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7:25 PM ET, September 16, 2011

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Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
I'm Leaving TechCrunch.  Here's Why.  —  So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark —that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.  - Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
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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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Zach Epstein / BGR:
BlackBerry PlayBook price slashing begins: $249 and up for Rogers workers  —  Research In Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie revealed on the company's second-quarter earnings call that RIM would soon be dropping prices on its BlackBerry PlayBook tablets.  While the new price points have not yet been disclosed …
Mike Elgan / Datamation:
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.
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 …
Roberto Baldwin / Gizmodo:
Belkin's Got a Crazy Half-Off-Everything Sale Today (Updated)  —  Networking and accessories vendor Belkin is about to make your Friday spendtastic.  [Today only,] Through September 30, you can get 50% off everything at Belkin.com with no minimum purchase.  Just use coupon code “FB50” when you check out and you're set.
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, or at least, that's what our appGenome™ is telling us.
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Thunderbolt Display with Multiple Monitors: No Daisy Chaining Mini DisplayPort Monitors  —  With the new 27" Apple Thunderbolt Display now shipping to customers, Apple has posted a new support document outlining what can and can not be accomplished with multiple monitors on Thunderbolt-enabled Mac systems.
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Samsung Claims Apple IPad, IPhone Infringe Australian Patents  —  Sept. 16 (Bloomberg) — Samsung Electronics Co. accused Apple Inc. of patent infringement in Australia, adding to multiple lawsuits across at least four continents involving the two companies' dispute over smartphone technology.
Grant Gross / PC World:
Obama Signs Patent Overhaul Legislation  —  U.S. President Barack Obama has signed the America Invents Act, the first major overhaul of the U.S. patent system in about 50 years.  —  The America Invents Act, passed 89-9 by the U.S. Senate last week, would allow new challenges to patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Seven states join effort to stop AT&T/T-Mobile deal  —  (Reuters) - Seven states have joined the U.S. Justice Department's lawsuit to stop AT&T's proposed purchase of T-Mobile USA, the Justice Department said on Friday.  —  Attorneys general from California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York …
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
Danny Winokur / Adobe Flash Platform Blog:
Flash Support on Windows 8 and Metro  —  We expect Windows desktop to be extremely popular for years to come (including Windows 8 desktop) and that it will support Flash just fine, including rich web based games and premium videos that require Flash.  In addition, we expect Flash based apps …
Discussion: Engadget, eWeek, SlashGear and OpsanBlog, Thanks:sjespers
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 …
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
New Chrome Blurs The Line Between Web and Native Apps  —  Google just shipped a new stable release of the Chrome browser that includes two new technologies: Native Client, which allows execution of C and C++ code within the browser, and the Web Audio API, which brings advanced audio capabilities to JavaScript.
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.
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Facebook wants to be big among small businesses  —  At Google, Sandberg served as vice president of global online sales and operations in a role that helped build the company's money-gushing search-advertising business.  —  Now, the chief operating officer at the world's largest social network wants the same for Facebook.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Windows 8 on ARM won't run x86 apps Microsoft admits  —  Windows 8 ARM PCs will not, in fact, have full app compatibility with software designed for x86 Windows 7 and 8 computers, Microsoft has confirmed, instead demanding that developers port their titles over to the new architecture.
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
The creative naming habits of big web portals  —  Google is working on a Flipboard clone called “Propeller.”  This is yet another example of a product from one of the big web portals having the same name as a product from another big web portal.  —  Kind of a surprise, given how creatively named …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Mac App Store tweak aims to curb accidental buys  —  The new warning message that appears when trying to purchase an app from Apple that you got from somewhere else.  —  In an effort to keep users from accidentally purchasing a piece of software they might have gotten elsewhere …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Bump Shares What Its 10 Million Users Share (Infographic)  —  The mobile app Bump may still be known to people in tech from what it started as — a way to exchange contact information between the owners of two phones by touching them — but it's become a much more broadly used way to share content over the air.
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.
Aayush Arya / The Next Web:
Internet users to triple in India by 2014: Google  —  According to Rajan Anandan, Google's country head in India, the country currently has about 100 million Internet users, and the number will increase to 300 million by 2014, reports The Wall Street Journal.
 
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Ian Chan / Twitter Developers:
SSL Support for Tweet Button and Follow Button
Discussion: The Next Web
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Locks the Top Navigation Bar in Place as Users Scroll
Wall Street Journal:
Senior China Officials Meet With Baidu Chief
Discussion: DigiCha
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Should you launch at a conference?
Discussion: Holler @ and Global Neighbourhoods
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Microsoft's web server is losing ground: IIS market share back to 1997 levels
Discussion: Ars Technica and SC Magazine US, Thanks:pingdom
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Hirshland / VCMike's Blog:
My Next Chapter  —  Effective today, I will be leaving Polaris …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU probing Google on Internet search
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Hacker Ring Appears to Make Good on Promise to Expose Celebrities
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Stevie Wonder sings Steve Jobs' praises for iOS accessibility
Bertrand Damiba / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing Voice Actions for Android in the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain
Felix Salmon:
Can Netflix still win when cable TV loses?