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4:30 PM ET, September 17, 2011

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Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Customer culture  —  With so many projects, if the customer is willing to go without a small subset of the functionality they think they need, it can save a massive amount of effort, cost, and complexity and result in a much more elegant, hassle-free solution that makes them much happier in the long run.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft CEO hints at ‘Metro-ization’ of Office  —  Desktop suite will continue, but Microsoft needs a touch-based edition for tablets, says expert  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Wednesday strongly hinted that the company will craft a Metro-style version of the next Office suite.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Paul, I Accept Your Resignation
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
I'm Leaving TechCrunch. Here's Why.
Paul McNamara / Network World:
Has Google's CEO stopped using Google+?  —  It's been a month since the masses last heard from Larry Page via his social network  —  Seemingly every day, the Google+ “suggestions” feature implores me to “circle” (read: follow) the Google+ activities of Google CEO Larry Page, as a whopping 302,319 users have done already.
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Google:
More details on Propeller, Google's Flipboard-killer for Android and iOS devices  —  The first mention of a social news app from Google came in a Google+ post yesterday by tech watcher Robert Scoble.  He wrote: … The news prompted AllThingsD's Kara Swisher to dig for more clues.
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Netflix investors overreact to new forecast: The streaming numbers are what matters  —  Netflix investors are selling off this morning — the stock is down 15% — after the company issued new subscriber guidance for Q3 (PDF), reflecting the reaction to its price increases …
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
PE firms circling AOL turn attention to Yahoo  —  (Reuters) - The troubles at Yahoo Inc are proving to be a headache for AOL, that other deeply challenged Internet company trying to turn around its fortunes.  —  Interest in AOL from private equity firms ramped up after the company's stock plummeted …
Kwame Opam / Gizmodo:
Facebook Is Eyeing Hulu and (Maybe) Netflix Integration Says the NY Post  —  You can already rent movies on Facebook.  Now, according to the New York Post, Mark Zuckerberg will be showing off his plan for bringing Hulu and possibly even Netflix into the fold at the upcoming F8 conference.
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.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Ivy Bridge to Offer Faster Graphics and OpenCL Support in MacBook Airs  —  As noted by CNet, one of the areas of focus in Intel's next generation Ivy Bridge processors is the graphics processing unit (GPU).  Anandtech reports that Intel expects there to be a 60% improvement in graphics benchmarks …
Discussion: CNET News and Softpedia News
Kellex / Droid Life:
As of Yesterday Verizon Started Throttling its Top 5% Data Hogs, Doesn't Affect 4G LTE or Tiered Data Customers  —  Back in February, there were reports of Verizon's plans to start throttling (data speeds reduced) or using “Network Optimization Practices” on their top data hogs (5%).
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Despite owning just 1% of enterprise market, Gmail deemed ready to take on Microsoft  —  Gartner released a report on Friday that suggested Google's Gmail solution is ready to take on Microsoft in the enterprise email arena despite having just a tiny fraction of the market.
Discussion: Gartner, TechFlash and Computerworld
 
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Big PlayBook update coming October, adds Video Store, Android, email and more
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Hulu sale at risk even as new bids are due
Discussion: VentureBeat
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple seen in ‘no rush’ to release iPad 3 as competitors struggle
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Program: Posterous Raises $5 Million
Discussion: Neowin.net
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Bump Shares What Its 10 Million Users Share (Infographic)
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Samsung Claims Apple IPad, IPhone Infringe Australian Patents
Discussion: AppleInsider