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8:05 PM ET, September 17, 2011

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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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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
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Paul, I Accept Your Resignation
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.
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Intel's Ivy Bridge Architecture Exposed  —  Five years ago Intel announced its ambitious tick-tock release cadence.  We were doubtful that Intel could pull off such an aggressive schedule but with the exception of missing a few months here or there tick-tock has been a success.
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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
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.
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 …
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 …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Appeals Court Reinstates $675,000 File-Sharing Decision Against Joel Tenenbaum  —  Joel Tenenbaum's fight with the RIAA has been dragging on now for six years.  In 2009, a jury found Tenenbaum guilty of “willful infringement” and awarded damages of $675,000.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
SoundCloud, Deezer And Rhapsody Revealed As Facebook Music Launch Partners?  —  I love Yvo Schaap, even though I've never met him in person.  —  Wanna know why?  Because the man keeps on digging up interesting stuff by simply perusing code, and then alerting us.
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.
 
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Kellex / Droid Life:
As of Yesterday Verizon Started Throttling its Top 5% Data Hogs, Doesn't Affect 4G LTE or Tiered Data Customers
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Despite owning just 1% of enterprise market, Gmail deemed ready to take on Microsoft
Discussion: Gartner, TechFlash and Computerworld
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Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Hulu sale at risk even as new bids are due
Discussion: VentureBeat