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1:40 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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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.
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.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Google rolls out Hangouts live streaming & Hangouts mobile
Discussion: Reuters and The Next Web
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.
Discussion: paidContent and VentureBeat
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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 …
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Loic Le Meur:
The Influencers Verdict: the Google+ example  —  One of the top challenges of any service launching it to pass the influencers verdict.  Look at Dan Reimold's post (that I am discovering tonight because his post is on Techmeme) about the failure of Google+ “Worse than a Ghost town”.
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Source: Facebook To Launch Read, Listened, Watched, And Want Buttons  —  The cat is out of the bag that Facebook is going to launch something big at its developer conference f8 this week.  We've heard about the social music services that could be debuting in a few days …
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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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Softpedia News and CNET News
Osama Bedier / The Official Google Blog:
Launching Google Wallet on Sprint and working with Visa, American Express and Discover  —  In May we announced Google Wallet—an app that makes your phone your wallet—with Citi, MasterCard, Sprint and First Data.  With Google Wallet, you can tap, pay and save using your phone and near field communication (NFC).
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 …
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) …
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
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.
Bloomberg:
Google, Oracle Ordered to Meet Again Tomorrow in Android Dispute Mediation  —  Google Inc. and Oracle Corp. (ORCL) are scheduled to meet again tomorrow after a daylong session yesterday in an attempt to resolve a lawsuit alleging the search engine company's Android technology infringed Oracle's patents.
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Foursquare Now Keeps Home Addresses Private  —  Foursquare has rolled out a new privacy option to help prevent users from unwittingly sharing home addresses with strangers.  —  The update, first spotted by About Foursquare, enables the user to designate a Foursquare locale as a private residence …
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft: Desktop apps will run on Windows 8 on ARM  —  Summary: Windows 8 Metro-style apps and Desktop apps are going to offer two different experiences.  But both kinds of apps are going to be available on both x86/x64 and ARM PCs and tablets.  —  I've heard numerous folks who attended Build …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Google Voice currently being tested in Europe ahead of international launch  —  Google is currently ‘dogfooding’ its telephony service Google Voice in Europe ahead of a planned launch outside the US, the company's European Director of Business Development, Jens Redmer has just told The Next Web.
Discussion: Softpedia News and SlashGear, Thanks:m4tt
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 …
Discussion: Social Markets, VatorNews and CNET News, Thanks:mcalderone
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zynga To Debut New, 3D Version Of Facebook Game Mafia Wars  —  After launching new title Adventure World on Facebook, social gaming giant Zynga is revealing details about its next Facebook game—Mafia Wars 2.  You can watch the trailer below.  —  Originally launched 2008 …
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
AT&T to smaller carriers: buy our spectrum (and save our T-Mobile merger)  —  It appears that AT&T's $39 billion bid to purchase T-Mobile may have moved into the desperation phase of the transaction.  Bloomberg reports that AT&T is now asking MetroPCS and Leap Wireless whether they'd like to buy any of the larger company's spectrum.
Discussion: paidContent
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Updated: Amazon Appstore Outside The U.S.?  Not So Fast  —  Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) thrives on scale for its business model.  But when it comes to launching new products, the company has often taken a cautious—and, some might argue, slow—approach in rolling them out worldwide.
Dennis Fisher:
How Bug Bounties Are Like Rat Farming  —  SAN FRANCISCO—It's become fashionable of late to have people from outside the industry give keynotes at security conferences as a way of providing a fresh perspective or unique insight into what security means.  Often, that fresh perspective turns …
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Hi5 Confirms “Significant” Layoffs, Wraps Them In Mumbo Jumbo Speak
Discussion: Softpedia News and Develop
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
American Express Buys Virtual Currency Monetization Platform Sometrics For $30M
Discussion: VentureBeat
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
New Patent Law Only Makes Life Harder for Startups and Universities
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Spencer Soper / Morning Call:
Allentown: Inside Amazon.com warehouse workers complain of brutal conditions
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Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
The Guy Behind The Qwikster Twitter Account Realizes What He Has, Wants A Mountain Of Cash
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