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4:05 PM ET, September 20, 2011

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Vic Gundotra / The Official Google Blog:
Google+: 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99... 100.  —  The Google+ project has been in field trial for just under 90 days, and in that time we've made 91 different improvements (many of which are posted here).  Google+ is still in its infancy, of course, but we're more excited than ever to bring …
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Richard Dunn / Google+ Platform Blog:
Introducing the Google+ Hangouts API  —  In the three months since we launched face-to-face-to-face communication in Google+ Hangouts, I've been impressed by the many ways people use them.  We've seen Hangouts for game shows, fantasy football drafts, guitar lessons and even hangouts for writers to break their solitary confinement.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google+ Opens To Everyone, Adds Search, Expands Hangouts  —  After three months, anyone who wants in to the Google+ social network can now get in.  The company announced the news today on its blog, along with a new Google+ search feature and expanded functionality for hangouts.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Google rolls out Hangouts live streaming & Hangouts mobile
Discussion: LAUNCH, Reuters and The Next Web
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Google to Add +1 Social Layer to Display Ads
Discussion: Christian Oestlien and @robhof
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
HP Cutting 500 Jobs at webOS Division (Updated)  —  The layoffs have begun at Hewlett-Packard's Palm division.  —  The company, which announced plans to shutter its webOS hardware business back in August, is sacking hundreds of employees as a result.  —  Sources close to HP say the company plans …
Ian Paul / PC World:
Wall Street Journal Social on Facebook: A First Look  —  The Wall Street Journal has unveiled WSJ Social Beta, a new way to consume news on Facebook.  The effort from the News Corp. paper provides users full access to Journal articles within the walls of Facebook, along with the Journal's own advertising.
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Graham Cluley / Naked Security:
Google Wallet - why you shouldn't throw away your wallet just yet  —  Google has announced, to some fanfare, what it hopes will be a revolution in the way we pay for things: Google Wallet.  —  Google Wallet is a smartphone app (currently only available for the Nexus S 4G Android phone) that aims to replace your credit cards.
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Jared Newman / PC World:
Beyond Google Wallet: A Look at the Competition
Discussion: Softpedia News and PE Hub Blog
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
NPD: Android Has Market Share, But Windows Phone Has Mindshare  —  Given how low the sales figures have been for Windows Phone-based devices up to now, it's hard to believe that purchasing intent can be enough to turn things around.  But if you believe the news from the analysts at NPD …
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Windows Phone manager who tweeted inside info about Nokia device is out at Microsoft
Discussion: WinRumors and WMPoweruser, Thanks:johnhcook
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Version 2.0, Instagram Focuses On Re-engineering The Camera  —  It was exactly one year ago today that I wrote up my initial lengthy preview of Instagram.  I had a feeling that when it launched, it was going to be big.  I underestimated it.  —  Fast forward to today.
Dan Reimold / MediaShift:
Google+: Social Media Upstart ‘Worse Than a Ghost Town’  —  I wanted to log on to Google+.  I swear I did.  But the thought of it made me tired.  —  I recently wrote a piece for MediaShift on the perils of tweeting interview requests.  Like I've done for past pieces and many of the posts …
Discussion: CNN and Robert Scoble
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Jonathan Zdziarski / Jonathan Zdziarski's Domain:
OnStar Begins Spying On Customers' GPS Location For Profit  —  I canceled the OnStar subscription on my new GMC vehicle today after receiving an email from the company about their new terms and conditions.  While most people, I imagine, would hit the delete button when receiving something …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Case for Going Metro-Only on ARM  —  Jesper makes the case that Microsoft will allow desktop (i.e. traditional) Windows apps to run on ARM-based Windows 8 machines: … Read the whole thing.  His take is reasonable.  If Windows 8 does ship with support for classic non-Metro apps on ARM machines, these will be the reasons why.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft: Desktop apps will run on Windows 8 on ARM
Mark Tonkelowitz / Facebook Blog:
Interesting News, Any Time You Visit  —  When you visit Facebook, you should see the things you're most interested in, like status updates from your family and closest friends.  Last week, we announced improvements to Friend Lists and a new Subscribe button to help you see more of what you care about, and less of what you don't.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Facebook's Big F8 Plans Get Dialed Back, Just a Bit  —  Facebook's soon-to-be-announced overhaul is designed to help people find and consume more media.  But the social network's original plan, which was to have its users consume that media without leaving the site, has changed.
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
HTC Rhyme: Verizon's female-targeted Android device with a bizarre charm indicator coming September 22nd for $199.99  —  And just like that, the long rumored HTC Bliss — herein known as the Rhyme — is official.  Yep, after months of following the “lady phone” (our internal name for the handset) …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Hits A Billion Checkins, Launches New Version Of Its App  —  Location based app Foursquare has just one billion checkins, it just announced on its blog.  The app has gone from 100 million checkins in July, 2010 to 200 million in Oct 2010 to 750 million checkins in June 2011.
Sean Hollister / This is my next:
Logitech Harmony Link: a $100 wireless IR blaster for your iPad or smartphone (video)  —  Fighting over the remote control may be a thing of the past, if Logitech has its way — today, it's introducing the Harmony Link, a shiny black puck that promises to give every iOS and Android device …
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Netflix Stock Erases 12 Months Of Massive Growth, Crashes Through 52 Week Low  —  And with the sound of Wall Street's opening bell, Netflix quickly dipped below its 52 week low, opening at $141.40 but falling within a few seconds under $140.  [NASDAQ:NFLX] Over the past two months …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Final Cut Pro X gets first big update, and a free trial  —  Apple today is releasing its first major update to Final Cut Pro X with new features it says professional customers have been asking for, along with a new trial version users can try out for free.  —  Among the biggest new feature …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Hackers break SSL encryption used by millions of sites  —  Beware of BEAST decrypting secret PayPal cookies  —  Researchers have discovered a serious weakness in virtually all websites protected by the secure sockets layer protocol that allows attackers to silently decrypt data that's passing between …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Motorola ATRIX 2 images and details revealed  —  BGR has just been given photos of the follow up to the original Motorola ATRIX 4G, the Motorola ATRIX 2, internally known as the Motorola Edison.  The Motorola ATRIX 2 will not be an LTE device according to our source, though the phone will launch …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
T-Mobile CMO: ‘We are not getting the iPhone 5 this year’  —  T-Mobile's Chief Marketing Officer Cole Broadman claims the carrier will not “get the iPhone 5 this year”.  This according to what appears to be a leaked internal document (via Tmo News) including a transcript from a recent Town Hall at Field Service Center.
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
Microsoft paid out ‘more than £1 million’ to female executive  —  Microsoft paid out “more than £1 million” to silence a female executive who was unfairly overlooked to become managing director of its business in Britain.  —  Natalie Ayres worked at the computer software company …
Discussion: Neowin.net and WinRumors
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Comcast's $9.99 Internet for low-income families goes nationwide  —  Comcast rolled out its Internet Essentials program nationwide today, offering low-income families in its service territory $10/month Internet connections and access to $150 computers.  —  Any family with at least one child …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Study: patent trolls have cost innovators half a trillion dollars  —  By now, the story of patent trolls has become well-known: a small company with no products of its own threatens lawsuits against larger companies who inadvertently infringe its portfolio of broad patents.
Discussion: SSRN, Techdirt and Geekosystem
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Former Intuit CEO Bill Harris Launches Personal Capital  —  Bill Harris has spent his entire career at the nexus of the financial and technology industries, first as the CEO of Intuit, then PayPal, and then as an investor over the past decade.  Now he is bringing all of his experiences together …
 
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Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Digg delivers automatically curated news content with Newsrooms
Discussion: TechCrunch and Digg Blog, Thanks:logicalmoron
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Exclusive: Facebook seeks exec to build Hollywood, media ties
E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
Deals Company Valuations Are Plummeting: Report
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 priced at $469 and $569
Discussion: Inquirer and Electronista
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Facebook ‘Credits’ Revenue Now Growing Faster Than its Ads
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Updated: Amazon Appstore Outside The U.S.? Not So Fast
Discussion: Inquirer and The Digital Reader, Thanks:ingridlunden
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zynga To Debut New, 3D Version Of Facebook Game Mafia Wars
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Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Google Voice currently being tested in Europe ahead of international launch
Discussion: Softpedia News, Electronista and SlashGear, Thanks:m4tt
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
AT&T to smaller carriers: buy our spectrum (and save our T-Mobile merger)
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Hi5 Confirms “Significant” Layoffs, Wraps Them In Mumbo Jumbo Speak
Discussion: Softpedia News and Develop
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