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6:50 AM ET, September 9, 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.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:   OpenTable Investors Queasy After Google-Zagat Meal, Er, Deal
Tony Bradley / PC World:
What to Expect from Google and Zagat
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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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Yes, Carol Bartz had a non-disparagement clause  —  Did ex-Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz just forfeit $10 million by calling fellow board members “doofuses”?  —  FORTUNE — Fortune today published an explosive interview with Carol Bartz, who on Tuesday was fired as Yahoo CEO after 32 months on the job.
Wall Street Journal:
Deluge of Content on the Web Swamps Yahoo
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Jerry Yang Is Trying To Buy Yahoo
Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:   How Not to Run Yahoo  —  I seem to be writing a lot …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
After AOL Rules Out TechCrunch Sale to Arrington, Tense Severance Negotiations Taking Place  —  AOL is still engaged in complex severance negotiations with TechCrunch founder and editor Michael Arrington, which some close to the situation warn could eventually end in court if not resolved.
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SFGate:
Anti-Michael Arrington TechCrunch Posts Show Insecurity  —  The news is all over that TechCrunch Founder and Editor Michael Arrington may step down from running the blog not just to operate a new venture capital fund, but because the rumor is he was fired from AOL.
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Delivering fast boot times in Windows 8 … Few operations in Windows are as scrutinized, measured, and picked apart as boot.  This is understandable—boot times represent an effective proxy for overall system performance and we all know the boot experience is an incredibly important thing for us to get right for customers.
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Ron / WinBeta:
Microsoft demos fast boot times in Windows 8  —  In yet another Building Windows 8 blog entry by Steven Sinofsky, we get to see a demonstration of Microsoft's upcoming operating system's fast boot time.  In the demonstration, Windows 8 boots up in less than 2 seconds.  Pretty amazing.
Discussion: OzTechNews.com
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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Launches A Slick Music Beta App For iOS — Web, Not Native  —  Now that Google Music Beta has been out there for a few months, it's time to focus on how to get people to use it.  One key: mobile.  —  While Google launched an Android app for Music Beta alongside the initial unveiling at I/O this year …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Anonymous group releases new Twitter tool  —  Anonymous has released a new tool designed to let its messages ride the coattails of trending topics on Twitter.  —  The Anonymous group of online activists released a new tool today designed to allow people to hijack trending topics on Twitter and tweet messages within them.
Discussion: Softpedia News
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 …
James Glanz / New York Times:
Google Details, and Defends, Its Use of Electricity  —  Google disclosed Thursday that it continuously uses enough electricity to power 200,000 homes, but it says that in doing so, it also makes the planet greener.  —  Every time a person runs a Google search, watches a YouTube video or sends …
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Facebook Begins Auto-Grouping Friends Into Smart Lists  —  You've got 500-something friends, all of about 50 you really interact with.  You went to school with Lucy and Henry, you've worked with Mike for years, and Joe lives just down the block.  Facebook knows all of this …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Institutes New Charitable Matching Program for Employees  —  Apple has launched a new charitable matching program for its employees, with the company offering to match employees' personal charitable contributions up to $10,000 per year.  The program is currently limited to full-time U.S. employees …
Orian Marx:
What's wrong with the Twitter API  —  I want to make something clear from the start: I love Twitter, though sometimes I wonder if I'm suffering from Stockholm syndrome.  I have devoted much of the last three years of my life to working with the Twitter API and continue to pursue building …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Mostly pointless patent reform bill goes to Obama for signature  —  The United States Senate has approved the America Invents Act, a major overhaul to patent law that switches to a “first to file” rule for granting patents, creates two new processes for challenging already-granted patents …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook Hires HTML5 App Store Builder  —  Over the past few months, my colleague MG Siegler has been piecing together the puzzle around Facebook's Project Spartan, which is the social network's secret plan to bring applications to the mobile web via HTML5.  Today, we've learned that Facebook has made a key hire in the HTML5 space.
Discussion: @chrissaad and Electronista
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 …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Terror-Fighting Start-Up Palantir Technologies Just Raised $68 Million — But From Whom?  —  Few tech start-ups have a more mysterious brief than that of Palantir Technologies.  I first encountered the company while still working for BusinessWeek and I've tried to keep track of it since.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Senator Introduces Online Security Bill  —  Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, introduced a new bill Thursday that aims to protect citizens' personal information from online data breaches.  The bill would also punish companies that are careless with customers' information.
 
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Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
LG Elec denies report of overseas mobile staff cuts
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Your favorite Twitter client's search results are about to get easier to read
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Stanford Hospital Patients' Private Data Was Posted Online
Discussion: Naked Security
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Notifo Slips Into The Deadpool
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
One Year Later, Bing-Powered Search Takes 4% Market Share From Google - Hitwise
 Earlier Items: 
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
Android to overtake Apple in app downloads
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Backupify Closes $5 Million in Round Led by Avalon Ventures
Discussion: VentureBeat and VatorNews
Alex Fowler / Mozilla Privacy Blog:
Mozilla Publishes Developer Guide on DNT; Releases DNT Adoption Numbers
Discussion: Computerworld
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Samsung Nexus Prime Support Page Pops Up, Rumored Specs Trickle Out
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Google announces Dart programming language
Discussion: SiliconFilter
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Exclusive: Viewsonic pulls the plug on Boxee TV