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4:25 AM ET, September 11, 2010

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Where Was Android In Microsoft's iPhone Funeral Procession?  Taking The Pictures  —  Microsoft is a company that doesn't seem to be too concerned with saying outlandish things that may or may not result in the company having to remove a foot from its own mouth.  This happens from the top on down.
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Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Microsoft workers celebrated Windows Phone 7 RTM with iPhone hearses  —  Microsoft workers celebrated the release to manufacturing of Windows Phone 7 by parading through their Redmond campus on Friday with iPhone and BlackBerry hearses.  —  Employees dressed up in fancy dress and also modified cars to include Windows Phone branding.
Ina Fried / Crave: The gadget blog:
Windows Phone 7 to hit Broadway Oct. 11  —  Microsoft plans to hold a consumer press event in New York next month that will serve as, among other things, a formal kick-off for Windows Phone 7, CNET has confirmed.  —  The October 11 event isn't a pure Windows Phone launch, but rather a consumer-focused …
AppleInsider:
Apple to move aggressively on FaceTime, camera-equipped iPads  —  Apple's iPad is unlikely to endure the company's traditional 12-month product cycle for iOS device refreshes before seeing its first major enhancements, AppleInsider has been told.  —  A version of the tablet device with a built …
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Anupreeta Das / Wall Street Journal:
GoDaddy Is on the Block  —  GoDaddy.com, the closely-held company that registers Internet domain names, has put itself up for sale in an auction that could fetch more than $1 billion, people familiar with the matter said.  —  Qatalyst Partners, the boutique firm run by veteran technology …
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Android Will Blow Past Apple And RIM To Become Second Biggest Mobile OS This Year  —  Google's Android will become the second-biggest mobile operating system in the world sometime this year, according to the latest report from Gartner.  —  Nokia's Symbian will have more marketshare …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
The Death Of The RSS Reader  —  A weekly look at a story that is defining the news.  —  IAC (NSDQ: IACI) notoriously let Bloglines deteriorate since buying it five years ago; the company outsourced the RSS reader's engineering team to China several years ago and by the time it made the announcement today …
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Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T, Verizon, Sprint to Carry New Samsung Tablet  —  Samsung Electronics Co. has cut deals with Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel Corp. and AT&T Inc. to carry its new Google-powered tablet computer, three people familiar with the matter said, a significant step as Samsung tries to take on Apple Inc.'s hot-selling iPad.
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
A Time Capsule of Mark Zuckerberg From 2005  —  Sometimes you have to admit that winners can see the future far before the rest of us.  They might zig or zag on the way, but they have a clear idea of who they are, what they're doing, and where they want to head.
Discussion: TechCrunch and MediaPost
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Will Not Go Public Anytime Soon
Gaurav Shukla / Androidos.in:
The Truth about $35 Android Tablet from Indian Government  —  Quick Note: What you are going to read now, I had never expected to write that but what can I do; the desire for cheap publicity has landed our government in this.  I just wish that i am not true, but facts are in front of you.
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Revamps Mail Service  —  Makeover Comes as Service Faces Slide in Users Amid Competition From Rivals  —  Yahoo Inc. is redesigning its email service to help stem a user decline and counter offerings from longtime rivals Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. as well as social-networking services such as Facebook and Twitter.
Geoff Price / Office For Mac:
Office for Mac 2011 hits RTM  —  Houston, we have RTM!  It's a big Friday in MacBU as we are celebrating the “Release to Manufacturing” of Office for Mac 2011.  This means we've signed off on final testing and the product is officially getting sent on its way to production and to customers.
Discussion: Erictric, Neowin.net and AppleInsider
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple to discontinue free iPhone Bumper Case program on Sept. 30  —  When Steve Jobs announced during a press conference in July that all iPhone 4 users would receive a free case, he set a deadline of September 30 to reevaluate the program.  Apple has, and they will discontinue it.
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
The Secret Dealer for Farmville Addicts  —  The company behind Mafia Wars and Farmville doesn't like to talk about the sad addicts who fuel its profits.  But it does quietly run a special store for them, where imaginary credits are bought with very real bank transfers.
Byron Acohido / USA Today:
Bing exec: Google Instant may be fast, but Bing results are smarter  —  Not to take anything away from the top-flight Google engineers responsible for Google Instant, but a young Australian tech geek, named Long Zheng , tweaked Microsoft's Bing search engine to do the same basic functions back in August 2009.
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Shashi Seth / Yahoo! Search Blog:
Back to the Future: Innovation is Alive in Search
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft To Shut Down Disaster Communication Service Vine  —  It's ironic that Microsoft chose the day before the anniversary of the 9/11 disaster to announce the shuttering of Vine - the service was built to help people in exactly those types of situations.
Boy Genius Report:
Samsung Fascinate Known Issues document leaks  —  One of our Verizon Wireless connects was nice enough to send us an internal “known issues” list for the recently launched Samsung Fascinate.  Some of the issues are a little troublesome, while others are pretty harmless.
WMUR:
Police: Thieves Robbed Homes Based On Facebook Posts  —  Off-Duty Police Officer Who Heard Fireworks Credited With Cracking Case  —  NASHUA, N.H. — Nashua police are crediting an alert off-duty police officer who heard fireworks with cracking a burglary ring that targeted homes known to be empty because of Facebook postings.
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Starts Evicting App Store Name Squatters
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The line between book and Internet will disappear
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google rejects, then approves, anti-Google ads
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Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch Europe:
The case for the dedicated e-reader: When it's time to go off the grid
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Provides us with a Peek at Spirals, a new iTunes UI Feature
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Jeff Gillis / Google Analytics Blog:
More On Instant Search  —  Since this week's launch of Instant Search …
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Jon Udell / O'Reilly Radar:
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