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2:05 PM ET, September 10, 2011

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The New Apple Advantage  —  Peter Bright wrote a good piece earlier this week at Ars Technica, documenting his attempt to buy a MacBook Air-like Windows laptop (he doesn't want an Air running Windows using Boot Camp because he doesn't like Apple's U.K. keyboard) and finds the experience confusing …
Discussion: All New Musings and parislemon
Economist:
Great digital expectations  —  Digitisation may have came late to book publishing, but it is transforming the business in short order  —  TO SEE how profoundly the book business is changing, watch the shelves.  Next month IKEA will introduce a new, deeper version of its ubiquitous “BILLY” bookcase.
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Exclusive: Android ‘Jelly Bean’ comes after Ice Cream Sandwich (update)  —  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.
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
How to surf T-Mobile without a data plan  —  The mother of all ingenious hacks has emerged: if you have an Android smartphone and a T-Mobile (US) unlimited messaging plan, you can now use an app called Smozzy to surf the web... for free.  —  Smozzy is basically just a wrapper around …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Bing: What's More Evil Than Satan Himself?  10^100  —  Not too long ago, hiybbprqag wasn't much of a word, but as Google employee Andy Arnt noticed today, if you search Bing for it these days, you will find that it is an “orcish” word meaning “whiner.”  Unless you've been closely following …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
AOL and Yahoo Are Not Talking About a Merger (Any More Than I Am a Yahoo CEO Candidate)  —  If drafted, I will not run; if nominated, I will not accept; if elected, I will not serve.  —  I think that about takes care of it on the possibility of me becoming CEO of Yahoo.
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
Xbox Live Fall 2011 Dashboard update preview: Bing search, voice control, and a Metro overhaul  —  Autumn is fast approaching — and you know what that means: it's round about time for an Xbox Dashboard update.  Sure, we got a peek of Microsoft's upcoming harvest back at E3 …
NBC News:
FBI probes hacking of NBC News' Twitter account  —  Below:  —  The FBI is investigating the NBC News Twitter account hacking committed by perpetrators who posted bogus information about the hijacking of a civilian airliner that supposedly crashed into Ground Zero in New York, officials said Friday night.
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Airbnb Provides Guests With 24/7 Access to Local Concierges  —  Whether you're renting a room, house, country or even Coco's TV studio on Airbnb, you won't have to sacrifice on service, thanks to the launch of the atypical travel site's Concierge service.  —  The site promises to pair customers …
Discussion: The Airbnb Blog and LAUNCH
Christopher Lawton / Tech Europe:
Facebook Agrees to Work With Government on German Privacy Code  —  Facebook agreed for the first time to work with the German government on a voluntary code of conduct aimed at protecting the privacy of social network users.  —  The pledge came as a result of a meeting between German Interior …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Tempting f8  —  We're now less than two weeks away from Facebook's f8 conference.  While it's later than usual this year, Facebook uses the event to lay out their vision for the upcoming year and beyond.  Typically, the event is big for developers, but this year may feature a few user-facing surprises as well.
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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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Car Rental Marketplace Getaround Gets Around $3.4 Million
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Google's Zagat buy could give search critics more ammo
Todd Haselton / BGR:
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 Earlier Items: 
Agam Shah / Computerworld:
Nvidia CEO: Intel ousted company from chipset market
Discussion: TechCrunch
Bloomberg:
Intel Said to Weigh InterDigital Bid
Discussion: Electronista
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
Exclusive: Evernote considers IPO as growth picks up