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6:10 PM ET, September 13, 2011

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Reimagines Windows, Presents Windows 8 Developer Preview  —  BUILD conference attendees and developers get first access to new operating system.  —  Today at its developer-focused BUILD conference, Microsoft Corp. showcased a detailed preview of the next major release of Windows, code-named “Windows 8.”
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to developers: Metro is your future  —  Summary: Silverlight and .Net are not dead (yet).  But Metro is really the future for Windows 8, Microsoft is telling developers on the opening day of Build.  —  Here's the good news for Microsoft developers attending Build: Silverlight and .Net are not dead.
Christopher Trout / Engadget:
Windows 8 for tablets hands-on preview (video)  —  Just last week, we got our paws on Samsung's Series 7 Slate, and it's already making its second debut.  This time around, however, it's sporting a much more mouthwatering setup.  No, it's not dawning Lady Gaga's edible leftovers …
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:   Windows 8 getting ‘tap to share’ capability with NFC support
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:   Windows 8: Microsoft's browser-based OS
Ed Bott / @edbott:
“Starting at 8PM today, Seattle time, you can download all of the code that attendees at BUILD received. ”
Discussion: SiliconFilter
Larry Hryb / @majornelson:
Watching the live (Silverlight) stream of BUILD to see the Windows 8 news http://t.co/zYqV8D7
Discussion: NFC World, Computerworld and BetaNews
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Officially Launches Smart Lists, and Special Friend Lists That Influence the News Feed  —  Facebook today officially launches several improvements to its Friend Lists feature that can be used to define privacy settings and filter the news feed, including some changes that leaked last week.
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Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
Facebook to Google: You say Circles, We say Smart Lists
Discussion: BBC and Associated Press
Blake Ross / Facebook Blog:
Improved Friend Lists
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
iOS 5 beta 8 coming this Friday, GM on the 23rd, iPhone 5 launch early October as rumored?  —  We have received some information from a trusted source surrounding upcoming release of iOS 5 that could help pinpoint a more specific launch time frame for the iPhone 5.
Dieter Bohn / This is my next:
All future Android versions to be optimized for Intel as well as ARM; Medfield-based tablet and phone teased  —  At Intel's Developer Forum, Google's Andy Rubin just appeared on stage to confirm that Google and Intel will be continuing their partnership.  Expanding it, even …
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Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Digg founder Kevin Rose cashes (partially) out of Twitter  —  Digg founder Kevin Rose, an investor in Twitter, Zynga, Ngmoco and a later investor in Facebook, has cashed out 20 percent of his shares in Twitter.  —  Twitter's most recent funding round gave the company's shareholders an option …
Discussion: TechCrunch and PE Hub Blog
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Travel Search Takes Flight With First ITA Travel Product  —  Google has made what amounts to a promising downpayment on more ambitious travel search tools with its new Flight Search, debuting today.  Launching initially for a select group of US cities Google users will have access …
Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. in criminal probe of eBay employees  —  (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors have launched a criminal probe into whether eBay Inc employees misappropriated confidential information from classified ad service Craigslist, according to a copy of a grand jury subpoena obtained by Reuters.
Discussion: AllThingsD
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Whoa - Apple Wins a 3D Display & Imaging System Patent Stunner  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 13 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today and one was a real stunner.  Today's report focuses on this advanced 3D display and imaging system that packs one hell of a wallop.
Discussion: Gizmodo, 9to5Mac, SlashGear and Cult of Mac
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Survey shows ‘unprecedented’ demand for Apple's iPhone 5  —  Demand for the iPad is also rising, according to data from a ChangeWave survey  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: RBC  —  RBC Capital's Mike Abramsky has raised his fourth quarter iPhone and iPad estimates based on the results of a survey of 2,200 potential buyers.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Opens The Kimono On Web Analytics; 3 Million Sites Now Using Tweet Button  —  It's well known that one of the missing parts of Twitter's offerings for publishers is an in-depth analytics platform.  Last year, the network started offering a Tweet button which publishers could embed on sites …
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:   Twitter Finally Unveils Analytics (But Only in Private Beta)
Sarah Mcbride / MediaFile:
Tinsel town turns deaf ear to Kutcher's request to plug his start-ups  —  Ashton Kutcher may have more clout in Silicon Valley than in Hollywood.  —  The star of movies like “Dude, Where's My Car?” and now of the hit show 'Two and a Half Men" told conference goers at TechCrunch Disrupt …
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Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Ashton Kutcher likens venture capital search to ‘witch hunt’
AppleInsider:
Apple readying second generation of AirPort Express 802.11n  —  Apple will soon begin shipping a new version of its AirPort Express portable 802.11n base station, capping a recent series of refreshes to the company's line of WiFi routers ahead of this fall's iCloud launch.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's cash is already burning a hole in Wall Street's pockets  —  The $76 billion Apple reported last quarter could grow to $146 billion by the end of 2012  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Morgan Stanley  —  Apple's (AAPL) fourth fiscal quarter doesn't end until next week …
The How-To Geek:
Program Your Online Life with If This Then That (ifttt.com)  —  Lots of tools integrate websites together, but keeping track of which you use can be a hassle.  If This Then That allows you to program dozens of services together so content management can be automated the way you want.
Discussion: Daring Fireball and Laughing Squid
Jeffb / Nielsen Wire:
Top 20 Android Apps in the US: Women Like Facebook, Men Love Maps and Mail  —  According to the first mobile media rankings based on audience measurement data from metered Android smartphone usage, aside from the Android Market app itself, Facebook, Google Maps and Gmail were the most used among U.S. Android users 18 years and older.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Turntable.fm grabs $7 million, releases iPhone app  —  Turntable.fm, an online music service that creates rooms for people to DJ in and hang out, has been the hit of the summer.  And it's been the subject of a lot of funding rumors as well as questions about when the service will go mobile.
Agence France Presse:
Samsung files patent complaint against Apple in France  —  PARIS — South Korea's Samsung Electronics said Monday it had filed a complaint in France against its US rival Apple for infringement of three mobile phone technology patents in its iPhone and iPad tablet computers.
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
500 days with the iPad  —  It has now been 500 days since my iPad 3G arrived at the end of April, 2010.  So, as I did after 100 days — when it was my “favorite” computer — and after 300 days — when I barely used it anymore — I'm going to write a bit about how it fits into my life today and what that means.
 
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Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Verizon intros $50 unlimited plan, takes a swing at pre-paid operators
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Bloomberg:
Cisco Predicts Slowdown in Annual Sales Growth, Higher Earnings
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Hotfile Sues Warner Bros. For Copyright Fraud and Abuse
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Tests Changing User Account Settings to Send Summary Email Notifications
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and VentureBeat
Loic / Loic Le Meur Blog:
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