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4:15 PM ET, September 21, 2011

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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple's Next Event to Be Held on October 4, Starring Its New CEO  —  That's the day Apple is currently expected to hold its next big media event, according to sources close to the situation, where the tech giant will unveil the next iteration of its popular iPhone.
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple board member Al Gore, speaking at conference, ‘confirms’ new iPhones in October - that's PLURAL  —  Former Vice President and Apple board member Al Gore has confirmed that new iPhones will be released in October.  He specifically stated that 'the new iPhones would be out next month …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman Being Considered for HP CEO Job to Replace Apotheker  —  Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman is being considered by Hewlett-Packard directors as a possible candidate for CEO, in a move that would replace its current leader Léo Apotheker, according to several sources close to the situation.
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Bloomberg:
HP's Board Is Said to Weigh Ousting Apotheker After Less Than Year as CEO  —  Hewlett-Packard Co.'s board plans to meet to consider whether to oust Leo Apotheker as chief executive officer after less than 11 months on the job, two people familiar with the matter said.
Amir Efrati / Digits:
Live Blog: Google Antitrust Hearing on Capitol Hill  —  Is Google serving consumers or threatening competition?  Or doing both?  That's the topic of today's Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust hearing on Capitol Hill, where the company's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, will be on the hot seat.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Google's Schmidt, Senators bicker over whether links were ‘cooked’
Discussion: AllThingsD and CNET News
Jeremy Stoppelman / Yelp Official Blog:
Seeking a level playing field...
Tom Conrad / Pandora:
New Pandora for All  —  Today is a big day for Pandora: after more than a year of planning, design, engineering, and beta testing we're launching an entirely new Pandora website.  —  In late 2010 we started with a clean sheet of paper, challenging ourselves to create a new internet radio experience …
Twitter Blog:
Share a photo via text message  —  Sending a text message (or SMS message) has always been one of the easiest ways to share information and keep up with your favorite accounts on Twitter.  SMS is currently available in about 80 countries and nine languages and usage continues to grow.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Acquires Julpan, The Startup By The Guy Who Helped Perfect Google Search  —  In 2006, Google acquired the exclusive rights to a search algorithm called Orion.  They outbid Yahoo and Microsoft on the deal, which was the PhD work of a 26-year-old University of New South Wales student named Ori Allon.
Eric Hautala / The Windows Blog:
Where's Mango?  An update on timing  —  Hi everybody.  Given all the recent speculation around the timing of our Mango update, I wanted to bring you up to speed on what to expect next.  —  For months, we and dozens of our partner companies have been laying the groundwork for the Windows Phone 7.5 update—and making solid progress.
Joshua Reich / BankSimple Blog:
A First Look at BankSimple  —  We've been very cautious on our blog and website about talking about what we've been building.  Instead, we've focused on our vision.  Today that is changing: Below is a first public sneak peek of BankSimple.  We think it's far more powerful to show than tell.
Reuters:
French papers team up to break Apple stranglehold  —  (Reuters) - Apple's tight control over media content on its iPad is about to fall foul of some of France's most powerful newspapers and magazines, which hope that by teaming up they can stop the technology giant from dictating the terms of their distribution.
Discussion: Electronista, 9to5Mac, Inquirer and Macgasm
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple finds a use for some of those first-generation iPads  —  Donates thousands to teachers in America's poorest schools  —  Teach for America might sound like a fun way to spend a couple years after college, but it's a pretty tough gig.  With just five-weeks training, recent graduates …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Geek.com
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Andreessen Horowitz Leads $40M Round In Smartphone Security Company Lookout  —  Lookout, a company that offers security services for a number of smartphones, has raised $40 million in new funding led by Andreessen Horowitz.  Current investors Khosla Ventures, Accel Partners and Index Ventures also participated in the round.
Discussion: VatorNews, VentureBeat and AllThingsD
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
This Tweet Has Been Approved By... Political Ads Hit Twitter  —  We're just about a year away from the next Presidential election.  That means one thing: campaign ads.  A s**t ton of them.  Everywhere.  —  And that includes Twitter.  —  Yes, the old: “This message has been approved by....” is coming to Twitter starting today.
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Increases Character Limit on Posts to 5000, Rolls Out Floating Navigation Bar and More Amid Unrest  —  Users part of the initial roll out of the news feed redesign announced yesterday are also receiving several other unannounced changes to Facebook's interface.
Discussion: All Facebook and The Next Web
Deepak Vijaywargi / Bing:
Take Action on Bing  —  Helping you get things done faster is a big focus for us at Bing.  —  Whether it's checking the status of your flight, accessing your online banking account or booking a room at a hotel, we are constantly exploring ways to help you make faster decisions.
Discussion: SiliconFilter and The Next Web
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
The Man Who Would Have Facebook  —  PAUL CEGLIA IS A PUDGY 38-YEAR-OLD, with greasy black hair and creases around his light brown eyes, a serial small-time entrepreneur who could sell you the Brooklyn Bridge.  “He's got tremendous confidence,” said Bill Castle, an upstate hotelier …
Tim Carmody / Wired.com:
Google+ Suddenly Looks Pretty Busy For A Ghost Town  —  Google+ is opening up.  The service that the enthusiastic and curious once begged to join is now open to anyone with a Google account, except those unfortunate Apps users (what's up with that?).  Users new and old also get to play …
Bloomberg:
Google Ad Rate for Microsoft Said to Be Under U.S. Investigation  —  Sept. 21 (Bloomberg) — U.S. antitrust enforcers are investigating whether Google Inc. illegally increased advertising rates 50-fold for rival Microsoft Corp., according to a person familiar with the matter.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
AT&T launches new global messaging plans, lets you comfortably roam  —  The largest GSM carrier in the country is popular amongst travelers because you can use nearly all of its phones anywhere in the world.  Messaging whilst abroad, however, has always been an expensive headache since …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Social Commerce Network Lockerz Acquires Personalized Video Curation Platform Vodpod  —  Exclusive-Flush with $45 million new funding in new funding, Kleiner-backed social commerce network Lockerz has acquired personalized video curation platform Vodpod and all related assets from parent company Remixation.
Discussion: PR Newswire, GeekWire and TechFlash
Amy Gahran / CNN:
New law bans warrantless cell phone searches  —  Editor's note: Amy Gahran writes about mobile tech for CNN.com.  She is a San Francisco Bay Area writer and media consultant whose blog, Contentious.com, explores how people communicate in the online age.  —  (CNN) — If you get arrested …
Paul Krill / Computerworld:
Adobe forges ahead with Flash 11 as industry turns away  —  Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 are announced just as Microsoft chooses HTML5 over plug-ins like Flash in Metro version of IE10  —  Adobe has moved forward with its Flash-based strategy, announcing today Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 for creating …
 
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Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Google evangelist warns Facebook could be the next AOL or IBM
Bloomberg:
AT&T Gave $963,275 to Lawmakers Urging Approval of T-Mobile Bid
Todd Haselton / BGR:
AT&T Samsung GALAXY S II launches October 2nd for $199.99
Discussion: PC World, 9to5Google and Engadget
Arthur de Haan / The Windows Blog:
Follow-up on the Sept 8 service outage
Discussion: WinRumors and Inquirer
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Google spurns Oracle $2.2 billion Android damage claim
Discussion: AllThingsD
Ellis Hamburger / Business Insider:
Remember Kazaa? They Just Built An iPhone App To Compete With Spotify
Discussion: VentureBeat, Engadget and How To Arena
 Earlier Items: 
Myriam Joire / Engadget:
HP's unreleased white TouchPad and Pre 3 for AT&T (hands-on video)
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Apple: Why It's Not In The Dow
Discussion: Bloomberg
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Google draws a big blue Google+ ad on its homepage
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:zee