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12:25 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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Discussion: @rakeshlobster and DealBook
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:   Google acquires Zagat, enters original content business
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Arrington out at AOL (for real this time)  —  Not TechCrunch editor.  Not AOL Ventures employee.  Michael Arrington is on his own.  —  It has been a very long week for AOL.  And it's about to get even longer.  —  Last Thursday, word leaked that one of its employees …
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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 …
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
After Bartz, Armstrong Looks to Be Next  —  Yesterday, after two years as CEO of the ever-shrinking Internet giant Yahoo, Carol Bartz emailed employees, letting them know that she'd just been fired over the phone.  —  That call should have sent shivers down the spine of AOL's CEO of two years, Tim Armstrong.
Discussion: @rafat
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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Bloomberg:
HTC Sues Apple Using Patents Obtained From Google Last Week  —  HTC Corp. (2498), Asia's second-biggest maker of smartphones, filed infringement claims against Apple Inc. (AAPL) today, using patents obtained from Google Inc. (GOOG) last week.  —  The nine patents originated with Palm Inc. …
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
HTC: We Paid for Patents We Got From Google  —  HTC told AllThingsD on Wednesday that it did pay for the patents that it recently acquired from Google and is using in its latest patent actions against Apple.  —  However, in answer to the million dollar (or $1, or $10,000) question, HTC won't say how much it paid for the patents.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
These are the patents Google gave to HTC to assert against Apple
Discussion: Fortune
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.
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Agence France Presse:
Samsung, Microsoft tie up for new tablet  —  SEOUL — 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 …
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Bill Rigby / Reuters:   Microsoft lines up its big swing at tablets
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 …
DigiTimes:
Suppliers of iPhone 5 supply chain gearing up production  —  Suppliers in the iPhone 5 supply chain in Taiwan have geared up production recently with volume shipments of the new Apple smartphones to begin soon.  Production of iPhone 5s at OEM maker Foxconn Electronics has reportedly reached 150,000 units per …
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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
How an omniscient Internet “sextortionist” ruined the lives of teen girls  —  In the spring of 2009, a college student named Amy received an instant message from someone claiming to know her.  Certainly, the person knew something about her—he was able to supply details about what her bedroom looked …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google+ API Not Close ...Unless You're “Trusted”, Then It's Ready  —  Just yesterday, we wrote that those developers waiting on a Google+ API would have to wait a while — months, even.  This disappointing information came to us by way of one eager developer based on what they were told by a project manager for Google+.
Discussion: WebProNews
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Acer and ViewSonic sign Microsoft patent deals covering Android, Chrome OS devices  —  Summary: Microsoft added two more OEMs to its list of companies agreeing to sign patent-protection deals with the Redmond vendor to cover Android- and Chrome OS-baseed devices.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Turntable.fm Is About To Rock An iPhone App; We Have Screenshots  —  For the past few months, few things on the web have been hotter than Turntable.fm.  The Stickybits pivot got so hot, so fast, that a “trough of disillusionment” was inevitable — and we've probably been seeing that the past couple of weeks.
CNET News:
SF Police launch probe into iPhone search  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Police here have launched a probe into the investigation into a missing iPhone prototype conducted by Apple security personnel with the assistance of four plainclothes officers.  —  Lt. Troy Dangerfield told CNET today …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Watch Out Amazon: GetJar Launches A Full Catalog Of Premium Android Apps For Free  —  Today, third-party mobile application store GetJar is publicly launching its GetJar Gold service, which has been in beta testing for the past month.  The new service presents a viable challenge to Amazon's Appstore …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and SlashGear
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Bigger isn't always better: Nokia Ovi Store apps downloaded 160% more than iOS apps  —  Apple's iOS App Store is the world's most popular on-device mobile app portal by leaps and bounds, but that doesn't necessarily make it the best opportunity for developers according to Berlin, Germany-based market research firm research2guidance.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Echoecho gets Google investment to make location sharing simple  —  Location sharing over smartphones still faces challenges, whether it's privacy concerns, the limitations of check-in services or more practical worries about battery life draining from services that constantly broadcast your location.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
IBM Stakes $1 Billion on Hope of Spurring Small Business Buying  —  So you're running a small or medium-sized business and you want to expand.  You need some money to spend on tech, but you just haven't got the cash and the bank won't lend you a dime.  Sound familiar?
Discussion: eWeek and PC World
 
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Three Big Silicon Valley VCs Poised to Haul in $2B in New Fund Raising
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Three Leading NFC Mobile Marketing Firms Form Global Alliance
Discussion: NFC World
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Labor Board: Fired-For-Facebooking Employees Must Be Rehired
Discussion: Inc.com
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
P2P lawyer: IP address not enough, let me search all PCs in the house
Michael Cooney / Network World:
IBM, 3M team to glue together high-powered silicon bricks for servers, smartphones
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Seedcamp Expands; Adds €2 Million To Its Coffers, Partners With 500 Startups, AngelList
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Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Need to print from your iPhone? Breezy's app finds nearby printers
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Sarkozy Routes Around Parliament, Ditches Net Neutrality, Forces Copyright Clauses Into All ISP Terms Of Service
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
How Android's fragmentation issue is slowly receding
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
BigDoor Media acquires OneTrueFan for gamification expansion (exclusive)
Discussion: GigaOM, BigDoor, GeekWire and AllThingsD
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Copyright Troll Righthaven Goes on Life Support
Joe Fernandez / The Official Klout Blog:
100 Million People have Klout
Discussion: Soshable and Marketing Pilgrim
Alberto Vildosola / Android and Me:
Eric Schmidt: Ice Cream Sandwich coming out in October or November