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6:00 AM ET, September 30, 2011

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Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Amazon's $199 Fire sparks supply, margin questions  —  (Reuters) - The rock-bottom price of the new Kindle Fire tablet computer is raising questions about Amazon.com Inc's ability to keep up with demand and the device's effect on the company's already razor-thin profit margins.
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Full Video: Watch Jeff Bezos unveil Amazon's new Kindles
Discussion: IBD Click, AllThingsD and Gear Live
Lukas Mathis / ignore the code:
A Machine for Reading Books
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Apotheker's Exit Is Cheaper Than Expected for HP (But Still Pricey, Considering)  —  Léo Apotheker is gone from Hewlett-Packard, but he left so suddenly that the board of directors didn't have time to finalize his severance package.  That is until today.
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Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
Meg Whitman Will Work for $1 a Year
Discussion: Neowin.net
Brian Winter / Reuters:
Brazil's $12 billion iPad deal is in trouble: sources  —  (Reuters) - A much-hyped $12 billion plan for Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn to produce iPads in Brazil is “in doubt” due to stagnant negotiations over tax breaks and Brazil's own deep structural problems such as a lack of skilled labor, government sources tell Reuters.
Michael Arrington / UNCRUNCHED:
AOL + TechCrunch One Year Anniversary: A Look Back And A Look Forward  —  “So we begin another journey.  I fully intend to stay with AOL for a very, very long time.”  - Me, one year ago.  —  A year ago yesterday we announced the acquisition of TechCrunch by Aol.
Discussion: @paulcarr and Business Insider
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Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Ellison Takes New Swings at H-P  —  Larry Ellison, Oracle Corp.'s iconoclastic chief executive, has passed up few chances to tweak rival Hewlett-Packard Co. But the verbal potshots this week concerning H-P's $10.3 billion acquisition of Autonomy Corp. reached a new level.
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DigiTimes:
Amazon likely to outsource 10.1-inch tablet PCs to Foxconn  —  Amazon is expected to outsource the production of 10.1-inch tablet PCs to Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), and shipments of the 10.1-inch tablets are likely to begin before year-end 2011 for holiday-season demand, according to industry sources.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
This Guy Built His Own iPhone 5 “Design Prototype”  —  Oh, you think you're a hardcore Apple fan?  Sure, you might have plastered the back window of your hybrid with Apple stickers.  Yeah, you've got something MG Jobs said painted on the wall above your bed.
John Jersin / Google Analytics Blog:
What's happening on your site right now?  —  The web is getting faster, and not just the speed of the pages, but also the speed of change.  Before, it was fine to build a website and modify it only when new products were launched.  All of us avid Analytics users know that's just not good enough.
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.
Bloomberg:
IBM Tops Microsoft to Become Second-Most Valuable in Technology  —  Sept. 30 (Bloomberg) — International Business Machines Corp. passed Microsoft Corp. to become the world's second-most valuable technology company, a reflection of industry changes including the shift away from the personal computer.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Sean Parker Is Launching a Blog  —  The Sean Parkington Post?  Seanster?  Blogify?  It's not clear what former Facebook president Sean Parker will call his forthcoming blog, but it's clear the famed tech hustler is serious about the endeavor: He's hired a firm to build buzz, and is already running ads and planning to hire writers.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iPhone 4S / 5 appears in Apple's inventory system, iPod touch may see price drops  —  Yesterday we reported that tweaked iPhone 4 models and white iPod touch models have appeared in Apple's internal inventory systems ahead of the October 4th Apple event.  Today, though, comes the big news …
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Said to Add Comcast, Verizon Pay TV to Xbox Live  —  Microsoft Corp. plans to offer online pay television service from Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) and Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) through Xbox Live, in an bid to channel more entertainment to its video-game console, people with knowledge of the situation said.
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
With ‘frictionless sharing,’ Facebook and news orgs push boundaries of online privacy  —  Facebook again may have gone too far in its quest to make privacy obsolete, and this time some news organizations could get burned by going along with it.  —  Facebook spent years making it easier …
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
Moods on Twitter Follow Biological Rhythms, Study Finds  —  However grumpy when they wake up, and whether they stumble to their feet in Mumbai, Mexico City or Minnetonka, Minn., people tend to brighten by breakfast time and feel their mood taper gradually to a low in the late afternoon …
Discussion: PC World, Gawker and Digital Trends
Violet Blue / Pulp Tech Blog:
AVOS' Delicious Disaster: Lessons from a Complete Failure  —  The re-launch of social link sharing site Delicious, now under the stewardship of YouTube founders Steven Chen and Chad Hurley under their AVOS startup banner, is nothing short of a complete, mind-boggling disaster.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring accelerometer, gyro stabilization for iPhone video recording  —  Using the built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, future iPhones could compensate for shaky video recordings with new software-based stabilization.  —  Apple's interest in allowing users to record better video …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Widespread MobileMe Outage Affecting Mail, Me.com, and Find My iPhone  —  A number of Apple's MobileMe services appear to have been down for several hours now, and Apple's system status page indicates that the company is experiencing issues with MobileMe Mail, me.com web apps, and Find My iPhone.
Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat:
Will Stanford Take the F Train to Silicon Island?  Tensions Rise as Deadline for Tech Campus Approaches  —  Here on Silicon Island?  —  “One of the things that infuriates me personally is we always seem to get left out of the conversation,” said Queens Civic Congress president Patricia Dolan.
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 …
Tillmann Werner / threatpost:
The Inside Story of the Kelihos Botnet Takedown  —  Earlier this week, Microsoft released a n announcement about the disruption of a dangerous botnet that was responsible for spam messages, theft of sensitive financial information, pump-and-dump stock scams and distributed denial-of-service attacks.
Discussion: Computerworld, Slashdot and Geekosystem
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core Blog:
Apple tells education: no more boxed software (except Logic)  —  This should come as a surprise top no one.  Boxed software's days have been numbered since Apple opened the Mac App Store in January 2011, but some people refuse to see the handwriting on the wall.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
U.S. Capitol Police Investigating Onion Twitter Joke  —  The Onion botched a joke about congressmen taking children hostage this morning on Twitter.  Now, the U.S. Capitol police are investigating the joke.  Everyone chill out!  —  Today, The Onion tweeted: “BREAKING …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Cloud Storage Company Box.net Launches Cross-Platform Sync; Salesforce Chatter Integration And More  —  At the company's first customer conference today, cloud storage platform Box.net is revealing a number of new features and products.  The company is debuting a cross-platform enterprise sync solution …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Bing Launches Airport Maps For 42 US Cities  —  Microsoft's search service Bing is today announcing the launch of airport maps for 42 major airports across the U.S., with plans to expand to other airports over time.  The new feature is available now in Bing Maps on the desktop (some airport maps were previously available on mobile).
 
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Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Klout has competition, Peoplebrowsr announces new social influence tracker, ‘Kred’
Discussion: TechCrunch
Emily Chang / @emilychangtv:
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's Mobile App Platform to Include Seamless Login, Bookmarks, Requests
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Intel Acquires Telmap to Help Navigate Through a Crowded App Market
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
AOL Is Building A MapQuest Social Network Called mqVibe
Discussion: Fusible.com
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Kayak Puts IPO Plans on Hold
Discussion: DealBook and MediaFile
 Earlier Items: 
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
Do you check in at home? Foursquare updates your privacy settings.
Discussion: Foursquare Blog and VentureBeat
Ellis Hamburger / Business Insider:
Spotify Adds “Private Listening” Mode After Complaints From Facebook Users
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Michael Jackson Tribute Concert Streaming Live on Facebook Pay-Per-View
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple is working a new Hybrid Drive System of their Own
Discussion: GigaOM, TechSpot and SlashGear