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5:41 PM ET, October 3, 2011

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Wall Street Journal:
Sprint to ‘Bet the Company’ on iPhone  —  With the new iPhone coming out this week, Sprint Nextel Corp. is finally expected to gain access to a device it has long coveted—but at a staggering cost.  —  The No. 3 wireless company is making a multibillion dollar gamble that Apple Inc.'s gadget …
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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Sprint scores iPhone 5 exclusive thanks to $20 billion deal with Apple?  —  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Sprint has entered into an agreement with Apple to purchase over $20 billion worth of iPhones over the next four years — that's around 30 million iPhones.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Unbelievably Wild, Crazy Ass iPhone Rumor: The iPhone 5 Is Sprint Exclusive With WiMax 4G, and Other Fanboy Fantasies
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Apple will NOT stream tomorrow's iPhone event  —  In case there was any question, we've heard directly from Apple PR that there won't be a webcast of Apple's iPhone launch event.  Last Year's September event was live streamed but for unspecified reasons, Apple has chosen to keep this one off the airwaves.
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Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
Tim Cook's time to shine with new Apple iPhone  —  (Reuters) - Tim Cook finally gets his chance to stride out from under Steve Jobs' shadow, and he could not have picked a better time or device to mark his unofficial debut as Apple Inc's CEO.  —  The latest generation of the iPhone …
Jeffrey Veen / The Typekit Blog:
Adobe acquires Typekit  —  Just a few moments ago, Adobe's CTO Kevin Lynch took the stage at their annual MAX conference and explained the company's Creative Cloud strategy.  Part of that announcement is very big news for us: Typekit has been acquired by Adobe.  —  We are thrilled.
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Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Co-Founder of Siri: Assistant launch is a “World-Changing Event” (Interview)  —  On Tuesday, Apple will change the way humans interact with electronic devices.  All over again.  —  Perhaps the biggest announcement at Apple's iPhone event on Tuesday will be Assistant, Apple's evolution of the Siri Personal Assistant Software.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
‘iPhone 4S’ 16GB, 32GB, 64GB Listings at Vodafone Germany  —  Over the past few days, there have been a number of reports of next generation iPhone models appear in various inventories.  Both Radio Shack and Cincinnati Bell websites have listed “iPhone 5” entries, fueling speculation …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Sean Parker Is Now On Twitter: “Sorry Zuck”  —  Sean Parker is getting a lot louder.  —  You've been hearing about him for a decade now — cofounder of Napster and Plaxo, founding President of Facebook, and most recently as an investor (and advocate) of Spotify.
Brian / The Tech Erra:
Apple to allow iOS app rentals soon?  —  After some examinations of various strings in iTunes 10.5 beta 9, @SonnyDickson found some interesting results.  —  If you look at the below image, you can see that it may soon be possible to rent iOS apps.  At the end of the rental period …
Bloomberg:
Google's Schmidt Says Acquisition of Motorola Won't ‘Screw Up’ Android  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) Chairman Eric Schmidt said the $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. may spur competition among phone makers using its Android software, and the company won't play favorites with its partners.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Rhapsody to acquire Napster (scoop)  —  Rhapsody, one of the older subscription music services, has now made it official.  The company has acquired Napster subscribers and other assets from Best Buy, the companies said today.  In a deal that CNET first reported, Rhapsody has acquired Napster's subscribers …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
‘Diggnation,’ Popular Web Talk Show, to End in December  —  Together, Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht are akin to Oprah for a certain class of tech enthusiasts.  —  The weekly beta-testing and beer-guzzling show they have hosted for six years, “Diggnation,” adapted the television talk show format …
Discussion: @kevinrose and NBC Bay Area
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Attention Shoppers: Coupons.com Grabs $30M in Funding From Greylock  —  Among the hot and hyped Web 2.0 scene, not many would pick out 13-year-old digital promotions site, Coupons.com.  —  But, on the heels of a recent $200 million funding — which valued the quiet Mountain View, Calif. …
Discussion: VentureBeat and VatorNews
Joe Hagan / New York Magazine:
Tweet Science  —  Twitter is building a machine to convert 140 characters on Barack Obama, Ashton Kutcher, narcissism, the struggle for human freedom, and Starbucks into cash—and quick, before its moment passes.  Is this asking too much of even the world's best technologists?
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Judge Refuses To Halt Facebook's Timeline; Spills New Details  —  A federal judge refused late on Friday to grant a temporary restraining order to Timelines.com, a Chicago company that says Facebook's timeline service may “eliminate” it.  In return, Facebook has promised to limit access for now and to hold back on a full launch.
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Adobe unveils Adobe Creative Cloud, Photoshop Touch and five other tablet apps  —  Update: We go hands on with new Adobe Touch Apps!  —  Adobe Photoshop Touch and five other new iPad apps from Adobe will land on the App Store soon, coming to Android devices in November.
John Cook / GeekWire:
IPO window closes, raises fears among venture capitalists  —  Over the course of the past week, I've bumped into a venture capitalist and a high-tech lawyer who shared with me nearly identical information.  Basically, they said things are slowing down.  And now here's more evidence of that fact.
Discussion: Betabeat, VatorNews and PE Hub Blog
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Murdoch's Tablet Newspaper Experiment The Daily Shows Some Promise  —  IPad-only Pub Has 120,000 Active Weekly Readers and Is Getting a Boost From Burgeoning Device Market, But Is Still a Long Way From Viable Biz  —  Can you build a general-news publication exclusively for tablets and gain an audience of paying subscribers?
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Kindle Touch 3G can't touch most of Internet without WiFi  —  Amazon has clarified that the next generation of its 3G Kindle, the Kindle Touch 3G, will not be able to browse the Internet without a WiFi connection.  Users will still be able to use 3G to sync book and document purchases, but anything beyond Wikipedia will be off-limits.
Discussion: TechFlash, PC World and Mashable!
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PayPal To Open A Pop-Up Store In New York To Showcase New Payments Technologies  —  Exclusive-PayPal is going to be setting up a pop-up store in downtown Manhattan, New York to showcase some of the new tools and technologies the payments giant will debut in the next few months.
Discussion: Between the Lines Blog and ZDNet
Brian Oliver Bennett / LAPTOP Magazine:
T-Mobile and Walmart Team Up To Offer $30 No Contract 4G Data  —  The battle for pre-paid smartphone customers is heating up.  Clearly an effort to counter Sprint and Virgin Mobile's rock bottom cellular service, wireless carrier T-Mobile and mega retailer Walmart announced plans to provide fast 4G data for a low $30 monthly fee.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Greylock Funds WhoSay's Celebrity Social Media Platform  —  A start-up that counts megastars like Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler and Ellen DeGeneres among its active users now has a high-profile Silicon Valley investor: Greylock Partners.  —  In an interview last week, Greylock partner David Sze …
Discussion: VatorNews
 
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Mike Krieger / Instagram Engineering:
Sharding & IDs at Instagram
Discussion: The Next Web
Jennifer Preston / New York Times:
Mashable, Once a One-Man Blog, Gains Clout in Social Media
Reuters:
Telecom companies lash out at EU fiber proposal
HP:
HP Acquires Control of Autonomy Corporation plc
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Kindle Fire pre-orders reach 95,000 units on day one, market research firm says
Discussion: IntoMobile and VentureBeat
Om Malik / Om.Is.Me:
TheWireCutter Launches. Congrats & Welcome Back, Brian Lam
Discussion: The Wirecutter and The Awl
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
New Myspace Owners Set to Finally Unveil Their Strategy Today
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Groupon's Stumbles May Force Company to Pare Back Size of Public Offering
Discussion: Fortune and TechCrunch
Ketaki Gokhale / Bloomberg:
Apple Loses to RIM in India Smartphone Market
David DiSalvo / Forbes:
The Fall of Kodak: A Tale of Disruptive Technology and Bad Business
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Whatever Happened to the iPad Rivals of 2010?