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6:55 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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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 …
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.
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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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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The Ask.com Blog:
Bloglines Update  —  Today, Ask.com let our users know that we will shut down Bloglines on October 1.  Not an easy decision, especially considering our loyal and supportive (not to mention patient) user base, but, ultimately, the right one given business reasons simply too hard to ignore.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: IAC Finally Kills Off Bloglines
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Phone Giants to Sell Samsung Tablet PC  —  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.
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 …
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.
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Google: Android isn't designed for tablets... yet  —  Google clearly didn't have tablets in mind when it designed the Android operating system.  Way back in 2007, tablets were generally expensive computers running Windows software which often had a full keyboard, a screen on a swivel …
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mixed messages from Google: is Android ready for tablets?
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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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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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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Starts Evicting App Store Name Squatters  —  As you've probably heard, Apple has been taking steps to make whole iPhone/iPad/iPod touch app development process a bit more orderly.  They actually now have some (quirky) guidelines in place to help developers, and they've un-banned the use of some third-party development tools.
Discussion: AppleInsider and 9 to 5 Mac
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.
Shashi Seth / Yahoo! Search Blog:
Back to the Future: Innovation is Alive in Search  —  While many have suggested that innovation in the search experience is waning, we celebrate industry enhancements that build upon past innovation.  —  As reminded by Search Engine Land, the notion of predicting a given user's intended search …
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Byron Acohido / USA Today:
Bing exec: Google Instant may be fast, but Bing results are smarter
 
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Patrick Brown, the chief executive of Impossible Foods, is coming to Disrupt  —  Impossible Foods is having quite the year.  In the past seven months, the company has signed a nationwide deal with Burger King …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft To Shut Down Disaster Communication Service Vine
David Kaplan / paidContent:
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Hugh McGuire / O'Reilly Radar:
The line between book and Internet will disappear
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google rejects, then approves, anti-Google ads
Discussion: Inside Google
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
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gearlog and SlashGear
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Laszlo Bock / The Official Google Blog:
Responding to the fires in San Bruno
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Newsday's Ad For Its iPad App Is Brilliant
Jeff Gillis / Google Analytics Blog:
More On Instant Search  —  Since this week's launch of Instant Search …
Discussion: ResourceShelf, Fast Company and Xconomy
Jon Udell / O'Reilly Radar:
Twitter kills the password anti-pattern, but at what cost?
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
How The “Focus On First” Helps Hide Google's Relevancy Problems