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8:20 AM ET, September 13, 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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Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Sequoia's Doug Leone to Mike Arrington: Why You Want to Be a VC is Beyond Me  —  Today, longtime venture capitalist Doug Leone of Sequoia Capital sat down with TechCrunch founder Mike Arrington at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, and he was about as vibrant as his socks.
Loic / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Tech Writers In Denial: The Michael Arrington Case Study  —  I have read so much B-S- about Michael Arrington's supposedly displaced integrity as a writer that I thought I should set the record straight.  —  Mike has been an investor in my company Seesmic since day one, here are some of the posts Mike wrote about Seesmic:
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
With Bitcasa, The Entire Cloud Is Your Hard Drive For Only $10 Per Month  —  The cloud is now your hard drive.  And not just a few dozen Gigabytes, Terabytes or even Petabytes, but all of it - infinite storage - for only $10 per month.  This is the incredible promise of the new TechCrunch Disrupt finalist Bitcasa.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
“Google's Auto Correct Killed The Launch Of Our Android App”  —  We've all dealt with the frustrations of auto-correct, from unintentionally declaring that you're getting a divorce to having your bitter, angry diatribe suddenly mutate into something involving a lot of “ducking”.
Discussion: BGR and Gizmodo
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
500 days with the iPad  —  It has now been 500 days since my iPad 3G arrived at the end of April, 2010.  So, as I did after 100 days — when it was my “favorite” computer — and after 300 days — when I barely used it anymore — I'm going to write a bit about how it fits into my life today and what that means.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Winning  —  Yours truly, last week: … Aaron Pressman argues that I was “deliberately obtuse”: … Pressman is right, in a way.  I was too flippant with the aforequoted question.  What I mean by “winning” needs more context.  —  What I'm talking about is the argument that Android is …
Discussion: TiPb
Isabel Reynolds / Reuters:
Nintendo's 3DS rescue bid falls short, shares fall  —  (Reuters) - Nintendo's attempt to rescue its failed 3DS handheld games gadget with a raft of new games content fell short of expectations and left investors pessimistic about the outlook for the long-time industry champion.
Kate Greene / Technology Review:
A New and Improved Moore's Law  —  Under “Koomey's law,” it's efficiency, not power, that doubles every year and a half or so.  —  Researchers have, for the first time, shown that the energy efficiency of computers doubles roughly every 18 months.  —  The conclusion, backed up by six decades of data …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple asks courts to stay two Motorola Mobility lawsuits until Google has acquired the company  —  On Friday, Apple filed motions to stay in two of its various lawsuits with Motorola, arguing that the pending acquisition of Motorola Mobility (MMI) by Google has resulted in “a fundamental loss of Motorola's patent rights”.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Everpix: All Your Photos, Automatically Organized And Accessible From Anywhere  —  TechCrunch Disrupt finalist Everpix is a new service that automatically organizes and combines all your photo libraries into an elegant interface, whether they're stored on the desktop or in the cloud.
Discussion: VentureBeat
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Authors' Guild sues universities over book digitization project  —  With the planned settlement between Google and book publishers still on indefinite hold, a legal battle by proxy has started.  Google partnered with many libraries at US universities in order to gain access to the works it wants to digitize.
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Samsung's First New iPhone-Killer To Hit The U.S. Is Here And We Have It [HANDS ON]  —  At last, we have the first model of Samsung's Galaxy S II to land in the U.S. of A.  —  This is the Sprint model, called the Epic Touch 4G, that's launching September 16 for $199 with a two-year contract.
Discussion: TechPinions
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.
Agence France Presse:
Samsung files patent complaint against Apple in France  —  PARIS — South Korea's Samsung Electronics said Monday it had filed a complaint in France against its US rival Apple for infringement of three mobile phone technology patents in its iPhone and iPad tablet computers.
Kyle Wagner / Gizmodo:
Someone Really Needs to Make a Good $100 Tablet  —  Today we heard that the UK is getting jobbed out of its final shipment of $100 TouchPads, with only HP employees being eligible to buy them.  Sozzlepops, UK chaps.  —  But that got us to thinking: With all the fuss over the TouchPad firesale …
Discussion: Channel Register
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 …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple to release iOS 5 GM to assemblers during week of Sept. 23  —  Apple reportedly plans to release the golden master of iOS 5, its forthcoming operating system update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, to its overseas assemblers at some point between September 23 and September 30 …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Comscore: Android overtakes iOS as Symbian remains top European smartphone platform  —  A new report from digital research specialists ComScore has revealed that in the last quarter, Google's Android platform overtook Apple's iOS software to become the second most popular smartphone operating system …
John D. Sutter / CNN:
How many pages are on the internet?  —  (CNN) — It seems like an answerable question, right?  —  But no one really knows how many websites or individual Web pages make up this seemingly infinite digital universe that is the internet.  —  Kevin Kelly, a founder of Wired magazine …
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Exclusive: SAP will pay $20 million in Oracle criminal case  —  (Reuters) - SAP AG has agreed to pay $20 million to resolve a criminal probe into allegations that it downloaded millions of files from rival Oracle, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Discussion: TechEye
Emily Glazer / Wall Street Journal:
Computer Hackers' Hackathons Go Mainstream  —  During a “hackathon” last year, GroupMe co-founders Steve Martocci and Jared Hecht built a group text-messaging service in one 24-hour stretch.  In August, the co-founders sold GroupMe to Skype for around $80 million.
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Groupon Makes Foray Into E-Commerce, Taking on Amazon in U.K.  —  Sept. 13 (Bloomberg) — Groupon Inc. has begun offering discounts on products sold over the Web in the U.K., thrusting the Internet-coupon company into closer competition with the likes of Amazon.com Inc. and EBay Inc.
Discussion: Screenwerk and VentureBeat
 
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