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2:15 PM ET, September 15, 2011

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Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Metro style browsing and plug-in free HTML5 … For the web to move forward and for consumers to get the most out of touch-first browsing, the Metro style browser in Windows 8 is as HTML5-only as possible, and plug-in free.  The experience that plug-ins provide today is not a good match …
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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.
Discussion: The Loop and Fast Company
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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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
More TechCrunch drama as Arrington-backed startup wins blog's contest  —  Despite claiming transparency, TechCrunch readers are not convinced that a ‘Habbo Hotel for Facebook’ was a deserving winner of a coveted award  —  If you were wondering what that rumbling, thunderous sound is …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iPhone 5 Screen Protectors Show Elongated Home Button Area  —  Ukwire.hk offers the first look at a screen protector that has been designed for the iPhone 5.  The screen protector shows off the elongated home button seen in the leaked design document:  —  A second shot shows how much bigger …
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Todd Haselton / BGR:
iPhone 5 to have radical new design according to Case-Mate images  —  The iPhone 5 hasn't been announced yet, but that has not stopped accessory makers from posting upcoming cases for the highly anticipated handset.  Case-Mate has published a page on its website with six different case designs …
Krishna Panicker / The Big Blog:
New Facebook Integration with Skype 5.4 for Mac OS X Beta  —  You may have noticed that we now release updates for Skype for Mac quicker than ever before.  We've released a number of updates in 2011 which included, amongst other features, a brand new interface, video call control bar and HD-quality video calling.
Michael Arrington / @arrington:
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Barry Diller Skewers AOL For Firing Michael Arrington From TechCrunch
Discussion: Business Insider
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
AT&T to launch LTE Sunday, Sept. 18  —  AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) will launch its first five LTE markets this Sunday Sept. 18, AT&T CFO John Stephens said during an appearance at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Entertainment & Communications conference.
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.
David Flynn / Australian Business Traveller:
Boeing chooses Android for 787 Dreamliner's entertainment system  —  While Apple continues to score wins in the use of its iPad for inflight entertainment, Boeing has chosen its nemesis - Google's Android operating system - to provide music, video and even airline-specific apps for the next-gen 787 Dreamliner.
Discussion: Gizmodo, SlashGear and 9to5Google
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 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix Cuts Its Guidance by One Million Subscribers  —  Netflix, which instituted a price hike earlier this fall, says the higher costs are turning off more customers than it expected.  The video rental company has cut its third-quarter U.S. subscriber projections from 25 million subscribers to 24 million, a four percent cut.
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
IPhone 5 Rush Orders Seen to Benefit Broadcom  —  Broadcom Corp. (BRCM) stands out as one of the biggest beneficiaries from orders from Apple Inc. (AAPL), whose need for parts that go into iPhones and iPads represents a bright spot for a semiconductor industry plagued by weak demand.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: Josh Elman joins Greylock  —  Yet another LinkedIn veteran joins venture capital firm Greylock  —  Josh Elman has been a project manager with some of Silicon Valley's hottest companies, including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn (LNKD).  Now he's becoming a venture capitalist.
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Sony Designs Tablet That's Not an iPad Wannabe  —  One reason Apple's iPad continues to dominate the tablet market after 17 months may be that all the main competitors look like imitations but don't deliver as good an experience.  They are typically flat slabs, like the iPad …
Discussion: CNET News
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 …
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Megan McCarthy Named Observer News Editor  —  Megan McCarthy has been named news editor of The New York Observer, editor Elizabeth Spiers announced today.  —  “Megan has a great eye for a story and I look forward to seeing her talents contribute to making an Observer that's faster and more agile,” Ms. Spiers said.
Agam Shah / PC World:
Intel's Thunderbolt With Fiber Optics Years Away  —  Intel's Thunderbolt high-speed interconnect technology, which shuffles data between PCs and devices like displays and external storage, could be years away from getting optical technology, an Intel executive said this week.
Discussion: eWeek, SlashGear and TechEye
Todd Haselton / BGR:
iOS games ‘absolutely not under consideration’ says Nintendo boss  —  Nintendo's president Satoru Iwata recently reiterated that Nintendo will not develop games for Apple's iPad, iPod and iPhone, despite recent pressure from investors to jump on the iOS bandwagon.
Bloomberg:
Google Reports Progress in Digital Books Settlement Talks  —  Sept. 15 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc. reported progress in possible settlement of a lawsuit over the search-engine company's digital reproduction of books, lawyers told the judge in the case.  —  Daralyn Durie, a lawyer for Google …
Al Sacco / CIO Blogs:
NFC-Enabled BlackBerrys to Replace Physical Access Cards in 2012  —  BlackBerry users with NFC-enabled smartphones will soon discard physical access cards and use their handhelds for secure building access instead, if BlackBerry-maker RIM and HID Digital have their ways.
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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's brand value rises to No. 2 in the world, after Google  —  The Apple logo is now worth $39.3 billion according to Brand Finance  —  30 Top U.S. Brands.  Click to enlarge.  Source: Brand Finance  —  Microsoft (MSFT) is down 9% to $39 billion.  Google (GOOG) is up 9% to nearly $48.3 billion.
Discussion: 9to5Google
 
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Piictu app invites users to communicate through photos
Discussion: Engadget and The Next Web
Parmy Olson / Forbes.com:
Infamous Anti-iPhone Game Goes To Android
Discussion: PC Magazine and Associated Press
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What Startup Winter? Union Square Ventures Is Raising a $150 to $200 Million Fund
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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
Discussion: The Register
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Amazon Kindle tablet sales projections cut in half, still likely to be No. 1 Android tablet
Discussion: Softpedia News
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