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3:58 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.
Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:   How Not to Run Yahoo  —  I seem to be writing a lot …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Jerry Yang Is Trying To Buy Yahoo
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
BLAMMO! Huge Yahoo Stakeholder Calls For Chairman Roy Bostock's Head
Discussion: AllThingsD
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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Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Yes, Of Course I'll Resign Unless Mike Arrington Chooses His Successor  —  Oh boy.  At this point, even the s**t-show is becoming a s**t-show.  According to Dan Primack at Fortune, Mike Arrington has been fired by AOL.  My inbox is full of emails from journalists, friends and total strangers …
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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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Closing Its $400M Secondary Offering Tomorrow
Discussion: VentureBeat and PE Hub Blog
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Mashable!
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: Electronista
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Report: LG slashes 30% of overseas mobile phone staff  —  South Korea's LG Electronics cut 30 percent of its overseas mobile phone division staff, according to a South Korean media report, underscoring the company's attempt to reform its business and boost smartphone sales.
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Miyoung Kim / Reuters:   LG Elec denies report of overseas mobile staff cuts
James Glanz / New York Times:
Google Details Electricity Usage of Its Data Centers  —  Google released what was once among its most closely guarded secrets on Thursday: how much electricity its enormous computing facilities consume.  —  The company said that its data centers continuously drew almost 260 million watts …
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
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
One Year Later, Bing-Powered Search Takes 4% Market Share From Google - Hitwise  —  It's been a year since Bing began powering the natural search results on Yahoo and the combination has gained a little more than 4% market share in the U.S. since then.  Google has dropped more than six percentage points in the same time period.
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 …
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 …
Florin / Unwired View:
Motorola EX225 - Moto's own Facebook phone  —  After INQ, HTC and Vodafone, Motorola is getting ready to launch a Facebook phone as well.  The new handset is called Motorola EX225 and, according to an image found over at the Bluetooth SIG, it has a dedicated Facebook button …
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
Android to overtake Apple in app downloads  —  Android is expected to surpass Apple in application downloads for the first time, according to research firm Ovum.  —  Android could notch 8.1 billion app downloads this year, compared with 6 billion for Apple's iOS devices.
 
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Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Vodafone Launches Their First Silicon Valley R&D/Investment Center
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Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Stanford Hospital Patients' Private Data Was Posted Online
Discussion: Naked Security and eWeek
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Notifo Slips Into The Deadpool
Reuters:
SAP says reaches plea deal in Oracle criminal case
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
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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
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals More Details on their Portable Point-of-Sale System
Discussion: iDownloadBlog.com
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Google announces Dart programming language
Discussion: SiliconFilter