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7:45 AM ET, September 14, 2011

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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.
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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.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Windows 8: The Verdict Isn't In!  —  My lousy photo of two of the devices I'm carrying around at the moment.  —  On Monday, the day before Microsoft formally unveiled Windows 8 at its BUILD conference here in Anaheim, it held a event for the press.  Tech journalists from around the world …
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.”
Christopher Trout / Engadget:
Windows 8 for tablets hands-on preview (video)
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 …
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
How the Google-Motorola Deal Went Down  —  It took less than seven weeks, but it became more expensive quickly.  —  From the first discussions in early July to a formal announcement on Aug. 15, Google moved swiftly this summer to secure a $12.5 billion takeover of Motorola Mobility, according to a filing submitted on Tuesday.
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Michael Liedtke / ABCNEWS:   Google Raised Motorola Bid by $3B to Get Deal Done
Julie Ruvolo / Forbes.com:
How much of the internet is actually for porn?  —  Plug the question into Google and you reach an abandoned corner of the net: an article from 2005, a mess of answers from 37-80% and the Avenue Q Wikipedia page.  —  Surely there must be a better way.  —  So I asked Ogi Ogas …
Discussion: Techland
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.
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.
Janet Guyon / FINS Technology:
John Sculley on Apple's Jobs and the Experience of a Lifetime  —  In 1983, when John Sculley was 43, he had a choice.  He could remain head of Pepsi-Cola Co. and jockey with several other executives to be named successor to then-PepsiCo Chief Executive Donald Kendall in a typical corporate executive shootout.
Melba Kurman / Innovation Excellence:
Intel to Universities: No Patents, Please, Just Open Source  —  What would you do if you were the university official in charge of company research partnerships and a Fortune 100 tech company offered to fund a research center at your university to the tune of $2.5 million dollars a year?
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Sony PlayStation Vita debuts in Japan on December 17th, partnering with NTT DoCoMo for 3G (updated)  —  Sony's just announced in Tokyo that the PlayStation Vita will debut in Japan on December 17th, and it'll partner with NTT DoCoMo for the console's prepaid 3G service.
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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Bradley Voytek / Uber Blog:
Uberdata: How prostitution and alcohol make Uber better  —  What up humans?!  Bradley Voytek here again.  Man do we have some crazy #uberdata for you today.  —  Today is Uber: Freakonomics edition.  —  In this post I'll show how where crimes occur—specifically prostitution, alcohol …
Regina Sinsky / VentureBeat:
Demo: Fav.Tv ain't your grandmother's TV Guide  —  Just in time for the Fall television lineup, today Fav.Tv launched an interactive television guide that lets people discuss, follow and get notified about their favorite shows.  —  I'm not a big TV watcher, so I'm not the best test case for the service …
Discussion: GigaOM and SocialTimes.com
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Walmart Acquires Mobile And Social Ad Targeting Startup OneRiot  —  Walmart has acquired OneRiot, a mobile and social ad targeting startup.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, and OneRiot will be joining Walmart Labs.  —  As we've written in the past, OneRiot recently switched …
Seth Rosenblatt / CNET News:
uTorrent, possibly BitTorrent Web sites hacked  —  The Web site that hosts uTorrent was hacked by an unknown person or group early this morning.  After initially stating that the “mainline” BitTorrent site had been hacked as well, the company now says that it doesn't think that BitTorrent.com was affected.
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 …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Postmates Aims To Be The Uber Of Packages — And More  —  Couriers have been around forever.  You've probably seen them on bikes, with messenger bags in tow.  For a world teeming with innovative technologies, it seems somewhat surprising that the courier industry remains lacking in disruption.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Reports: Feds Bust IMAGiNE Movie Release Group  —  At the end of July 2011, the admin of XtremeSpeeds.net, a private BitTorrent tracker, reported that his house had been raided by the authorities.  He said that he was questioned under suspicion of being part of IMAGiNE, one of the leading P2P release groups.
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Fog Creek Software Becoming a Betawork's Style Innovation Lab  —  Blame Trello for the housing bubble.  —  Fog Creek software is a Silicon Alley survivor.  Founded in 2000, the company ran smack into the dot-com bust before it had fully hatched.  “We were just trying to keep ourselves in business …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Lifehacker
 
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's cash is already burning a hole in Wall Street's pockets
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Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Digg founder Kevin Rose cashes (partially) out of Twitter
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Whoa - Apple Wins a 3D Display & Imaging System Patent Stunner
Discussion: MacNN, SlashGear and Gizmodo
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Opens The Kimono On Web Analytics; 3 Million Sites Now Using Tweet Button