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10:40 AM ET, September 14, 2011

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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Sorry Apple, Windows 8 ushers in the post-post-PC era  —  Microsoft executives took to the stage at the annual BUILD developer conference on Tuesday to give the world its first real look at the future of the Windows operating system.  The reception, as you've likely read by now, has been overwhelmingly positive.
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Windows 8: The Verdict Isn't In!  —  My lousy photo of two of the devices I'm carrying around at the moment.  —  On Monday, the day before Microsoft formally unveiled Windows 8 at its BUILD conference here in Anaheim, it held a event for the press.  Tech journalists from around the world …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to developers: Metro is your future
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo In Ad Deal Vs. Google  —  AOL, Yahoo and Microsoft compete for ad dollars.  But a new pact calls for the rivals to cooperate on ad sales, too.  —  The three companies are going to start selling ad inventory on each others' sites, in a plan they hope will make them more competitive with Google.
AppleInsider:
Apple to surprise with late-2011 MacBook Pro refresh this month  —  Exclusive: With Intel's next-generation Core i-Series mobile platform not expected until the second quarter of 2012, Apple is reportedly preparing a refresh of its professional notebook line ahead of the holiday shopping season …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
New iPad Factory in Brazil Is “Ready”, Already Making iPads for December  —  According to a report by Brazilian website UOL, the Brazilian Minister of Science and Technology, Aolizio Mercadante, has confirmed during a hearing with the Commission of Economic Affairs that the new factory in Jundiaí is …
Julie Ruvolo / Forbes.com:
How much of the internet is actually for porn?  —  Plug the question into Google and you reach an abandoned corner of the net: an article from 2005, a mess of answers from 37-80% and the Avenue Q Wikipedia page.  —  Surely there must be a better way.  —  So I asked Ogi Ogas …
Discussion: Business Insider, Techland and Guardian
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
How Google-Motorola Deal Came Together  —  It took less than seven weeks, but it became more expensive quickly.  —  From the first discussions in early July to a formal announcement on Aug. 15, Google moved swiftly this summer to secure a $12.5 billion takeover of Motorola Mobility, according to a filing submitted on Tuesday.
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Michael Liedtke / ABCNEWS:   Google Raised Motorola Bid by $3B to Get Deal Done
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.
Janet Guyon / FINS Technology:
John Sculley on Apple's Jobs and the Experience of a Lifetime  —  In 1983, when John Sculley was 43, he had a choice.  He could remain head of Pepsi-Cola Co. and jockey with several other executives to be named successor to then-PepsiCo Chief Executive Donald Kendall in a typical corporate executive shootout.
Discussion: MacDailyNews
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
BetterWorks Brings Big Company Perks To Bay Area Startups — Coming Soon: The Gamification Of Working  —  What's better: an employer giving you $500 or an employer giving you an iPad?  At first, you may think it's better to get the cash.  But often, that money is used on things such as paying bills — important, but not lasting.
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.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
AT&T announces $25 monthly GoPhone plan beginning September 18th  —  With all of the unlimited everything plans dominating the world of prepaid currently, it's easy to forget about the smaller offerings ideally suited for those looking for appetizers instead of the all-you-can-eat buffet.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Walmart Acquires Mobile And Social Ad Targeting Startup OneRiot  —  Walmart has acquired OneRiot, a mobile and social ad targeting startup.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, and OneRiot will be joining Walmart Labs.  —  As we've written in the past, OneRiot recently switched …
Greg Lamm / TechFlash:
Amazon.com, Hearst Corp. strike content, e-commerce deal  —  In a move likely to secure more content for a tablet, Amazon.com and Hearst Corp. have entered into an expanded, consumer marketing, e-commerce and content relationship.  —  With the deal, Amazon customers will be able to access content …
Discussion: Amazon.com and GeekWire
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Sony PlayStation Vita debuts in Japan on December 17th, partnering with NTT DoCoMo for 3G (updated)  —  Sony's just announced in Tokyo that the PlayStation Vita will debut in Japan on December 17th, and it'll partner with NTT DoCoMo for the console's prepaid 3G service.
IDC:
Media Tablet and eReader Markets Beat Second Quarter Targets, Forecast Increased for 2011, According to IDC  —  Worldwide media tablet shipments rose by 88.9% on a sequential basis and 303.8% year over year in the second calendar quarter of 2011 (2Q11) to 13.6 million units …
Discussion: MacRumors
Melba Kurman / Innovation Excellence:
Intel to Universities: No Patents, Please, Just Open Source  —  What would you do if you were the university official in charge of company research partnerships and a Fortune 100 tech company offered to fund a research center at your university to the tune of $2.5 million dollars a year?
Discussion: Geek.com
Regina Sinsky / VentureBeat:
Demo: Fav.Tv ain't your grandmother's TV Guide  —  Just in time for the Fall television lineup, today Fav.Tv launched an interactive television guide that lets people discuss, follow and get notified about their favorite shows.  —  I'm not a big TV watcher, so I'm not the best test case for the service …
Discussion: GigaOM and SocialTimes.com
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Reports: Feds Bust IMAGiNE Movie Release Group  —  At the end of July 2011, the admin of XtremeSpeeds.net, a private BitTorrent tracker, reported that his house had been raided by the authorities.  He said that he was questioned under suspicion of being part of IMAGiNE, one of the leading P2P release groups.
Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
Apple to Revise S. Korea IPhone Return Policy After Complaints  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) agreed with South Korea's fair trade regulator to revise its customer-service policy for iPhone users in the country to address complaints about the handling of faulty devices.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Postmates Aims To Be The Uber Of Packages — And More  —  Couriers have been around forever.  You've probably seen them on bikes, with messenger bags in tow.  For a world teeming with innovative technologies, it seems somewhat surprising that the courier industry remains lacking in disruption.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Bradley Voytek / Uber Blog:
Uberdata: How prostitution and alcohol make Uber better  —  What up humans?!  Bradley Voytek here again.  Man do we have some crazy #uberdata for you today.  —  Today is Uber: Freakonomics edition.  —  In this post I'll show how where crimes occur—specifically prostitution, alcohol …
Discussion: FM Blog and CNET News
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
How Much Does A Band Make From Various Music Platforms?  —  My friend Tom alerts us to a blog post by the indie European band Uniform Motion (which he found via a blog post by Jason Weinberger), in which the band lays out clearly the cuts they get from selling their music on various services.
Discussion: All New Musings and hypebot
 
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Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Fog Creek Software Becoming a Betawork's Style Innovation Lab
Seth Rosenblatt / CNET News:
uTorrent, possibly BitTorrent Web sites hacked
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Vocre Lets You Instantly Converse In Foreign Languages
Discussion: PRWeb, @sarahcuda and @rafe
Nick Bilton / Bits:
At TechCrunch Conference, Talk of a Bubble
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Jeff Williams: Apple's other operations whiz
Discussion: Computerworld, TUAW and AppleInsider
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
AppleCare preparations hint at iOS 5.0 release around Oct. 10
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Intel Claims Next Chip Will Run Your Laptop For 24 Hours On One Battery Charge
Sarah Mcbride / MediaFile:
Tinsel town turns deaf ear to Kutcher's request to plug his start-ups
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's cash is already burning a hole in Wall Street's pockets
Discussion: Shiny Objects
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Digg founder Kevin Rose cashes (partially) out of Twitter
Discussion: TechCrunch and PE Hub Blog
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