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4:55 AM ET, September 28, 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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Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
How the teardrop iPhone design wound up in the hands of every case maker in China  —  The idea of a next-generation iPhone shaped like a teardrop dates back to a report published by This is my next in late-April, describing a 3.7-inch iPhone with edge-to-edge glass and striking new design shape akin …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Announces October 4 Event: Let's Talk iPhone
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple's iPhone 5 very likely to be released on October 14th, iOS 5 on the 12th
Victor Agreda, Jr / TUAW:
Apple may discontinue the iPod shuffle and classic  —  We've been sitting on a tip for a while until things came into greater focus, but now that the speculation meter has exploded (see this CNet story), it's a good time to tell you all what we've heard.  It seems that the “product transition” …
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Donald Bell / CNET News:
Will Apple kill the iPod?
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Google's Biggest Threat Is Google  —  Google faces antitrust inquiries and competition from all corners.  But its biggest threat is Google itself, Larry Page, its chief executive and co-founder, said Tuesday.  —  “There are basically no companies that have good slow decisions,” …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Larry Page And Eric Schmidt Hold Court At Google Zeitgeist [Video]
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
“Tizen” is Intel and Samsung's answer to Android  —  Tizen is apparently the combination of MeeGo and LiMo — neither of which have any serious adoption — that I wrote about earlier.  It looks like an Intel- and Samsung-led rival to Android — which is selling well, but has patent issues, and is increasingly under Google's control.
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Thomas Ricker / This is my next:
MeeGo is dead: Meet Tizen, another new open source OS based on Linux
Discussion: mocoNews, eWeek, BetaNews and The Register
Ryan Block / gdgt:
Oh, one more thing about the Amazon tablet: the second, better version is coming very soon  —  Yesterday I posted about how the Kindle teams used the RIM PlayBook to get a color e-reader product out the door (gdgt.com­/discuss­/the­- amazon­-tablet­-will­- look­-like­-...).
Jeffrey Meisner / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Neutralizes Kelihos Botnet, Names Defendant in Case  —  Building on the recent successes of the Rustock and Waledac botnet takedowns, I'm pleased to announce that Microsoft has taken down the Kelihos botnet in an operation codenamed “Operation b79” using similar legal and technical measures …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Mango WiFi sharing to have hardware, driver, and carrier restrictions  —  Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” update has started rolling out.  With the release, Microsoft has finally confirmed that it will include the ability to share a data connection over WiFi to up to five computers …
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Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Windows Phone 7.5 ‘Mango’ release details and updated review
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows Phone Mango: Internet Sharing, Visual Voicemail and improved services availability
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Groupon Closes The Redemption Loop With Loyalty Rewards  —  Groupon may be struggling to get its IPO out the door, but that is not stopping it from introducing new products.  Up until now, Groupon has built a billion-dollar business by getting local merchants to offer great one-time deals to consumers.
Discussion: @rakeshlobster and FT Tech Hub
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Hackers leak data of Goldman Sachs CEO  —  Lloyd Blankfein, chief executive of Goldman Sachs, is the latest target of hackers leaking personal information.  —  Hackers today released personal information for Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein.
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Toshiba Thrive 7-inch coming in early December for less than $400 (hands-on)  —  Release a 10.1-inch Android Honeycomb tablet.  Shrink it.  Shave a few dollars off the price and release it.  That seems to be the checklist on the desk of every major Android tablet manufacturer …
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Mobile Chief: Within 1-2 Years, We're Going To Be A Mobile Company  —  Facebook has their sights locked on mobile.  We know that.  This afternoon at GigaOm's Mobilize conference, Facebook Mobile Chief Erick Tseng touched on just how crucial mobile is to them — and more importantly, how crucial it will be.
Dhanya Skariachan / Reuters:
Best Buy cuts holiday hiring by half  —  (Reuters) - Best Buy Co, the world's largest consumer electronics chain, will cut its hiring of temporary workers in the United States this holiday season by almost half compared with 2010.  —  The decision is further bad news for the U.S. economy and for the unemployed in particular.
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Fortune releases new Kindle-exclusive eBook on the rise of Steve Jobs  —  Fortune magazine on Tuesday released “All About Steve: The Story of Steve Jobs and Apple from the pages of FORTUNE,” an eBook available exclusively from Amazon's Kindle Store.  —  The eBook, which can also be read …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple complains about timing of Verizon's proposed amicus brief in Samsung case  —  On Friday, the largest U.S. wireless carrier, Verizon, asked a federal court for permission to file an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief in support of Samsung against Apple, and provided its proposed brief at the same time.
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
Sony to Stop Paying for 3D Glasses in May 2012 (Exclusive) … Sony Pictures Entertainment has notified theater owners in a letter that it will no longer pay for 3D glasses, beginning in May 2012, marking a major policy shift that many other studios are likely considering.
Discussion: Electronista
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Google plans ‘East London Tech City’ base  —  Google is to open a “launchpad” for technology entrepreneurs in a multimillion-pound boost for the government's “East London Tech City” scheme.  —  The investment in David Cameron's growth initiative comes after Twitter's decision to locate …
Owen Billcliffe / my glass eye:
Instagram 2.0 review: Insta-grumble  —  Instagram has been my favourite iPhone photo app for about a year now.  It doesn't have the nebulous wealth of filter options of PictureShow or the ubiquitous Hipstamatic but it's simple, effective, social and fun; the dozen or so filters are varied and distinct …
Discussion: Daring Fireball and MacStories
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Why Facebook Works for All, Twitter for Some  —  It finally makes sense to me.  —  On Friday evening I was in Los Angeles, Calif., visiting my sister.  We were at a restaurant, chatting away about life, when my sister ebulliently announced that she wanted to “Tweet about our meal.”
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Get ready for the great cable unbundling  —  The cable industry is pulling an about-face on the issue of a la carte programming, due to increasingly expensive content rights and a weakening economy making bundles of network programming less affordable for the average consumer.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
SYNERGISTIC!  Actor Ashton Kutcher Name Drops Startup Investments During Two & A Half Men  —  Actor and VC Ashton Kutcher used a laptop splattered with startup logos during Two & A Half Men last night.  —  Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley noticed.  —  A couple of the startups - including Foursquare - are Kutcher investments.
 
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Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
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Juliette Garside / Guardian:
London warned Olympic games may mean mobile phone ‘capacity crunch’
Discussion: All New Musings
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
Facebook Value Drops To $82.25 Billion On SharesPost
Discussion: VentureBeat
Grant Gross / Computerworld:
Lawmakers want investigation of supercookies
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Regulation hinders Google's FTTH progress
Antin Harasymiv / The Official Google Blog:
Dynamic Views: seven new ways to share your blog with the world
Discussion: 9to5Google
Freeman Klopott / Bloomberg:
IBM, Intel Start $4.4 Billion Chip Venture in New York State
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Ben Rudolph / The Windows Blog:
Hands-on with the HTC Radar 4G, Samsung Omnia W and ZTE Tania
Discussion: WMPoweruser and TechNet Blogs
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Roger Cheng / CNET News:
Sprint to launch own 4G LTE network in early 2012 (scoop)