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4:10 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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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.”
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.
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 …
Discussion: BetaNews, Lifehacker and MSDN Blogs, Thanks:harrymccracken
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 …
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
5,000 Microsoft developers get Samsung preview tablets  —  Preview units use Samsung Series 7 Slate body  —  Microsoft on Tuesday gave the 5,000 developers attending its BUILD conference preview units of a Samsung tablet running a version of the upcoming Windows 8 software.
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 …
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
How the Google-Motorola Deal Went Down  —  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
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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Blake Ross / Facebook Blog:
Improved Friend Lists
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: Bloomberg, AllThingsD and PE Hub Blog
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.
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
AppleCare preparations hint at iOS 5.0 release around Oct. 10
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Virgin America and Lufthansa Systems unveil new in-flight entertainment system coming in 2012  —  Alright, so in-flight entertainment systems aren't exactly the sort of thing that people camp out for days to get first crack at.  But, for those who spend a lot of time defying the laws of gravity …
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 …
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Verizon intros $50 unlimited plan, takes a swing at pre-paid operators  —  In a direct shot at its lesser competitors, Verizon Wireless announced today the launch of a new $50 unlimited plan for pre-paid customers.  Available starting this Thursday, the unlimited talk, text and web option'll rollout …
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Fog Creek Software Becoming a Betawork's Style Innovation Lab  —  Blame Trello for the housing bubble.  —  Fog Creek software is a Silicon Alley survivor.  Founded in 2000, the company ran smack into the dot-com bust before it had fully hatched.  “We were just trying to keep ourselves in business …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Lifehacker
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: SlashGear, MacNN, Gizmodo 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.
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.
Seth Rosenblatt / CNET News:
uTorrent, possibly BitTorrent Web sites hacked  —  The Web site that hosts uTorrent was hacked by an unknown person or group early this morning.  After initially stating that the “mainline” BitTorrent site had been hacked as well, the company now says that it doesn't think that BitTorrent.com was affected.
Discussion: BitTorrent Blog and The Register
 
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
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Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Digg founder Kevin Rose cashes (partially) out of Twitter
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