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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Facebook iPad App Still Snagged in Negotiations  —  It was almost ready to make its long-awaited debut.  —  In June, I reported that the Facebook iPad application had been in the works for almost a year and was essentially complete.  According to people briefed on Facebook's plans at the time …
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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 …
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.
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 …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Amazon Kindle, tablet lineup will test the water for bigger form factors in 2012
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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
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.
Business Insider:
Guess Who Made The Highest Bid For Hulu  —  Remember how a group of bidders was circling around Hulu a couple weeks ago?  Whatever happened with that?  —  Two sources tell us that satellite TV provider Dish was the highest bidder, coming in around $1.9 billion.  It beat out both Amazon and Yahoo.
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 …
Pete Davison / GamePro:
Zynga's Profits Down by 95%  —  Zynga's last financial quarter showed that its year on year profits had showed a sharp decline of approximately 95%.  —  Has the bubble finally burst for the social gaming giant?  Gamasutra reports that ahead of the company's initial public offering …
Discussion: @mathewi and VentureBeat
Marc Randolph / Kibble:
Did Netflix screw up?  I don't think so.  —  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced last week that the company would be splitting off their DVD rental service into a new business to be called Qwikster.  Last time I checked their blog post on the subject, there were 27,183 comments.
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Tumblr Is A Pageview Machine, Now Bigger Than Wikipedia  —  If you are wondering why Tumblr just raised $85 million, all you have to do is look at its pageviews.  The super-easy blogging platform saw its pageviews jump from about 2 billion a month to 13 billion since the beginning of the year.
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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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Electronista and DeWitt Clinton
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
J.P. Morgan Is Backing Down From Its iPad Report This Morning  —  Here's an odd one: It looks like J.P. Morgan is having an internal battle over today's report that Apple slashed its iPad orders by 25%.  —  According to Bloomberg headlines we just read, JP Morgan's U.S. Apple analyst said …
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.
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Version 2.0 On Fire, Instagram Zooms Past 10 Million Users  —  Six days ago, Instagram pushed version 2.0 live in the App Store.  A big time upgrade with a focus on the camera, co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom expected signups to pick up some significant steam.  But it was more like they caught fire.
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
The Cloud's My-Mom-Cleaned-My-Room Problem  —  Welcome to the era of parental computing, or how the cloud makes children of us all  —  When your mom cleans your room, it's a mixed bag.The clothes are in the drawers and the papers are straight, but you can't find anything …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Quora Gets Threaded Comments, Comment Voting, Editing And Images  —  Q&A site Quora has just unveiled a revamp of its commenting system, the most notable change being the implementation of a threaded commenting feature for the discussions under a question and its subsequent answers.
Discussion: Quora
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
MySQL.com Sold for $3k, Serves Malware  —  A security firm revealed today that mysql.com, the central repository for widely-used Web database software, was hacked and booby-trapped to serve visitors with malicious software.  The disclosure caught my eye because just a few days ago I saw evidence …
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 …
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Chinese Social Network Renren Buys Video Sharing Site 56.com For $80 Million
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Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Facebook forming own PAC to back candidates
Chris Mellor / The Register:
EMC supremo Joe Tucci to quit as CEO
Wall Street Journal:
Heading Off Privacy Problem—Before They Arise
Electronista:
Apple purported working on curved-glass iOS devices for 2012