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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?
Thomas Ricker / This is my next:
MeeGo is dead: Meet Tizen, another new open source OS based on Linux  —  First there was Maemo and Moblin, combined to form MeeGo under the stewardship of Nokia and Intel.  The OS has been floundering after the defection of Nokia to Windows Phone, with plenty of rumors suggesting Intel's been looking for a buyer.
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Dan Frommer / SplatF:
“Tizen” is Intel and Samsung's answer to Android
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Microsoft Signs Mega-Patent Deal With Samsung, Will Get Royalties on Every Android Device It Sells  —  Microsoft is announcing today the biggest Android-related patent deal to date, signing a broad cross-licensing deal with Samsung.  —  With the deal, Microsoft will get royalty revenue …
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]
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-...).
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 …
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple announces iPhone 5 event for Oct. 4
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple's iPhone 5 very likely to be released on October 14th, iOS 5 on the 12th
Matt Mastracci / grack.com:
Google+ upcoming feature discoveries: Google Experts, the Facebook wall and more  —  I was snooping around the Google+ source code, trying to get early access to the new circle sharing feature when I came across some interesting features that haven't been discovered yet.
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.
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Facebook Keeps A History Of Everyone Who Has Ever Poked You, Along With A Lot Of Other Data  —  Your Facebook report might be 100s of pages long  —  Across the pond, European law grants citizens a “right to access,” meaning that companies have to provide a person with all of the personal data they have on them if they request it.
Discussion: SiliconFilter and Gawker, Thanks:forbestech
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 …
Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog:
Google asks to protect Android plans in AT&T, T-Mobile antitrust trial  —  Summary: In a bid to protect confidential information from “reaching competitors, or even the newspapers”, Google filed a motion to block the disclosure of its Android plans.  —  Google wants to protect confidential …
Discussion: Associated Press
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iTunes Music Store Coming Soon to 10 New European Union Countries?  —  Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita reports [Google translation] that Apple is set to launch the iTunes Music Store in ten new European Union (EU) countries.  While the exact timing of the launch is unknown …
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Seed funded startups ripe for shakeout, VCs say  —  Individual seed investors have been an increasingly powerful force in Silicon Valley's startup funding landscape.  But in an onstage conversation at GigaOM's Mobilize conference in San Francisco Tuesday, two venture capital heavyweights …
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 …
Reuters:
Google to build data centers in Singapore, HK, Taiwan  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc said on Wednesday that it will begin building data centers in Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan, which will be operational within 1-2 years once construction begins.  —  Investment in the data centers in Hong Kong …
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.
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 …
Boonsri Dickinson / CNET News:
Startup helps find cheapest prescription drugs  —  A search for cholesterol drug Lipitor in San Francisco.  —  Everyone knows food and gas prices can vary by location, but the same is often true of prescription drugs.  —  GoodRX, which launched a new Web site today at the Health 2. conference …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
 
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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Citi Analysts: Facebook Ads Are Taking Spending Away From Display, Not Search
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Windows Phone 7.5 no longer accesses location data without authorization
Discussion: ZDNet, Within Windows and Electronista, Thanks:jayoakesy
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
In real-time, journalists' tweets contribute to a ‘raw draft’ of history
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Wireless spectrum shortage? What spectrum shortage?
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
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