphone platform
 Earlier Items: 
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Broadcom Buys Chipmaking Technology Company Netlogic For $3.7 Billion
Patricia Sellers / Fortune:
Intel's Sean Maloney: The man who couldn't speak
Discussion: SiliconFilter and GMSV
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
Analysis: AOL's Armstrong feeling the heat with Project Devil
Discussion: Marketing Pilgrim
Steve Green / VEGAS INC:
Righthaven says it might have to file for bankruptcy
Michael Arrington / @arrington:
Excited to announce the very first #CrunchFund investment @PrismSkylabs - http://t.co/FaNUlxX
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple's co-founder Ron Wayne on its genesis, his exit and the company's future
Discussion: Business Insider and Guardian, Thanks:zee
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
And The 2011 TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon Winners Are ...
Discussion: TechCrunch