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9:30 PM ET, September 29, 2011


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John Jersin / Google Analytics Blog:
What's happening on your site right now?  —  The web is getting faster, and not just the speed of the pages, but also the speed of change.  Before, it was fine to build a website and modify it only when new products were launched.  All of us avid Analytics users know that's just not good enough.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Apotheker's Exit Is Cheaper Than Expected for HP (But Still Pricey, Considering)  —  Léo Apotheker is gone from Hewlett-Packard, but he left so suddenly that the board of directors didn't have time to finalize his severance package.  That is until today.
Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
Meg Whitman Will Work for $1 a Year … New Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman has agreed to take a base salary of $1 a year, according to a regulatory filing Thursday, as she tries to patch up the struggling computer giant.  —  Meanwhile, H-P said it agreed to pay ousted CEO Leo Apotheker $7.2 million …
Brian Winter / Reuters:
Brazil's $12 billion iPad deal is in trouble: sources  —  (Reuters) - A much-hyped $12 billion plan for Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn to produce iPads in Brazil is “in doubt” due to stagnant negotiations over tax breaks and Brazil's own deep structural problems such as a lack of skilled labor, government sources tell Reuters.
Microsoft Said to Add Comcast, Verizon Pay TV to Xbox Live  —  Microsoft Corp. plans to offer online pay television service from Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) and Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) through Xbox Live, in an bid to channel more entertainment to its video-game console, people with knowledge of the situation said.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iPhone 4S / 5 appears in Apple's inventory system, iPod touch may see price drops  —  Yesterday we reported that tweaked iPhone 4 models and white iPod touch models have appeared in Apple's internal inventory systems ahead of the October 4th Apple event.  Today, though, comes the big news …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Planets Are Aligned: Facebook's Spartan And iPad Projects Set To Launch Early Next Week  —  Earlier tonight, Alexia found and posted some screenshots of something that sure looked a lot like the mythical “Project Spartan”.  Shortly thereafter, Facebook took down the page in question.
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:   Facebook's Mobile App Platform to Include Seamless Login, Bookmarks, Requests
Michael Arrington / UNCRUNCHED:
AOL + TechCrunch One Year Anniversary: A Look Back And A Look Forward  —  “So we begin another journey.  I fully intend to stay with AOL for a very, very long time.”  - Me, one year ago.  —  A year ago yesterday we announced the acquisition of TechCrunch by Aol.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Full Video: Watch Jeff Bezos unveil Amazon's new Kindles  —  There's nothing quite like watching a big product unveiling in its entirety, and getting to know the ins and outs of a new gadget from a company's top executive.  Granted, in terms of showmanship, Jeff Bezos isn't quite on the level of Steve Jobs …
Discussion: AllThingsD
Lukas Mathis / ignore the code:
A Machine for Reading Books
Discussion: Fortune
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Goldman: Microsoft Is Getting $444 Million Annually From Android Patent Licenses  —  Microsoft is will generate $444 million in revenue from Android patent deals for fiscal year 2012 (started in July 1, 2011, ends June 30, 2012), according to a note from Goldman Sachs's tech analyst team.
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
With ‘frictionless sharing,’ Facebook and news orgs push boundaries of online privacy  —  Facebook again may have gone too far in its quest to make privacy obsolete, and this time some news organizations could get burned by going along with it.  —  Facebook spent years making it easier …
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Privacy advocates want Facebook probed on recent changes
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:hbrink1
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
Happy and You Know It?  So Are Millions on Twitter  —  However grumpy when they wake up, and whether they stumble to their feet in Mumbai, Mexico City or Minnetonka, Minn., people tend to brighten by breakfast time and feel their mood taper gradually to a low in the late afternoon …
Discussion: Gawker
Autonomy's reaction to Oracle's statement  —  A spokesperson for Autonomy said on Thursday:  —  “Last week in response to a question about unstructured information Oracle made some less-than-enlightened comments on the subject, which Autonomy has been pointing out in the press.
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core Blog:
Apple tells education: no more boxed software (except Logic)  —  This should come as a surprise top no one.  Boxed software's days have been numbered since Apple opened the Mac App Store in January 2011, but some people refuse to see the handwriting on the wall.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
U.S. Capitol Police Investigating Onion Twitter Joke  —  The Onion botched a joke about congressmen taking children hostage this morning on Twitter.  Now, the U.S. Capitol police are investigating the joke.  Everyone chill out!  —  Today, The Onion tweeted: “BREAKING …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft cracks down on Windows Phone app “spam”, limits devs to 10 apps per day  —  Microsoft revealed on Thursday that it plans to take a tougher stance on bulk publishing of Windows Phone apps.  —  The Windows Phone Marketplace is growing week by week and recently passed 30,000 applications.
Kevin Kwang / ZDNet:
HTC: Windows Phone to outpace competitors
Peter Farago / Flurry Blog:
iOS & Android Apps: Prime-time All the Time  —  On broadcast television, brands seek to reach their target audiences as efficiently as possible.  For example, a brand might run a TV campaign targeting 24 - 35 year old females through prime-time shows that reach that desired audience.
Kazunori Takada / Reuters:
Fake iPhone ring busted in China: report  —  Companies:  —  Related Quotes  —  SymbolPriceChange  —  397.01  —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese police in Shanghai have arrested five people for making and selling fake versions of Apple Inc's iPhone, a local newspaper reported on Thursday.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Kayak Puts IPO Plans on Hold  —  Blame it on turbulent waters, but Kayak, the hotel and flight search provider, has put its IPO plans on hold as it seeks more favorable market conditions.  —  In an exclusive interview with AllThingsD, Robert Birge, Kayak's chief marketing officer …
Discussion: MediaFile and DealBook
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Bing Launches Airport Maps For 42 US Cities  —  Microsoft's search service Bing is today announcing the launch of airport maps for 42 major airports across the U.S., with plans to expand to other airports over time.  The new feature is available now in Bing Maps on the desktop (some airport maps were previously available on mobile).
Ellis Hamburger / Business Insider:
Spotify Adds “Private Listening” Mode After Complaints From Facebook Users  —  Spotify CEO and Founder Daniel Ek just tweeted that Spotify is currently rolling out a new desktop client in response to complaints from Facebook users.  —  The new client features a “private listening” …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Sean Parker Is Launching a Blog  —  The Sean Parkington Post?  Seanster?  Blogify?  It's not clear what former Facebook president Sean Parker will call his forthcoming blog, but it's clear the famed tech hustler is serious about the endeavor: He's hired a firm to build buzz, and is already running ads and planning to hire writers.
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Discussion: Foursquare Blog and VentureBeat
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Google = Google+  —  Earlier this week I participated …
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Apple is working a new Hybrid Drive System of their Own
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Discussion: MediaPost and Gizmodo
Asher Moses / Sydney Morning Herald:
Apple fears Samsung tablet will ‘seduce’ customers, court told
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BlackBerry PlayBook on sale at Best Buy for $299
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