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12:15 PM ET, September 19, 2011

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Reed Hastings / The Official Netflix Blog:
An Explanation and Some Reflections  —  I messed up.  I owe everyone an explanation.  —  It is clear from the feedback over the past two months that many members felt we lacked respect and humility in the way we announced the separation of DVD and streaming, and the price changes.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Uh Oh ... Qwikster Already Has A Lively Twitter Account, But It's Not Owned By Netflix  —  Movie delivery service Netflix has just announced that it is rebranding its DVD-by-mail service as Qwikster and that it will keep calling its streaming service Netflix.
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
Why Reed Hastings Should be Applauded for Netflix Split  —  By now you probably know that Netflix is splitting its business into two parts: its digital streaming business (retains the name Netflix) and its DVD mailing business, which was its original business (to be called Qwikster).
Discussion: SplatF, Thanks:msuster
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Netflix's DVD business: Does Qwikster have a future?
Discussion: GMSV, Epicenter and Business Insider
Bill Gurley / abovethecrowd.com:
Understanding Why Netflix Changed Pricing
Discussion: Business Insider and TechCrunch
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Wallet, Confirmed  —  M.G. Siegler reports that Google might be launching its somewhat delayed Google Wallet service sometime today.  From the looks of it, it might actually be out in the wild.  Our own Ian Kennedy snapped this photo at a Peet's Coffee shop near our offices in downtown San Francisco.
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Jake Smith / 9to5Mac:
As iCloud and iOS 5 launch nears, Apple plans iCloud backup reset for Sept. 22  —  According to a posting on the Apple Developer boards this afternoon, Apple will be resetting iCloud Backup data on Thursday, September 22nd.  We believe Apple is performing this reset for the release of iOS 5 GM …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google buys European Groupon clone, snaps up German website DailyDeal  —  With reports that Google's Groupon competitor Google Offers has gotten off to a slow start, the company has announced another acquisition in the Daily Deals space, snapping up German deal site DailyDeal.
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Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
No Barriers To Exit: 33% Of All Groupon Clones Have Been Shut Down Or Sold This Year  —  One of the most common Groupon critiques is that the business is easily replicated.  —  That's certainly true, but it misses the fact that Groupon's success is not easily replicated …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Metro Apps to Be Sold Only From Microsoft's App Store  —  Metro apps for Windows 8 will be available only through Microsoft's own store, the company said at its BUILD Windows conference last week.  —  But although Microsoft went to pains to say that it would not discuss the business end of the app store …
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Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Windows 8: BFD — Big Forking Decision
Horace Dediu / asymco:
OS turning circles: Questioning Windows' maneuverability
Discussion: Technologizer
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Samsung planning legal offensive against Apple's unreleased iPhone 5  —  Samsung has already planned out an aggressive legal strategy to block sales of Apple's unannounced iPhone 5 when it arrives in Korea, a new report claims.  —  Insiders at the South Korean electronics giant indicated …
Bloomberg:
AT&T Said to Seek Asset Sales to Save Bid for T-Mobile  —  AT&T Inc. (T) is approaching smaller rivals including MetroPCS Communications Inc. (PCS) and Leap Wireless International Inc. (LEAP) to sell spectrum and subscribers as part of an attempt to save its $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA Inc. …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Ahead of Possible iPhone Launch, Sprint Tightens Upgrade and Return Policies  —  Sprint intends to do away with a program that gave longtime customers the ability to upgrade their phones as often as every year.  —  The company said last week that it plans to kill off its Sprint Premier program …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Facebook Is Expected to Unveil Media-Sharing Service  —  For cloud-based digital music services like Spotify and Rhapsody, which stream millions of songs but have struggled to sign up large numbers of paying users, being friended by Facebook could prove to be a mixed blessing.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Study: Facebook ‘App Economy’ Adds Over 200K Jobs, Contributes More Than $15B To The U.S. Economy  —  Although the U.S. employment and jobs economic outlook is bleak, a new study released today reports that Facebook is creating a thriving economy around its social network.
 
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Twitter Adding More Data Center Space (Again)
Discussion: The Next Web
Juliette Garside / Guardian:
Mobile phone bonanza ‘over’, despite demand in developing markets
Discussion: PhoneArena and textually.org
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Associated Press Teams With 40 Newspapers On Mobile Coupons
Discussion: Mashable! and Poynter
Tomio Geron / Forbes:
How One Start-up Plans To Use eBay's X.commerce Platform
Discussion: GigaOM
Chris Dixon / cdixon's posterous:
bitcasa and convergent encryption
Discussion: TechCrunch
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Feature: UNIVAC: the troubled life of America's first computer
Mark Drajem / Bloomberg:
Google's Schmidt Urges Support for Jobs Bill, Stimulus
Discussion: Business Insider
Semil Shah / TechCrunch:
The Mobile Picture Wars, The Moskovitz Manifesto, And Other Big Themes From TC Disrupt SF
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sequoia's Doug Leone: We Are ‘Thrilled’ To Be Investors In Color, ‘Stay Tuned’ For The Pivot
Thanks:leenarao
Philip Su / The World As Best As I Remember It:
Bada Bing, Bada Boom