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September 10, 2012, 11:45 AM

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Jason Schreier / Kotaku:
Valve Is Bringing Steam To Your TV Today.  Watch Out, Consoles.  —  Today, Valve will launch the beta of Big Picture mode, a version of Steam designed for your television.  That's right.  The de facto central hub of PC gaming is now designed to run while you're lounging in your living room—and with a controller, no less.
Ann Zimmerman / Wall Street Journal:
Toys ‘R’ Us Rolls Out Its Own Tablet  —  In a bid to battle the “showrooming” phenomenon that is hurting big-box retailers, Toys “R” Us Inc. is expected to disclose Monday that it plans to sell a proprietary tablet designed for children.  —  The $149.99 Tabeo will be available only at Toys …
Bonnie Cha / AllThingsD:
HP Previews Windows 8 All-in-One PCs With NFC, Touchscreens  —  A little over a week ago, HP revealed some of its upcoming Windows 8 Ultrabooks and convertible PCs.  Now, the company is playing show-and-tell with its new all-in-one PCs.  —  HP Spectre One
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
180 Out Of 202 Kansas City ‘Fiberhoods’ Reach Their Google Fiber Pre-Registration Goals  —  Two weeks ago, things didn't look so great for Google Fiber, but after a last-minute push, 180 out of the 202 ‘fiberhoods’ in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri managed to reach Google's goals …
Leo Kelion / BBC:
Google Maps uses Ground Truth project to battle Apple  —  Google's software analyses Street View photographs to locate and identify relevant information which it then adds to its maps  —  A new front opens up in the smartphone battle between Google and Apple this week when the search giant's …
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Paul Graham:
Black Swan Farming  —  I've done several types of work over the years but I don't know another as counterintuitive as startup investing.  —  The two most important things to understand about startup investing, as a business, are (1) that effectively all the returns are concentrated in a few big winners …
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Google Glass Meets Fashion, Smart Glasses To Be Part Of DVF Fashion Show  —  Google Glass — Google's smart glasses project — is heading into the new world of fashion.  Designer Diane von Furstenberg and others have been using them to record preparations for the upcoming DVF Spring 2013 Fashion Show …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Germany's Former First Lady Sues Google For Defamation Over Autocomplete Suggestions  —  When you search for “Bettina Wulff” on Google, the search engine will happily autocomplete this search with terms like “escort” and “prostitute.”  That's obviously not something you would like to be associated …
New York Times:
Google Charges Retailers to Appear on Shopping Site  —  Whether you are looking to buy a power tool or neon jeans online, chances are you start your search on Google or Amazon.com.  But which one?  —  Behind the scenes, the two companies are waging a war to become the pre-eminent online mall.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Amazon Expanding In-App Purchases to Include the Sale and Delivery of Physical Goods  —  In what is one of the best demonstrations of Amazon's tablet and commerce businesses coming together, the company is letting developers sell physical goods inside of their games with one click.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Is Spotify Preparing To Push Its App Center To Its iOS Mobile App?  —  Yesterday, Josh wrote about how Spotify is planning to push out a browser-based version of its music streaming service.  Earlier today AllThingsD further confirmed this and added a bit more color: the price is not likely …

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