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Todd Haselton / BGR:
iPhone 5 to have radical new design according to Case-Mate images  —  The iPhone 5 hasn't been announced yet, but that has not stopped accessory makers from posting upcoming cases for the highly anticipated handset.  Case-Mate has published a page on its website with six different case designs …
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iPhone 5 Screen Protectors Show Elongated Home Button Area  —  Ukwire.hk offers the first look at a screen protector that has been designed for the iPhone 5.  The screen protector shows off the elongated home button seen in the leaked design document:  —  A second shot shows how much bigger …
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Metro style browsing and plug-in free HTML5 … For the web to move forward and for consumers to get the most out of touch-first browsing, the Metro style browser in Windows 8 is as HTML5-only as possible, and plug-in free.  The experience that plug-ins provide today is not a good match …
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
First Look: Xbox Live on Windows 8 (Video)  —  Posting from Anaheim: Microsoft is giving attendees at its Build conference here an early look at the Xbox Live application that it's developing for Windows 8, bringing the online gaming and entertainment service from the living room console to traditional PCs and tablet computers.
Discussion: WinRumors
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Microsoft jettisons Flash with ‘plug-in free’ Windows 8 Metro IE10
Discussion: The Loop
Electronista:
Ballmer: Windows Phone hasn't sold what I ‘would have liked’
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Research In Motion Earnings At Low End of Forecast as Cash Drops by Half  —  BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion said on Thursday reported sales and earnings at the low end of its forecast and below what many analysts had been expecting.  —  The smartphone and tablet maker said that revenue …
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Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
OUCH!  RIM Shipped Just 200,000 PlayBooks Last Quarter  —  RIM's earnings are out!  —  It's not good.  —  The PlayBook numbers are really, really bad.  Just 200,000 shipped versus 700,000 expected.  —  Ouch!  —  Keep in mind that's shipped not sold.  The number of PlayBooks actually sold could be a lot lower.
Discussion: mocoNews, SplatF, The Loop and @johnprice167
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
More TechCrunch drama as Arrington-backed startup wins blog's contest  —  Despite claiming transparency, TechCrunch readers are not convinced that a ‘Habbo Hotel for Facebook’ was a deserving winner of a coveted award  —  If you were wondering what that rumbling, thunderous sound is …
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TechCrunch:
And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt Is...Shaker  —  Three days and 31 startup pitches later, the winner of TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2011 has been determined.  Out of the 29 startups and two audience choice winners, we whittled the list down to seven finalists, which included Bitcasa …
Krishna Panicker / The Big Blog:
New Facebook Integration with Skype 5.4 for Mac OS X Beta  —  You may have noticed that we now release updates for Skype for Mac quicker than ever before.  We've released a number of updates in 2011 which included, amongst other features, a brand new interface, video call control bar and HD-quality video calling.
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
AT&T to launch LTE Sunday, Sept. 18  —  AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) will launch its first five LTE markets this Sunday Sept. 18, AT&T CFO John Stephens said during an appearance at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Entertainment & Communications conference.
Michael Arrington / @arrington:
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Barry Diller Skewers AOL For Firing Michael Arrington From TechCrunch
David Flynn / Australian Business Traveller:
Boeing chooses Android for 787 Dreamliner's entertainment system  —  While Apple continues to score wins in the use of its iPad for inflight entertainment, Boeing has chosen its nemesis - Google's Android operating system - to provide music, video and even airline-specific apps for the next-gen 787 Dreamliner.
Discussion: Gizmodo, GottaBeMobile and SlashGear
Patricia Hurtado / Bloomberg:
Apple IPad Data Was Given to Fleishman, Samsung Witness Says  —  Sept. 15 (Bloomberg) — An ex-Samsung Electronics Co. manager, testifying at the insider-trader trial of Primary Global Research LLC executive James Fleishman, told jurors he disclosed confidential shipping data for Apple Inc. iPad components.
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Qualcomm details next-gen 2.5GHz Snapdragon processors  —  Your phone is only going to get faster and better in the future, according to Qualcomm, as it's outlined the next step for its Snapdragon processor at its Innovation Qualcomm event in Istanbul.  —  The company's processors …
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Yahoo! Rolls Out Redesign for Search Results Pages  —  At Yahoo!, we're always looking for ways to make the Yahoo! Search experience even more organized and streamlined while serving the most relevant content.  We have been working to unify the search experiences across web, multimedia …
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
IPhone 5 Rush Orders Seen to Benefit Broadcom  —  Broadcom Corp. (BRCM) stands out as one of the biggest beneficiaries from orders from Apple Inc. (AAPL), whose need for parts that go into iPhones and iPads represents a bright spot for a semiconductor industry plagued by weak demand.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's brand value rises to No. 2 in the world, after Google  —  The Apple logo is now worth $39.3 billion according to Brand Finance  —  30 Top U.S. Brands.  Click to enlarge.  Source: Brand Finance  —  Microsoft (MSFT) is down 9% to $39 billion.  Google (GOOG) is up 9% to nearly $48.3 billion.
Discussion: 9to5Google, Mashable! and Electronista
Eric Franklin / CNET News:
Archos G9 tablets offer high storage at low prices  —  Each G9 tablet includes 250GB of storage.  The 10.1-inch 101 G9 is pictured here.  —  Last month we briefly covered Archos' two new tablets, and now the company has seen fit to provide us with more details.  Some of them are quite juicy.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix Cuts Its Guidance by One Million Subscribers  —  Netflix, which instituted a price hike earlier this fall, says the higher costs are turning off more customers than it expected.  The video rental company has cut its third-quarter U.S. subscriber projections from 25 million subscribers to 24 million, a four percent cut.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: Josh Elman joins Greylock  —  Yet another LinkedIn veteran joins venture capital firm Greylock  —  Josh Elman has been a project manager with some of Silicon Valley's hottest companies, including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn (LNKD).  Now he's becoming a venture capitalist.
Discussion: AllThingsD
New York Times:
Groupon Back on Track for Its I.P.O.  —  Groupon is planning to put its initial public offering back on track even as markets remain rocky.  —  After postponing presentations to potential investors early this month, the online coupon giant is now aiming to go public in late October or early November …
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Megan McCarthy Named Observer News Editor  —  Megan McCarthy has been named news editor of The New York Observer, editor Elizabeth Spiers announced today.  —  “Megan has a great eye for a story and I look forward to seeing her talents contribute to making an Observer that's faster and more agile,” Ms. Spiers said.
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
Google Plus API for Public Data Released  —  Can you hear the collective developer community saying “finally?”  After less than three months, Google has made an initial version of a Google Plus API available for developers.  The service can access public information on people and the activities …
Adam Wiggins / Heroku:
Facebook and Heroku  —  We're delighted to announce that Facebook and Heroku have teamed up to bring you the fastest and easiest way to get your own Facebook app up and running in the cloud.  —  Facebook apps have long been a major segment on the Heroku platform.
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Instagram wannabes...  Today when I was reading about Vlix …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Amazon cloud earns key FISMA government security accreditation
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Google Working On A “Mind-Blowing” Flipboard Copycat
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Facebook Should Buy WebOS, Jefferies Analyst Proposes
Discussion: eWeek and Tech Trader Daily
Bloomberg:
China Mobile Aims to Collaborate With Apple on an IPhone for its Network
Amir Efrati / Digits:
316 Firms That Fund Tech Companies-On One Page
Discussion: LUMA Partners and Business Insider
Bloomberg:
Google Reports Progress in Digital Books Settlement Talks
 Earlier Items: 
Parmy Olson / Forbes.com:
Infamous Anti-iPhone Game Goes To Android
Discussion: IntoMobile and PC Magazine
Agam Shah / PC World:
Intel's Thunderbolt With Fiber Optics Years Away
Discussion: eWeek, TechEye and SlashGear
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Sony Designs Tablet That's Not an iPad Wannabe
Marco.org:
Instapaper's (anti-)social network
Discussion: The Brooks Review