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3:30 PM ET, September 8, 2011

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Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
Google just got ZAGAT Rated!  —  “Did you know there's a place in Menlo Park near the Safeway that has a 27 food rating?” one of my friends asked me that about two years ago, and I was struck because I immediately knew what it meant.  Food rating... 30 point scale... Zagat.  And the place... had to be good.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Google acquires Zagat, enters original content business  —  Google on Thursday acquired Zagat in an effort to bolster its local products with the restaurant rating service.  More notably is that Zagat is a content company.  —  In a blog post, Google said that Zagat will “be a cornerstone of our local offering.”
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Google buys Zagat to add people power to its algorithms
Discussion: @semilshah
Patricia Sellers / Fortune:
Carol Bartz exclusive: Yahoo “f—ed me over”  —  Here is what Carol Bartz thinks of the Yahoo (YHOO) board that fired her: “These people f**ked me over,” she says, in her first interview since her dismissal from the CEO role late Tuesday.  —  Last evening, barely 24 hours …
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Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
BLAMMO!  Huge Yahoo Stakeholder Calls For Chairman Roy Bostock's Head  —  Daniel Loeb of Third Point LLC says his multi-billion dollar hedge fund has acquired 5.1% of Yahoo's stock, and that he would like several of Yahoo's board members, including chairman Roy Bostock, to step down.
Discussion: AllThingsD
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Arrington out at AOL (for real this time)  —  Not TechCrunch editor.  Not AOL Ventures employee.  Michael Arrington is on his own.  —  It has been a very long week for AOL.  And it's about to get even longer.  —  Last Thursday, word leaked that one of its employees …
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Fred / A VC:
Whither TechCrunch?  —  The media has had a lot of fun over the past week watching AOL, Huffington Post, TechCrunch, and Mike Arrington figure out how to move on.  I feel badly for the TechCrunch crew including MG, Erick, Sarah, and many others.  They are awesome at what they do and I feel …
Discussion: Betabeat and Fortune
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
After Bartz, Armstrong Looks to Be Next
Twitter Blog:
One hundred million voices  —  Five years ago, Twitter came to life when @jack sent the first Tweet to his seven followers.  Now, 100 million active users around the globe turn to Twitter to share their thoughts and find out what's happening in the world right now.
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Twitter: 100M active users per month, 50% log on every day, 55% on mobile, 1B Tweets every 5 days  —  Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is holding an in informal business meeting at Twitter today.  TNW is there and Costolo is sharing some interesting statistics.  The chief among those is that Twitter currently …
Discussion: Mashable!
Yahoo! News:
Samsung, Microsoft tie up for new tablet  —  South Korea's Samsung Electronics has teamed up with Microsoft to make a new tablet computer powered by the US software giant's latest operating system, according to a report.  —  The Korea Economic Daily, citing an industry source …
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Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Microsoft lines up its big swing at tablets
Discussion: VentureBeat
Reuters:
Apple sues Samsung in Japan over patents: report  —  (Reuters) - Apple is suing Samsung Electronics in Japan, accusing it of patent violations relating to the iPhone and iPad, Kyodo news agency said, the latest salvo in a series of patent battles between the two firms.
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Los Angeles Times:
Amazon cuts deal on California sales taxes  —  Legislative leaders agree to let the online retailer delay collecting taxes for a year, while it would drop its battle to overturn the state law.  Gov. Jerry Brown has not said if he will support the plan.  —  “It's a safe harbor for up to a year …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Gina Bianchini's New Start-Up Is a Guide Creation Tool: Mightybell  —  Mightybell is today launching a beta version of its tools for sharing step-by-step guides to experiences like traveling, recipes and education.  —  The service, which is available as a Web site and iPhone app …
Mike Rosenberg / Contra Costa Times:
Newest iProduct coming to Cupertino: Apple Campus 2  —  mrosenberg@mercurynews.com  —  Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs once called the humongous campus a spaceship.  So you might think the forthcoming circle-shaped Cupertino headquarters would carry a grandiose name befitting a potential signature Silicon Valley landmark.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google+ API Not Close ...Unless You're “Trusted”, Then It's Ready  —  Just yesterday, we wrote that those developers waiting on a Google+ API would have to wait a while — months, even.  This disappointing information came to us by way of one eager developer based on what they were told by a project manager for Google+.
Discussion: VentureBeat and WebProNews
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Twitter closes massive funding round  —  Late last month, All Things D reported that Twitter's recent $800 million funding round was actually two funding rounds: A $400 million direct investment led by DST (already closed), and a $400 million secondary offering for existing Twitter shareholders (in process).
Discussion: The Next Web
Jeferson Valadares / Flurry Blog:
Mobile Freemium Games: Gen Y Plays, but Gen X Pays  —  Freemium games on iOS and Android continue to dominate the app economy, now accounting for over 65% of all revenue generated among the Top 100 grossing apps in the App Store alone.  In a series of recent pieces on free-to-play mobile games …
Discussion: Inside Mobile Apps and GigaOM
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
How an omniscient Internet “sextortionist” ruined the lives of teen girls  —  In the spring of 2009, a college student named Amy received an instant message from someone claiming to know her.  Certainly, the person knew something about her—he was able to supply details about what her bedroom looked …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
IBM Stakes $1 Billion on Hope of Spurring Small Business Buying  —  So you're running a small or medium-sized business and you want to expand.  You need some money to spend on tech, but you just haven't got the cash and the bank won't lend you a dime.  Sound familiar?
Discussion: PC World and eWeek
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Watch Out Amazon: GetJar Launches A Full Catalog Of Premium Android Apps For Free  —  Today, third-party mobile application store GetJar is publicly launching its GetJar Gold service, which has been in beta testing for the past month.  The new service presents a viable challenge to Amazon's Appstore …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Andreessen Horowitz Leads $5.7M Round In Analytics Platform For Hadoop Data Platfora  —  Platfora, a startup focused on bringing businesses intelligence from big data, raised $5.7 million in Series A funding led by Andreessen Horowitz with intelligence technology company In-Q-Tel participating.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals More Details on their Portable Point-of-Sale System  —  On September 8, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals more details on their portable point-of-sales (POS) system.  Apple first filed a patent application for their POS system …
Discussion: iDownloadBlog.com
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Echoecho gets Google investment to make location sharing simple  —  Location sharing over smartphones still faces challenges, whether it's privacy concerns, the limitations of check-in services or more practical worries about battery life draining from services that constantly broadcast your location.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
YouTube's Content-ID Piracy Filter Wreaks Havoc  —  In recent years Google and YouTube have gone to extremes to protect copyright holders.  Perhaps the greatest achievement thus far is their state-of-the-art Content-ID system.  —  Content-ID allows rightsholders to upload the videos and music …
 
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Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Google announces Dart programming language
Tim Danaher / Retail Week:
Amazon to launch order collection lockers in UK shopping centres
Discussion: The Next Web and Pocket-lint
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Exclusive: Viewsonic pulls the plug on Boxee TV
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
eBay Bets on Social Commerce With Acquisition of the Gifts Project
Discussion: Fast Company and VC Cafe
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
IDC: Q2 Is The First Time Smartphones Outstripped Feature Phone Shipments
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Three Big Silicon Valley VCs Poised to Haul in $2B in New Fund Raising
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Acer and ViewSonic sign Microsoft patent deals covering Android, Chrome OS devices
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Labor Board: Fired-For-Facebooking Employees Must Be Rehired
Discussion: CNET News and Inc.com
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
P2P lawyer: IP address not enough, let me search all PCs in the house
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
How Android's fragmentation issue is slowly receding
 

 
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