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3:20 PM ET, September 16, 2011

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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter Shakes Things Up Again: Fred Wilson, Bijan Sabet Leaving Board  —  Twitter's is reshaping itself yet again, this time at a corporate level: Investors Fred Wilson and Bijan Sabet are leaving the company's board at the end of the month.  Sources say the company won't fill their seats.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Loses Its Chief Scientist, Summize Co-Founder Abdur Chowdhury  —  The turnover continues at Twitter.  Following the exit of Biz Stone, the firing of four key product guys, and the departure of a number of early Twitter employees, we've learned that another big name has left the company: Chief Scientist Abdur Chowdhury.
Mike Elgan / Datamation.com:
Why Facebook is the New Yahoo  —  Facebook's awkward attempts to copy Google+ smack of a quiet desperation.  —  Sure, Facebook looks massively successful.  With a mind-boggling 750 million users, the social site can do no wrong, right?  —  Wrong.  —  Look closer, and it looks like Facebook can do nothing right.
Discussion: GigaOM
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Plenty of Chatter About a New iPhone  —  We're just weeks away from the announcement of the new Apple iPhone 5, according to an Apple employee who asked not to be named because he was not allowed to speak publicly for the company.  —  As the excitement for Apple's latest product revs up …
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Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Latest iPhone 5 Rumors: Oct. 15 Launch? Sprint? Leaked Cases?
Discussion: Edible Apple and Tech Trader Daily
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
It's Called Google Propeller and It's Aimed at Flipboard (and Facebook, Too, Natch)  —  Please see this disclosure related to me and Google.  —  Earlier today, well-known digerati dude Robert Scoble posted on his social feed on Google+ that the search giant was working on a social and news reader.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Working on Allowing the Merging of Multiple Apple IDs  —  MacRumors has learned that Apple is working on a process to merge multiple Apple IDs into a single login.  The issue of juggling multiple Apple ID logins has been a minor inconvenience in the past, but with the early developer testing …
Ouriel / Appsfire Blog:
1 million apps!  (iOS + Android)  —  There you go.  We just hit the a significant milestone.  If you take all the apps ever developed on iOS and Android we just reached today 1 million mobile apps combined, or at least, that's what our appGenome™ is telling us.
Matt Asay / The Register:
Google shamed by Apple in race to HTML5  —  Now that's embarrassing  —  Open...and Shut If ever there were a company made to beat Apple in mobile, it's Google.  —  Apple, with its rigid devotion to a native app experience, is the perfect target for Google, king of the web.
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Even Google is Tired of Needlessly Paginated Content  —  Google just announced that it will now do its best to lead searchers directly to the single-page version of the online content it indexes instead of the paginated versions of the same content.  Whenever an obvious “view-all” …
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
New Chrome Blurs The Line Between Web and Native Apps  —  Google just shipped a new stable release of the Chrome browser that includes two new technologies: Native Client, which allows execution of C and C++ code within the browser, and the Web Audio API, which brings advanced audio capabilities to JavaScript.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Forget Apps, Carbyn Has Built A HTML5 OS  —  HTML5, HTML5, HTML5 — it seems to be the only thing anyone wants to talk about these days.  And that excitement could get kicked into overdrive next week when Facebook unveils Project Spartan, their platform for HTML5 apps.  But why wait?
Discussion: BlackBerry Cool and Ubergizmo
Orin S. Kerr / Wall Street Journal:
Should Faking a Name on Facebook Be a Felony?  —  Congress contemplates draconian punishment for Internet lies.  —  Imagine that President Obama could order the arrest of anyone who broke a promise on the Internet.  So you could be jailed for lying about your age or weight on an Internet dating site.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Microsoft Source: We're Talking About Buying Yahoo  —  As big shareholders flee AOL and Yahoo's board flounders, consolidation is “definitely” in the air, a source close to Microsoft's portal, MSN, tells us.  —  “Definitely, people are talking about it.”  —  This source - who asked …
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
MasterCard demos Google Wallet, QkR platform for mobile payments  —  You've most likely heard plenty about NFC-capable smartphones, but little in the way of actual real-world uses for the chip.  Well, MasterCard's looking to change all of that, and throw in a few innovations of its own courtesy of its in-house R&D labs and Google.
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Locks the Top Navigation Bar in Place as Users Scroll  —  Many Facebook users are seeing the site's top navigation bar locked to the top of the browser window no matter where they scroll.  This floating navigation bar gives users access to their notifications, friend requests …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU probing Google on Internet search  —  (Reuters) - EU regulators are investigating whether Google dominates in Internet search but have yet to decide if this is the case, the EU's antitrust chief said on Friday.  —  “As part of our current investigation, we are trying to determine whether …
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Should you launch at a conference?  —  Should you launch at Launch?  (Or TechCrunch Disrupt?  Or Demo?  They're all pretty similar).  —  This year I launched two major new products at conferences: Careers 2.0 and Trello, and both times, it was totally worth it.  —  First, a little background.
Mike Hirshland / VCMike's Blog:
My Next Chapter  —  Effective today, I will be leaving Polaris Venture Partners, and setting out to launch a new seed firm.  —  While I am excited by the prospect of building something new, it is difficult to leave the partnership I have been part of for 12 years.
Bertrand Damiba / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing Voice Actions for Android in the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain  —  Last year in the US, we introduced Voice Actions, a series of spoken commands that let you control your Android phone or tablet with your voice.  You can call businesses and contacts, send texts …
Royal Pingdom:
Microsoft's web server is losing ground: IIS market share back to 1997 levels  —  Apache has been the most widely used web server on the Internet since the early days of the Web.  It still is.  The second-most popular web server has been, and still is, Microsoft's Internet Information Server, IIS.
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Wall Street Journal:
Senior China Officials Meet With Baidu Chief  —  Search Firm Joins List of Internet Companies Under Scrutiny  —  BEIJING—Chinese Internet-search company Baidu Inc. said Chief Executive Robin Li met recently with two senior Chinese officials, the latest in a series of high-level official visits …
Discussion: DigiCha
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Stevie Wonder sings Steve Jobs' praises for iOS accessibility  —  Steve Jobs has been lauded for making the smartphone truly accessible for everyone, incorporating subtle features that help the visually impaired or those with disabilies operate Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod devices.
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Hacker Ring Appears to Make Good on Promise to Expose Celebrities  —  A ring of hackers that boasted it would pry into celebrities' phones and e-mail accounts appears to have delivered on that promise.  Reported hacks of actresses Scarlett Johannson and Mila Kunis led to racy photos posted on the web.
Grant Gross / PC World:
Obama Signs Patent Overhaul Legislation  —  U.S. President Barack Obama has signed the America Invents Act, the first major overhaul of the U.S. patent system in about 50 years.  —  The America Invents Act, passed 89-9 by the U.S. Senate last week, would allow new challenges to patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Scott Grill / Examiner:
Sony updates PSN user agreement to block class action lawsuits  —  Like this?  Subscribe to get instant updates.  —  Sony is updating the user agreement for the Playstation Network starting on September 15 and one of the changes included in the update seeks to stop class action lawsuits against the company.
 
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Ian Chan / Twitter Developers:
SSL Support for Tweet Button and Follow Button
Discussion: The Next Web
Aayush Arya / The Next Web:
Internet users to triple in India by 2014: Google
Consumer Reports Press Room:
CR Survey: 7.5 Million Facebook Users are Under the Age of 13, Violating the Site's Terms
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Apple, Starbucks Expanding iTunes Giveaways to Include Apps, Books and TV Shows
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
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Windows 8 Gets Sad New Blue Screen of Death
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