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8:15 PM ET, September 20, 2011

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Vic Gundotra / The Official Google Blog:
Google+: 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99... 100.  —  The Google+ project has been in field trial for just under 90 days, and in that time we've made 91 different improvements (many of which are posted here).  Google+ is still in its infancy, of course, but we're more excited than ever to bring …
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Richard Dunn / Google+ Platform Blog:
Introducing the Google+ Hangouts API  —  In the three months since we launched face-to-face-to-face communication in Google+ Hangouts, I've been impressed by the many ways people use them.  We've seen Hangouts for game shows, fantasy football drafts, guitar lessons and even hangouts for writers to break their solitary confinement.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google+ Opens To Everyone, Adds Search, Expands Hangouts  —  After three months, anyone who wants in to the Google+ social network can now get in.  The company announced the news today on its blog, along with a new Google+ search feature and expanded functionality for hangouts.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Google rolls out Hangouts live streaming & Hangouts mobile
Discussion: BetaNews, LAUNCH and Reuters
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Gling?  Glam Buys Ning for $200 Million  —  Glam Media, a social content platform for sites primarily targeting women, said it's buying Ning, the custom social-platform start-up co-founded by Marc Andreessen.  —  The purchase price wasn't disclosed, but sources close to the deal said the sale price was $200 million.
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Marc Andreessen / pmarca:
Merging Glam and Ning  —  Today, my company Ning, where I serve as chairman and cofounder, is announcing that it has agreed to merge into Glam Media.  In this post, I'd like to briefly explain the whats and whys, and to thank a lot of people who have worked very hard to get us to this point.
Mark Tonkelowitz / Facebook Blog:
Interesting News, Any Time You Visit  —  When you visit Facebook, you should see the things you're most interested in, like status updates from your family and closest friends.  Last week, we announced improvements to Friend Lists and a new Subscribe button to help you see more of what you care about, and less of what you don't.
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:   Facebook Combines Most Recent and Top News Into a Single Feed, Adds a Real-Time News Ticker
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Windows Phone manager who tweeted inside info about Nokia device is out at Microsoft  —  A Windows Phone principal program manager has left the company two weeks after making headlines for tweeting his impressions of an unreleased Nokia phone running the Microsoft mobile operating system.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Version 2.0, Instagram Focuses On Re-engineering The Camera  —  It was exactly one year ago today that I wrote up my initial lengthy preview of Instagram.  I had a feeling that when it launched, it was going to be big.  I underestimated it.  —  Fast forward to today.
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Introducing Instagram v2.0
Graham Cluley / Naked Security:
Google Wallet - why you shouldn't throw away your wallet just yet  —  Google has announced, to some fanfare, what it hopes will be a revolution in the way we pay for things: Google Wallet.  —  Google Wallet is a smartphone app (currently only available for the Nexus S 4G Android phone) that aims to replace your credit cards.
Discussion: ZDNet, PC Magazine and ExtremeTech
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Jared Newman / PC World:
Beyond Google Wallet: A Look at the Competition
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Facebook's Big F8 Plans Get Dialed Back, Just a Bit  —  Facebook's soon-to-be-announced overhaul is designed to help people find and consume more media.  But the social network's original plan, which was to have its users consume that media without leaving the site, has changed.
Discussion: Business Insider and Electronista
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Announces f8 Speakers, Including Spotify And Turntable.fm CEOs
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Motorola ATRIX 2 images and details revealed  —  BGR has just been given photos of the follow up to the original Motorola ATRIX 4G, the Motorola ATRIX 2, internally known as the Motorola Edison.  The Motorola ATRIX 2 will not be an LTE device according to our source, though the phone will launch …
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Al Jazeera Chief Steps Down, WikiLeaks Cables a Culprit?  —  The director-general of Al Jazeera, Wadah Khanfar, has resigned after eight years leading the family of cable news channels.  His resignation comes after U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks seem to indicate that Khanfar …
Ian Paul / PC World:
Wall Street Journal Social on Facebook: A First Look  —  The Wall Street Journal has unveiled WSJ Social Beta, a new way to consume news on Facebook.  The effort from the News Corp. paper provides users full access to Journal articles within the walls of Facebook, along with the Journal's own advertising.
Jonathan Zdziarski / Jonathan Zdziarski's Domain:
OnStar Begins Spying On Customers' GPS Location For Profit  —  I canceled the OnStar subscription on my new GMC vehicle today after receiving an email from the company about their new terms and conditions.  While most people, I imagine, would hit the delete button when receiving something …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Study: patent trolls have cost innovators half a trillion dollars  —  By now, the story of patent trolls has become well-known: a small company with no products of its own threatens lawsuits against larger companies who inadvertently infringe its portfolio of broad patents.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Comcast's $9.99 Internet for low-income families goes nationwide  —  Comcast rolled out its Internet Essentials program nationwide today, offering low-income families in its service territory $10/month Internet connections and access to $150 computers.  —  Any family with at least one child …
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
NPD: Android Has Market Share, But Windows Phone Has Mindshare  —  Given how low the sales figures have been for Windows Phone-based devices up to now, it's hard to believe that purchasing intent can be enough to turn things around.  But if you believe the news from the analysts at NPD …
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Facebook is set to pass $4B in revenue this year, thanks to Credits  —  Due in large part to the growth of Facebook Credits, the social network's internal payment system for virtual goods, Facebook's revenue is on target to hit $4.27 billion this year.  —  According to forecasts …
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Digg delivers automatically curated news content with new Newsrooms  —  News aggregation site Digg unveiled Newsrooms today, a new section of the site that features automatically curated news content on specific topics like technology or politics.  —  Here's how it works …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Hits A Billion Checkins, Launches New Version Of Its App  —  Location based app Foursquare has just one billion checkins, it just announced on its blog.  The app has gone from 100 million checkins in July, 2010 to 200 million in Oct 2010 to 750 million checkins in June 2011.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Final Cut Pro X gets first big update, and a free trial  —  Apple today is releasing its first major update to Final Cut Pro X with new features it says professional customers have been asking for, along with a new trial version users can try out for free.  —  Among the biggest new feature …
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
HTC Rhyme: Verizon's female-targeted Android device with a bizarre charm indicator coming September 22nd for $199.99  —  And just like that, the long rumored HTC Bliss — herein known as the Rhyme — is official.  Yep, after months of following the “lady phone” (our internal name for the handset) …
E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
Deals Company Valuations Are Plummeting: Report  —  A new study says the daily deals field is glutted with copycats, and it's up to Groupon and LivingSocial to prove the model works.  —  Success breeds nothing if not copycats, and few industries have seen more imitators in the last 12 months than the daily deals space.
Discussion: CB Insights and PE Hub Blog
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Netflix Stock Erases 12 Months Of Massive Growth, Crashes Through 52 Week Low  —  And with the sound of Wall Street's opening bell, Netflix quickly dipped below its 52 week low, opening at $141.40 but falling within a few seconds under $140.  [NASDAQ:NFLX] Over the past two months …
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
In Small Towns, Gossip Moves to the Web, and Turns Vicious  —  MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo. — In the small towns nestled throughout the Ozarks, people like to say that everybody knows everybody's business — and if they do not, they feel free to offer an educated guess.
Sean Hollister / This is my next:
Logitech Harmony Link: a $100 wireless IR blaster for your iPad or smartphone (video)  —  Fighting over the remote control may be a thing of the past, if Logitech has its way — today, it's introducing the Harmony Link, a shiny black puck that promises to give every iOS and Android device …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
HP Cutting 500 Jobs at webOS Division (Updated)  —  The layoffs have begun at Hewlett-Packard's Palm division.  —  The company, which announced plans to shutter its webOS hardware business back in August, is sacking hundreds of employees as a result.  —  Sources close to HP say the company plans …
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Introducing Engadget Distro!  —  Say hello to Engadget Distro.  At its most molecular level, it's nothing more than a series of ones and zeros, cobbled together in a compiler and made to look like words and images on Apple's iPad.  But in reality, it's something far greater …
 
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Dylan Love / Business Insider:
Here's What Sergey Brin Just Posted To Google+ After Not Using It For Weeks
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Zynga Plans Big Event At New Headquarters On October 11
Foster Kamer / The New York Observer:
Anonymous is Getting a Book: Proposal Being Shopped Around to Publishers This Week, Not-Anonymously
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Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat:
Exclusive: Shake Up and Resignations at Uber's New York Office, CEO Travis Kalanick Explains
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The Case for Going Metro-Only on ARM
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Updated: Amazon Appstore Outside The U.S.? Not So Fast
Dennis Fisher:
How Bug Bounties Are Like Rat Farming
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Google Voice currently being tested in Europe ahead of international launch
Discussion: PhoneArena and SlashGear, Thanks:m4tt
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
Microsoft paid out ‘more than £1 million’ to female executive