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12:45 PM 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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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 …
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Windows 8 Developer Preview: Come and get it
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to developers: Metro is your future
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo In Ad Deal Vs. Google  —  AOL, Yahoo and Microsoft compete for ad dollars.  But a new pact calls for the rivals to cooperate on ad sales, too.  —  The three companies are going to start selling ad inventory on each others' sites, in a plan they hope will make them more competitive with Google.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple's Sprint-compatible iPad appears ready and waiting for launch  —  Apple and Sprint have completed work on a version of the iPad for Sprint's data network.  This Sprint compatible iPad appears to be ready for public consumption and will join the family of GSM (AT&T) and Verizon capable Apple tablets before the holidays.
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 …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
New iPad Factory in Brazil Is “Ready”, Already Making iPads for December  —  According to a report by Brazilian website UOL, the Brazilian Minister of Science and Technology, Aolizio Mercadante, has confirmed during a hearing with the Commission of Economic Affairs that the new factory in Jundiaí is …
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: Gizmodo, Business Insider and Techland
Brad Molen / Engadget:
AT&T announces $25 monthly GoPhone plan beginning September 18th  —  With all of the unlimited everything plans dominating the world of prepaid currently, it's easy to forget about the smaller offerings ideally suited for those looking for appetizers instead of the all-you-can-eat buffet.
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
At f8, Facebook Developers Could Get a Smarter Way to Structure Their News Feed Stories  —  While Facebook product launches tend to get the most speculation before the f8 developer conference - there are 750 million users who care, after all — the company has often used the conference …
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Officially Launches Smart Lists, and Special Friend Lists That Influence the News Feed
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.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
How Google-Motorola Deal Came Together  —  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.
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.
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Psst: The Foursquare Push API Is Coming Out This Afternoon  —  Foursquare's magical tool that will allow developers to build apps that can remind you to buy milk when you walk past the grocery store or notify you when a friend is in the area will be publicly released today, Betabeat has heard …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
BetterWorks Brings Big Company Perks To Bay Area Startups — Coming Soon: The Gamification Of Working  —  What's better: an employer giving you $500 or an employer giving you an iPad?  At first, you may think it's better to get the cash.  But often, that money is used on things such as paying bills — important, but not lasting.
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 …
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
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?
Discussion: Geek.com
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 …
Discussion: Betabeat and FM Blog
Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
Apple to Revise S. Korea IPhone Return Policy After Complaints  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) agreed with South Korea's fair trade regulator to revise its customer-service policy for iPhone users in the country to address complaints about the handling of faulty devices.
Greg Lamm / TechFlash:
Amazon.com, Hearst Corp. strike content, e-commerce deal  —  In a move likely to secure more content for a tablet, Amazon.com and Hearst Corp. have entered into an expanded, consumer marketing, e-commerce and content relationship.  —  With the deal, Amazon customers will be able to access content …
Discussion: Amazon.com and GeekWire
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.
 
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