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10:40 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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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: LAUNCH, Reuters and Mashable!
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Gling?  Glam Buys Ning for $200 Million  —  Glam Media, a social content platform for sites primarily targeting women, said it's buying Ning, the custom social-platform start-up co-founded by Marc Andreessen.  —  The purchase price wasn't disclosed, but sources close to the deal said the sale price was $200 million.
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Marc Andreessen / pmarca:
Merging Glam and Ning  —  Today, my company Ning, where I serve as chairman and cofounder, is announcing that it has agreed to merge into Glam Media.  In this post, I'd like to briefly explain the whats and whys, and to thank a lot of people who have worked very hard to get us to this point.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Updated with real deal price: Glam Buys Ning For $150 Million, Andreessen Joins Board
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.
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:   Facebook Combines Most Recent and Top News Into a Single Feed, Adds a Real-Time News Ticker
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.
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.
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Introducing Instagram v2.0
David Goldman / CNN Money:
Microsoft's plan to stop Bing's $1 billion bleeding  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Bing, Microsoft's two-year old search engine, is losing nearly a $1 billion a quarter, with no sign of letting up.  —  Microsoft ( MSFT, Fortune 500) has lost $5.5 billion on Bing since the search service launched in June 2009 …
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.
Discussion: PC Magazine, ZDNet and ExtremeTech
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Jared Newman / PC World:
Beyond Google Wallet: A Look at the Competition
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.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Announces f8 Speakers, Including Spotify And Turntable.fm CEOs
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Introducing Engadget Distro!  —  Say hello to Engadget Distro.  At its most molecular level, it's nothing more than a series of ones and zeros, cobbled together in a compiler and made to look like words and images on Apple's iPad.  But in reality, it's something far greater …
Discussion: parislemon
Dylan Love / Business Insider:
Here's What Sergey Brin Just Posted To Google+ After Not Using It For Weeks  —  We just called out a laundry list of senior Googlers for not using Google+.  —  Among them was Sergey Brin, whose last update was on August 29, sharing a picture of a blimp sailing over San Francisco.
Discussion: CNET News
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 Panzarino / The Next Web:
Amazon responds to complaints about poor working conditions in warehouses  —  An article from the Morning Call that was published on Saturday sparked a wave of discussion about the working conditions in Amazon warehouses.  The article cited a healthy sampling, by way of anecdotal examples …
Discussion: Gawker
Kori Schulman / The White House Blog:
Putting America Back to Work: LinkedIn Presents a Town Hall with President Obama  —  We're excited to announce that on Monday September 26th, President Obama will travel to Mountain View, California for a Town Hall with LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network.
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Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Al Jazeera Chief Steps Down, WikiLeaks Cables a Culprit?  —  The director-general of Al Jazeera, Wadah Khanfar, has resigned after eight years leading the family of cable news channels.  His resignation comes after U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks seem to indicate that Khanfar …
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Threat Level
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.
AppleInsider:
Apple begins slowly taking wraps off Fifth Ave glass cube  —  Apple on Tuesday began to remove wooden supports from the structure covering its under-construction glass cube on Fifth Avenue in New York, as work on the multi-million dollar project at the company's flagship store moves toward completion.
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
In Small Towns, Gossip Moves to the Web, and Turns Vicious  —  MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo. — In the small towns nestled throughout the Ozarks, people like to say that everybody knows everybody's business — and if they do not, they feel free to offer an educated guess.
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.
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 internal payment system for virtual goods, Facebook's revenue is on target to hit $4.27 billion this year.  —  According to forecasts …
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Food Delivery Search Engine GrubHub Raises $50M, Buys Campusfood And Allmenus  —  Chicago-based startup GrubHub, a service that lets you order food for delivery or take out from local restaurants online or by mobile phone, has raised $50 million in Series E funding led by Lightspeed Ventures …
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Internal T-Mobile memo says customers can keep rate plans following AT&T merger
Discussion: CNET News, TmoNews and App Advice
Matt Drance / Apple Outsider:
What Netflix Could Have Said This Week
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Zynga Plans Big Event At New Headquarters On October 11
Brad Molen / Engadget:
NVIDIA releases Kal-El white papers, announces a fifth ‘Companion’ core for less demanding tasks
Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat:
Exclusive: Shake Up and Resignations at Uber's New York Office, CEO Travis Kalanick Explains
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Oracle-Google Faceoff: Judge Tells the Larrys to Keep Talking
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Case for Going Metro-Only on ARM
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E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
Deals Company Valuations Are Plummeting: Report
Discussion: CB Insights and PE Hub Blog
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
NPD: Android Has Market Share, But Windows Phone Has Mindshare
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
Sean Hollister / This is my next:
Logitech Harmony Link: a $100 wireless IR blaster for your iPad or smartphone (video)
Discussion: Engadget, App Advice and TUAW
 

 
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