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September 9, 2012, 4:15 PM

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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Yes, Spotify Is Headed to the Web.  No, Spotify Isn't Cutting Its Prices  —  Waiting to use Spotify on the Web?  Hang on a few weeks.  —  Waiting to pay $8 a month for Spotify's premium service?  Don't hold your breath.  —  Yes, as TechCrunch reported yesterday, the streaming music company …
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.
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 …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Wall Street Journal:
Do Our Gadgets Really Threaten Planes?  —  The ban on electronic devices rests on anecdotes, not on hard evidence—because there isn't any  —  WAS ALEC BALDWIN RIGHT?  When the actor tussled with American Airlines personnel last December over his desire to continue playing a game …
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:
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
The Truth About Convertible Debt at Startups and The Hidden Terms You Didn't Understand  —  This article initially appeared on TechCrunch - with a minor update highlighted in red below.  —  Ah.  We're back to discussing convertible debt again.  This time by the efforts of Adeo Ressi …
More: A VC, Storify and A VC
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
FCC backpedals from Internet tax  —  The Federal Communications Commission is rapidly backpedalling from a proposal to tax broadband Internet service after a public outcry over the issue.  —  Democrats and Republicans at the agency are now blaming each other for pushing the idea in the first place.
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 …

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