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8:45 AM ET, September 15, 2011

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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Microsoft jettisons Flash with ‘plug-in free’ Windows 8 Metro IE10  —  The tablet-optimized Metro version of Internet Explorer 10 in Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 will be a “plug-in free experience,” as the company follows Apple's lead in abandoning Adobe Flash in favor of HTML5 on tablets.
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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 …
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 …
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: Softpedia News, BGR and GigaOM
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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Bill Gurley / abovethecrowd.com:   On IPOs: If You Are Going To File, Make Sure You Price
Evelyn Rusli / @evelynrusli:   Groupon ipo gets back on track-aiming for late oct/early nov - http://t.co/aRWnSGEo
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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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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 …
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.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   Google Brings Automatic, Background Visual Search to Android Phones
Marco.org:
Instapaper's (anti-)social network  —  Ben Brooks noticed and blogged about how Instapaper's social features, introduced earlier this year, are minimal: … That was exactly the idea, and I'm very happy to see it perceived that way.  —  Social features are tricky.
Discussion: The Brooks Review
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J.B. / Fusible.com:
AOL to launch NVIBE social network? Domain acquired, trademarks filed
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:fusible
Patricia Hurtado / Bloomberg:
Apple IPad Data Was Given to Fleishman, Samsung Witness Says  —  Sept. 15 (Bloomberg) — An ex-Samsung Electronics Co. manager, testifying at the insider-trader trial of Primary Global Research LLC executive James Fleishman, told jurors he disclosed confidential shipping data for Apple Inc. iPad components.
April Dembosky / Financial Times:
Facebook puts off IPO 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.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple wins right to “thinnest smartphone” and expands Samsung patent fight to UK  —  Apple won a minor marketing battle against Samsung in the UK as it expanded its larger, global patent war with Samsung into the UK courts as well.  —  Apple's marketing of its 9.3mm iPhone 4 as the …
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.
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 …
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.
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Now anyone can make a Wall-E style narrated encyclopedia with Qwiki  —  Qwiki, an online Wikipedia-esque service that displays information and computer-generated voices, images and video, launched an online presentation creation tool for publishers today, at the TechCrunch Disrupt 2011 conference in San Francisco.
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Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Sony Designs Tablet That's Not an iPad Wannabe
Discussion: CNET News and SplatF
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
IAC's Match.com Buys 20% Stake In Chinese Online Dating Service Zhenai
Discussion: PR Newswire
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Year After “AngelGate”, More Angelic Angels Descend Upon Disrupt
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Manilla's free, online account management now on Android and iOS
Discussion: PC World, Bits and AndroidGuys
Phil Stewart / Reuters:
U.S., Australia to add cyber realm to defense treaty
Discussion: CNET News
Aislyn Greene / TechFlash:
Amazon launches in Spain, holds off on Kindle
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Amazon Kindle tablet sales projections cut in half, still likely to be No. 1 Android tablet
Discussion: Good E-Reader and Know Your Mobile
 

 
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