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12:50 AM ET, September 18, 2011


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Dieter Bohn / This is my next:
Windows 8 demos hint at phone integration?  —  Could Windows 8 let you call and text your relatives directly from your “Metro-style” tablet?  That's what a raft of new evidence suggests, as istartedsomething discovered that two videos from Microsoft's Build developer conference have a variety of references to telephony.
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Customer culture  —  With so many projects, if the customer is willing to go without a small subset of the functionality they think they need, it can save a massive amount of effort, cost, and complexity and result in a much more elegant, hassle-free solution that makes them much happier in the long run.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Robin Wauters:
Bad Taste … I'm doing what Paul Carr probably should have done: venting my thoughts on the latest episode of the TechCrunch / AOL mess on my personal blog rather than (ab)using TechCrunch's platform and audience to get as much attention as possible.  —  And attention he got plenty alright.
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
I'm Leaving TechCrunch.  Here's Why.  —  So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark —that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.  - Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Paul, I Accept Your Resignation
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Intel's Ivy Bridge Architecture Exposed  —  Five years ago Intel announced its ambitious tick-tock release cadence.  We were doubtful that Intel could pull off such an aggressive schedule but with the exception of missing a few months here or there tick-tock has been a success.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Ivy Bridge to Offer Faster Graphics and OpenCL Support in MacBook Airs
Discussion: CNET News and Softpedia News
Paul McNamara / Network World:
Has Google's CEO stopped using Google+?  —  It's been a month since the masses last heard from Larry Page via his social network  —  Seemingly every day, the Google+ “suggestions” feature implores me to “circle” (read: follow) the Google+ activities of Google CEO Larry Page, as a whopping 302,319 users have done already.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Twitter doesn't care what your real name is  —  Amid all the noise and fury over Google's policy of requiring real names (or at least real-sounding names) on its new Google+ network — a policy that Facebook also has, and one we have been critical of in the past — it's easy to forget …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
SoundCloud, Deezer And Rhapsody Revealed As Facebook Music Launch Partners?  —  I love Yvo Schaap, even though I've never met him in person.  —  Wanna know why?  Because the man keeps on digging up interesting stuff by simply perusing code, and then alerting us.
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Google:
More details on Propeller, Google's Flipboard-killer for Android and iOS devices  —  The first mention of a social news app from Google came in a Google+ post yesterday by tech watcher Robert Scoble.  He wrote: … The news prompted AllThingsD's Kara Swisher to dig for more clues.
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
PE firms circling AOL turn attention to Yahoo  —  (Reuters) - The troubles at Yahoo Inc are proving to be a headache for AOL, that other deeply challenged Internet company trying to turn around its fortunes.  —  Interest in AOL from private equity firms ramped up after the company's stock plummeted …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Appeals Court Reinstates $675,000 File-Sharing Decision Against Joel Tenenbaum  —  Joel Tenenbaum's fight with the RIAA has been dragging on now for six years.  In 2009, a jury found Tenenbaum guilty of “willful infringement” and awarded damages of $675,000.
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Netflix investors overreact to new forecast: The streaming numbers are what matters  —  Netflix investors are selling off this morning — the stock is down 15% — after the company issued new subscriber guidance for Q3 (PDF), reflecting the reaction to its price increases …
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Kellex / Droid Life:
As of Yesterday Verizon Started Throttling its Top 5% Data Hogs, Doesn't Affect 4G LTE or Tiered Data Customers
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Despite owning just 1% of enterprise market, Gmail deemed ready to take on Microsoft
Discussion: Gartner, TechFlash and Computerworld
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Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Apple's Patent Win Over HTC to Be Reviewed by U.S. Trade Agency
Discussion: AppleInsider and BGR