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12:05 AM ET, September 15, 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.
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.
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Evelyn Rusli / @evelynrusli:   + also according to sources Facebook has not pushed back it's ipo to late 2012 http://t.co/aRWnSGEo
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt Is...Shaker  —  Three days and 31 startup pitches later, the winner of TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2011 has been determined.  Out of the 29 startups and two audience choice winners, we whittled the list down to seven finalists, which included Bitcasa …
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TechCrunch:   Congratulations to our Disrupt SF Audience Choice Winner, @Vocre! #TCDisrupt
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.
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 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
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
New York Times:
Groupon Back on Track for Its I.P.O.  —  Groupon is planning to put its initial public offering back on track even as markets remain rocky.  —  After postponing presentations to potential investors early this month, the online coupon giant is now aiming to go public in late October or early November …
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Evelyn Rusli / @evelynrusli:   Groupon ipo gets back on track-aiming for late oct/early nov - http://t.co/aRWnSGEo
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.
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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IDC:
Media Tablet and eReader Markets Beat Second Quarter Targets, Forecast Increased for 2011, According to IDC
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.
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: Know Your Mobile and Good E-Reader
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.
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.
 
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Free Music For Everyone! Rdio Joins MOG, Spotify In the Big Digital Music Giveaway
J.B. / Fusible.com:
AOL to launch NVIBE social network? Domain acquired, trademarks filed
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:fusible
Phil Stewart / Reuters:
U.S., Australia to add cyber realm to defense treaty
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Aislyn Greene / TechFlash:
Amazon launches in Spain, holds off on Kindle
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A First Look at PayPal's Strategy for Challenging Visa and MasterCard at the Register
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