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12:05 PM ET, September 15, 2011

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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: Fast Company and Pocket-lint
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Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Metro style browsing and plug-in free HTML5 … For the web to move forward and for consumers to get the most out of touch-first browsing, the Metro style browser in Windows 8 is as HTML5-only as possible, and plug-in free.  The experience that plug-ins provide today is not a good match …
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 …
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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.
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 …
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Krishna Panicker / The Big Blog:
New Facebook Integration with Skype 5.4 for Mac OS X Beta  —  You may have noticed that we now release updates for Skype for Mac quicker than ever before.  We've released a number of updates in 2011 which included, amongst other features, a brand new interface, video call control bar and HD-quality video calling.
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.
David Flynn / Australian Business Traveller:
Boeing chooses Android for 787 Dreamliner's entertainment system  —  SMALLER LARGER - WATCH THIS NEWS ITEM ADD TO FAVOURITES  —  While Apple continues to score wins in the use of its iPad for inflight entertainment, Boeing has chosen its nemesis - Google's Android operating system …
Discussion: SlashGear and 9to5Google
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix Cuts Its Guidance by One Million Subscribers  —  Netflix, which instituted a price hike earlier this fall, says the higher costs are turning off more customers than it expected.  The video rental company has cut its third-quarter U.S. subscriber projections from 25 million subscribers to 24 million, a four percent cut.
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 …
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Sony Designs Tablet That's Not an iPad Wannabe  —  One reason Apple's iPad continues to dominate the tablet market after 17 months may be that all the main competitors look like imitations but don't deliver as good an experience.  They are typically flat slabs, like the iPad …
Discussion: CNET News and SplatF
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
IPhone Orders Seen Making Broadcom Top Apple Beneficiary: Tech  —  Sept. 15 (Bloomberg) — Broadcom Corp. stands out as one of the biggest beneficiaries from orders from Apple Inc., whose need for parts that go into iPhones and iPads represents a bright spot for a semiconductor industry plagued by weak demand.
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 …
Agam Shah / PC World:
Intel's Thunderbolt With Fiber Optics Years Away  —  Intel's Thunderbolt high-speed interconnect technology, which shuffles data between PCs and devices like displays and external storage, could be years away from getting optical technology, an Intel executive said this week.
Discussion: SlashGear and TechEye
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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 …
Parmy Olson / Forbes.com:
Infamous Anti-iPhone Game Goes To Android … A few months ago Michael Pineschi was struck with a rather subversive idea.  He'd been reading news coverage about the spate of suicides by workers at two factories run by Foxconn in China where iPhones and iPads were assembled.
Discussion: PC Magazine and Associated Press
Todd Haselton / BGR:
iOS games ‘absolutely not under consideration’ says Nintendo boss  —  Nintendo's president Satoru Iwata recently reiterated that Nintendo will not develop games for Apple's iPad, iPod and iPhone, despite recent pressure from investors to jump on the iOS bandwagon.
James Kendrick / ZDNet:
Sharp Galapagos tablets join HP TouchPad in the canceled bin  —  Summary: Sharp is canceling most of its Galapagos tablet line due to low sales in its home country of Japan.  —  Another tablet line has fallen victim to the iPad effect, as Sharp is canceling all of its Galapagos tablet line with the exception of the 7-inch model.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple wins right to “thinnest smartphone” and expands Samsung patent fight to UK  —  Apple won a minor marketing battle against Samsung in the UK as it expanded its larger, global patent war with Samsung into the UK courts as well.  —  Apple's marketing of its 9.3mm iPhone 4 as the …
Marco.org:
Instapaper's (anti-)social network  —  Ben Brooks noticed and blogged about how Instapaper's social features, introduced earlier this year, are minimal: … That was exactly the idea, and I'm very happy to see it perceived that way.  —  Social features are tricky.
Discussion: The Brooks Review
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April Dembosky / Financial Times:
Facebook puts off IPO until late 2012
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Megan McCarthy Named Observer News Editor  —  Megan McCarthy has been named news editor of The New York Observer, editor Elizabeth Spiers announced today.  —  “Megan has a great eye for a story and I look forward to seeing her talents contribute to making an Observer that's faster and more agile,” Ms. Spiers said.
 
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Piictu app invites users to communicate through photos
Discussion: Engadget and The Next Web
Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat:
What Startup Winter? Union Square Ventures Is Raising a $150 to $200 Million Fund
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Now anyone can make a Wall-E style narrated encyclopedia with Qwiki
Discussion: Bits and TechCrunch
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
IAC's Match.com Buys 20% Stake In Chinese Online Dating Service Zhenai
Discussion: PR Newswire
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Year After “AngelGate”, More Angelic Angels Descend Upon Disrupt
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Manilla's free, online account management now on Android and iOS
Discussion: PC World, Bits and AndroidGuys
 Earlier Items: 
J.B. / Fusible.com:
AOL to launch NVIBE social network? Domain acquired, trademarks filed
Discussion: Business Insider and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:fusible
Aislyn Greene / TechFlash:
Amazon launches in Spain, holds off on Kindle
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Amazon Kindle tablet sales projections cut in half, still likely to be No. 1 Android tablet
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