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Charlie Kindel / cek.log:
After 21 Years: Goodbye Microsoft  —  Today I announced that after 21 years I am leaving Microsoft to build a new company.  —  I'm not yet ready to disclose details about the new venture but I can say I will be staying in the Seattle area to build it.  It has to do with sports, advertising …
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Windows Phone GM leaving Microsoft, with a rallying cry  —  Microsoft veteran Charlie Kindel, who led the effort to get independent app developers on board with Windows Phone, is leaving the company after 21 years to launch a startup — but he says he still believes strongly …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, BGR, The Next Web and Pulse2
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
RIM's first QNX phone revealed: BlackBerry Colt to launch in Q1 2012  —  While Research In Motion just recently announced its new BlackBerry 7 device lineup — including the fantastic BlackBerry Bold 9900 — we all know that the real-deal smartphones are still in the oven.
Krishna Panicker / The Big Blog:
Lion Support & HD Video Calls with Skype 5.3 for Mac OS X  —  On the heels of our recent update to Skype 5.2 for Mac OS X, we are pleased to announce that we are making even more improvements to our Mac client with the release of Skype 5.3 for Mac OS X. Along with a number of fixes and improvements …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Spotify's U.S. Score So Far: 1.4 Million Users, 175,000 Paying Customers  —  That Spotify invitation you scored may be a little less rare than you thought.  The streaming music service has already signed up 1.4 million U.S. users for its free trial, according to a source familiar with the company's operations.
Luke Wroblewski / LukeW:
On Twitter Acquiring Bagcheck...  Very proud to let you all know that Twitter has acquired Bagcheck.  As co-founder & CPO, I wanted to offer my personal thanks to everyone that was part of our journey, and share some of the technology and design lessons we learned over the past year in the hopes …
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Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Updated: Fresh IPOs stumble amid market tantrum.  Is the IPO window closed?  —  It's day two of complete market mayhem.  Has the chaos closed the window for companies looking to file for an initial public offering?  —  As of market close, the NASDAQ composite index was down nearly 7 percent for the day.
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Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:   Silicon Valley VC Tim Draper: “U.S. just dropped a notch”
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Network effects: Social media's role in the London riots  —  In the wake of a controversial police shooting, Britain's capital city has been rocked by two straight days of widespread rioting and looting.  As with previous riots — such as those in Vancouver, British Columbia following …
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
London riots: BlackBerry to help police probe Messenger looting ‘role’
Discussion: IntoMobile
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases tool to create an OS X Lion recovery/installation external drive  —  For those who are unable to use the web-based recovery tool for OS X Lion, Apple has released a new Mac application that allows users to create their own OS X Lion recovery/installation external drives.
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
Amazon's New(ish) Social Network — Now Lifting Even More Info From Facebook, Twitter  —  Screenshot of my Public Notes profile at kindle.amazon.com  —  Amazon's “Public Notes” feature for Kindle has been available for months.  So why did my following and follower counts rocket up overnight to five times what they had been?
Discussion: @dannysullivan
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Apple's rumored ‘Replay’ service a ways off  —  Warner Bros.' is one of at least four top film studios that Apple has yet to obtain streaming-movie licenses from, sources say.  —  The rumors from last week about Apple being “on the edge” of launching a cloud-movie service that would enable iTunes users …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
I Am Jonathan's Starbucks Card: A Social Payment Experiment (With Free Coffee)  —  Jonathan's Starbucks card lives in Jonathan Stark's wallet.  You can download a copy of the card (shown here) and, when there is money on it, scan it at any Starbucks to buy coffee and, as far as anyone can tell, Jonathan doesn't care.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Launches $999 iMac for Educational Institutions  —  Apple has quietly launched a lower cost $999 iMac for educational institutions this morning.  The new low-end model is labeled “Education only” and is not available for individuals.  The new iMac appeared on Apple's Higher Educational online store early this morning.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Sued over Fast Booting in OS X with a Patent linked to LG Electronics  —  A Floridian Company by the name Operating Systems Solutions, LCC, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple for OS X's fast booting operation.  The interesting twist to this lawsuit is that the patent was originally owned by LG Electronics.
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Is a patent war between Apple and LG brewing?
Discussion: Edible Apple and The Next Web
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
200,000 BitTorrent Users Sued In The United States  —  Mass file-sharing lawsuits have been filed all across the United States in recent months, almost exclusively targeting BitTorrent users.  Copyright holders have embraced this new revenue stream by the dozen and new lawsuits are being filed every week.
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's News Feed Links Status Updates to Pages Even If Users Don't  —  Facebook is now showing a special type of news feed story that links to a Page when multiple friends post updates that mention the Page's name, even if they don't explicitly tag it.  The story reads “[Friend's name] …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
MobileMe users who migrate to iCloud get 25GB of storage in transition  —  Since opening the tool for developers to migrate from MobileMe to iCloud, Apple has revealed to MobileMe users that they will retain their MobileMe storage when their account becomes an iCloud account.
Dan Rowinski / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Adds Two New Security Features to Its Mobile Platform  —  Facebook announced two new safety features for its mobile platforms today intended to make interacting with the platform easier and more secure.  Facebook is bringing its “social reporting” feature to mobile browsers as well as mobile password reset.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
How Your Social Data Will Power Walmart's E-Commerce Revolution  —  Walmart is planning to launch several new projects this holiday season based on the technology it acquired from the social media startup Kosmix back in April.  Kosmix's platform previously powered several services …
Regina Sinsky / VentureBeat:
Dropbox bomb: Founders personally cashing in on $300M round  —  Cloud storage service Dropbox could be using the “vast majority” of the funds raised in a new $200-$300 million round to provide liquidity to the company's founders, according to a source familiar with the funding.
Discussion: GigaOM
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Syrian hackers retaliate, deface Anonymous' social network  —  Counters Anonymous' earlier sabotage of nation's Ministry of Defense site  —  Computerworld - After the hacking gang Anonymous took credit for defacing Syria's Ministry of Defense website, a Syrian group today retaliated …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Officially Switches: R.I.P. Old Twitter, Long Live #NewTwitter  —  Twitter's redesigned and feature-rich web interface (a.k.a. #newTwitter), which was announced last fall, has been completely rolled out, according to a company Tweet.  That means that Twitter users can no longer use …
Discussion: Computerworld, @twitter and WebProNews
Christopher Soghoian / slight paranoia:
Warrantless “emergency” surveillance of Internet communications by DOJ up 400%  —  According to an official DOJ report, the use of “emergency”, warrantless requests to ISPs for customer communications content has skyrocketed over 400% in a single year.  —  The 2009 report (pdf) …
Discussion: Techdirt
Mat Honan / Gizmodo:
Please Stop Calling Gadgets Sexy  —  Dear technology journalists of the world: You know how you called that gadget you just reviewed sexy?  Tell me, do you intend to f**k it, or do you simply plan to shove it up your ass?  —  “Sexy.”  You see it applied to non-human objects all the time, but especially electronics.
 
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
A New Kind of Marketing Company From Former Apple Exec Forming With Backing of Twitter's Dorsey
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
What's the Fastest Web Browser in the “Real World?” Chrome.
Discussion: 9to5Google
Brian Chesky / The Airbnb Blog:
Creating Meaningful Connections
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Judge does not allow Google to outmaneuver Oracle with untimely invalidity contentions
Xu Wei / CHINAdaily:
Unauthorized Apple retailers face logo ban
Joe Brockmeier / ReadWriteCloud:
Amazon Introduces Direct Connections and New Identity Services
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Google+ App for iOS updated to add iPad and iPod touch support, but no iPad interface
Joe Light / Wall Street Journal:
Recruiters Troll Facebook for Candidates They Like
Discussion: Digits and Friending Facebook Blog
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Shopper Receipts Join Paperless Age
Discussion: MediaPost and GMSV
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Feature: One month with Google+: why this social network has legs
Discussion: MediaPost and Digits, Thanks:bobcaswell
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
The Startup You Want To Work At The Most Is Your Own
Discussion: MediaPost
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
After Much Ado, a Google Book Deal in France