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11:35 PM ET, September 18, 2011

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Wallet Likely Launching Tomorrow  —  Last week, Google posted an awesome teaser video for Google Wallet featuring George Costanza.  The implication: Google Wallet would finally be launching soon.  Now we think we know when: tomorrow.  —  As you can see in the above image …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
OS turning circles: Questioning Windows' maneuverability  —  I'm glad Windows 8 is named the way it is.  With Windows 7 Microsoft went to a numbering system which is much more rational than the mixed naming of the past.  The number 8 actually corresponds to the actual sequential number of major versions of Windows released to date.
Discussion: Technologizer
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Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Windows 8: BFD — Big Forking Decision  —  Whether we're living in a post-PC world, as many think today when they look at growth rates and profits, or it's PC-Plus, For Ever, as Microsoft's very literate chief ideologue staunchly maintains, it doesn't really matter.
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.
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
The $99 TouchPad Returns To HP's Employee Purchasing Program On Sept 28th  —  It's not very often I get to write that it's a good day to be an HP employee.  But it's also not everyday that HP employees are offered some of the last TouchPads.  —  The company is set to release a final batch …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Facebook Is Expected to Unveil Media-Sharing Service  —  For cloud-based digital music services like Spotify and Rhapsody, which stream millions of songs but have struggled to sign up large numbers of paying users, being friended by Facebook could prove to be a mixed blessing.
Discussion: CNET News
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sequoia's Doug Leone: We Are ‘Thrilled’ To Be Investors In Color, ‘Stay Tuned’ For The Pivot  —  It's no secret that there's been a major amount of controversy surrounding Color, the photo sharing app that launched earlier this year with $41 million in funding from Sequoia Capital, Bain Capital …
Thanks:leenarao
Philip Su / The World As Best As I Remember It:
Bada Bing, Bada Boom  —  With all the hubbub and speculation surrounding Yahoo these days (did you know that employees yodel at the end of their company meetings?), I thought I'd take some time to reflect on the two years I spent in Bing.  I was reminded of Bing today during a depressing conversation …
Siobhan Dowling / Guardian:
Pirate party snatches seats in Berlin state election  —  Irreverent campaign that initially focused on filesharing, data protection and censorship draws 8.5% of vote, exit polls indicate  —  An upstart band of internet freedom activists are to enter Berlin's state parliament …
Michelle Quinn / The Politico:
Google's algorithm for Hill hearings  —  SAN FRANCISCO—When Google's Eric Schmidt takes the oath at a Senate hearing Wednesday, he's expected to present the Internet giant as a cool innovator that just wants to improve Web searches — not a ruthless firm that controls what people see online and squashes competitors.
Dan Seifert / MobileBurn.com:
AT&T's 4G LTE network set to go live today  —  News by Dan Seifert on Sunday September 18, 2011.  —  Sponsored links, if any, appear in green.  —  Today is the day that AT&T has said that its 4G LTE network would become operational and available to general consumers in the five test markets previously announced.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Testing New Celebrity Endorsement Advertising Program  —  Google users may soon see celebrity endorsements included as annotations under paid search results as part of new advertising program that the company has just started testing.  Google's Christian Oestlien revealed the test …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
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Intel's Ivy Bridge Architecture Exposed
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