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5:00 AM ET, September 25, 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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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, Electronista and 9to5Google
Sean Hollister / This is my next:
Exclusive: Motorola Xoom 2 is 9mm thick, shoots 1080p, streams Netflix in HD  —  Sure, we just brought you details on the 4.3-inch Droid RAZR (or Spyder), but now we're hunting bigger game — like a 10.1-inch Motorola Xoom 2 that's just 9mm thick.  That's still a hair thicker …
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Christopher Trout / Engadget:
Motorola Xoom 2 evidence mounts — new photos, rumored specs and a Media Edition?  —  Talk of a younger, slimmer Motorola Xoom just keeps on coming.  A helpful tipster is adding fuel to the rumors of a Xoom 2 with these shots of a similar, but not exactly identical Motorola tablet.
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 …
Adam Martin / The Atlantic Wire:
LulzSec Hacker Exposed by the Service He Thought Would Hide Him  —  On Thursday, the FBI arrested two suspected hackers who allegedly participated in Anonymous and LulzSec attacks.  One of them, Cody Kretsinger, faces 15 years in prison for allegedly helping break into the Sony Pictures website …
Mark Clayton / Christian Science Monitor:
From the man who discovered Stuxnet, dire warnings one year later  —  Stuxnet, the cyberweapon that attacked and damaged an Iranian nuclear facility, has opened a Pandora's box of cyberwar, says the man who uncovered it.  A Q&A about the potential threats.  —  One year ago a malicious …
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: @stevecheney and @mathewi
Nathan / The eBook Reader Blog:
Source Code at Amazon Reveals “Prime eBooks”, Possible New eBook Rental Service  —  A crafty code sleuth over at MobileRead uncovered one of Amazon's secrets while investigating source code trying find a picture of the new Kindle Tablet that everyone is expecting Amazon to announce at a press conference they scheduled on September 28th.
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.
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.
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.”
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 …
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches Music Dashboard That Shows What Friends Are Listening to Across Services
 
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CNN:
Social media to curb ‘rumors’ in China
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Jan Hoffman / New York Times:
Therapists Are ‘Seeing’ Patients Online
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Whether Google is a monopoly isn't the point
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