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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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Along With Subscriptions, You'll Soon Be Able To Update Twitter From Facebook
Discussion: BetaNews
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.
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:   Here's Why AOL, Yahoo and Microsoft Are Teaming Up to Fight Facebook and Google
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 be available for MSDN subscribers.
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Windows 8 Developer Preview: Come and get it
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Sorry Apple, Windows 8 ushers in the post-post-PC era
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple is Building iMessage into OS X Lion's iChat  —  Back in June, Apple unveiled iMessage, one of the major new features of the upcoming iOS 5 update. iMessage is a unified messaging service for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch that allows users to send text and multimedia messages over Wi-Fi …
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.
z3ntv:
TECHCRUNCH FOUNDER VS NEW EDITOR TURNS UGLY  —  Apparently the Techcrunch controversy involving Michael Arrington won't be limited to AOL and Arianna Huffington, now the tech blog founder has publicly admonished the new Editor of the site Erick Schonfeld.  New York-based Schonfeld …
Discussion: TechCrunch, The Loop and Soshable, Thanks:marsmag
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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.
April Dembosky / Financial Times:
Facebook IPO delayed until late 2012  —  Facebook is preparing to launch its blockbuster initial public offering in the US towards the end of next year, a later public debut by the social networking site than had been widely anticipated, say people familiar with the company.
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 …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo for Sale: Possible Bidders Circling — Including Marc Andreessen — as Board Pressure Mounts  —  A range of major players interested in acquiring all or a large piece of Yahoo have been prepping possible bids and have been in touch with the Internet giant's board over the last several days.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and GMSV
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 …
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, Techland and Business Insider
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.
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: TechCrunch, Digits and MediaPost
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.
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) …
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 …
Andrew Barker / Variety:
MOG launches free service  —  On-demand music streaming site MOG has launched a free, ad-supported version of its service, the company announced today, providing access to its 11 million-song catalog in accordance with a particular user's ability to “drive virality.”
Discussion: Business Insider
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 …
 
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Social Ads Are Not a Test: They Appear on a Majority of the Site's Page Views
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Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
The story behind Opera's $84M big data funding
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Amazon.com, Hearst Corp. strike content, e-commerce deal
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Melba Kurman / Innovation Excellence:
Intel to Universities: No Patents, Please, Just Open Source
Discussion: Geek.com
Janet Guyon / FINS Technology:
John Sculley on Apple's Jobs and the Experience of a Lifetime
Discussion: Softpedia News
Regina Sinsky / VentureBeat:
Demo: Fav.Tv ain't your grandmother's TV Guide
Discussion: GigaOM and SocialTimes.com
Bradley Voytek / Uber Blog:
Uberdata: How prostitution and alcohol make Uber better
Discussion: Betabeat and FM Blog
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
How Google-Motorola Deal Came Together
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Apple to surprise with late-2011 MacBook Pro refresh this month
 

 
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