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2:40 PM ET, September 14, 2011

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Zach Rait / Facebook Blog:
Introducing the Subscribe Button  —  Until now, it hasn't been easy to choose exactly what you see in your News Feed.  Maybe you don't want to see every time your brother plays a game on Facebook, for example.  Or maybe you'd like to see more stories from your best friends, and fewer from your coworkers.
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
At Long Last, Facebook Adds Twitter-Style Following, Calls It “Subscribe”  —  Starting today, Facebook users will be allowed to offer people the option to subscribe to their public updates.  Now Facebook users will be able to connect with each other without becoming friends, through a new “Subscribe” button.
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 …
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Microsoft takes Visual Studio and Windows 8 Server to the cloud  —  Today, Microsoft dropped the other ball during the second big BUILD developer conference keynote.  The company is releasing Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview and Windows Server 8 Developer Preview.  The software will available for MSDN subscribers.
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.
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Windows 8 Developer Preview: Come and get it
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.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple's Sprint-compatible iPad appears ready and waiting for launch  —  Apple and Sprint have completed work on a version of the iPad for Sprint's data network.  This Sprint compatible iPad appears to be ready for public consumption and will join the family of GSM (AT&T) and Verizon capable Apple tablets before the holidays.
Bradley Horowitz / The Official Google Blog:
+Snippets on Google Maps: if you can see it, you can share it  —  We recently launched +snippets for users and publishers, making it easy to visit a webpage and then share it on Google+.  We want to make sharing across Google just as easy, so today we're bringing +snippets to Google Maps.
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, Aloízio Mercadante, has confirmed during a hearing with the Commission of Economic Affairs that the new factory …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Don't Mean To Be Rude, But Mike Arrington Wasn't A Very Good Angel Investor  —  Somewhat lost in all the hubbub over whether or not Mike Arrington would be allowed to stay at TechCrunch was the fact that he's been handed $20 million and told to turn it into many millions more through startup investments.
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TECHCRUNCH FOUNDER VS NEW EDITOR TURNS UGLY
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:marsmag
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: Gizmodo, Business Insider and Techland
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Kleiner-Backed Erly Intelligently Captures All Of Your Social Experiences With Visual ‘Collections’  —  Back when we reported that Eric Feng, newly appointed partner at Kleiner Perkins and previously founding CTO of Hulu was leaving the venture fund for a new stealth startup, we were sure it was going to be in the video space.
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Psst: The Foursquare Push API Is Coming Out This Afternoon  —  Foursquare's magical tool that will allow developers to build apps that can remind you to buy milk when you walk past the grocery store or notify you when a friend is in the area will be publicly released today, Betabeat has heard …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and About Foursquare
Gary Price / Search Engine Land:
Oh Good Grep!  Web Grepper: A New Web Intelligence Feature From Blekko  —  Blekko, the search engine that launched last year and is known for its spam reduction efforts, is introducing a new feature today that will help make previously difficult, if not impossible to find (for free) …
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.
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
At f8, Facebook Developers Could Get a Smarter Way to Structure Their News Feed Stories  —  While Facebook product launches tend to get the most speculation before the f8 developer conference - there are 750 million users who care, after all — the company has often used the event …
Discussion: MediaPost
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.
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: Softpedia News
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
China Telecom reportedly advertises iPhone 5, will accept orders from end of September  —  According to a report by the Southern Metropolis Daily, China's third largest mobile operating China Telecom has begun preparations for sales of Apple's upcoming iPhone 5, training staff to accept orders for the phone at the end of September.
David Meyer / ZDNet:
Apple sues Samsung in the UK over Android  —  Apple has sued Samsung in the UK courts, further expanding the myriad countries in which it has taken legal action against the Korean manufacturer over its Android products.  —  The suit was filed on Monday, Samsung told ZDNet UK …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
BlackBerry PlayBook said to be destined for ‘same graveyard as the HP TouchPad’  —  As Research In Motion prepares to report its fiscal second-quarter earnings on Thursday after the market closes, the future of the company and its next-generation products again takes center stage.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Tech Trader Daily
Marco Giuliani / Webroot Threat Blog:
Mebromi: the first BIOS rootkit in the wild  —  In the past few weeks a Chinese security company called Qihoo 360 blogged about a new BIOS rootkit hitting Chinese computers.  This turned to be a very interesting discovery as it appears to be the first real malware targeting system BIOS since …
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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
With 600K Members, Fab.com Goes Beyond Flash Sales And Sets Up A Virtual Pop Up Shop  —  The members-only design marketplace Fab.com is expanding beyond its 72 hours flash-sale model this morning, with its U.S. Design Pop-Up Shop, created in conjunction with Fast Company magazine's U.S. Design issue.
 
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