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4:45 PM ET, September 10, 2011

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The New Apple Advantage  —  Peter Bright wrote a good piece earlier this week at Ars Technica, documenting his attempt to buy a MacBook Air-like Windows laptop (he doesn't want an Air running Windows using Boot Camp because he doesn't like Apple's U.K. keyboard) and finds the experience confusing …
Discussion: All New Musings and parislemon
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
How to surf T-Mobile without a data plan  —  The mother of all ingenious hacks has emerged: if you have an Android smartphone and a T-Mobile (US) unlimited messaging plan, you can now use an app called Smozzy to surf the web... for free.  —  Smozzy is basically just a wrapper around …
Economist:
Great digital expectations  —  Digitisation may have came late to book publishing, but it is transforming the business in short order  —  TO SEE how profoundly the book business is changing, watch the shelves.  Next month IKEA will introduce a new, deeper version of its ubiquitous “BILLY” bookcase.
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Exclusive: Android ‘Jelly Bean’ comes after Ice Cream Sandwich (update)  —  We're hearing from a trusted source this afternoon that the next version of Android after Ice Cream Sandwich will be known as “Jelly Bean,” continuing Google's longstanding tradition of naming Android builds after sweet treats in alphabetical order.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Two Key Features Of Facebook Music: Scrobbling And Track Unification  —  Yesterday, we outlined a bit of what we've heard about Facebook's upcoming f8 conference.  One big launch will be their official foray into music.  Today, we've heard more about that launch.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Tempting f8  —  We're now less than two weeks away from Facebook's f8 conference.  While it's later than usual this year, Facebook uses the event to lay out their vision for the upcoming year and beyond.  Typically, the event is big for developers, but this year may feature a few user-facing surprises as well.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Windows 8 tablet from Samsung has Intel inside  —  A Samsung tablet expected to be shown at a Microsoft conference next week will be powered by an Intel chip, according to a source familiar with the device.  —  The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 currently on the market runs the Android operating system and uses an Nvidia processor.
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Bing: What's More Evil Than Satan Himself?  10^100  —  Not too long ago, hiybbprqag wasn't much of a word, but as Google employee Andy Arnt noticed today, if you search Bing for it these days, you will find that it is an “orcish” word meaning “whiner.”  Unless you've been closely following …
NBC News:
FBI probes hacking of NBC News' Twitter account  —  Below:  —  The FBI is investigating the NBC News Twitter account hacking committed by perpetrators who posted bogus information about the hijacking of a civilian airliner that supposedly crashed into Ground Zero in New York, officials said Friday night.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
AOL and Yahoo Are Not Talking About a Merger (Any More Than I Am a Yahoo CEO Candidate)  —  If drafted, I will not run; if nominated, I will not accept; if elected, I will not serve.  —  I think that about takes care of it on the possibility of me becoming CEO of Yahoo.
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
Xbox Live Fall 2011 Dashboard update preview: Bing search, voice control, and a Metro overhaul  —  Autumn is fast approaching — and you know what that means: it's round about time for an Xbox Dashboard update.  Sure, we got a peek of Microsoft's upcoming harvest back at E3 …
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Airbnb Provides Guests With 24/7 Access to Local Concierges  —  Whether you're renting a room, house, country or even Coco's TV studio on Airbnb, you won't have to sacrifice on service, thanks to the launch of the atypical travel site's Concierge service.  —  The site promises to pair customers …
Discussion: The Airbnb Blog and LAUNCH
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Google's Zagat buy could give search critics more ammo  —  Google's acquisition of Zagat, which was announced on the Google blog on Thursday, is a relatively small one for the search-engine giant: less than $66 million, according to some estimates.  But the ripples created by the deal …
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Agam Shah / Computerworld:
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Bloomberg:
Intel Said to Weigh InterDigital Bid
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