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1:25 PM ET, September 17, 2011

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MG Siegler / parislemon:
What Needs To Be Said  —  All day, I kept telling myself I shouldn't say anything.  Then I realized: what the f**k?  Be honest.  I found Paul's post tactless.  And I found Erick's response inappropriate.  Perhaps both are fitting given the entire clusterf**k that is this situation.
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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
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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
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
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%).
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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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.
Discussion: Business Insider
 
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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
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)
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Mac App Store tweak aims to curb accidental buys
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Facebook wants to be big among small businesses
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Samsung Claims Apple IPad, IPhone Infringe Australian Patents
Discussion: AppleInsider and PhoneArena
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
The creative naming habits of big web portals
Discussion: AllThingsD and Macworld
 

 
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Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
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