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2:05 PM ET, September 14, 2011

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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 …
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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.
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Windows 8 Developer Preview: Come and get it
Discussion: Computerworld, GeekWire and ITworld.com
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.
Zach Rait / Facebook Blog:
Introducing the Subscribe Button  —  Until now, it hasn't been easy to choose exactly what you see in your News Feed.  Maybe you don't want to see every time your brother plays a game on Facebook, for example.  Or maybe you'd like to see more stories from your best friends, and fewer from your coworkers.
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
At Long Last, Facebook Adds Twitter-Style Following, Calls It “Subscribe”  —  Starting today, Facebook users will be allowed to offer people the option to subscribe to their public updates.  Now Facebook users will be able to connect with each other without becoming friends, through a new “Subscribe” button.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
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.
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, Aloízio Mercadante, has confirmed during a hearing with the Commission of Economic Affairs that the new factory …
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 …
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
Bradley Horowitz / The Official Google Blog:
+Snippets on Google Maps: if you can see it, you can share it  —  We recently launched +snippets for users and publishers, making it easy to visit a webpage and then share it on Google+.  We want to make sharing across Google just as easy, so today we're bringing +snippets to Google Maps.
z3ntv:
TECHCRUNCH FOUNDER VS NEW EDITOR TURNS UGLY  —  Apparently the Techcrunch controversy involving Michael Arrington won't be limited to AOL and Arianna Huffington, now the tech blog founder has publicly admonished the new Editor of the site Erick Schonfeld.  New York-based Schonfeld …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:marsmag
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Jay Yarow / Business Insider:   Don't Mean To Be Rude, But Mike Arrington Wasn't A Very Good Angel Investor
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 event …
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Gary Price / Search Engine Land:
Oh Good Grep!  Web Grepper: A New Web Intelligence Feature From Blekko  —  Blekko, the search engine that launched last year and is known for its spam reduction efforts, is introducing a new feature today that will help make previously difficult, if not impossible to find (for free) …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Kleiner-Backed Erly Intelligently Captures All Of Your Social Experiences With Visual ‘Collections’  —  Back when we reported that Eric Feng, newly appointed partner at Kleiner Perkins and previously founding CTO of Hulu was leaving the venture fund for a new stealth startup, we were sure it was going to be in the video space.
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.
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
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 and About Foursquare
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
China Telecom reportedly advertises iPhone 5, will accept orders from end of September  —  According to a report by the Southern Metropolis Daily, China's third largest mobile operating China Telecom has begun preparations for sales of Apple's upcoming iPhone 5, training staff to accept orders for the phone at the end of September.
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.
Marco Giuliani / Webroot Threat Blog:
Mebromi: the first BIOS rootkit in the wild  —  In the past few weeks a Chinese security company called Qihoo 360 blogged about a new BIOS rootkit hitting Chinese computers.  This turned to be a very interesting discovery as it appears to be the first real malware targeting system BIOS since …
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.
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
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.
 
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Greg Lamm / TechFlash:
Amazon.com, Hearst Corp. strike content, e-commerce deal
Discussion: Amazon.com and GeekWire
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Reports: Feds Bust IMAGiNE Movie Release Group
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Postmates Aims To Be The Uber Of Packages — And More
Discussion: VentureBeat
Regina Sinsky / VentureBeat:
Demo: Fav.Tv ain't your grandmother's TV Guide
Discussion: GigaOM and SocialTimes.com
Bradley Voytek / Uber Blog:
Uberdata: How prostitution and alcohol make Uber better
Discussion: Betabeat and FM Blog
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Sony PlayStation Vita debuts in Japan on December 17th, partnering with NTT DoCoMo for 3G (updated)
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Fog Creek Software Becoming a Betawork's Style Innovation Lab
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Daring Fireball:
Phone Story — Anti-iPhone Game Banned From App Store
Nick Bilton / Bits:
At TechCrunch Conference, Talk of a Bubble
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
How Much Does A Band Make From Various Music Platforms?
Discussion: All New Musings and hypebot
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
AppleCare preparations hint at iOS 5.0 release around Oct. 10