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8:00 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.
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
The Guy Who Created Facebook's iPad App Just Quit Out Of Frustration And Took A Job At Google  —  Facebook engineer Jeff Verkoeyen has quit to take a job at Google — a striking reversal from the recent trend of employees moving the other way, forcing Google to pay seven-figure bonuses to keep them around.
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
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
Discussion: Appolicious Advisor
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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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 …
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.
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, @ldignan and WMPoweruser
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.
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.
Discussion: 9to5Mac and Gizmodo
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.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Galaxy Tab 8.9 hits pre-order, ships October 2nd in US; Galaxy Player 5.0 and 4.0 shipping October 16th  —  Hot on the heels of a UK release, Samsung has just announced that its long-awaited (and long-delayed) Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 will be available for pre-order starting September 27th, with US availability pegged for October 16th.
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James Hutchinson / iTnews.com.au:
Apple reduces Samsung tablet patent claims
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 …
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook denies cookie tracking allegations  —  Summary: Facebook has denied allegations that it can track what you're doing online even if you log out of the social network.  In fact, one of the company's engineers says Facebook cookies aren't used for tracking at all.
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
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 …
Marc Benioff / @benioff:
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
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
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google+ Now Lets You “Share” Your Circles With Other Users  —  In case you're still using Google+ (I kid, I kid, the other social network is doing well, apparently), the Google+ team has made it easy to “share” your Circles with friends today, by enabling an option to send other users a list …
Wall Street Journal:
Heading Off Privacy Problem—Before They Arise  —  With ‘privacy-impact assessments,’ companies understand how regulators and consumers will react to new products and services When General Electric Co. was getting ready to launch a home energy-monitoring appliance last year …
Discussion: AllThingsD
Mike Elgan / Cult of Mac:
Why Apple Needs a Real Social Network  —  In a single week, Facebook has become not just a competitor to Apple, but the Mother of All Apple Competitors.  —  Facebook this week announced a series of initiatives and partnerships that the New York Times says makes Facebook a “primary entertainment hub.”
Discussion: blog.chron.com and Technologizer
Electronista:
Nielsen: Android climbs to 43% in US, iPhone still at 28%  —  Nielsen says Android chewing non-iPhones in August  —  Android is still growing in the US, but is taking all its share from non-iPhone rivals, Nielsen found on Monday.  Google was up from 40 percent in July to 43 percent in August …
 
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