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7:45 PM ET, September 9, 2011

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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.
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Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Sprint To Offer Unlimited Data For iPhone, But Will It Last?
Discussion: CNET News, IntoMobile and App Advice
Bloomberg:
AOL Said to Discuss Deal With Yahoo Advisers  —  AOL Inc. (AOL) Chief Executive Officer Tim Armstrong is talking with advisers to Yahoo! Inc. to gauge its interest in combining the companies after the ouster of CEO Carol Bartz, according to two people familiar with the matter.
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Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
Rumor: AOL's Tim Armstrong Wants to Merge With Yahoo
Discussion: VatorNews and Deal Journal
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
More Bad News For Groupon: Sales Team Files Class-Action Suit  —  Earlier this week came reports that the daily-deals site, suddenly unpopular with both users and investors, is considering shelving its long-expected IPO.  Now comes more bad news—Groupon's own employees have filed a class-action suit against the company.
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.
Jonny Evans / Computerworld:
Adobe brings Flash-free-Flash to Apple iPad, iPhone  —  At long last Adobe Flash has come to an iPad or iPhone.  At long last, Adobe finally seems to have got the idea in its long-running dispute with Apple [AAPL] over the once important media encoding technology.  Flash will in future run on Apple devices — no Flash required.
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Exclusive: Android ‘Jelly Bean’ comes after Ice Cream Sandwich  —  We're hearing from a trusted source this afternoon that the next version of Android after Ice Cream Sandwich will be known as “Jelly Bean,” continuing Google's longstanding tradition of naming Android builds after sweet treats in alphabetical order.
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
WSJ: Google Paid $125MM for Zagat  —  Yesterday TechCrunch apparently erroneously reported that Google paid less than $66 million for Zagat, using acquisition price thresholds in the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.  Independently I told someone yesterday that I would be very surprised if the deal was less than $50 million at rock bottom.
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Google's Zagat buy could give search critics more ammo
Discussion: Computerworld, MediaPost and Fortune
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Facebook Begins Testing Friend Filters in News Feed [PICS]  —  Facebook has begun testing a slew of changes to the News Feed, including friend list filters and Smart Lists that automatically categorize your friends.  —  The changes seem to be aimed at making the content within the News Feed more relevant.
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Mike Rosenberg / Mercury News:
Cupertino residents fear traffic boom from Apple Campus 2  —  Not everyone is thrilled at the prospect of living next to one of the biggest buildings in the Bay Area, as residents from three cities told Cupertino officials Thursday that Apple's plan for a second mega-campus may simply be too big and busy.
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Netflix app now supports all Android Froyo/Gingerbread devices  —  Netflix updated its Android application on Friday with support for any smartphone running Android 2.2 (Froyo) or Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).  Netflix launched an Android app in May of this year, but it initially only supported a handful of high-end devices.
Agam Shah / Computerworld:
Nvidia CEO: Intel ousted company from chipset market  —  Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says Intel preferred it not stay in the chipset business  —  IDG News Service - Nvidia concluded that it would exit the chipset business as Intel made it impossible for the company to operate in the market …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Apple tops J.D. Power customer satisfaction survey, grim reading for RIM and Nokia  —  Not only is Apple shipping the most smartphones, it's also shipping the best smartphones — if you believe the stats in J.D. Power and Associates' latest US customer satisfaction survey.
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook may have missed revenue projections by $500 million  —  Summary: According to new analysis, the report suggesting Facebook's revenue doubled to $1.6 billion for the first half of 2011 is actually bad news.  —  Earlier this week, we learned that Facebook reportedly doubled its revenue …
Discussion: BNET
Bloomberg:
Intel Said to Weigh InterDigital Bid  —  Intel Corp. (INTC) is among companies considering submitting bids for InterDigital Inc.'s patent portfolio this month, while Google Inc. (GOOG) is losing interest in the assets, said people with knowledge of the matter.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Hurt Locker Lawsuits Hit Canada, ISPs Ordered To Reveal BitTorrent Users  —  In March 2010, the law firm Dunlap, Grubb and Weaver imported the mass litigation “pay up or else” anti-piracy scheme to the United States.  —  Some of the most high-profile customers of the law firm …
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 and Geekosystem
Zach Epstein / BGR:
RIM may be rushing BlackBerry Colt QNX phone amid weak BlackBerry 7 sales  —  Research In Motion is said to be rushing its first QNX-powered smartphone to market in light of underwhelming BlackBerry 7 devices sales.  In a note to investors on Friday, Jefferies & Company analyst Peter Misek suggested demand …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, MediaPost and Tnooz
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
Exclusive: Evernote considers IPO as growth picks up  —  (Reuters) - Evernote, which makes a popular app for taking notes and storing data on tablets, phones and personal computers, is considering filing for an initial public offering by the end of next year, its chief executive told Reuters on Friday.
Discussion: IntoMobile
Michael de la Merced / DealBook:
AT&T Responds to Justice Dept.'s Lawsuit Over T-Mobile Deal  —  AT&T on Friday filed its response to the Obama administration's lawsuit seeking to block the telecommunications giant's $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA.  —  In its response, filed in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia …
Discussion: GigaOM, CNET News, Reuters, Bloomberg and Reuters
 
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to give Hotmail an image (and feature) makeover
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
In One Year, Tumblr Goes From 1 Billion Posts To 10 Billion
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Microsoft posts security bulletins 4 days early, scrambles to fix mistake
Discussion: Computerworld
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Google Docs Outage Blamed on Memory Glitch
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Arun Sudhaman / The Holmes Report:
Twitter Selects Edelman As Its First PR Agency
Discussion: The Next Web
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Alibaba to release English mobile OS this month: executive
Oliver Milman / StartupSmart:
Google Mapping a way to the top
Thomas Roessler / W3C Blog:
“Do Not Track” standards for the Web: The work is starting.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Anonymous group releases new Twitter tool
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