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7:15 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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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” …
John Cook / GeekWire:
HTC boss on Windows Phone 7, patent wars and why iPhones aren't cool anymore  —  Martin Harriman of LightSquared; Martin Fichter of HTC and Brad Stone of Bloomberg at Mobile Future Forward  —  Martin Fichter, the acting president of HTC America, appeared today at the Mobile Future Forward conference in downtown Seattle.
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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 …
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.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Fusion Garage hacks $200 off of Grid 10 tablet, aims to play the undercutting game  —  Looks like we're all indebted to HP in one way or another.  Since the TouchPad fire sale began, we've seen a noticeable southward shift in tablet pricing — it's as if iPad rivals finally figured …
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Running Groupon or Living Social Deal Leads to 10% Decrease in Yelp Rating — Study  —  After a company runs a daily deal through Groupon or Living Social it can expect a Yelp star decline of 10% — despite a 44% increase in the number of Yelp reviews if it already had at least one …
Discussion: @rakeshlobster, Thanks:jason
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IDC:
IDC: More Mobile Internet Users Than Wireline Users in the U.S. by 2015  —  By 2015, more U.S. Internet users will access the Internet through mobile devices than through PCs or other wireline devices.  As smartphones begin to outsell simpler feature phones, and as media tablet sales explode …
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 …
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 …
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Last but not least, Dolphin Browser comes to iPad  —  In late August, software developers MoboTap released Dolphin, the popular browser formerly exclusive to the Android platform, on iOS.  Today, the tablet-specific version called Dolphin Browser HD is available for free in the iTunes App store.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Consumers Still Love Last Year's iPhone  —  With the iPhone 5′s October launch fast approaching, you'd expect demand for the iPhone 4 to be waning.  Why invest in a smartphone that's over a year old now when you can wait a few weeks and buy its brand-new successor?  Or so the logic goes.
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Decide.com knows precisely when you should buy a new phone  —  Decide.com, a service that tracks consumer electronics prices and release dates to let you buy without regret, now also tracks mobile phones, the company announced today.  —  Additionally, the site now makes it easy for you to follow …
Discussion: msnbc.com and GeekWire
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Pixel Qi receives major investment from 3M, says this is the step to enable ‘mass adoption’  —  It was almost two years ago that Pixel Qi founder Mary Lou Jepsen promised a mainstream device (a tablet or netbook, etc.) with the company's unique transflective 3Qi display.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
NBC, TNT and TBS Bring Full-Length TV Episodes to iOS Devices  —  Late last week, NBC announced that it had enhanced its iPad application to offer viewers access to full-length episodes, providing a significantly improved set of offerings for users. … NBC is not the only network to roll …
Discussion: CNET News, GottaBeMobile and Gizmodo
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Philadelphia papers court subscribers with $99 Android tablet  —  The Philadelphia Media Network, parent company of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com, on Monday officially announced its program to subsidize Android tablets for newspaper subscribers.
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.
Discussion: Computerworld and Gizmodo
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
TC Disrupt: Reid Hoffman On What He'd Do With Yahoo  —  Today to kick off TechCrunch Disrupt, LinkedIn founder, Greylock partner, and prolific angel investor Reid Hoffman took the stage for a chat with TC founder Michael Arrington for a conversation that spanned everything …
Discussion: MediaFile
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Flipboard Hits 3.5 Million Downloads, 550 Million Flips Per Month  —  Flipboard CEO Mike McCue took the stage today with TechCrunch Editor-in-Chief Erick Schonfeld, talking about the future of tablet publishing.  —  He revealed that the app has hit 3.5 million downloads in a year and two months …
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Gilt Introduces Vacation Home Rentals  —  Want to rent Richard Branson's private 14-bedroom Necker Island estate?  You can do it online at the discount rate of $54,000 a night at Gilt's new vacation home rental service, Jetset Homes.  —  And, Gilt is eager to point out …
Discussion: The Next Web, AllThingsD and Tnooz
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.
Jasmin Melvin / Reuters:
FCC's Internet rules clear a review hurdle  —  (Reuters) - Controversial new Internet rules adopted late last year by the Federal Communications Commission will soon be published officially, a step expected to trigger legal challenges.  —  The White House's Office of Management and Budget signed off …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
If You Weren't Using TestFlight Before, You Will Be Now With Their New SDK  —  It was nine months ago when we first wrote about TestFlight, the super-simple over-the-air (OTA) iOS app distribution service.  As we noted at the time, the service seemed perfect for developers looking for a better …
Discussion: MacStories, GigaOM and iClarified
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
TC Disrupt: Office Hours With YC Partners Paul Graham And Harj Taggar  —  One of the best sessions of TechCrunch Disrupt NYC was Paul Graham's Office Hours — where Y Combinator founder Graham sat down for a few minutes with entrepreneurs, analyzing and critiquing their businesses on the fly, with essentially no time to prepare.
Discussion: The Next Web
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Pricing Revealed for First AMD Bulldozer FX Chips  —  Though AMD began shipping Bulldozer-based sever CPUs last week, we're still waiting until Q4 for the new architecture to hit the desktop.  In the meantime, however, pre-order pricing for the high-end FX-series CPUs (codenamed Zambezi) …
 
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Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Samsung's First New iPhone-Killer To Hit The U.S. Is Here And We Have It [HANDS ON]
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zendesk Adds A Twilio-Powered VoIP System To Cloud-Based Customer Support Platform
Discussion: VentureBeat
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Pandora's song-finding flair comes to Spotify, IHeartRadio via separate initiatives
Discussion: Electronista and Ubergizmo
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Ooyala Now Allows Publishers To Sell And Rent Premium Video On Facebook
Discussion: Business Wire
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Amazon Courting Magazine, Book Publishers for Kindle Tablet
Griffin McElroy / Joystiq:
Gamestop launching branded Android gaming tablet next year
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court to Rule on GPS Surveillance, Addressing ‘Big Brother’ Claims
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sequoia Leads $20 Million Round In MongoDB Big Data Database Provider 10gen
Discussion: The Register, VatorNews, GigaOM and Betabeat
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A Horribly Unimpressive List of Products Yahoo Launched under Carol Bartz
Discussion: @jason, Thanks:harryallen
Bloomberg:
Dell Loses Orders as Facebook Do-It-Yourself Servers Gain: Tech
Dave Reisner / ls /etc/ | more:
Google Bought Me! The First Two Days
Discussion: ReveNews and Betabeat
Christopher Beam / New York Magazine:
Bubble Boys  —  Out in Silicon Valley, the last bastion …
Discussion: Gizmodo