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September 12, 2012, 8:40 AM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Mark Zuckerberg promises a native Android app, says betting on HTML5 for mobile was a ‘mistake’  —  Speaking with Michael Arrington at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted that “we've had a bunch of missteps on [mobile],” specifically referring to its mobile app strategy.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Zuckerberg: Facebook Stock Drop Is Disappointing; Mobile Strategy Is Misunderstood  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says it is “disappointing” that the stock has dropped as much as it has but said that the company's mobile strategy that will guide its growth is “misunderstood.”
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Amazon Kindle Fire HD review (7-inch)  —  Amazon brings the fight to Apple's iPad and the Nexus 7, but is the beauty more than skin deep?  —  To put a review of the Kindle Fire HD in perspective, you have to peer just a tiny bit into the past.  It was barely a week ago that the world watched Amazon begin …
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Kindle Fire HD Is Better but It Isn't the Best Color Tablet  —  Amazon is upping its game in the color tablet market.  Last year, it launched the 7-inch Kindle Fire, a pretty good, but limited, device mostly distinguished by its low price of $199 and its seamless access to Amazon's massive ecosystem …
Cyril Chang / M.I.C. Gadget:
The Undercover Report on How the New iPhone 5 is Made Inside Foxconn Factory  —  A Chinese news agency, Shanghai Evening Post, has sent an experienced journalist to slip into the Foxconn Tai Yuan factory and pretended as a new worker, his mission is to find out how the new iPhone 5 is produced.
Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Lose Cheyer, Co-Creator of Siri Voice Unit  —  Adam Cheyer, an engineer who helped build the Siri voice-recognition software that was acquired by Apple Inc. (AAPL), is no longer working for the iPhone maker, according to three people familiar with the situation.
Rebecca Grant / VentureBeat:
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff drops bomb on Box and Okta  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Chairman and CEO of Salesforce Marc Benioff was the epitome of mellow on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt today, leaning back with a foot over one leg, casually chatting with Michael Arrington and talking about his trip to Hawaii …
Austin Carr / Co.Design:
Will Apple's Tacky Software-Design Philosophy Cause A Revolt?  —  By now it's almost inevitable given the company's track record: No matter what Apple unveils tomorrow at the Yerba Buena Center (an iPad Mini? iPhone 5?), pundits will herald the company for its innovative thinking and bold hardware design.
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Microsoft patent shows Holodeck-style, full-room “immersive display”  —  The patent describes this figure as showing how the device could “project a peripheral image in a 360-degree field around [the] environmental display.”  —  Microsft / USPTO  —  A newly published patent shows Microsoft …
Andrew Hoyle / Crave:
Samsung Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update confirmed for October … Samsung has confirmed its flagship phone the Galaxy S3 will receive the update to the latest version of Android, known as Jelly Bean, as soon as October.  If you can't wait that long then the 4G version will be available with Jelly Bean as standard.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Mayer Set to Get Yahoo's Alibaba Billions in One Week (But Will Investors Get Some Back Too?)  —  According to sources close to the situation, Yahoo will officially close the multi-billion sale of half its assets in China's Alibaba Group in one week.
More: CNET
Antoine Leblond / MSDN Blogs:
Windows Store now open to all developers in 120 markets … At every major Windows 8 development milestone - Release Preview, Consumer Preview, RTM - we've added markets toward our commitment to a truly global offering.  We often hear from those who don't yet have support in their market, and we've said we'll keep expanding.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google: 500 million Android devices activated  —  Just before Apple debuts its next-gen iPhone, Google announces that people have activateda half billion Android devices.  Also, 1.3 million new ones arrive each day.  —  Google won't be able to compete with the attention lavished on Apple …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
“Six strikes” Internet warning system will come to US this year  —  “Barry, don't think of it as a strike.  Think of it as strike zone education.”  —  Rudi Riet  —  Even as France looks set to scrap its three-strikes antipiracy scheme known as HADOPI, US Internet providers are inching forward …
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Dave McClure:
Screw the Black Swans: Ichiro is our role model, not Barry Bonds.  —  There are probably better things for me to do today, however i feel compelled to respond to the Black Swan Farming post by Paul Graham, founding partner of Y Combinator.  —  Maybe you can call this post “Grooming for Ugly Ducklings”.
More: PandoDaily
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
YouTube links already opening in new standalone app on iOS, which is huge for Google's ad dollars  —  Back when the news that the YouTube app would be pulled from iOS 6, I conjectured that Google would be using the built-in hooks in Apple's OS to send video links directly to its own standalone app.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Quora Co-Founder Charlie Cheever Steps Back From Day-To-Day Role At The Company  —  Quora co-founder and early Facebook engineer Charlie Cheever is stepping back from a day-to-day role at the company after starting the site in 2009.  —  He'll be taking time off after a very long stretch of work …
More: AllThingsD, Quora, GigaOM and Marketing LandTweets: @semil
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Apple is already fighting Amazon in the ebook price wars  —  Apple would prefer agency pricing on ebooks — that, we know.  In fact, Apple is likely to appeal the DOJ's ebook pricing settlement with HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster, which was approved last week.
Juro Osawa / Wall Street Journal:
Acer Smartphone to Use Alibaba Operating System  —  HONG KONG—Taiwanese personal computer maker Acer Inc. said Tuesday it will release a new smartphone in China that is powered by Aliyun, a mobile operating system developed by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. that is trying …
More: Engadget
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Stock Market Prediction Startup Estimize Raises $1.2M Series A  —  Estimize, a site where users try to beat Wall Street analysts by accurately predicting public company earnings, has raised $1.2 million in Series A funding.  —  The company was founded by Leigh Drogen, formerly of StockTwits.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
New app MindMeld heralds the era of anticipatory computing  —  Tim Tuttle, a serial entrepreneur who co-founded web acceleration technology company Bang Networks and video search engine Truveo (acquired by AOL), has returned with his third startup, Expect Labs, which he co-founded with Moninder Jheeta …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
VEVO: 40B Videos Watched Globally In The Last Year, Mobile Traffic Doubled In Q2 To 1.3B Streams  —  Back in March, VEVO rolled out a huge new redesign, which saw the major-label-owned music video giant add continuous playback and beef up its personalization and social features.

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