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10:40 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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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Outs “iPhone 4S” Name in Latest iTunes Beta  —  Apple has seemingly outed the “iPhone 4S” name in the latest iTunes beta released Friday, according to this screenshot posted by 9to5Mac.  The screenshot shows specific mention of the “iPhone 4S” using the same image icon as the iPhone 4 CDMA.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Email: Chamath Palihapitiya Decries Airbnb's Recent $112M Funding for Founder Control and Cash-Out  —  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.  —  In an email to Airbnb CEO …
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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 …
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Deal Sites Have Fading Allure for Merchants  —  Like businesses across the land, the Madison Avenue spa Wellpath tried to drum up customers by running heavily discounted coupons on deal-of-the-day Web sites.  But the Internet coupon fad is shrinking faster than fat from a weight-loss laser.
Discussion: @pkedrosky
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.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Court accepts Verizon's and T-Mobile's briefs in support of Samsung against Apple  —  On Friday (September 30, 2011), Judge Lucy Koh of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California entered an order ruling on multiple motions of a procedural nature:
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Dell to take another shot at MacBook Air  —  Dell is going to go after Apple's MacBook Air again, part of its broader strategy to take on the entire MacBook line.  —  Dell's 2009 answer to the MacBook Air, the Adamo.  It was discontinued earlier this year.
Discussion: Electronista
Robert Lee Hotz / Wall Street Journal:
Decoding Our Twitter 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
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 …
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 …
 
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's News Feed Changes May Be Reducing Impressions, Increasing Feedback for Page Posts
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Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Pandora Smacked With Class Action For Revealing User Profiles
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Record-Breaking BitTorrent Lawsuit Decimated
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Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Internal memo: Vice Media executives plan to lay off hundreds of its 900+ employees over the next week, and the company is in advanced talks to sell Refinery29

Brian Steinberg / Variety:
WBD reports Q4 revenue down 7% YoY to $10.3B, adjusted EBITDA down 5% YoY to $2.5B, 97.7M global streaming subscribers, and a $103M streaming profit for 2023

Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

 
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