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5:15 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
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Windows Phone manager who tweeted inside info about Nokia device is out at Microsoft  —  A Windows Phone principal program manager has left the company two weeks after making headlines for tweeting his impressions of an unreleased Nokia phone running the Microsoft mobile operating system.
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.
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  —  Google Wallet is finally here, allowing Sprint Nexus S users to pay with their smartphones at select retailers in New York and San Francisco.  —  The launch makes Google Wallet the first major NFC mobile payment system to be embedded …
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 …
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.
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 …
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Facebook is set to pass $4B in revenue this year, thanks to Credits  —  Due in large part to the growth of Facebook Credits, the social network's revenue is on target to hit $4.27 billion this year.  —  According to forecasts from eMarketer, this number is composed of around $3.8 billion …
Discussion: MediaPost
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Facebook ‘Credits’ Revenue Now Growing Faster Than its Ads
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
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 …
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, MediaPost and Robert Scoble
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Loic Le Meur:   The Influencers Verdict: the Google+ example
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.
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 …
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 …
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Digg delivers automatically curated news content with Newsrooms  —  News aggregator site Digg today unveiled Newsrooms, a new section of the site that features automatically curated news content for specific topics like technology and politics.  —  Here's how it works …
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) …
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 …
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 …
Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat:
Exclusive: Shake Up and Resignations at Uber's New York Office, CEO Travis Kalanick Explains  —  Lone Ranger?  Image via NextGen  —  Betabeat just learned that Uber's three-person New York office, which opened four months ago, has already weathered a couple big staffing shake-ups.
Thanks:benpopper
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 …
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: ReadWriteWeb and Softpedia News
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
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
E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
Deals Company Valuations Are Plummeting: Report  —  A new study says the daily deals field is glutted with copycats, and it's up to Groupon and LivingSocial to prove the model works.  —  Success breeds nothing if not copycats, and few industries have seen more imitators in the last 12 months than the daily deals space.
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 …
 
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Foster Kamer / The New York Observer:
Anonymous is Getting a Book: Proposal Being Shopped Around to Publishers This Week, Not-Anonymously
Siddharth Cavale / Reuters:
Adobe profit beats, sees strong Q4 revenue
Reuters:
Oracle Q1 revenue slightly ahead of Street view
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Case for Going Metro-Only on ARM
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Exclusive: Facebook seeks exec to build Hollywood, media ties
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 priced at $469 and $569
Discussion: Inquirer
 Earlier Items: 
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Klip launches an easy way to watch videos on smartphones
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Updated: Amazon Appstore Outside The U.S.? Not So Fast
Discussion: The Digital Reader, Thanks:ingridlunden
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zynga To Debut New, 3D Version Of Facebook Game Mafia Wars
Dennis Fisher:
How Bug Bounties Are Like Rat Farming
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
T-Mobile CMO: ‘We are not getting the iPhone 5 this year’
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Google Voice currently being tested in Europe ahead of international launch
Discussion: SlashGear and Softpedia News, Thanks:m4tt
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Former Intuit CEO Bill Harris Launches Personal Capital
Discussion: AllThingsD, Social Markets and VatorNews, Thanks:mcalderone