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1:05 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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Graham Cluley / Naked Security:
NBC News Twitter account hacked with fake news of 9/11 Ground Zero attack  —  Sick-minded hackers have broken into the Twitter account of NBC News and posted messages claiming that there has been a terrorist attack at Ground Zero in New York.  —  The bogus messages claimed that Flight 4782 …
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.
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: LAUNCH and The Airbnb Blog
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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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Facebook Begins Testing Friend Filters in News Feed [PICS]  —  Facebook has begun testing a slew of changes to the News Feed, including friend list filters and Smart Lists that automatically categorize your friends.  —  The changes seem to be aimed at making the content within the News Feed more relevant.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to give Hotmail an image (and feature) makeover  —  Summary: Microsoft is planning a Hotmail press event in October that may mark the introduction of a new (and maybe HTML5-based) version of its Web-based e-mail service.  —  Microsoft is inviting New York and San Francisco press …
 
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Tom Loftus / Digits:
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Car Rental Marketplace Getaround Gets Around $3.4 Million
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Netflix app now supports all Android Froyo/Gingerbread devices
Agam Shah / Computerworld:
Nvidia CEO: Intel ousted company from chipset market
Discussion: TechCrunch
Bloomberg:
Intel Said to Weigh InterDigital Bid
Discussion: Electronista
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Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
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