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12:35 PM ET, September 22, 2011

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Employee Reveals Killer Facebook Music Feature In Deleted Tweet  —  Facebook Music is launching tomorrow.  This, everyone knows.  But not everyone knows exactly how it will work, since Facebook been tweaking things right up until launch.  But tonight one Facebook employee accidentally revealed …
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
The Big Picture of Facebook f8: Prepare for the Oversharing Explosion  —  Facebook, as expected, will launch a set of tools and partnerships today that is aimed at socializing users' activities all over the Web.  —  What does this all mean?  Lots and lots more sharing, and probably a good amount of oversharing, that's what.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
At f8, Facebook to jump on the NFC train  —  In a matter of hours, Facebook is going to host f8, its annual developer conference.  By now we have all heard everything that is coming at the event.  Back in June, I had exclusively reported that Facebook will launch its Music service in partnership with Spotify and others.
Discussion: Electronista and Pocket-lint
@facebook:
Doors are open at #f8. Tune in at 9:30 AM PT to watch keynotes and hear exciting announcements live http://on.fb.me/f8live2011
Discussion: GigaOM
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Tick, Tick, Tick, HP Board: The Time to Act Is Today  —  The Hewlett-Packard board will meet as a whole today, after all kinds of committee confabs yesterday, in what sources describe as an intense debate over the fate of its current CEO, Léo Apotheker.
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James B. Stewart / New York Times:
Voting to Hire a Chief Without Meeting Him  —  The mystery isn't why Hewlett-Packard is likely to part ways with its chief executive, Léo Apotheker, after just a year in the job.  It's why he was hired in the first place.  —  The answer, say many involved in the process, lies squarely with the troubled Hewlett board.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Whitman Expected to Get HP CEO Nod After Markets Close (and Not for the Interim Either)  —  Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman is poised to be named the new CEO of Hewlett-Packard later today after the markets are closed, said multiple sources close to the situation.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
HAH! Guess How Much Money Soon-To-Be-Canned HP CEO Apotheker Will Get For His Lousy Year Of Work
Discussion: Pulse2
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
New HTC users to get 5GB free Dropbox service  —  Microsoft has Skydrive, Apple has iCloud, and now HTC has Dropbox following a new partnership between the phone maker and popular cloud storage service.  —  HTC has confirmed to Pocket-lint that users of its latest Android handsets …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Verizon goes to bat for AT&T, defends T-Mobile merger  —  Verizon Communications chief executive Lowell McAdam has gone on record in suggesting that the company's biggest rival, AT&T, should be allowed to complete its proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA.
Jennifer Valentino-Devries / Wall Street Journal:
‘Stingray’ Phone Tracker Fuels Constitutional Clash  —  For more than a year, federal authorities pursued a man they called simply “the Hacker.”  Only after using a little known cellphone-tracking device—a stingray—were they able to zero in on a California home and make the arrest.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Apple's iPad to have ‘free run’ in holiday shopping season  —  Summary: Garter says that until Android can get its hardware, software and services act together, the tablet market belongs to Apple's iPad.  —  Apple's iPad is likely to be unchallenged in the tablet market this holiday shopping season, according to Gartner projections.
Josh Williams / Gowalla:
A New Gowalla  —  Nearly three years ago I sat on a beach at Lake Tahoe and watched as a large low-flying cloud hung above the lake, creating the backdrop for a beautiful weekend of solitude.  As much as I enjoyed the time alone to clear my thoughts, I was overwhelmed with the desire to share this experience with someone.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Anonymous Declares Sept 24 “Day Of Vengence” In The US, Plans A “Series Of Cyber Attacks”  —  Hacktivist group Anonymous have been busy bees this year, and they're not planning to cool down any time soon.  Earlier this morning, Anonymous (or some 12-year old kid labeling himself Anonymous …
Steven Bertoni / Forbes:
Sean Parker: Agent Of Disruption  —  Pointed toward his 18-acre compound in Marin County, Sean Parker rips through the night fog on the Golden Gate Bridge in a stealthy Audi S6 that masks a Lamborghini engine, one pale hand on the wheel, the other toggling through thousands of songs uploaded on the car's sound system.
Discussion: GMSV and L.A. Times Tech Blog
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Sherilynn Macale / The Next Web:   Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning are building a new live video startup called Airtime
Dominic Leung / Gmail Blog:
Introducing multiple sign-in and preferences on Gmail for mobile  —  Posted by Posted by Dominic Leung, Mobile Software Engineer  —  The Gmail for mobile team works hard to bring you features that make you more productive on the go.  Today, we will highlight some new features for Gmail in your mobile browser.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Next Oracle-Google settlement talks possibly without the Larrys — damages claims may be higher than ever  —  Following the second court-ordered mediation conference between Oracle and Google, which took place on Wednesday, the magistrate judge moderating this settlement effort entered an order …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Congress doesn't get Google, and it doesn't get Congress  —  Is Google evil?  Members of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights tried to decide that today in a hearing on Google's market power and whether it is beneficial for consumers or not.
Phil Milford / Bloomberg:
Apple Sued by Via Technologies Over Microprocessor Patents  —  Apple Inc., the world's biggest technology company by value, was sued by Taiwan's Via Technologies Inc. (2388) for allegedly infringing three U.S. patents for microprocessors used in mobile phones and tablet computers.
Discussion: GigaOM, 9to5Mac and The Next Web
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Mozilla proposes not-so-rapid-release Firefox  —  Under the Mozilla proposal, a new Extended Support Release version of Firefox would arrive every 30 weeks.  —  Mozilla, faced with business users' stiff resistance to its new rapid update schedule for Firefox, has proposed a slower-moving version of the browser.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
IVP Leads $7 Million Investment In Business Insider  —  Digital media startup and online news platform Business Insider has raised $7 million in new funding.  The round was led by new investor IVP, writes the site's co-founder and CEO Henry Blodget.  The company had previously raised funding …
Eric Hautala / The Windows Blog:
Where's Mango?  An update on timing  —  Hi everybody.  Given all the recent speculation around the timing of our Mango update, I wanted to bring you up to speed on what to expect next.  —  For months, we and dozens of our partner companies have been laying the groundwork for the Windows Phone 7.5 update—and making solid progress.
Mark Hearn / Sprintfeed:
Sprint Capping Phone as a Modem to 5GB Starting October 2nd  —  And the cutbacks continue!  We've seen ETFs increase, Sprint Premier go away, upgrade fees raised, what next?  We can now add Phone as a Modem to the list.  Our beloved Super Spies have been bringing the pain lately and today is no exception!
Twitter UK:
Gleeful  —  People come to Twitter to connect with the latest information on the topics and people they care about.  From the beginning, brands, businesses and charitable organisations have been an important part of the Twitter experience, providing people with special announcements …
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Facebook users protest changes to News Feed, new ‘ticker’  —  Maybe it's time for Facebook to finally roll out that “dislike” button.  —  Facebook is getting an earful about changes it made to the News Feed right before its annual developers conference Thursday.
Bloomberg:
LivingSocial Weighs $6B Funding Instead of IPO  —  LivingSocial may raise more than $200 million in funding that would give it a valuation of as much as $6 billion, rather than proceeding with plans for an initial public offering, people with knowledge of the matter said.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
YouTube Now Converting 2D Videos To 3D, Removes 15 Minute Limit For Verified Users  —  I hate 3D videos.  Chances are, you hate 3D videos too.  And yet, the electronics makers of the world insist on shoving 3D display technology into everything from TVs to smartphones …
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
A Galaxy S Sequel With Big-Screen Ambitions  —  In the crowded and sometimes confusing market for smartphones based on Google's Android operating system, Samsung's Galaxy models have been among the best and most popular.  Launched last year on multiple carriers, the Galaxy S models …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
HTC: Beats Audio Windows Phones in the pipeline  —  HTC has confirmed it is working with Beats Audio to bring the company's music technology to Windows Phone handsets.  Speaking to SlashGear at an HTC event today about the prospect of Beats - which currently features on the HTC Sensation XE …
 
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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
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Discussion: paidContent
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
What Are You Doing With Your iPad? Playing Around, Buying Apps, Watching Netflix.
Discussion: Electronista
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Fall Event  —  Mark Sigal asks a good question …
Discussion: parislemon