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4:35 PM ET, September 18, 2011

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Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
The $99 TouchPad Returns To HP's Employee Purchasing Program On Sept 28th  —  It's not very often I get to write that it's a good day to be an HP employee.  But it's also not everyday that HP employees are offered some of the last TouchPads.  —  The company is set to release a final batch …
Michelle Quinn / The Politico:
Google's algorithm for Hill hearings  —  SAN FRANCISCO—When Google's Eric Schmidt takes the oath at a Senate hearing Wednesday, he's expected to present the Internet giant as a cool innovator that just wants to improve Web searches — not a ruthless firm that controls what people see online and squashes competitors.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
OS turning circles: Questioning Windows' maneuverability  —  I'm glad Windows 8 is named the way it is.  With Windows 7 Microsoft went to a numbering system which is much more rational than the mixed naming of the past.  The number 8 actually corresponds to the actual sequential number of major versions of Windows released to date.
Discussion: Monday Note
Seth Sternberg / TechCrunch:
Search Wars?  Just Wait For The Social Wars.  —  Editor's note: This guest post was written by Seth Sternberg, the CEO and co-founder of Meebo.  —  Rewind to the year 2000.  There was an explosion in internet innovation.  The stock stock market was starting to get shaky.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Testing New Celebrity Endorsement Advertising Program  —  Google users may soon see celebrity endorsements included as annotations under paid search results as part of new advertising program that the company has just started testing.  Google's Christian Oestlien revealed the test …
Discussion: PC Magazine, Thanks:steverubel
Michael Riley / Business Week:
On the Internet, Nobody Knows You're a Robot  —  CSIdentity's artificial intelligence program extracts data from hackers  —  Hackers have proven they can crack just about any computer network, from Sony's to Citigroup's.  Afterward, they face another challenge: unloading the virtual booty.
Dieter Bohn / This is my next:
Windows 8 demos hint at phone integration?  —  Could Windows 8 let you call and text your relatives directly from your “Metro-style” tablet?  That's what a raft of new evidence suggests, as istartedsomething discovered that two videos from Microsoft's Build developer conference have a variety of references to telephony.
Robin Wauters:
Bad Taste … I'm doing what Paul Carr probably should have done: venting my thoughts on the latest episode of the TechCrunch / AOL mess on my personal blog rather than (ab)using TechCrunch's platform and audience to get as much attention as possible.  —  And attention he got plenty alright.
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Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
I'm Leaving TechCrunch. Here's Why.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Paul, I Accept Your Resignation
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
Discussion: CNET News and Softpedia News
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Twitter doesn't care what your real name is  —  Amid all the noise and fury over Google's policy of requiring real names (or at least real-sounding names) on its new Google+ network — a policy that Facebook also has, and one we have been critical of in the past — it's easy to forget …
Thanks:mathewi
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
955 Dreams Brings Elegance, Disruption To Music Discovery With Band Of The Day  —  955 Dreams is on a roll.  They've released five iOS apps so far, and all five have been featured by Apple as an “App of the Week”.  Band of the Day is the latest one, earning the distinction this week.
Discussion: Apple Gazette and Robert Scoble
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.
 
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Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
PE firms circling AOL turn attention to Yahoo
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Todd Haselton / BGR:
Despite owning just 1% of enterprise market, Gmail deemed ready to take on Microsoft
Discussion: Computerworld and TechFlash