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1:20 AM ET, September 17, 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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Paul, I Accept Your Resignation  —  Paul Carr, one of our columnists who was hired for his grandstanding ways, has decided to fall on his own sword and quit very publicly on TechCrunch.  I believe this is the second or third time he's quit in public in the past couple weeks.  I keep losing count.
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Erick Schonfeld Cut a Side Job With Arianna for TechCrunch Editorship, Paul Carr Says in Resignation Blog Post  —  Flabbergasts!  New York-based TechCrunch editor Erick Schonfeld, newly-named editor in chief of the site, has been accused.  In a glorious resignation post …
Discussion: @sacca and Guardian
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 …
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Big PlayBook update coming October, adds Video Store, Android, email and more
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Microsoft to take 30% cut of Metro apps under Windows 8  —  New Metro-style apps designed to run on Microsoft's forthcoming Windows 8 for tablets will copy Apple's App Store business model of charging a 30 percent fee from developers, allowing the potential for Microsoft to regain control …
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Danny Winokur / Adobe Flash Platform Blog:
Flash Support on Windows 8 and Metro
Discussion: Engadget, SlashGear, eWeek and OpsanBlog, Thanks:sjespers
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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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
The mysterious disappearance of the Microsoft Senior Vice Presidents  —  Summary: Microsoft is eliminating the “Senior Vice President” title across the company.  Here's why, according to company officials.  —  Titles at Microsoft always are a source of confusion, even for those of us paid to keep tabs on the Softies.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
What Was Behind the Timing of Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz's Abrupt Ouster?  —  In the end — the bitter end, that is — there really is no good time to fire someone.  —  But the timing of the ouster of Carol Bartz as CEO of Yahoo is one of the more curious things about the corporate mishegas at the Silicon Valley Internet giant of late.
Discussion: internetnews.com
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Apple's Patent Win Over HTC to Be Reviewed by U.S. Trade Agency  —  Sept. 16 (Bloomberg) — A U.S. trade agency said it will review a judge's finding that HTC Corp. infringed two Apple Inc. patents, a decision that could lead to a ban of HTC's Android- based phones in the country.
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.
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.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple seen in ‘no rush’ to release iPad 3 as competitors struggle  —  Apple reportedly has prototypes for its third-generation iPad already circling in its supply chain, but no new model is expected to arrive this year as a true second-place tablet has yet to emerge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Hulu sale at risk even as new bids are due  —  (Reuters) - The auction of online video site Hulu has been slowed by recent developments which could derail it completely, according to sources familiar with the process.  —  Among the issues are conflicts over complicated digital rights …
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 …
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.
 
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Program: Posterous Raises $5 Million
Ian Chan / Twitter Developers:
SSL Support for Tweet Button and Follow Button
Discussion: The Next Web
Aayush Arya / The Next Web:
Internet users to triple in India by 2014: Google
Matt Asay / The Register:
Google shamed by Apple in race to HTML5
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Senior China Officials Meet With Baidu Chief
Discussion: DigiCha
Scott Grill / Examiner:
Sony updates PSN user agreement to block class action lawsuits
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Microsoft Source: We're Talking About Buying Yahoo
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Should you launch at a conference?
Discussion: Holler @ and Global Neighbourhoods
Royal Pingdom:
Microsoft's web server is losing ground: IIS market share back to 1997 levels
Discussion: Ars Technica and SC Magazine US, Thanks:pingdom
Mike Hirshland / VCMike's Blog:
My Next Chapter  —  Effective today, I will be leaving Polaris …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Forget Apps, Carbyn Has Built A HTML5 OS
Discussion: Ubergizmo and BlackBerry Cool