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9:45 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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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.
Discussion: @erickschonfeld
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, ShortFormBlog and Guardian
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 …
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Big PlayBook update coming October, adds Video Store, Android, email and more
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Program: Posterous Raises $5 Million
Aayush Arya / The Next Web:
Internet users to triple in India by 2014: Google
Wall Street Journal:
Senior China Officials Meet With Baidu Chief
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Scott Grill / Examiner:
Sony updates PSN user agreement to block class action lawsuits
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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
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU probing Google on Internet search
Bertrand Damiba / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing Voice Actions for Android in the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain