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5:05 PM ET, September 30, 2011

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
‘iPhone 5’ Silicone Sleeves Already Arriving at AT&T Retail Stores  —  Earlier today, we noted that Case-Mate cases for the redesigned “iPhone 5” had appeared in AT&T's inventory database.  The addition yielded the interesting observation that AT&T is apparently placing orders for the cases despite …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Amazon has Palm in its shopping cart — will it click Buy? (exclusive)  —  Who will save what's left of Palm from HP's bumbling?  It could be Amazon, as the online retailing giant is in serious negotiations to snap up Palm from HP, VentureBeat has learned.  —  A well-placed source tells us …
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Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Will Amazon Buy Palm for Its Patents?
Discussion: Pocket-lint
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon buying Palm? This doesn't make a whole lot of sense
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine, AllThingsD and @f
Paul Yang / Google LatLong:
Helicopter view of your driving directions on Google Maps  —  Getting directions is one of the most popular features on Google Maps, whether it be for driving, walking, biking or transit.  Today, we are launching a new feature that allows you to bring your upcoming trip to life, by allowing you to preview your route in 3D.
Andrew Rassweiler / iSuppli:
Amazon Sells Kindle Fire at Low Profit Margin to Promote Online Merchandize Sales  —  An IHS analysis reveals Amazon's business model for its new Kindle Fire tablet, with the company willing to settle for a razor-thin margin on sales of devices and digital content in order to achieve …
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
How the Kindle Moved From BlackBerry to iPad  —  Do you remember the first generation Amazon Kindle?  Although it helped change the publishing industry, it wasn't exactly the prettiest gadget.  It was clunky, a strange shape, and looked more like a 1960s-era calculator than an e-reader from 2007.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple removes click-wheel games from iTunes as iPod classic lives its last days  —  As Apple is rumored to discontinue its aging hard-drive-based iPod classic, the company has removed a section from the iTunes Store devoted to click-wheel games.  —  Users used to be able to access a link to …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft issues fix after security tool mistakenly removes Google Chrome as malware  —  Uh, whoops?  —  Microsoft this morning scrambled to release a fix after reports surfaced that its Security Essentials software was mistakenly identifying the Google Chrome browser as password-stealing malware …
Discussion: Neowin.net and Electronista
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Bloomberg:
IBM Tops Microsoft to Become Second-Most Valuable in Technology  —  International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) passed Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) to become the world's second-most valuable technology company, a reflection of industry changes including the shift away from the personal computer.
Michael Arrington / UNCRUNCHED:
Aloha!  450 Google+ Employees Are In Hawaii For Offsite  —  Not sure how the tech press managed to miss this.  Some 450 people who work on Google Plus are currently in Hawaii for an offsite.  For tax purposes, we understand, the event involves work.  But in reality it's a reward …
Discussion: AllThingsD and The Next Web
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Next iPhone to likely come in 64GB, 32GB, and 16GB capacities  —  Following the news that Apple's new iPhone N94 device has appeared in the Apple internal inventory system, we are now hearing that this new iPhone will come in three storage capacities.  Given that we've also heard …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Major security flaw lets anyone bypass AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II security [video]  —  BGR has uncovered a major security flaw on AT&T's version of the Samsung Galaxy S II that renders Android's security lock feature completely useless.  Using a simple workaround, the security hole allows anyone …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Chrome poised to take No. 2 browser spot from Firefox  —  StatCounter's data points to a December 2011 take-over by Google's browser  —  Google's Chrome is on the brink of replacing Firefox as the second-most-popular browser, according to one Web statistics firm.
Jonathan Prynn / This Is London:
Google's first store pops up in London  —  It is the ultimate brand of the internet era.  But today Google embraces a more traditional form of retail technology for the first time in its short history.  —  The world's first “Google store” opened not in California but in the less glamorous setting …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Yahoo Is Having A Big Mystery Press Conference Monday  —  Yahoo's president of Americas, Ross Levinsohn, will speak at a press conference early Monday morning to announce some as-of-yet undisclosed news.  We'll be there!  Our guess is this is not a press conference to announce a Hulu purchase, a new CEO, or a Yahoo buyer.
Discussion: @cnbc
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Former Googler Builds Site That Shows You What Top Tech Companies Pay  —  Last night at an informal gathering of tech people, someone likened Silicon Valley to a “Las Vegas for people who want to make crazy s**t” equating VCs and angel investors to gamblers of sorts.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Timelines.com Sues Facebook, Says Its New Timeline Feature Could “Eliminate” Them  —  Timelines Inc., a small venture capital-backed Chicago company that operates the Timelines.com website, has launched a trademark-infringement suit against Facebook on Thursday, claiming that the latter's …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Will.I.Am's Google+ profile gets the ultimate promotion: A link on Google's front page  —  How's this for a way to get into more people's Google+ circles?  Google is currently promoting a Google+ Hangout from the band Black Eyed Peas on its coveted front page - linking directly to frontman Will I. Am's profile.
Joe Schneider / Bloomberg:
Samsung Electronics Gives Apple Proposal to End Australia Patent Dispute  —  Samsung Electronics Co. made a proposal to Apple Inc. to resolve their patent dispute in Australia regarding touch-screen technology, a Sydney court was told today.  —  Samsung lawyer David Catterns didn't give details …
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
More Changes?  Facebook Refines Appearance  —  We continue to find more unannounced changes that appear to be refinements of the massive overhaul of the past couple weeks.  —  Over the past week, pages have begun showing administrators how many of their fans like other properties on Facebook.
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Number of Circles you're in on Google+ showing up in Google search  —  If you're an author and decided to take the markup steps that Google+ announced a while back, your Google+ follower numbers are showing up next to your profile in Google search results.  —  In June, Google explained the new markup language this way:
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
AT&T asks court to dismiss merger lawsuits by Sprint, Cellular South  —  AT&T asked a federal court Friday to dismiss lawsuits by rivals who want to block its $39 billion merger with T-Mobile, alleging that one competitor had tried to pressure AT&T for business favors in exchange for supporting the deal.
Discussion: TechFlash, CNET News, DealBook and Reuters
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sequoia-Backed Stripe Wants To Disrupt The Online Payments Space
Discussion: The Next Web
Ben Zimmer / The Atlantic Online:
The Rise of the Zuckerverb: The New Language of Facebook
Rob Malda / CmdrTaco.net:
The Slashdot Effect from the Other Side
Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat:
Two New Tech Funds Prepare to Launch In New York and One of Them Is Massive
Discussion: Fortune and Business Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Vlad Savov / This is my next:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus official: 1.2GHz dual-core processor and thinner body coming at end of October
Alex Williams / SiliconANGLE:
Oracle to Launch NoSQL Database at OpenWorld
Noah Davis / Business Insider:
AOL's Seed Is ‘Defunct’
DigiTimes:
Amazon likely to outsource 10.1-inch tablet PCs to Foxconn