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5:10 AM ET, September 15, 2011

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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Ballmer: 500,000 Downloads of Windows 8 Since Last Night  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made a surprise appearance at Microsoft's developer conference on Tuesday, touting the importance of the company's forthcoming Windows 8 operating system.  —  Ballmer noted the early enthusiasm for the product …
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Microsoft jettisons Flash with ‘plug-in free’ Windows 8 Metro IE10  —  The tablet-optimized Metro version of Internet Explorer 10 in Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 will be a “plug-in free experience,” as the company follows Apple's lead in abandoning Adobe Flash in favor of HTML5 on tablets.
Discussion: MSDN Blogs and PhoneArena
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Metro  —  I don't think there's any hyperbole in Microsoft's claim that this is “Windows Reimagined”.  But it's not so much that Windows 8 is Windows reimagined, but Metro that is Windows reimagined.  It's truly a whole new concept in how a computer interface should look and work.
Electronista:
Ballmer: Windows Phone hasn't sold what I ‘would have liked’
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Microsoft takes Visual Studio and Windows 8 Server to the cloud
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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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 …
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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Code strings indicate iMessage might eventually integrate with iChat
Discussion: BGR, GigaOM, Electronista and iLounge
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt Is...Shaker  —  Three days and 31 startup pitches later, the winner of TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2011 has been determined.  Out of the 29 startups and two audience choice winners, we whittled the list down to seven finalists, which included Bitcasa …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Barry Diller Skewers AOL For Firing Michael Arrington From TechCrunch  —  Earlier today at The Paley Center for Media's International Council, IAC Chairman and Senior Executive Barry Diller took the stage for a keynote conversation with Jason Hirschhorn, CEO of reDEF Group.
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z3ntv:
TECHCRUNCH FOUNDER VS NEW EDITOR TURNS UGLY
Discussion: TechCrunch, The Loop and Soshable, Thanks:marsmag
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Don't Mean To Be Rude, But Mike Arrington Wasn't A Very Good Angel Investor
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
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.
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Evelyn Rusli / @evelynrusli:   + also according to sources Facebook has not pushed back it's ipo to late 2012 http://t.co/aRWnSGEo
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.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   Google Brings Automatic, Background Visual Search to Android Phones
New York Times:
Groupon Back on Track for Its I.P.O.  —  Groupon is planning to put its initial public offering back on track even as markets remain rocky.  —  After postponing presentations to potential investors early this month, the online coupon giant is now aiming to go public in late October or early November …
Discussion: Digital Trends, @evelynrusli and Reuters, Thanks:m_delamerced
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Bill Gurley / abovethecrowd.com:   On IPOs: If You Are Going To File, Make Sure You Price
Bloomberg:
Google Buys 1K IBM Patents for Android Defense  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) bought 1,023 patents from International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) as the Internet search and advertising company bolsters its strategy of defending against smartphone lawsuits.  —  Transfers recorded by the U.S. Patent …
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.
Patricia Hurtado / Bloomberg:
Apple IPad Data Was Given to Fleishman, Samsung Witness Says  —  Sept. 15 (Bloomberg) — An ex-Samsung Electronics Co. manager, testifying at the insider-trader trial of Primary Global Research LLC executive James Fleishman, told jurors he disclosed confidential shipping data for Apple Inc. iPad components.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Free Music For Everyone!  Rdio Joins MOG, Spotify In the Big Digital Music Giveaway  —  Free, legal music on the web looked like a defunct business model just a few months ago.  Now it seems to be going through a revival phase.  —  Over the summer, Spotify finally opened for business …
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Year After “AngelGate”, More Angelic Angels Descend Upon Disrupt  —  A year ago, a huge controversy erupted before TechCrunch Disrupt (sound familiar?).  Michael Arrington walked into a bar in San Francisco, Bin 38, and walked out feeling dirty.  It was in Bin 38 that he overheard a group …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
IAC's Match.com Buys 20% Stake In Chinese Online Dating Service Zhenai
Discussion: The Tech Trade
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Manilla's free, online account management now on Android and iOS
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Trippy: Bringing Your Friends And Social Recommendations To Travel Planning
Discussion: Scobleizer
Aislyn Greene / TechFlash:
Amazon launches in Spain, holds off on Kindle
Discussion: paidContent and Bookseller news
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Amazon Kindle tablet sales projections cut in half, still likely to be No. 1 Android tablet
Discussion: Good E-Reader and Know Your Mobile
 Earlier Items: 
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
A First Look at PayPal's Strategy for Challenging Visa and MasterCard at the Register
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
The Future of Twitter Ads
Discussion: LEWIS 360° and Business Insider
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
The story behind Opera's $84M big data funding
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple's Sprint-compatible iPad appears ready and waiting for launch
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
New iPad Factory in Brazil Is “Ready”, Already Making iPads for December
Discussion: PadGadget, Penn-Olson, Apple Newz and MacNN