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1:25 PM ET, September 16, 2011

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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter Shakes Things Up Again: Fred Wilson, Bijan Sabet Leaving Board  —  Twitter's is reshaping itself yet again, this time at a corporate level: Investors Fred Wilson and Bijan Sabet are leaving the company's board at the end of the month.  Sources say the company won't fill their seats.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Loses Its Chief Scientist, Summize Co-Founder Abdur Chowdhury  —  The turnover continues at Twitter.  Following the exit of Biz Stone, the firing of four key product guys, and the departure of a number of early Twitter employees, we've learned that another big name has left the company: Chief Scientist Abdur Chowdhury.
Discussion: VentureBeat and AllThingsD
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Plenty of Chatter About a New iPhone  —  We're just weeks away from the announcement of the new Apple iPhone 5, according to an Apple employee who asked not to be named because he was not allowed to speak publicly for the company.  —  As the excitement for Apple's latest product revs up …
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Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Latest iPhone 5 Rumors: Oct. 15 Launch? Sprint? Leaked Cases?
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Edible Apple
Mike Elgan / Datamation.com:
Why Facebook is the New Yahoo  —  Facebook's awkward attempts to copy Google+ smack of a quiet desperation.  —  Sure, Facebook looks massively successful.  With a mind-boggling 750 million users, the social site can do no wrong, right?  —  Wrong.  —  Look closer, and it looks like Facebook can do nothing right.
Discussion: GigaOM
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Farhad Manjoo / Slate Magazine:   Great Social Networks Steal
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
It's Called Google Propeller and It's Aimed at Flipboard (and Facebook, Too, Natch)  —  Please see this disclosure related to me and Google.  —  Earlier today, well-known digerati dude Robert Scoble posted on his social feed on Google+ that the search giant was working on a social and news reader.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Working on Allowing the Merging of Multiple Apple IDs  —  MacRumors has learned that Apple is working on a process to merge multiple Apple IDs into a single login.  The issue of juggling multiple Apple ID logins has been a minor inconvenience in the past, but with the early developer testing …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Forget Apps, Carbyn Has Built A HTML5 OS  —  HTML5, HTML5, HTML5 — it seems to be the only thing anyone wants to talk about these days.  And that excitement could get kicked into overdrive next week when Facebook unveils Project Spartan, their platform for HTML5 apps.  But why wait?
Discussion: BlackBerry Cool and Ubergizmo
Bertrand Damiba / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing Voice Actions for Android in the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain  —  Last year in the US, we introduced Voice Actions, a series of spoken commands that let you control your Android phone or tablet with your voice.  You can call businesses and contacts, send texts …
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Should you launch at a conference?  —  Should you launch at Launch?  (Or TechCrunch Disrupt?  Or Demo?  They're all pretty similar).  —  This year I launched two major new products at conferences: Careers 2.0 and Trello, and both times, it was totally worth it.  —  First, a little background.
Mike Hirshland / VCMike's Blog:
My Next Chapter  —  Effective today, I will be leaving Polaris Venture Partners, and setting out to launch a new seed firm.  —  While I am excited by the prospect of building something new, it is difficult to leave the partnership I have been part of for 12 years.
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Even Google is Tired of Needlessly Paginated Content  —  Google just announced that it will now do its best to lead searchers directly to the single-page version of the online content it indexes instead of the paginated versions of the same content.  Whenever an obvious “view-all” …
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
MasterCard demos Google Wallet, QkR platform for mobile payments  —  You've most likely heard plenty about NFC-capable smartphones, but little in the way of actual real-world uses for the chip.  Well, MasterCard's looking to change all of that, and throw in a few innovations of its own courtesy of its in-house R&D labs and Google.
Royal Pingdom:
Microsoft's web server is losing ground: IIS market share back to 1997 levels  —  Apache has been the most widely used web server on the Internet since the early days of the Web.  It still is.  The second-most popular web server has been, and still is, Microsoft's Internet Information Server, IIS.
Thanks:pingdom
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
iPad iOS 5 vs Windows 8 Slate [video]  —  Microsoft unveiled its Windows 8 developer preview earlier this week, but how does it compare to iOS?  —  Microsoft has done some impressive work with Windows 8 to make it truly slate friendly.  Hardware specifications and specifics are still …
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Mat Honan / Gizmodo:
If You Already Hate Windows 8 Then You Hate Technology
Discussion: Ars Technica, ReadWriteWeb and CNET News, Thanks:joemfbrown
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Microsoft Source: We're Talking About Buying Yahoo  —  As big shareholders flee AOL and Yahoo's board flounders, consolidation is “definitely” in the air, a source close to Microsoft's portal, MSN, tells us.  —  “Definitely, people are talking about it.”  —  This source - who asked …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU probing Google on Internet search  —  (Reuters) - EU regulators are investigating whether Google dominates in Internet search but have yet to decide if this is the case, the EU's antitrust chief said on Friday.  —  “As part of our current investigation, we are trying to determine whether …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Hacker Ring Appears to Make Good on Promise to Expose Celebrities  —  A ring of hackers that boasted it would pry into celebrities' phones and e-mail accounts appears to have delivered on that promise.  Reported hacks of actresses Scarlett Johannson and Mila Kunis led to racy photos posted on the web.
Orin S. Kerr / Wall Street Journal:
Should Faking a Name on Facebook Be a Felony?  —  Congress contemplates draconian punishment for Internet lies.  —  Imagine that President Obama could order the arrest of anyone who broke a promise on the Internet.  So you could be jailed for lying about your age or weight on an Internet dating site.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Stevie Wonder sings Steve Jobs' praises for iOS accessibility  —  Steve Jobs has been lauded for making the smartphone truly accessible for everyone, incorporating subtle features that help the visually impaired or those with disabilies operate Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod devices.
Scott Grill / Examiner:
Sony updates PSN user agreement to block class action lawsuits  —  Like this?  Subscribe to get instant updates.  —  Sony is updating the user agreement for the Playstation Network starting on September 15 and one of the changes included in the update seeks to stop class action lawsuits against the company.
Chris Brandrick / PC World:
Windows 8 Gets Sad New Blue Screen of Death  —  Microsoft's next release of their flagship operating system, Windows 8, will sport an updated error screen, most commonly referred to as the ‘Blue Screen of Death’ (BSoD).  For those fortunate enough to not run into the infamous error message over the years …
Ouriel / Appsfire Blog:
1 million apps!  (iOS + Android)  —  There you go.  We just hit the a significant milestone.  If you take all the apps ever developed on iOS and Android we just reached today 1 million mobile apps combined.  —  Now careful: those 1 million apps are not all active. 800k in total are active.
Wall Street Journal:
Senior China Officials Meet With Baidu Chief  —  Search Firm Joins List of Internet Companies Under Scrutiny  —  BEIJING—Chinese Internet-search company Baidu Inc. said Chief Executive Robin Li met recently with two senior Chinese officials, the latest in a series of high-level official visits …
Discussion: DigiCha
Matt Asay / The Register:
Google shamed by Apple in race to HTML5  —  Now that's embarrassing  —  Open...and Shut If ever there were a company made to beat Apple in mobile, it's Google.  —  Apple, with its rigid devotion to a native app experience, is the perfect target for Google, king of the web.
 
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Consumer Reports Press Room:
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Zeljka Zorz / Help Net Security:
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Discussion: Dennis Fisher
Felix Salmon:
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Bloomberg:
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Pinterest Has Already Pinned Down $10M At A $40M Valuation
Discussion: alarm:clock
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Cloud storage provider Box.net spurns $500M offer (exclusive)
Discussion: PE Hub Blog, bizjournals and FT Tech Hub, Thanks:jolieodell
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
When Kickstarter Goes Wrong: Were 419 Backers Almost Taken for a $27,637 Ride?
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Google Is Secretly Spending Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars Turning YouTube Into A Cable Alternative
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Arrington Talks New Blog (and How He ALMOST Stayed at AOL)
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Research In Motion Earnings At Low End of Forecast as Cash Drops by Half