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8:55 PM ET, September 13, 2011

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Reimagines Windows, Presents Windows 8 Developer Preview  —  BUILD conference attendees and developers get first access to new operating system.  —  Today at its developer-focused BUILD conference, Microsoft Corp. showcased a detailed preview of the next major release of Windows, code-named “Windows 8.”
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to developers: Metro is your future  —  Summary: Silverlight and .Net are not dead (yet).  But Metro is really the future for Windows 8, Microsoft is telling developers on the opening day of Build.  —  Here's the good news for Microsoft developers attending Build: Silverlight and .Net are not dead.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Sorry Apple, Windows 8 ushers in the post-post-PC era  —  Microsoft executives took to the stage at the annual BUILD developer conference on Tuesday to give the world its first real look at the future of the Windows operating system.  The reception, as you've likely read by now, has been overwhelmingly positive.
Christopher Trout / Engadget:
Windows 8 for tablets hands-on preview (video)  —  Just last week, we got our paws on Samsung's Series 7 Slate, and it's already making its second debut.  This time around, however, it's sporting a much more mouthwatering setup.  No, it's not dawning Lady Gaga's edible leftovers …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
All His Life Has He Looked Away, to the Future, to the Horizon.  Never His Mind on Where He Was.  What He Was Doing. … That's Paul Thurrott, tweeting from Microsoft's Build conference.  I'll file it away for future claim chowder, sure, but right now let's think about this in the unsnarkiest terms we can manage.
Discussion: BGR
Mike Fahey / Kotaku:
There's Xbox Live Inside Every Copy of Windows 8
Discussion: GeekWire and This is my next
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:   Windows 8 getting ‘tap to share’ capability with NFC support
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:   Windows 8: Microsoft's browser-based OS
Ed Bott / @edbott:   “Starting at 8PM today, Seattle time, you can download all of the code that attendees at BUILD received. ”
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Officially Launches Smart Lists, and Special Friend Lists That Influence the News Feed  —  Facebook today officially launches several improvements to its Friend Lists feature that can be used to define privacy settings and filter the news feed, including some changes that leaked last week.
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Blake Ross / Facebook Blog:
Improved Friend Lists
Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
Facebook to Google: You say Circles, We say Smart Lists
Discussion: BBC and Associated Press
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
iOS 5 beta 8 coming this Friday, GM on the 23rd, iPhone 5 launch early October as rumored?  —  We have received some information from a trusted source surrounding upcoming release of iOS 5 that could help pinpoint a more specific launch time frame for the iPhone 5.
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Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. in criminal probe of eBay employees  —  (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors have launched a criminal probe into whether eBay Inc employees misappropriated confidential information from classified ad service Craigslist, according to a copy of a grand jury subpoena obtained by Reuters.
Dieter Bohn / This is my next:
All future Android versions to be optimized for Intel as well as ARM; Medfield-based tablet and phone teased  —  At Intel's Developer Forum, Google's Andy Rubin just appeared on stage to confirm that Google and Intel will be continuing their partnership.  Expanding it, even …
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AppleInsider:
Apple to surprise with late-2011 MacBook Pro refresh this month  —  Exclusive: With Intel's next-generation Core i-Series mobile platform not expected until the second quarter of 2012, Apple is reportedly preparing a refresh of its professional notebook line ahead of the holiday shopping season …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Whoa - Apple Wins a 3D Display & Imaging System Patent Stunner  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 13 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today and one was a real stunner.  Today's report focuses on this advanced 3D display and imaging system that packs one hell of a wallop.
Discussion: MacNN, Gizmodo and 9to5Mac
Sarah Mcbride / MediaFile:
Tinsel town turns deaf ear to Kutcher's request to plug his start-ups  —  Ashton Kutcher may have more clout in Silicon Valley than in Hollywood.  —  The star of movies like “Dude, Where's My Car?” and now of the hit show 'Two and a Half Men" told conference goers at TechCrunch Disrupt …
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Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Ashton Kutcher likens venture capital search to ‘witch hunt’
Discussion: TechCrunch
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Digg founder Kevin Rose cashes (partially) out of Twitter  —  Digg founder Kevin Rose, an investor in Twitter, Zynga, Ngmoco and a later investor in Facebook, has cashed out 20 percent of his shares in Twitter.  —  Twitter's most recent funding round gave the company's shareholders an option …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Travel Search Takes Flight With First ITA Travel Product  —  Google has made what amounts to a promising downpayment on more ambitious travel search tools with its new Flight Search, debuting today.  Launching initially for a select group of US cities Google users will have access …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's cash is already burning a hole in Wall Street's pockets  —  The $76 billion Apple reported last quarter could grow to $136 billion by the end of 2012  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Morgan Stanley  —  Apple's (AAPL) fourth fiscal quarter doesn't end until next week …
Discussion: Shiny Objects
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Opens The Kimono On Web Analytics; 3 Million Sites Now Using Tweet Button  —  It's well known that one of the missing parts of Twitter's offerings for publishers is an in-depth analytics platform.  Last year, the network started offering a Tweet button which publishers could embed on sites …
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Twitter Finally Unveils Analytics (But Only in Private Beta)
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Verizon intros $50 unlimited plan, takes a swing at pre-paid operators  —  In a direct shot at its lesser competitors, Verizon Wireless announced today the launch of a new $50 unlimited plan for pre-paid customers.  Available starting this Thursday, the unlimited talk, text and web option'll rollout …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Survey shows ‘unprecedented’ demand for Apple's iPhone 5  —  Demand for the iPad is also rising, according to data from a ChangeWave survey  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: RBC  —  RBC Capital's Mike Abramsky has raised his fourth quarter iPhone and iPad estimates based on the results of a survey of 2,200 potential buyers.
Discussion: Ars Technica, 9to5Mac and CNET News
AppleInsider:
Apple readying second generation of AirPort Express 802.11n  —  Apple will soon begin shipping a new version of its AirPort Express portable 802.11n base station, capping a recent series of refreshes to the company's line of WiFi routers ahead of this fall's iCloud launch.
Discussion: MacRumors, Cult of Mac and Ars Technica
Jeffb / Nielsen Wire:
Top 20 Android Apps in the US: Women Like Facebook, Men Love Maps and Mail  —  According to the first mobile media rankings based on audience measurement data from metered Android smartphone usage, aside from the Android Market app itself, Facebook, Google Maps and Gmail were the most used among U.S. Android users 18 years and older.
The How-To Geek:
Program Your Online Life with If This Then That (ifttt.com)  —  Lots of tools integrate websites together, but keeping track of which you use can be a hassle.  If This Then That allows you to program dozens of services together so content management can be automated the way you want.
Discussion: Daring Fireball and Laughing Squid
 
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