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7:30 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.
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 …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Ballmer: 500,000 Downloads of Windows 8 Since Last Night  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made a surprise appearance at Microsoft's developer conference on Tuesday, touting the importance of the company's forthcoming Windows 8 operating system.  —  Ballmer noted the early enthusiasm for the product …
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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 …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Metro  —  I don't think there's any hyperbole in Microsoft's claim …
Discussion: This is my next and V3.co.uk
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
Discussion: MediaPost
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.
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.
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 and The Loop, 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.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
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.
Pavel Vodenski / Google Mobile Blog:
Your smartphone camera is now smarter with Goggles 1.6  —  Today, we launched a new version of Google Goggles that enhances the camera on your Android-powered phone.  With this new opt-in feature in Goggles, you can simply photograph an image using your phone's camera, and Goggles will work in the background to analyze your image.
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.
Aidan Crook / Bing:
Adapting Search to You  —  Ambiguity is a tough problem for a search engine.  —  You generally search with a clear intent in mind but, without context, the phrase you enter may have a very different meaning to someone else.  For example, if you were to type “CSI” odds are you're interested in the TV show.
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 …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
YouTube adds a built-in video editor  —  In an effort to make it easier for YouTube users to make changes to their videos after uploading them, YouTube is rolling out a brand new video editor.  —  No, this isn't the standalone video editor meant for splicing together clips from multiple videos that's …
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 …
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 …
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.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
The Future of Twitter Ads  —  (image) As I posted earlier, last week I had a chance to sit down with Twitter CEO Dick Costolo.  We had a pretty focused chat on Twitter's news of the week, but I also got a number of questions in about Twitter's next generation of ad products.
Discussion: LEWIS 360°
Bloomberg:
Google Buys 1K IBM Patents for Android Defense  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) bought 1,023 patents from International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) as the Internet search and advertising company bolsters its strategy of defending against smartphone lawsuits.  —  Transfers recorded by the U.S. Patent …
Discussion: The Tech Trade and Droid Life
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) …
 
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Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
FCC will begin testing white spaces database
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Red Robot Labs raises $8.5M for location-based mobile gaming
Discussion: TechCrunch, AllThingsD and VatorNews
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Social Ads Are Not a Test: They Appear on a Majority of the Site's Page Views
Discussion: TechCrunch
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
The story behind Opera's $84M big data funding
Bloomberg:
Turntable.fm In Licensing Talks With Labels
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Mebromi: the first BIOS rootkit in the wild
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
China Telecom reportedly advertises iPhone 5, will accept orders from end of September
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Psst: The Foursquare Push API Is Coming Out This Afternoon
Brad Molen / Engadget:
AT&T announces $25 monthly GoPhone plan beginning September 18th
Janet Guyon / FINS Technology:
John Sculley on Apple's Jobs and the Experience of a Lifetime
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Julie Ruvolo / Forbes.com:
How much of the internet is actually for porn?
Discussion: CNET News and Gizmodo
 

 
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