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11:40 AM ET, September 17, 2011

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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
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Paul, I Accept Your Resignation  —  Paul Carr, one of our columnists who was hired for his grandstanding ways, has decided to fall on his own sword and quit very publicly on TechCrunch.  I believe this is the second or third time he's quit in public in the past couple weeks.  I keep losing count.
MG Siegler / parislemon:
What Needs To Be Said  —  All day, I kept telling myself I shouldn't say anything.  Then I realized: what the f**k?  Be honest.  I found Paul's post tactless.  And I found Erick's response inappropriate.  Perhaps both are fitting given the entire clusterf**k that is this situation.
Discussion: @stevecheney
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft CEO hints at ‘Metro-ization’ of Office  —  Desktop suite will continue, but Microsoft needs a touch-based edition for tablets, says expert  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Wednesday strongly hinted that the company will craft a Metro-style version of the next Office suite.
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Microsoft to take 30% cut of Metro apps under Windows 8  —  New Metro-style apps designed to run on Microsoft's forthcoming Windows 8 for tablets will copy Apple's App Store business model of charging a 30 percent fee from developers, allowing the potential for Microsoft to regain control …
Danny Winokur / Adobe Flash Platform Blog:
Flash Support on Windows 8 and Metro
Discussion: WinRumors, Engadget, SlashGear, eWeek and OpsanBlog, Thanks:sjespers
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.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
What Was Behind the Timing of Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz's Abrupt Ouster?  —  In the end — the bitter end, that is — there really is no good time to fire someone.  —  But the timing of the ouster of Carol Bartz as CEO of Yahoo is one of the more curious things about the corporate mishegas at the Silicon Valley Internet giant of late.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Ivy Bridge to Offer Faster Graphics and OpenCL Support in MacBook Airs  —  As noted by CNet, one of the areas of focus in Intel's next generation Ivy Bridge processors is the graphics processing unit (GPU).  Anandtech reports that Intel expects there to be a 60% improvement in graphics benchmarks …
Discussion: CNET News and Softpedia News
Zach Epstein / BGR:
BlackBerry PlayBook price slashing begins: $249 and up for Rogers workers  —  Research In Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie revealed on the company's second-quarter earnings call that RIM would soon be dropping prices on its BlackBerry PlayBook tablets.  While the new price points have not yet been disclosed …
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Big PlayBook update coming October, adds Video Store, Android, email and more
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Despite owning just 1% of enterprise market, Gmail deemed ready to take on Microsoft  —  Gartner released a report on Friday that suggested Google's Gmail solution is ready to take on Microsoft in the enterprise email arena despite having just a tiny fraction of the market.
Discussion: Gartner, TechFlash and Computerworld
Kellex / Droid Life:
As of Yesterday Verizon Started Throttling its Top 5% Data Hogs, Doesn't Affect 4G LTE or Tiered Data Customers  —  Back in February, there were reports of Verizon's plans to start throttling (data speeds reduced) or using “Network Optimization Practices” on their top data hogs (5%).
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
The mysterious disappearance of the Microsoft Senior Vice Presidents  —  Summary: Microsoft is eliminating the “Senior Vice President” title across the company.  Here's why, according to company officials.  —  Titles at Microsoft always are a source of confusion, even for those of us paid to keep tabs on the Softies.
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Apple's Patent Win Over HTC to Be Reviewed by U.S. Trade Agency  —  Sept. 16 (Bloomberg) — A U.S. trade agency said it will review a judge's finding that HTC Corp. infringed two Apple Inc. patents, a decision that could lead to a ban of HTC's Android- based phones in the country.
 
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Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
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