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9:25 PM ET, September 26, 2011

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
On Wednesday, Amazon Will Unveil The “Kindle Fire”  —  Last Friday, Amazon sent out invites to a press conference being held this coming Wednesday.  They didn't give away any details in the invite, but given our scoop earlier this month, everyone assumed it was to unveil the new Kindle tablet.
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Ryan Block / gdgt:
The Amazon tablet will look like a PlayBook — because it basically is.  —  As you might have heard from my man MG over at TechCrunch, Amazon's definitely got a Kindle tablet in the works, and supposedly looks a lot like RIM's failing (failed?)  PlayBook: techcrunch.com­/2011­/ 09­ …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Most — But Not All — Big Magazine Publishers Sign On for Amazon's Tablet  —  In 2010, magazine publishers got giddy about the prospects of selling their stuff on the iPad.  This year's version of the story: Lots of enthusiasm, tempered with a little bit of skepticism, over Amazon's new tablet.
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Facebook to Launch iPad App at Apple's iPhone 5 Event [EXCLUSIVE]  —  Facebook will launch its long-awaited iPad app at Apple's iPhone 5 launch event on Oct. 4, Mashable has learned.  In addition to the iPad app, Facebook is also expected to release a revamped version of its iPhone app …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook's iPad App Was Feature Complete In May, But They Won't Release It, So The Developer Quit  —  You may recall that two months ago, we found and leaked Facebook's iPad app.  What was especially awesome is that the entire app was buried in the code for Facebook's iPhone app, you just had to do a few tricks to enable it.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Facebook iPad App Still Snagged in Negotiations
Discussion: App Advice and AllThingsD
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
The new iPhone...  It's time to show our cards.  —  If you crack open the casing of the new iPhone, you will find significant upgrades from the iPhone 4.  The new iPhone features Apple's dual-core A5 processor like the iPad 2 for even faster performance, better gaming, and drastically improved graphics.
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Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
The New Voice-Controlled Software Apple Is Planning For iPhone 5 Sounds Incredible
Discussion: Redmond Pie and Electronista
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Spotify responds to criticism of forced Facebook logins with new statement  —  Spotify has been taking a great deal of flak today about a change made to the service that forces newly registered users to log in using their Facebook IDs.  The streaming music service has just released …
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Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Denied Trademark for Multi-Touch  —  In a decision handed down by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Apple has been denied an application for a trademark on Multi-Touch.  Apple originally applied for the trademark on January 9, 2007, the day the iPhone was introduced.
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Tumblr Lands $85 Million in Funding  —  Over the past few years, Tumblr, a microblogging service, has steadily built a community of fans and users who like the site's combination of social networking features and simple blogging tools that lets them quickly post photographs, videos, songs, links and bits of text.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Tumblr Is A Pageview Machine, Now Bigger Than Wikipedia
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Signing in to Windows 8 with a Windows Live ID … Each Windows user wants to have the ability to set up and use a PC in a way that is unique to them.  Doing so, however, can be challenging in today's multiple user and multiple PC environment.  We know that shared PC usage is common …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Nokia Windows Phone is ‘absolutely stunning’  —  INTERVIEW: Nokia UK MD talks to Pocket-lint  —  “Absolutely stunning.”  That's how everyone that's been shown Nokia's new Windows Phone 7?smartphone describes the device.  This is according to Nokia's Conor Pierce, general manager for UK and Ireland …
Discussion: WinRumors, WMPoweruser and @ldignan
Bloomberg:
Apple Cuts IPad Supply Chain Orders: JPMorgan  —  Apple Inc. is cutting orders to vendors in the supply chain for its iPad tablet computer, a move that may result in slower sales for companies including Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., JPMorgan Chase & Co. said in a report.
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple reportedly cuts iPad orders by 25% for Q4 - or production shifts to Brazil
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
No iPhone in Sight, T-Mobile Doubles Down on Android  —  Not expecting to be part of next week's iPhone party, T-Mobile on Monday announced two new phones that it hopes will keep it in the forefront of the minds of consumers looking for a powerful smartphone.  —  One is its flavor of Samsung's Galaxy S II.
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Plus Traffic Went Up 1269% Last Week  —  New data from Experian Hitwise show a dramatic increase in traffic over the week since the service opened to everyone.  Visits to Google Plus increased by 1269% last week.  The site received 15 million U.S. visits, up from 1.1 million the week before.
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Facebook forming own PAC to back candidates  —  Facebook confirmed it filed paperwork on Monday to start its own political action committee.  —  “FB PAC will give our employees a way to make their voice heard in the political process by supporting candidates who share our goals of promoting …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Square COO: There's no value in NFC  —  The COO of mobile payment startup Square, Keith Rabois, thinks that the mobile payment technology Near Field Communications (NFC) has no value proposition for consumers and merchants, he said at GigaOM's Mobilize conference on Monday.
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James Hutchinson / iTnews.com.au:
Apple reduces Samsung tablet patent claims
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Facebook Defends Getting Data From Logged-Out Users  —  Facebook on Monday defended its practice of gathering data from “Like” buttons even after users have logged out, saying that the collection is part of a system to prevent improper logins and that the information is quickly deleted.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The Facebook Chart That Freaks Google Out  —  The overhaul Facebook rolled out last week is meant, first and foremost, to keep users sticking around.  But, hyperbole aside, Facebook is already crushing the rest of the Web when it comes to stickiness.  —  Check out this engagement chart, courtesy of Citigroup's Mark Mahaney.
The Official Google Blog:
From the desert to the web: bringing the Dead Sea Scrolls online  —  (Cross-posted on the Nonprofits Blog, the Google.org Blog and the European Public Policy Blog)  —  It's taken 24 centuries, the work of archaeologists, scholars and historians, and the advent of the Internet …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
In First Interview Since Joining Oracle, Hurd Talks Hardware  —  Europe's economy may be melting down, but you wouldn't know it judging from the results of software giant Oracle.  —  In his first on-the-record interview since joining Oracle last year, co-President Mark Hurd tells AllThingsD …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Noah Davis / Business Insider:
Chelsea Clinton Joins IAC's Board  —  Chelsea Clinton has a new gig: She is joining the board of IAC, the company revealed in an SEC filing.  —  The former First Daughter is new to the board along with Accel Partners partner Sonali De Rycker.  They were elected to the board last week.
Discussion: The Tech Trade and paidContent
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Federico Viticci / MacStories:
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Marc Benioff / @benioff:
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Discussion: SiliconANGLE
Chris Mellor / The Register:
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Chris Woodyard / USA Today:
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