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2:20 PM ET, October 2, 2011

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Joe Brown / Gizmodo:
Gizmodo Exclusive: Looks Like There Will Be a Cheaper iPhone 4, Made in Brazil  —  Our Brazilian brothers, Gizmodo.com.br, got their hot little hands on a few photos of a new iPhone, to be announced next week.  How?  Well, there's a Foxconn factory in Brazil, and Pedro & co got one of their men inside.
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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.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
A Breakdown of Tuesday's Possible iPhone Releases  —  After following some of the comment threads on the latest stories about the new iPhones, it seems clear there's a lot of confusion about what is coming on Tuesday.  The combination of Apple code numbers and natural use of the term …
Discussion: Mashable!
Michael Arrington / UNCRUNCHED:
Facebook: Brutal Dishonesty  —  “Facebook does not track users across the web,” - A Facebook spokesperson on September 25, 2011  —  “Generally, unlike other major Internet companies, we have no interest in tracking people.”  - Facebook employee on September 25, 2011  —  v.
Discussion: Soshable and appft.uspto.gov
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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Felix Salmon:
Why dividend cash-outs are evil  —  Investor Chamath Palihapitiya wrote a strongly-worded letter to Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky yesterday, which promptly got leaked to Kara Swisher.  —  Palihapitiya was given the opportunity to invest in Airbnb's latest round, but declined, partly because of the way it's structured.
Discussion: @karaswisher
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 …
Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
Massive Security Vulnerability In HTC Android Devices (EVO 3D, 4G, Thunderbolt, Others) Exposes Phone Numbers, GPS, SMS, Emails Addresses, Much More  —  I am quite speechless right now.  Justin Case and I have spent all day together with Trevor Eckhart (you may remember him as TrevE …
Discussion: Electronista, Geek.com and @sdkstl
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The case against the Kindle as a low end tablet disruption  —  In an HBR article Rob Wheeler makes the case for the Kindle Fire as a disruptive innovation.  I believe that it is but crucially I disagree that the Kindle Fire is a low end disruption.  —  My assessment of the Kindle Fire …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Bloomberg:
Google Joins Apple in Push for Tax Holiday  —  As a coalition led by Apple Inc. (AAPL), Google Inc. (GOOG), and Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) presses for a tax holiday on more than $1 trillion in offshore profits, it is turning to a well-positioned lobbyist: Jeffrey Forbes, once chief of staff to Max Baucus …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, NPR, HULIQ and @timoreilly
Michael Arrington / UNCRUNCHED:
Nick Bilton Turns Down $1.5 Million+ From CBS/CNET, Stays At NY Times  —  Nick Bilton, the NY Times lead technology writer, may be one of the most heavily recruited tech writers around.  He was our number one most desired hire while I was at TechCrunch.  And apparently at CNET, too.
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
 
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