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4:04 AM ET, October 4, 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  —  That Sprint is buying $20 billion worth of iPhones is kind of crazy.  But not as crazy as what Boy Genius just posted: The iPhone 5 is going to be a Sprint exclusive, and it's going to have WiMax 4G.
Michael Arrington / UNCRUNCHED:
Welcome To CrunchFund, MG Siegler  —  I want to welcome MG Siegler as our newest general partner at CrunchFund.  MG, who I worked with for several years at TechCrunch, will join me and Patrick Gallagher in the next couple of weeks.  More on this shortly.  Update: MG's post with details on his decision is here.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
MG Siegler Will Become Our Apple Columnist, And Join CrunchFund As A VC  —  When I first reached out to MG Siegler to join TechCrunch two and a half years ago, I knew he was an amazing talent who could help cement our place as the premier technology blog on the Internet.
MG Siegler / parislemon:
On The Next Venture  —  I've been thinking about how I was going to write this post for a while now.  Of course, I didn't anticipate that I would be writing at 2 AM local time in London, where I'm currently visiting to speak at FOWA in a couple of days (that talk also just potentially got more interesting).
Loic / Loic Le Meur Blog:
A Journalist?  A VC?  Who cares.  It's all about Influence.  —  Yesterday Mike Arrington left TechCrunch to launch his own fund the Crunchfund.  Today MG Siegler leaves TechCrunch to become a VC.  —  As a “journalist - reporter - blogger” many people said Mike was biased and shouldn't be a journalist.
Thanks:loic
Fred Destin:
CrunchFund ?  —  The Uncrunching of Techcrunch.
Discussion: @arrington
Robert Scoble / Google+:
Will tomorrow be Steve Jobs' last big thing?  —  I read all the press reports, like this one on CNET, about what Apple is announcing tomorrow http://news.cnet.com/8301-27076_3- 20114545-248/what-to-expect-from-apples - iphone-event/ or the others here on Techmeme: http://www.techmeme.com/111003/ p13#a111003p13 …
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Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Apple Expected To “Shatter” Single Day Sales Record With New iPhone 5  —  We're just one day away from Apple CEO Tim Cook revealing the latest iPhone, or iPhones, and Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White is out with a note on why this launch is going to be huge.
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.
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.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
‘iPhone 4S’ 16GB, 32GB, 64GB Listings at Vodafone Germany
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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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
PhoneGap to become an Apache project as Adobe acquires Nitobi
Discussion: eWeek
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft board gives Ballmer a 2% pay increase, says he's underpaid  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.  (Microsoft photo)  —  Microsoft's annual proxy statement was just issued via the Securities and Exchange Commission.  We're still going through the fine print, but in one of the most …
The Politico:
Early D.C. Facebook hire departs  —  One of Facebook's earliest hires in Washington, Tim Sparapani, has left the social giant's Beltway lobbying team for undisclosed reasons, Facebook confirmed Monday.  —  Sparapani had served as Facebook's director of public policy since 2009 …
Thanks:tonyromm
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 …
Reuters:
Apple rejects Samsung offer to help end Australia dispute  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc has rejected an offer from South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co to help settle their tablet-computer dispute in Australia, hoping for an important court victory there in its global campaign of patent litigation.
Discussion: The Next Web
Electronista:
New BlackBerry OS may be called BlackBerry X, take Apple cue  —  BlackBerry X may merge RIM phone, tablet platforms  —  RIM's BlackBerry DevCon this month may see it take a page from Apple in an OS naming scheme and strategy.  New leaks from multiple sources pointed to a more unified platform known …
Woody Leonhard / InfoWorld:
The rise and fall of the Windows Desktop Gadget  —  Following last month's dump of user-submitted Office templates, Microsoft has abruptly dropped support for third party Windows Desktop Gadgets  —  Follow @infoworld  —  In a move that took many by surprise, Microsoft dropped support for new Windows Desktop Gadgets.
Discussion: Ed Bott and Softpedia News
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Mango rollout going smoothly, now available to half of all Windows Phones  —  Bring.  It.  On.  Rolling out a phone update tends to take a few weeks before it's available to everyone, so we were expecting Windows Phone to have its share of hiccups when doling Mango out to several different models simultaneously across the globe.
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 …
James Vicini / Reuters:
U.S. top court rejects Internet music download case  —  * U.S. government urged justices to reject appeal  —  * Group said digital downloads are public performances  —  The U.S. Supreme Court let stand on Monday a ruling that a traditional Internet download of sound recording does …
Discussion: Techdirt and Plagiarism Today
Stuart Dredge / paidContent:
More Than Half Of Netflix's Streams Are TV Shows, Not Films  —  Netflix's background in DVDs-by-mail means it is often seen as mainly a movies service.  However, the balance has tipped more towards TV shows in its streaming operation.  —  “50 percent and sometimes 60 percent of viewing is TV episodes now …
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
New version of Growl enters The Mac App Store for $1.99  —  While we may think of notifications as something that is primarily for mobile apps, they're also incredibly useful on full-fledged computers as well.  One of the most popular solutions is Growl, a notifications protocol that takes …
Discussion: MacStories, MacNN, TUAW and Computerworld
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Here's Myspace's New Pitch Deck: Music, Youth Culture and “Steadied” Traffic  —  Today and tomorrow Specific Media-owned Myspace is at Advertising Week with investor Justin Timberlake in tow to pitch its new agenda to marketers.  The company declined to make execs available …
Discussion: Gizmodo and WebProNews
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Instagram 2.0.1 released, restores 2 old filters, geo tags imported and original images  —  My favorite photo sharing app for the iPhone, Instagram, has gotten some nice updates in its 2.0.1 release.  This release adds a couple of interesting geo location features that users have been requesting …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
More new Microsoft Hotmail features targetting ‘gray mail’ due by end of 2011  —  Summary: Microsoft is adding more granular spam-fighting and organization tools to Hotmail between now and the end of the year, officials said on October 3.  —  Microsoft is adding more new features …
Jennifer Preston / New York Times:
Mashable, Once a One-Man Blog, Gains Clout in Social Media  —  Pete Cashmore acknowledged he was nervous.  Only a few years ago, he was living with his parents in a small town in northeast Scotland, trying to start a technology blog.  Now, at 26, he was about to interview Elie Wiesel …
 
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
StumbleUpon Brings Its Tablet Experience To Android, Optimizes UI Across All Its Mobile Apps
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Ryan Lane / Wikimedia blog:
Native HTTPS support enabled for all Wikimedia Foundation wikis
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Sharding & IDs at Instagram
Discussion: The Next Web
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Greylock Funds WhoSay's Celebrity Social Media Platform
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Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Kindle Touch 3G can't touch most of Internet without WiFi
Discussion: Mashable!, PC World and TechFlash
John Cook / GeekWire:
IPO window closes, raises fears among venture capitalists
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Kindle Fire pre-orders reach 95,000 units on day one, market research firm says
Discussion: CNET News, IntoMobile and VentureBeat