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1:00 PM ET, September 27, 2011

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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple announces iPhone 5 event for Oct. 4  —  Apple on Tuesday officially announced its iPhone 5 launch event.  According to the invitation received by The Loop, the event will be held on October 4 at Apple's Cupertino, Calif. campus.  The event will begin at 10:00 am PT.
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Announces October 4 Event: Let's Talk iPhone  —  Apple this morning announced an invitation-only special event to be held at company headquarters in Cupertino on Oct. 4, a Tuesday.  “Let's Talk iPhone,” the invitation reads.  —  While the next-generation iPhone's design has been heavily debated …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple's iPhone 5 very likely to be released on October 14th, iOS 5 on the 12th
Discussion: AppleInsider and SlashGear
AVOS:
A New Flavor...Still Delicious  —  Hey there, we have some great news - the new Delicious site is now live!  Today's a big day for us, and there's lots to share.  We'll try to keep it brief so you can start using the new service and giving us feedback!  —  Back to Beta  —  “What if they say I'm no good?
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Delicious Relaunches Tonight: Exclusive Q&A with CEO Chad Hurley  —  Tonight is the relaunch of Delicious, the little bookmarking site that helped inspire a wave of social companies in the eight years since it was founded.  New owners Chad Hurley and Steve Chen (aka the creators of YouTube) …
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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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Amazon Kindle, tablet lineup will test the water for bigger form factors in 2012
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 …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft employees allegedly left “in droves” during Ballmer's company meeting speech  —  Microsoft employees allegedly left “in droves” during Steve Ballmer's recent speech at the recent annual Microsoft Company Meeting.  —  The claims were made in comments at mini-Microsoft …
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
Sprint to launch own 4G LTE network in early 2012 (scoop)  —  Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse speaking at an emerging technology conference last year.  —  Sprint Nextel will launch its own 4G LTE network early next year.  —  The company is already installing LTE equipment …
Heather LeRoy / The Big Blog:
Skype for iPhone & Skype for iPad Updates Deliver Anti-Shake Technology & Bluetooth Connectivity  —  Skype for iPhone and Skype for iPad have proven to be very popular.  The Skype for iPhone app has been downloaded nearly 60 million times to date and was downloaded over a million times …
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Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:   Skype's new iOS apps brings Bluetooth support, advertising
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0 Blog:
Mozilla adds ‘telemetry’ feature to Firefox 7  —  Summary: Will you help make future versions of Firefox smarter by enabling this new feature?  —  Mozilla has added a new feature to Firefox 7 that will help make future versions smarter - telemetry.  —  Telemetry, or usage statistics to you and me …
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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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Firefox Creator Says the Web is Dead Meat; Android Creator Disagrees  —  Joe Hewitt, one of the most important software developers in recent history, published a provocative and sad post on his personal blog today, predicting that unless the open and free Web gets someone to own …
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Nik Cubrilovic:
Facebook Fixes Logout Issue, Explains Cookies  —  I wrote a post two days ago about privacy issues with the Facebook logout procedure which could lead to your subsequent web requests to third-party sites that integrate Facebook widgets being identifiable and linked back to your real account.
Discussion: ZDNet and Bokardo
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Star Chang / M.I.C. Gadget:
Fire Has Broken Out At Foxconn Plant again (Video)  —  Breaking news.  Yes, yet again, fire has broken out at one of the Foxconn factories in China this morning!  There are reports coming in of a substantial fire and possible explosion at a Foxconn plant in Yantai, a city in northeastern Shandong province of China.
Agam Shah / Macworld:
Intel: Mac Thunderbolt ports will support optical cables  —  Thunderbolt ports on Apple's current Macintosh computers will be compatible with upcoming fiber optic cables, which should be ready by next year.
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET:
Sprint confirms it will stick with unlimited data plans  —  Sprint's data-hungry customers can breathe a sigh of relief.  The carrier's commitment to unlimited data plans remains unwaivering—at least for now.  —  So said Sprint Chief Technology Officer Stephen Bye when addressing attendees …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Taps Kleiner-Backed Inrix To Provide Real Time Traffic Data For Maps And Navigation Apps  —  Google recently removed its realtime traffic data from its Maps product, informing users that they are “currently working to come up with a better, more accurate solution.”
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.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
How Not To Make Music Social: The Way Spotify And Facebook Did It  —  Last week there was a lot of talk about Facebook's new setup, which would allow for tighter integration and sharing of everything that people do, with music being a key example.  Whether or not that's a good idea, I have no idea.
Discussion: The Consumerist and Computerworld
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Chomp gets a stunning iPhone redesign to help you find more apps  —  With its latest iPhone app, the mobile app search company Chomp has delivered a stylish new redesign that not only looks good, but will also help you easily find new and interesting apps.  —  The free Chomp app …
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.
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Is New York's Tech Boom Sustainable?  —  The battle royale brewing between New York and Silicon Valley to be the nation's dominant epicenter for tech innovation and hot start-ups wages on.  —  On Monday night in downtown Manhattan, Paul Graham stood before a jam-packed auditorium of 800 entrepreneurs …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Betabeat
 
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Adam Thierer / Technology Liberation Front:
Online ‘Fragmentation’ Fears & the Downside of a ‘Globally Coherent Approach’ to Internet Governance
Discussion: EU Press Room
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Former Facebook VP Chamath Palihapitiya Leads $17M Round In Enterprise Social Networking Platform Yammer
Christopher Lawton / Wall Street Journal:
Nokia's Troubles Hit Suppliers
Daniel Rubino / WPCentral.com:
Windows Phone Web Marketplace starts to go live around the world
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Human Translation Platform myGengo Raises $5.25 Million From Atomico, 500 Startups
Discussion: Business Insider and GigaOM
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Web 2.0 Map Adds Cities of Data (But One of Facebook's Skyscrapers Just Got Taller!)
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Mindbloom Life game teaches you how to live better
Discussion: VatorNews and GeekWire
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
SecondMarket, an Exchange Without the Volatility
Discussion: Betabeat and AllThingsD
Electronista:
ASUS promises the ‘real ultrabook’ with UX launch October 11
Discussion: Engadget, thinq_, Tech Shout! and TechEye
Marc Randolph / Kibble:
Did Netflix screw up?  I don't think so.  —  Netflix CEO Reed …