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7:25 PM ET, October 1, 2011

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iPhone 4S with iPhone 4 design, dual-mode capability leaked by iTunes  —  While we have independently been expecting the new iPhone to feature little exterior differences from the iPhone 4, there still has been some debate over the new iPhone's design.  Today, rumors of a re-design can essentially be put to rest.
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
VCs Unite!  Chamath Palihapitiya Decries Airbnb's Recent $112M Funding for Founder Control and Cashout  —  Here's some electric weekend reading for those interested in the push-and-pull between venture investors and start-ups in the frothy Web 2.0 environment.
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Michael Arrington / UNCRUNCHED:
Chamath Palihapitiya's Statement On Airbnb Email Fiasco  —  My mouth fell open, literally, as I read the extremely private email from investor Chamath Palihapitiya to Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky.  The message in the email was fine, even reasonable.  But the fact that it was leaked to the press …
Discussion: @arrington
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
How Apple and Facebook Nearly Fell Out — Over the HP TouchPad [EXCLUSIVE]  —  Tech titans Facebook and Apple have a contentious relationship that is frequently put to the test.  But a Facebook for TouchPad application was very nearly the last straw, Mashable has learned from multiple sources.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
iOS's Internet market share hits a record 54.65%  —  And where is Android?  Still trailing Java ME, according to Net Applications  —  Data: Net Applications.  Chart: PED  —  You would think that with nearly 50% of the global market for smartphones that Google's (GOOG) Android would also dominate the Web.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Panda 2.5: Losers Include Today Show, The Next Web; Winners Include YouTube, Fox News  —  Searchmetrics has a pretty good track record of figuring out who lost after one of Google's Panda Updates.  Among the latest victims of this week's Panda Update 2.5, some unexpected surprises …
Robert Lee Hotz / Wall Street Journal:
Decoding Our Chatter  —  Want to monitor an earthquake, track political activity or predict the ups and downs of the stock market?  Researchers have found a bonanza of real-time data in the torrential flow of Twitter feeds.  —  When Virginia's magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit last August …
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
Michael Arrington / UNCRUNCHED:
Brutal Honesty  —  There are a lot of different kinds of people in this world.  I've found that I get along best with the ones that are brutally honest.  —  Earlier this evening I interviewed Vinod Khosla at the jam-packed Startup Weekend Seattle event.  We had a long talk …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Record-Breaking BitTorrent Lawsuit Decimated  —  Working alongside Dunlap, Grubb and Weaver law firm (better known as the U.S. Copyright Group), Voltage Pictures have been in the headlines time and again this year.  Not for their movie-making skills, but for the copyright settlement shakedown built around their products.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Neowin.net and Gizmodo
Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry Maker's Issue: Gadgets for Work or Play?  —  As Research In Motion Ltd. executives prepared early this year for the launch of their first tablet, the PlayBook, one big question loomed: Who was the device for?  —  Some executives, like RIM's technical visionary …
Business Insider:
Facing Low Bids For A Site That's Working, Hulu's Parents May Not Sell At All  —  Hulu's owners are reconsidering whether to sell the company at all because the bids are not coming in as high as they hoped.  —  Two sources say that Hulu is less likely to sell now given recent market developments.
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's News Feed Changes May Be Reducing Impressions, Increasing Feedback for Page Posts  —  Since Facebook combined the Top News and Most Recent tabs into a single, hybrid news feed last week, we've been watching for fluctuations in the volume of Page posts and other content types seen on the site's home page.
Discussion: EdgeRank Checker and All Facebook
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Buying Yahoo Is A No-Brainer For Alibaba  —  Today at the China 2.0 conference at Stanford, Alibaba Groups's Jack Ma replied to a pointed question about buying Yahoo with, “We are very interested in Yahoo.  Our Alibaba group is important to Yahoo and Yahoo is important to us …
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Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Pandora Smacked With Class Action For Revealing User Profiles
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Matth / Nielsen Wire:
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Finally, the Tablet to Make HP and RIM Feel Better About Themselves
Discussion: Gizmodo, PhoneArena and 9to5Mac
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Major Usenet Provider Ordered to Remove All Infringing Content
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot