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10:45 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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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 …
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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Code strings indicate iMessage might eventually integrate with iChat
Discussion: Electronista, BGR and GigaOM
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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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Metro  —  I don't think there's any hyperbole in Microsoft's claim that this is “Windows Reimagined”.  But it's not so much that Windows 8 is Windows reimagined, but Metro that is Windows reimagined.  It's truly a whole new concept in how a computer interface should look and work.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Windows 8: The Verdict Isn't In!  —  My lousy photo …
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Windows 8 Developer Preview: Come and get it
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Amazon Kindle tablet sales projections cut in half, still likely to be No. 1 Android tablet  —  Even with sales estimates that creep closer to reality, Amazon's Kindle tablet is poised to become the best-selling Android tablet to date when following its launch later this fall.
Discussion: Good E-Reader and Know Your Mobile
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.
Agam Shah / PC World:
Acer, Asus to Bring Intel's Thunderbolt Speed Technology to Windows PCs  —  Acer and Asustek Computer next year will deliver Windows PCs with Intel's Thunderbolt interconnect, which for a time was available exclusively on Apple's Macintosh computers, Intel said on Wednesday.
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 …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
A First Look at PayPal's Strategy for Challenging Visa and MasterCard at the Register  —  For the first time today, PayPal demonstrated how it intends to provide payments to physical retailers as the race heats up to make wallets and clunky metal registers obsolete.
Discussion: TechCrunch and The PayPal Blog
Aislyn Greene / TechFlash:
Amazon launches in Spain, holds off on Kindle  —  Amazon.com has launched a Spanish version of its website, expanding its European presence with the new amazon.es site.  —  The site went live in Spain on Wednesday and offers books in Spanish, Catalan, Galician and Basque.
Discussion: paidContent and Bookseller news
 
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J.B. / Fusible.com:
AOL to launch NVIBE social network? Domain acquired, trademarks filed
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Phil Stewart / Reuters:
U.S., Australia to add cyber realm to defense treaty
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FCC will begin testing white spaces database
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Bloomberg:
Turntable.fm In Licensing Talks With Labels
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David Meyer / ZDNet:
Apple sues Samsung in the UK over Android
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