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10:10 AM ET, September 9, 2011

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Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Delivering fast boot times in Windows 8 … Few operations in Windows are as scrutinized, measured, and picked apart as boot.  This is understandable—boot times represent an effective proxy for overall system performance and we all know the boot experience is an incredibly important thing for us to get right for customers.
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Sean Hollister / This is my next:
Watch Windows 8 boot in eight seconds, thanks to kernel hibernation  —  One half of Windows 7 users shut down their computers instead of hibernating them or putting them to sleep, according to Microsoft.  That's not a surprising statistic to me — I personally shut down my Win 7 machines …
Discussion: OzTechNews.com
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
After AOL Rules Out TechCrunch Sale to Arrington, Tense Severance Negotiations Taking Place  —  AOL is still engaged in complex severance negotiations with TechCrunch founder and editor Michael Arrington, which some close to the situation warn could eventually end in court if not resolved.
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SFGate:
Anti-Michael Arrington TechCrunch Posts Show Insecurity  —  The news is all over that TechCrunch Founder and Editor Michael Arrington may step down from running the blog not just to operate a new venture capital fund, but because the rumor is he was fired from AOL.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple wins (again) in Germany: Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction upheld  —  A reporter from Germany's leading news agency DPA (Deutsche Presse Agentur) was first to report on Twitter that the Düsseldorf Regional Court once again upheld the preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 based …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Yes, Carol Bartz had a non-disparagement clause  —  Did ex-Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz just forfeit $10 million by calling fellow board members “doofuses”?  —  FORTUNE — Fortune today published an explosive interview with Carol Bartz, who on Tuesday was fired as Yahoo CEO after 32 months on the job.
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Wall Street Journal:
Deluge of Content on the Web Swamps Yahoo
Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:   How Not to Run Yahoo  —  I seem to be writing a lot …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Jerry Yang Is Trying To Buy Yahoo
Fred / A VC:
The Logged Out User (continued)  —  I brought this subject up a while back.  It's a big one that doesn't get enough attention.  —  And yesterday we got some stats from Twitter that I'd like to talk about.  Dick Costolo gave a “state of Twitter” press conference yesterday at Twitter HQ.
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One hundred million voices
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Zagat's Price: Under $66 Million  —  A few years ago, Zagat was trying to shop itself around for $200 million.  Today, Google bought it for less than $66 million.  The price wasn't disclosed, but there was no FTC antitrust review, which is automatically triggered by any deal worth $66 million or more.
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
OpenTable Investors Queasy After Google-Zagat Meal, Er, Deal
Discussion: Betabeat and the Econsultancy blog
Tony Bradley / PC World:
What to Expect from Google and Zagat
Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
Google just got ZAGAT Rated!
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Ex-Googlers Launch Mobile Travel Guide To Kill Lonely Planet; Raise Funding From Chris Sacca & More  —  In the days of yore, travel guides were written by intrepid travelers who spent months scribbling in diaries and field journals, or by teams of adventurous souls exhaustively scrap booking …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Researchers' Typosquatting Stole 20 GB of E-Mail From Fortune 500  —  E-mail captured with a doppelganger domain reveals information from a large oil firm's daily tank report, including the contents of its cargo tanks that day.  Image: Godai Group  —  Two researchers who set up doppelganger domains …
James Glanz / New York Times:
Google Details, and Defends, Its Use of Electricity  —  Google disclosed Thursday that it continuously uses enough electricity to power 200,000 homes, but it says that in doing so, it also makes the planet greener.  —  Every time a person runs a Google search, watches a YouTube video or sends …
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Facebook Begins Auto-Grouping Friends Into Smart Lists  —  You've got 500-something friends, all of about 50 you really interact with.  You went to school with Lucy and Henry, you've worked with Mike for years, and Joe lives just down the block.  Facebook knows all of this …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Launches A Slick Music Beta App For iOS — Web, Not Native  —  Now that Google Music Beta has been out there for a few months, it's time to focus on how to get people to use it.  One key: mobile.  —  While Google launched an Android app for Music Beta alongside the initial unveiling at I/O this year …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Anonymous group releases new Twitter tool  —  Anonymous has released a new tool designed to let its messages ride the coattails of trending topics on Twitter.  —  The Anonymous group of online activists released a new tool today designed to allow people to hijack trending topics on Twitter and tweet messages within them.
Discussion: Fast Company and Softpedia News
Thomas Roessler / W3C Blog:
“Do Not Track” standards for the Web: The work is starting.  —  by Nick Doty and Thomas Roessler.  —  Since we published the Web Tracking Protection member submission in February, and since the Workshop on Web tracking and User Privacy in late April, the conversation about Do Not Track has come a long way.
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Alex Fowler / Mozilla Privacy Blog:
Mozilla Publishes Developer Guide on DNT; Releases DNT Adoption Numbers
Adam / Nokia Conversations:
Microsoft Apps are coming to Symbian  —  GLOBAL - Today, Nokia and Microsoft announced that they would deliver Symbian software updates called Microsoft Apps.  These updates will add some serious business productivity tools for anyone buying a new Symbian Belle device, as well as anybody looking …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Mostly pointless patent reform bill goes to Obama for signature  —  The United States Senate has approved the America Invents Act, a major overhaul to patent law that switches to a “first to file” rule for granting patents, creates two new processes for challenging already-granted patents …
Orian Marx:
What's wrong with the Twitter API  —  I want to make something clear from the start: I love Twitter, though sometimes I wonder if I'm suffering from Stockholm syndrome.  I have devoted much of the last three years of my life to working with the Twitter API and continue to pursue building …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook Hires HTML5 App Store Builder  —  Over the past few months, my colleague MG Siegler has been piecing together the puzzle around Facebook's Project Spartan, which is the social network's secret plan to bring applications to the mobile web via HTML5.  Today, we've learned that Facebook has made a key hire in the HTML5 space.
Discussion: Electronista and @chrissaad
 
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Robert Scoble / Google+:
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
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Motorola EX225 - Moto's own Facebook phone
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Your favorite Twitter client's search results are about to get easier to read
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Stanford Hospital Patients' Private Data Was Posted Online
Discussion: Naked Security
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Notifo Slips Into The Deadpool
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Terror-Fighting Start-Up Palantir Technologies Just Raised $68 Million — But From Whom?
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Roger Cheng / CNET News:
Android to overtake Apple in app downloads
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Institutes New Charitable Matching Program for Employees
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple: iTunes U tops 600 million downloads
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Google announces Dart programming language