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1:10 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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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.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Microsoft jettisons Flash with ‘plug-in free’ Windows 8 Metro IE10
Discussion: MSDN Blogs
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: BGR, GigaOM and Electronista
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.
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 …
Discussion: Reuters, Thanks:m_delamerced
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Evelyn Rusli / @evelynrusli:   Groupon ipo gets back on track-aiming for late oct/early nov - http://t.co/aRWnSGEo
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
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Free Music For Everyone!  Rdio Joins MOG, Spotify In the Big Digital Music Giveaway  —  Free, legal music on the web looked like a defunct business model just a few months ago.  Now it seems to be going through a revival phase.  —  Over the summer, Spotify finally opened for business …
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
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:
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
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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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Manilla's free, online account management now on Android and iOS
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Patricia Hurtado / Bloomberg:
Ex-Samsung Worker Says He Gave Apple IPad Data to Fleishman
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Trippy: Bringing Your Friends And Social Recommendations To Travel Planning
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J.B. / Fusible.com:
AOL to launch NVIBE social network? Domain acquired, trademarks filed
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Aislyn Greene / TechFlash:
Amazon launches in Spain, holds off on Kindle
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
A First Look at PayPal's Strategy for Challenging Visa and MasterCard at the Register
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