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5:10 PM ET, September 14, 2011

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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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Along With Subscriptions, You'll Soon Be Able To Update Twitter From Facebook
Discussion: BetaNews
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple is Building iMessage into OS X Lion's iChat  —  Back in June, Apple unveiled iMessage, one of the major new features of the upcoming iOS 5 update. iMessage is a unified messaging service for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch that allows users to send text and multimedia messages over Wi-Fi …
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.
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:   Here's Why AOL, Yahoo and Microsoft Are Teaming Up to Fight Facebook and Google
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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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Microsoft takes Visual Studio and Windows 8 Server to the cloud  —  Today, Microsoft dropped the other ball during the second big BUILD developer conference keynote.  The company is releasing Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview and Windows Server 8 Developer Preview.  The software will be available for MSDN subscribers.
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Windows 8 Developer Preview: Come and get it
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.
April Dembosky / Financial Times:
Facebook IPO delayed until late 2012  —  Facebook is preparing to launch its blockbuster initial public offering in the US towards the end of next year, a later public debut by the social networking site than had been widely anticipated, say people familiar with the company.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo for Sale: Possible Bidders Circling — Including Marc Andreessen — as Board Pressure Mounts  —  A range of major players interested in acquiring all or a large piece of Yahoo have been prepping possible bids and have been in touch with the Internet giant's board over the last several days.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and GMSV
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Don't Mean To Be Rude, But Mike Arrington Wasn't A Very Good Angel Investor  —  Somewhat lost in all the hubbub over whether or not Mike Arrington would be allowed to stay at TechCrunch was the fact that he's been handed $20 million and told to turn it into many millions more through startup investments.
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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, The Loop and Soshable, Thanks:marsmag
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.
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 …
David Meyer / ZDNet:
Apple sues Samsung in the UK over Android  —  Apple has sued Samsung in the UK courts, further expanding the myriad countries in which it has taken legal action against the Korean manufacturer over its Android products.  —  The suit was filed on Monday, Samsung told ZDNet UK …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
BlackBerry PlayBook said to be destined for ‘same graveyard as the HP TouchPad’  —  As Research In Motion prepares to report its fiscal second-quarter earnings on Thursday after the market closes, the future of the company and its next-generation products again takes center stage.
Aidan Crook / Bing:
Adapting Search to You  —  Ambiguity is a tough problem for a search engine.  —  You generally search with a clear intent in mind but, without context, the phrase you enter may have a very different meaning to someone else.  For example, if you were to type “CSI” odds are you're interested in the TV show.
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 …
Pavel Vodenski / Google Mobile Blog:
Your smartphone camera is now smarter with Goggles 1.6  —  Today, we launched a new version of Google Goggles that enhances the camera on your Android-powered phone.  With this new opt-in feature in Goggles, you can simply photograph an image using your phone's camera, and Goggles will work in the background to analyze your image.
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, Techland and Business Insider
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.
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
The story behind Opera's $84M big data funding  —  Predictive analytics provider Opera Solutions has raised $84 million from equity investors in its first-ever funding round, but that amount shouldn't be surprising for anyone familiar with the company.  When I profiled Opera in May …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and TechCrunch
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) …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Red Robot Labs raises $8.5M for location-based mobile gaming  —  Red Robot Labs is announcing today it has raised $8.5 million to fund its location-based mobile gaming business.  —  The new funding shows that the stakes are getting higher in social games on mobile platforms as well-known investors …
 
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Social Ads Are Not a Test: They Appear on a Majority of the Site's Page Views
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Andrew Barker / Variety:
MOG launches free service
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Mebromi: the first BIOS rootkit in the wild
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China Telecom reportedly advertises iPhone 5, will accept orders from end of September
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
BetterWorks Brings Big Company Perks To Bay Area Startups — Coming Soon: The Gamification Of Working
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
Melba Kurman / Innovation Excellence:
Intel to Universities: No Patents, Please, Just Open Source
Discussion: Geek.com
Janet Guyon / FINS Technology:
John Sculley on Apple's Jobs and the Experience of a Lifetime
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Bradley Voytek / Uber Blog:
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Discussion: Betabeat, FM Blog and CNET News