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7:00 PM ET, September 24, 2011

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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple blacking out vacation days during second week of October  —  Apple is quietly denying requests for employee vacations during the second week of October, hinting that the company currently anticipates an influx of customers to its stores around that time related to availability of its new iOS 5 and fifth-generation iPhone products.
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Nilay Patel / This is my next:
Exclusive: Motorola Spyder (Droid RAZR for Verizon?) features industry-first qHD Super AMOLED display, LTE, dual-core processor  —  Well hello there, Motorola Spyder.  A trusted source just sent us some photos of this as-yet announced dual-core LTE Moto handset — the first phone we've ever seen …
Matt Stopera / BuzzFeed:
How To Find Out Who Has Unfriended You On The New Facebook Timeline  —  Culture Buzz It's official: You can use Facebook Timeline to see who has unfriended you.  Prepare to be upset.  —  1,533 people like this.  Be the first of your friends.  —  If you don't already have Facebook Timeline then you should get it here.
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Dan Lyons / Real Dan Lyons Web Site:
All of life has been utterly, profoundly changed thanks to Facebook's new features, and nothing will ever be the same, and all I can do is sit here and weep at the beauty and magic that Mark Zuckerberg has brought to this world  —  I don't mean to overhype this, but frankly …
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches Music Dashboard That Shows What Friends Are Listening to Across Services
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Moneyball for tech startups  —  Moneyball, the film based on Michael Lewis's excellent book about the business of baseball, opens this weekend.  —  If you haven't read the book or seen the trailer, the basic idea is: Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane — played in the film by Brad Pitt …
Discussion: @mathewi and @stevecheney
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yes, Google Drive Is Coming.  For Real This Time.  —  About a month ago, some additions to the code in Chromium (the open source browser behind Chrome) suggested that the long-fabled “GDrive” may be on the verge of actually launching.  A week later, user-facing proof started appearing.
Discussion: wiseCom
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Verizon backs Samsung in Apple 4G injunction battle  —  Verizon has demanded that US courts reject Apple's request for a preliminary sales injunction against the Samsung Infuse 4G, Galaxy S 4G, Droid Charge and Galaxy Tab 10.1, arguing that doing so would “run counter to the public interest.”
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Windows Phone proven to access location data without authorisation  —  Windows Phone 7 camera location notification  —  Claims in a lawsuit against Microsoft over Windows Phone location management have been proven true.  —  Microsoft has been accused of tracking Windows Phone locations without explicit end user consent.
Jan Hoffman / New York Times:
Therapists Are ‘Seeing’ Patients Online  —  THE event reminder on Melissa Weinblatt's iPhone buzzed: 15 minutes till her shrink appointment.  —  She mixed herself a mojito, added a sprig of mint, put on her sunglasses and headed outside to her friend's pool.  Settling into a lounge chair, she tapped the Skype app on her phone.
Discussion: Digital Trends
Greg Finn / Search Engine Land:
Google+ Gains Nearly 10 Million Users In First 2 Days Of Being Open To The Public  —  A Google+ post by Paul Allen, founder of ancestry.com and a self-proclaimed “unofficial Google+ statistician, shows significant growth of Google's social network since opening to the public.
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Google News Launches “Standout” Tag for Featured Content  —  Today at the Online News Association conference, Google introduced a new link rel attribute that news organizations can use to mark their best work.  You can mark up to seven pieces of content per week.
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Barnes & Noble to launch $349 Android tablet?  —  The Barnes & Noble NOOK Color is one of the best-selling Android tablets in the US, even though the company positions it as a color eBook Reader first and a tablet second.  Now it looks like B&N's 7 inch, $249 tablet may be getting a pricier sibling.
Aaron Lee / DigiTimes:
HP likely to cancel plans to spin off PC unit  —  Hewlett-Packard (HP) may back off from its previous announcement to spin off its PC business unit if CEO Leo Apotheker is ousted as is being reported, according to notebook makers.  HP is expected to ship 37-38 million notebooks in 2011.
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Aaron Ricadela / Bloomberg:
HP's Whitman Says She'll Keep Strategies Begun by Apotheker
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo's Dueling Internal Memos: Board, Followed by CEO, Spam Employees in Race to Explain  —  Today, Yahoo leaders — all of them in two different memos — took to the keyboards to fill their 14,000 employees in on what's up.  —  Reading them, Yahoos must now be more confused than ever.
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Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
LEAKED MEMO: Jerry Yang Tells Yahoos The Company Is For Sale
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Founder Michael Arrington Launches A New Blog, Uncrunched  —  TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, who recently left the company he founded over six years ago, is back in action.  Or at least, he has proven that he still knows how to set up a WordPress blog.
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Michael Arrington / UNCRUNCHED:
Here I Am
 
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