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6:15 PM ET, September 8, 2011

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Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
Google just got ZAGAT Rated!  —  “Did you know there's a place in Menlo Park near the Safeway that has a 27 food rating?” one of my friends asked me that about two years ago, and I was struck because I immediately knew what it meant.  Food rating... 30 point scale... Zagat.  And the place... had to be good.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Zagat's Price: Under $66 Million  —  A few years ago, Zagat was trying to shop itself around for $200 million.  Today, Google bought it for less than $66 million.  The price wasn't disclosed, but there was no FTC antitrust review, which is automatically triggered by any deal worth $66 million or more.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Google acquires Zagat, enters original content business  —  Google on Thursday acquired Zagat in an effort to bolster its local products with the restaurant rating service.  More notably is that Zagat is a content company.  —  In a blog post, Google said that Zagat will “be a cornerstone of our local offering.”
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Google buys Zagat to add people power to its algorithms
Discussion: @semilshah
Patricia Sellers / Fortune:
Carol Bartz exclusive: Yahoo “f—ed me over”  —  Here is what Carol Bartz thinks of the Yahoo (YHOO) board that fired her: “These people f**ked me over,” she says, in her first interview since her dismissal from the CEO role late Tuesday.  —  Last evening, barely 24 hours …
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Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
How Not to Run Yahoo  —  I seem to be writing a lot of these What the heck was that? columns explaining recent news events.  This time it is the firing of Carol Bartz as CEO of Yahoo.  I'm not here to defend Bartz, whom I would have fired long ago (or more probably not hired in the first place) …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Jerry Yang Is Trying To Buy Yahoo  —  Yahoo cofounder and one-time (failed) CEO Jerry Yang is trying to take control of the company again.  —  He's trying to buy it.  —  There is a feud going on between Yang and Yahoo chairman Roy Bostock.  —  “Bostock is trying to keep Yang out,” says a source close to the situation.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
BLAMMO! Huge Yahoo Stakeholder Calls For Chairman Roy Bostock's Head
Discussion: AllThingsD
Twitter Blog:
One hundred million voices  —  Five years ago, Twitter came to life when @jack sent the first Tweet to his seven followers.  Now, 100 million active users around the globe turn to Twitter to share their thoughts and find out what's happening in the world right now.
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Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Twitter Has A “Truckload” Of Money And No Interest In Going Public  —  Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said that the company has absolutely no interest in going public any time soon.  —  Twitter has plenty of money and it would rather focus on growing the business than worrying about whether …
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
What's coming next for Twitter: fewer fail whales, more users, more ads
Discussion: Digits and TechCrunch
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Twitter closes massive funding round
Discussion: The Next Web
Rebecca Greenfield / The Atlantic Wire:
After Arrington: Anarchy at TechCrunch  —  Michael Arrington is out at AOL.  For Real.  After presenting his ultimatum, AOL has fired the TechCrunch editor, reports Fortune's Dan Primack.  “Not TechCrunch editor.  Not AOL Ventures employee.  Michael Arrington is on his own.”
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Fred / A VC:
Whither TechCrunch?  —  The media has had a lot of fun over the past week watching AOL, Huffington Post, TechCrunch, and Mike Arrington figure out how to move on.  I feel badly for the TechCrunch crew including MG, Erick, Sarah, and many others.  They are awesome at what they do and I feel …
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Google announces Dart programming language  —  A few days after Google was caught registering a bunch of Dart-related domain names, and the inevitable storm of speculation, it has now emerged that Dart is a new programming language for “structured web programming.”
Discussion: SiliconFilter
Los Angeles Times:
Amazon cuts deal on California sales taxes  —  Legislative leaders agree to let the online retailer delay collecting taxes for a year, while it would drop its battle to overturn the state law.  Gov. Jerry Brown has not said if he will support the plan.  —  “It's a safe harbor for up to a year …
Yahoo! News:
Samsung, Microsoft tie up for new tablet  —  South Korea's Samsung Electronics has teamed up with Microsoft to make a new tablet computer powered by the US software giant's latest operating system, according to a report.  —  The Korea Economic Daily, citing an industry source …
Adam / Nokia Conversations:
Microsoft Apps are coming to Symbian  —  GLOBAL - Today, Nokia and Microsoft announced that they would deliver Symbian software updates called Microsoft Apps.  These updates will add some serious business productivity tools for anyone buying a new Symbian Belle device, as well as anybody looking …
Chang Kim / Blogger Buzz:
Announcing the Blogger app for iOS  —  Today we're excited to announce the new Blogger app for iOS.  With the Blogger app, you can write a new blog post and publish it immediately or save it as a draft right from your iOS device.  You can also open a blog post you've been working …
Jeferson Valadares / Flurry Blog:
Mobile Freemium Games: Gen Y Plays, but Gen X Pays  —  Freemium games on iOS and Android continue to dominate the app economy, now accounting for over 65% of all revenue generated among the Top 100 grossing apps in the App Store alone.  In a series of recent pieces on free-to-play mobile games …
Mike Rosenberg / Contra Costa Times:
Newest iProduct coming to Cupertino: Apple Campus 2  —  mrosenberg@mercurynews.com  —  Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs once called the humongous campus a spaceship.  So you might think the forthcoming circle-shaped Cupertino headquarters would carry a grandiose name befitting a potential signature Silicon Valley landmark.
Reuters:
Apple sues Samsung in Japan over patents: report  —  (Reuters) - Apple is suing Samsung Electronics in Japan, accusing it of patent violations relating to the iPhone and iPad, Kyodo news agency said, the latest salvo in a series of patent battles between the two firms.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals More Details on their Portable Point-of-Sale System  —  On September 8, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals more details on their portable point-of-sales (POS) system.  Apple first filed a patent application for their POS system …
Discussion: iDownloadBlog.com
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Gina Bianchini's New Start-Up Is a Guide Creation Tool: Mightybell  —  Mightybell is today launching a beta version of its tools for sharing step-by-step guides to experiences like traveling, recipes and education.  —  The service, which is available as a Web site and iPhone app …
 
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Alex Fowler / Mozilla Privacy Blog:
Mozilla Publishes Developer Guide on DNT; Releases DNT Adoption Numbers
Discussion: Computerworld
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple: iTunes U tops 600 million downloads
Tim Danaher / Retail Week:
Amazon to launch order collection lockers in UK shopping centres
Discussion: GeekWire, The Next Web and Pocket-lint
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Exclusive: Viewsonic pulls the plug on Boxee TV
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
eBay Bets on Social Commerce With Acquisition of the Gifts Project
Discussion: VC Cafe
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
IDC: Q2 Is The First Time Smartphones Outstripped Feature Phone Shipments
Discussion: Electronista
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Andreessen Horowitz Leads $5.7M Round In Analytics Platform For Hadoop Data Platfora
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
YouTube's Content-ID Piracy Filter Wreaks Havoc
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
IBM Stakes $1 Billion on Hope of Spurring Small Business Buying
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