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10:40 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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Greg Bensinger / Digits:
Apple's New iPhone Won't Run On Fastest Wireless Networks - Sources  —  The expected introduction Tuesday of Apple's newest iPhone smartphone is sure to bring long lines at the company's stores and breathless technological analysis of its new innovations.  One thing it won't bring is the fastest possible downloads.
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.
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.
Fred Destin:
CrunchFund ?  —  The Uncrunching of Techcrunch.  It's been one of the most entertaining saga's on the web recently, in a reality TV kind of way.  But in the process, a discourse has emerged that seems to say “nothing matters except Influence”.  I don't buy that.
Discussion: @arrington
MG Siegler / parislemon:   On The Next Venture
Loic / Loic Le Meur Blog:
A Journalist? A VC? Who cares. It's all about Influence.
Thanks:loic
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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Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
iPhone Trade-Ins Seen Increasing Five-Fold With Launch Of Long Awaited iPhone 5  —  Trade-ins of old iPhones are at unprecedented levels in anticipation of Apple's iPhone 5 announcement  —  How excited are people for the new iPhone that Apple is expected to announce later today?
Discussion: MacDailyNews and PC World
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Patent Troll Says Anyone Using WiFi Infringes; Won't Sue Individuals ‘At This Stage’  —  Just as some in the copyright trolling business are lowering their settlement fees, but making it up in volume, it appears there's a similar effort under way on the patent trolling side of the world.
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
HTC confirms security hole, says patch is incoming  —  HTC held true to its promise to look into the security vulnerability that surfaced over the weekend, an apparent glitch that allows any app requesting internet access to take a peek at a user account information, GPS location, system logs, and other potentially private data.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft confirms Zune HD death, “we will no longer be producing Zune players”  —  Microsoft has officially confirmed the death of its Zune player devices.  —  The software giant removed references to the Zune HD from its Zune site on Monday and later claimed that the removal was “a mistake.”
Nik Cubrilovic:
Facebook Re-Enables Controversial Tracking Cookie  —  In May of this year the Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook like buttons and other website widgets were setting cookies on visiting browsers.  This cookie could then be read later and used to track the user across different web properties and back to the Facebook site.
Megan Barnett / Fortune:
Marissa Mayer: I thought Google had a 2% chance of success  —  What makes a company innovative?  Start with empowering your employees.  —  Google's Marissa Mayer, center, and Lululemon CEO Christine Day, right  —  FORTUNE — Several things drew Marissa Mayer to Google in 1999 …
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.
Yoni Heisler / Network World:
Steve Jobs gave Barack Obama an iPad 2 “a little bit early”  —  Being the “Commander in Chief” has its perks, like getting an iPad 2 directly from Steve Jobs a few weeks before launch  —  It's no secret that the Obama administration tends to be a bit Apple-centric.
Discussion: AppleInsider and The Next Web
Joe Schneider / Bloomberg:
Samsung Says It May Scrap Australia Tablet Plans If Ban Persists  —  Oct. 4 (Bloomberg) — Samsung Electronics Co., locked in patent disputes with Apple Inc., may scrap the release of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia unless it wins approval to sell its newest tablet computer in the next two weeks, a lawyer said.
Discussion: PC Magazine, The Next Web and Sammy Hub
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
AOL drops big bucks on original web video  —  AOL has seen a ton of growth in its video properties over the last year or so, and is looking to bolster that part of its business even more, with a slate of web original content designed to capture viewer attention and steal TV ad dollars.
Discussion: VentureBeat, AOL Corp and MediaPost
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: Electronista, memeburn and Gizmodo
Verne G. Kopytoff / New York Times:
Yahoo Aims to Create a Voice for Its Media Sites  —  One company dominates online news, sports and finance.  It has more visitors to its news site than the runner-up in the category, CNN, more in sports than ESPN and more in finance than Dow Jones, owner of The Wall Street Journal.
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 …
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Should the US have OK'd Microsoft's purchase of Skype?  Should the EU?  —  The European Commission will make a statement on the Microsoft-Skype deal on or before this Friday, 7 October 2011.  —  Skype is too big to slip under regulatory radar.  —  Skype was all promise in 2003.  Now it is achievement.
Thanks:evanwolf
CNET News:
Apple may face suit over search for unreleased iPhone  —  Cava22, the San Francisco bar where another unreleased iPhone went missing.  —  Sergio Calderon, the 22-year-old San Francisco man who accused Apple employees of impersonating police officers while searching his house for an unreleased iPhone, has hired a lawyer.
Bloomberg:
Silver Lake, Alibaba, Digital Sky in Yahoo Talks  —  The private-equity firm Silver Lake, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Russia's Digital Sky Technologies are discussing a possible joint bid for Yahoo! Inc., three people with direct knowledge of the matter said.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Showtime launches Anytime streaming portal, social iPad app  —  Just in time for the return of everyone's favorite serial killer, Showtime Anytime soft-launched recently, bringing online access to the network's library of movies, TV shows and more.  Multichannel News reports AT&T U-verse subscribers …
Discussion: PadGadget, TUAW and iClarified
 
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
YouTube's Rick Klau Joins Google Ventures To Head Startup University
Discussion: Business Insider
The Politico:
Early D.C. Facebook hire departs
Thanks:tonyromm
James Vicini / Reuters:
U.S. top court rejects Internet music download case
Discussion: Techdirt and Plagiarism Today
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Instagram 2.0.1 released, restores 2 old filters, geo tags imported and original images
Discussion: Gadget Lab, ReadWriteWeb and Lifehacker
DealBook:
Questions Over Yahoo's Value as Buyers Weigh Bids
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
StumbleUpon Brings Its Tablet Experience To Android, Optimizes UI Across All Its Mobile Apps
Discussion: Android Phone Fans
 Earlier Items: 
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Mango rollout going smoothly, now available to half of all Windows Phones
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
New version of Growl enters The Mac App Store for $1.99
Discussion: MacStories, MacNN, MacRumors and TUAW
Ryan Lane / Wikimedia blog:
Native HTTPS support enabled for all Wikimedia Foundation wikis
Discussion: Softpedia News
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
PhoneGap to become an Apache project as Adobe acquires Nitobi
Woody Leonhard / InfoWorld:
The rise and fall of the Windows Desktop Gadget
Discussion: eWeek, Ed Bott and Softpedia News
Stuart Dredge / paidContent:
More Than Half Of Netflix's Streams Are TV Shows, Not Films