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September 9, 2012, 7:50 AM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Spotify Will Launch A Browser-Based Version  —  If you're wondering why the Spotify desktop software has hardly been updated in a year, it's because the company is preparing to launch a completely overhauled browser-based version of its streaming music service, multiple sources confirm.
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Amazon Kindle HD Will Allow Users To Opt-Out Of “Special Offers” For $15  —  If you've been put off by the (arguably obtrusive) Special Offers on the Kindle Fire HD, Amazon has just announced that they will allow users to pay $15 to opt-out of the ads for the life of the device.  —  An Amazon spokesperson wrote:
Farhad Manjoo / PandoDaily:
The Royal Nokia Screw-Up That Shouldn't Have Been  —  Anyone who cares about fostering a dynamic, competitive tech industry should be rooting for Nokia.  Even if you're not as gaga for Windows Phone as I am—I think it's the best-designed mobile OS on the market—you've got to concede …
More: eWeek and parislemon
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Exclusive photos: We put Nokia's controversial Lumia 920 PureView camera to the test  —  After faking a video and images to promote the PureView camera, Nokia goes into full-on damage control mode.  —  This week, Nokia grandly unveiled its latest Windows Phone 8 flagship, the Lumia 920.
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Valve, a Video Game Maker With Few Rules  —  THIS is no Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.  —  Every way I look, the scene shifts, the battle unfolds.  I have a crazy contraption strapped to my head: a boxy set of goggles that looks like a 22nd-century version of a View-Master.  It immerses me in a virtual world.
Lisa Jucca / Reuters:
EU says Microsoft pledged to meet antitrust requests on browsers  —  (Reuters) - Software giant Microsoft is ready to introduce measures that would address the European Union's antitrust concerns about users' ability to chose between different browsers, European Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said on Saturday.
More: CNET and Slashdot
Geeta Dayal / Wired:
The Algorithmic Copyright Cops: Streaming Video's Robotic Overlords  —  As live streaming video surges in popularity, so are copyright “bots” — automated systems that match content against a database of reference files of copyrighted material.  These systems can block streaming video in real time …
Alexandra Scaggs / Wall Street Journal:
Taking Stock: Google Reclaims $700 Level Last Seen in '07  —  Google Inc. charged past $700 Friday, a level not seen since 2007, as investors chased the tech industry's heavyweights.  —  In 4 p.m. Nasdaq Stock Market trading, Google shares rose $6.75, or 1%, to close at $706.15.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
PayPal's New President Faces the Music: “If We Suck ... We Now Face It”  —  PayPal President David Marcus responded to mounting criticism from customers by promising that things are changing at the online payments company.  —  “There's a massive culture change happening at PayPal right now,” Marcus said.

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