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11:40 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: TechCrunch and OzTechNews.com
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Sprint Is Said to Plan Unlimited Data With IPhone 5 to Stand Out From Pack  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) will offer Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPhone next month with unlimited data service plans to distinguish itself from rivals AT&T Inc. (T) and Verizon Wireless, according to people familiar with the matter.
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 …
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Geoffrey Cain / Time:   How Samsung Is Affected by Its Patent Legal War with Apple
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
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
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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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 …
Discussion: Geek.com
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 …
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
Tony Bradley / PC World:
What to Expect from Google and Zagat
Oliver Milman / StartupSmart:
Google Mapping a way to the top  —  Lars Rasmussen confesses that he doesn't have much of a sense of direction.  But that didn't stop him creating Google Maps, one of the world's leading tech success stories of the past decade.  —  In a recent trip back to Australia, where Google Maps was born …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Senator Introduces Online Security Bill  —  Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, introduced a new bill Thursday that aims to protect citizens' personal information from online data breaches.  The bill would also punish companies that are careless with customers' information.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
One Year Later, Bing-Powered Search Takes 4% Market Share From Google - Hitwise  —  It's been a year since Bing began powering the natural search results on Yahoo and the combination has gained a little more than 4% market share in the U.S. since then.  Google has dropped more than six percentage points in the same time period.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple website gets a revamp, new iPad shopping wizard  —  With the Apple Store going down over the past few hours , Apple has brought its website back online with a new and improved interfaces on its product pages, specifically adapting the iPad ordering process to make it easier to choose the model that is right for you.
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 …
 
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Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Alibaba to release English mobile OS this month: executive
Discussion: CNET News
Robert Scoble / Google+:
Insights with PhotoBucket's CEO: Nine billion photos and a new Twitter deal
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
LG Elec denies report of overseas mobile staff cuts
Florin / Unwired View:
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
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Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Notifo Slips Into The Deadpool
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Terror-Fighting Start-Up Palantir Technologies Just Raised $68 Million — But From Whom?
Discussion: Bloomberg
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook Hires HTML5 App Store Builder
Discussion: Electronista and @chrissaad
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
Android to overtake Apple in app downloads
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Institutes New Charitable Matching Program for Employees