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5:35 AM ET, October 2, 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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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.
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! and PC World
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: @blam
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.
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
Lillian Cunningham / Washington Post:
Google's Eric Schmidt expounds on his Senate testimony  —  A week after Google Chairman Eric Schmidt testified before the Senate Judiciary antitrust committee, he was back in California at the company's headquarters in Mountain View.  There on September 29, Schmidt — who until this April …
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.
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Finally, the Tablet to Make HP and RIM Feel Better About Themselves
Discussion: PhoneArena and Gizmodo