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September 7, 2012, 11:00 PM

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John P. Falcone / CNET:
Amazon confirms: All new Kindle Fires stuck with ads  —  All new Kindle Fire tablets have “Special Offers” (ads), and — unlike past Kindles — you won't be able to opt out.  —  Amazon introduced a bevy of new tablets and e-readers at its Santa Monica press conference yesterday.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
BIG WIN FOR MICROSOFT: Bing Is The Default Search Engine On The Kindle Fire HD  —  It appears as though Microsoft has landed a nice win for its search engine, Bing.  —  Eliane Fiolet at UberGizmo got some hands on time with the Fire HD and mentioned that “The search box is powered by Bing.”
Wall Street Journal:
New iPhone to Support LTE Around the World  —  Apple Inc.'s next iPhone will work on the fastest wireless networks around the world—including in the U.S., Europe and Asia—though it is unlikely to be available on every carrier, people familiar with the matter said.
Clayton Morris / Fox News:
Apple to unveil new lineup of desktop iMacs  —  Get ready, because the iMacs are coming.  —  I've been hoping for an iMac update and it looks like my wish is about to come true!  Multiple sources tell me that a new lineup of desktop machines from Apple is imminent.
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Google beefs up its security by acquiring online virus scanner VirusTotal  —  Google has just acquired VirusTotal, a free security service that analyzes suspicious files and URLs, for an undisclosed amount.  According to VirusTotal's announcement, the two companies had been partners for quite some time …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Airlines begin integrating Passbook for mobile boarding passes ahead of iOS 6 launch  —  While we expect a ton of businesses to soon start integrating iOS 6′s Passbook feature for storing boarding passes, loyalty cards, coupons, etc., it appears one airline has already done so.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
The FBI pours $1 billion into facial recognition technology project, going nationwide in 2014  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has a $1 billion budget for its latest venture: using facial recognition technology to fight crime.  Dubbed the Next Generation Identification (NGI) …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Wikipedia told Philip Roth he's not “credible source” on book he wrote  —  American novelist Philip Roth is so famous that there's a Wikipedia page about his life and numerous Wikipedia articles about individual books he's written.  But by the sometimes strict editing process enforced …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple's new iPods: Various new iPod touches, new iPod nano, tweaked iPod shuffle  —  Earlier this week, we reported that the iPhone 5 (codenamed N42) will share the stage with a string of new iPod announcements on September 12th.  At that time, we believed Apple would introduce …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
FedEx Planning for ‘Surge Volume’ Event September 21-24, Coinciding with Rumored iPhone 5 Launch Date  —  MacRumors has received word that FedEx is making preparations for a “surge volume” event during the period of September 21-24, coinciding with rumors of an iPhone launch in the United States …
Beth Callaghan / AllThingsD:
Kevin Rose Interviews Elon Musk  —  Digg founder and Google Ventures partner Kevin Rose recently sat down with Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk for the twentieth episode of Foundation, a video series on Revision3 in which he interviews influential business leaders in the tech community.
Thanks:@kevinrose
Danny Brogan / Pocket-lint:
HTC One X+ smartphone outed by anonymous tweet  —  Specs for a device that an XDA developer is calling the HTC One X+ has been revealed on his or her own personal Twitter feed.  —  The HTC One X+ will purportedly be the successor to the Taiwanese manufacturer's current flagship smartphone, the HTC One X.?
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Spreecast raises $7M to take on Google+ Hangouts  —  Group video chat startup Spreecast raised a $7 million Series A round of funding for what it calls the web's next conversation platform.  Investors include Meakem Becker Venture Capital, GGV Capital and MentorTech Ventures …
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Google Maps adds new hi-res imagery in more than 60 regions following Bing's aerial maps roll out  —  Following the recent completion of Microsoft's Global Ortho (GO) project for Bing Maps, Google is now announcing updated, high resolution satellite imagery for more than 60 regions and updated aerial imagery for more than 20 locations.
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Flipboard Has A Great Plan For Surviving Twitter's War On Developers: E-Commerce  —  Flipboard just revealed a new product that could well save the company: a social catalog for shopping.  —  More broadly, it shows that the much-watched startup is shifting away from getting people to look …

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