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9:35 AM ET, September 16, 2011

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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Plenty of Chatter About a New iPhone  —  We're just weeks away from the announcement of the new Apple iPhone 5, according to an Apple employee who asked not to be named because he was not allowed to speak publicly for the company.  —  As the excitement for Apple's latest product revs up …
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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 …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iPhone 5 Screen Protectors Show Elongated Home Button Area
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
It's Called Google Propeller and It's Aimed at Flipboard (and Facebook, Too, Natch)  —  Please see this disclosure related to me and Google.  —  Earlier today, well-known digerati dude Robert Scoble posted on his social feed on Google+ that the search giant was working on a social and news reader.
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Jay Yarow / Business Insider:   Google Working On A “Mind-Blowing” Flipboard Copycat
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
iPad iOS 5 vs Windows 8 Slate [video]  —  Microsoft unveiled its Windows 8 developer preview earlier this week, but how does it compare to iOS?  —  Microsoft has done some impressive work with Windows 8 to make it truly slate friendly.  Hardware specifications and specifics are still …
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Mat Honan / Gizmodo:
If You Already Hate Windows 8 Then You Hate Technology  —  I hate the term fanboy.  It's a pejorative meant to denigrate someone's opinion.  A conversation-ender.  After applying it to someone, really there's nothing left to say.  But seeing the reaction to Windows 8, I get why people use it.
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:joemfbrown
Bertrand Damiba / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing Voice Actions for Android in the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain  —  Last year in the US, we introduced Voice Actions, a series of spoken commands that let you control your Android phone or tablet with your voice.  You can call businesses and contacts, send texts …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Working on Allowing the Merging of Multiple Apple IDs  —  MacRumors has learned that Apple is working on a process to merge multiple Apple IDs into a single login.  The issue of juggling multiple Apple ID logins has been a minor inconvenience in the past, but with the early developer testing …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate Magazine:
Great Social Networks Steal  —  In praise of Facebook's thievery.  —  Last fall, I spoke to Mark Zuckerberg about a common Facebook dilemma: We're not equally friendly with all our online “friends.”  Some of your Facebook pals are very dear to you, while others are merely acquaintances …
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Mike Elgan / Datamation.com:   Why Facebook is the New Yahoo  —  Facebook's awkward attempts …
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
MasterCard demos Google Wallet, QkR platform for mobile payments  —  You've most likely heard plenty about NFC-capable smartphones, but little in the way of actual real-world uses for the chip.  Well, MasterCard's looking to change all of that, and throw in a few innovations of its own courtesy of its in-house R&D labs and Google.
Discussion: 9to5Google, PhoneArena and ReadWriteWeb
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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Consumer Reports Press Room:
CR Survey: 7.5 Million Facebook Users are Under the Age of 13, Violating the Site's Terms  —  Use of Social Media Increases Threat to Personal Security; Annual State of the Net Survey Also Found that Around $2.3 Billion Lost to Malware  —  YONKERS, NY — Of the 20 million minors …
Discussion: CNET News and Computerworld
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Chris Brandrick / PC World:
Windows 8 Gets Sad New Blue Screen of Death  —  Microsoft's next release of their flagship operating system, Windows 8, will sport an updated error screen, most commonly referred to as the ‘Blue Screen of Death’ (BSoD).  For those fortunate enough to not run into the infamous error message over the years …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Hacker Ring Appears to Make Good on Promise to Expose Celebrities  —  A ring of hackers that boasted it would pry into celebrities' phones and e-mail accounts appears to have delivered on that promise.  Reported hacks of actresses Scarlett Johannson and Mila Kunis led to racy photos posted on the web.
Orin S. Kerr / Wall Street Journal:
Should Faking a Name on Facebook Be a Felony?  —  Congress contemplates draconian punishment for Internet lies.  —  Imagine that President Obama could order the arrest of anyone who broke a promise on the Internet.  So you could be jailed for lying about your age or weight on an Internet dating site.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Arrington Talks New Blog (and How He ALMOST Stayed at AOL)  —  Michael Arrington is returning to the blogosphere.  —  The blogger, who is leaving AOL and TechCrunch over a fight over his new venture capital fund, said in an interview that he plans to start a personal blog in the coming days.
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU probing Google on Internet search  —  (Reuters) - EU regulators are investigating whether Google dominates in Internet search but have yet to decide if this is the case, the EU's antitrust chief said on Friday.  —  “As part of our current investigation, we are trying to determine whether …
Edwin Chan / Reuters:
HP execs misled investors before August stock crash: lawsuit  —  (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co and top executives misled investors for months before unveiling a series of major decisions, such as the demise of the TouchPad, that hammered its shares, a shareholder alleged in a proposed class-action lawsuit filed this week.
Discussion: Neowin.net, TechEye and The Next Web
Mark Surman / The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla Launches Open Badges Project  —  Today we announced Mozilla's Open Badge Infrastructure project, an effort to make it easy to issue and share digital learning badges across the web.  —  More and more people are looking at badges to show skills and achievements online.
Help Net Security:
Is this the end of the line for DigiNotar?  —  DigiNotar is going down quickly and in flames.  —  After having its SSL and EVSSL certificates deemed untrustworthy by the most popular browsers, around 4200 qualified certificates - i.e. certificates used to create digital signatures …
Discussion: Dennis Fisher
Felix Salmon:
Can Netflix still win when cable TV loses?  —  Ryan Lawler makes a very important point: even as the number of people living in poverty continues to rise, and median incomes have gone nowhere since 1996, the price of cable TV just goes inevitably and inexorably upwards.
Discussion: Gawker
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Cloud storage provider Box.net spurns $500M offer (exclusive)  —  Cloud storage provider Box.net was a presenter at Dreamforce this year.  —  Cloud storage provider Box.net rejected a $500 million offer to purchase the company, multiple sources have confirmed to VentureBeat.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog, bizjournals and FT Tech Hub, Thanks:jolieodell
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Exclusive: Andy Weissman Leaves betaworks For Union Square Ventures  —  Betaworks co-founder Andy Weissman has made a major and unexpected move.  After four years at the innovation lab, Mr. Weissman is leaving to join New York's most prestigious venture fund, Union Square Ventures …
 
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
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Kevin Fogarty / ITworld:
Anonymous to launch more effective site-attack tool Saturday, when it occupies Wall Street
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Google Is Secretly Spending Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars Turning YouTube Into A Cable Alternative
Discussion: Electronista
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google+ Opens First APIs: Read-Only And No Circle Access For Now
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
AT&T to launch LTE Sunday, Sept. 18