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9:35 AM ET, September 21, 2011

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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple's Next Event to Be Held on October 4, Starring Its New CEO  —  That's the day Apple is currently expected to hold its next big media event, according to sources close to the situation, where the tech giant will unveil the next iteration of its popular iPhone.
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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Tim Carmody / Wired.com:
Google+ Suddenly Looks Pretty Busy For A Ghost Town  —  Google+ is opening up.  The service that the enthusiastic and curious once begged to join is now open to anyone with a Google account, except those unfortunate Apps users (what's up with that?).  Users new and old also get to play …
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Google draws a big blue Google+ ad on its homepage  —  Have you visited Google.com today?  —  Now that Google+ is available to everyone in the world, the company is making it crystal clear in reminding its users it's now open to the masses.  Check out the shot below of the enormous arrow animation …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google+ Renames Its Group Messaging App; From The Already Taken ‘Huddle’ To, Get This, ‘Messenger’
Discussion: Shoutpedia and ReadWriteWeb
Jeremy Stoppelman / Yelp Official Blog:
Seeking a level playing field...  Yelp helps consumers find great local businesses.  One important way consumers find Yelp is through a search on Google.  —  You may have heard that a number of government officials are investigating whether Google has violated state and federal anti-trust laws.
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Gling?  Glam Buys Ning for $200 Million, Mostly in Stock  —  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 …
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Paul Krill / Computerworld:
Adobe forges ahead with Flash 11 as industry turns away  —  Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 are announced just as Microsoft chooses HTML5 over plug-ins like Flash in Metro version of IE10  —  Adobe has moved forward with its Flash-based strategy, announcing today Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 for creating …
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Vikas SN / Mobile Knots:
Adobe announces 3D-Capable Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 with a slew of new features, coming in October
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.
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
The Man Who Would Have Facebook  —  PAUL CEGLIA IS A PUDGY 38-YEAR-OLD, with greasy black hair and creases around his light brown eyes, a serial small-time entrepreneur who could sell you the Brooklyn Bridge.  “He's got tremendous confidence,” said Bill Castle, an upstate hotelier …
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Netflix, Discovery Ink Expanded Two-Year Licensing Agreement  —  Even more news from the Netflix camp, which has just signed an agreement with media juggernaut Discovery Communications to renew and expand their licensing deal.  —  The companies this morning announced a two-year …
David Goldman / CNN Money:
Microsoft's plan to stop Bing's $1 billion bleeding  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Bing, Microsoft's two-year old search engine, is losing nearly a $1 billion a quarter, with no sign of letting up.  —  Microsoft ( MSFT, Fortune 500) has lost $5.5 billion on Bing since the search service launched in June 2009 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple finds a use for some of those first-generation iPads  —  Donates thousands to teachers in America's poorest schools  —  Teach for America might sound like a fun way to spend a couple years after college, but it's a pretty tough gig.  With just five-weeks training, recent graduates …
Amy Gahran / CNN:
New law bans warrantless cell phone searches  —  Editor's note: Amy Gahran writes about mobile tech for CNN.com.  She is a San Francisco Bay Area writer and media consultant whose blog, Contentious.com, explores how people communicate in the online age.  —  (CNN) — If you get arrested …
Discussion: IntoMobile and PhoneArena
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Stitcher gets $10M to personalize Internet talk radio  —  Stitcher, the Pandora of Internet talk radio, has raised $10 million as it capitalizes on the opportunity in non-music streaming radio.  The San Francisco company raised the money from New Enterprise Associates, which led the round …
Discussion: TechCrunch, AllThingsD and PE Hub Blog
Dylan Love / Business Insider:
Here's What Sergey Brin Just Posted To Google+ After Not Using It For Weeks  —  We just called out a laundry list of senior Googlers for not using Google+.  —  Among them was Sergey Brin, whose last update was on August 29, sharing a picture of a blimp sailing over San Francisco.
Discussion: Technology News
Brad Molen / Engadget:
AT&T launches new global messaging plans, lets you comfortably roam  —  The largest GSM carrier in the country is popular amongst travelers because you can use nearly all of its phones anywhere in the world.  Messaging whilst abroad, however, has always been an expensive headache since …
Discussion: SlashGear, AT&T, PhoneArena and IntoMobile
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Twitter to launch political advertising  —  Trying to capitalize its status as a hub of the national political conversation, the social networking giant Twitter is beginning for the first time this week to sell political advertising, executives told POLITICO.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Microsoft And Others Put $61M Into Intent-Driven Ad Technology Company Adchemy  —  Advertising technology company Adchemy has raised $61 million in Series E funding from Microsoft, August Capital and the Mayfield Fund.  This brings Adchemy's total funding to $120 million.
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Apple: Why It's Not In The Dow  —  An interesting question cropped up today: Why isn't Apple in the Dow Jones Industrial Average?  —  After all, Apple is now the world's largest company by market cap, with a value at today's close of $383 billion, well ahead of previous leader Exxon Mobil at $360 billion.
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 …
Discussion: PadGadget and parislemon
Myriam Joire / Engadget:
HP's unreleased white TouchPad and Pre 3 for AT&T (hands-on video)  —  What's this?  Some of HP's unreleased WebOS devices?  Well yes!  Say hello to the white european TouchPad, the black TouchPad 4G for AT&T, the Pre 3 for AT&T, and our very own Veer 4G review unit, all gathered on a fine specimen of new century modern upholstery.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
RIM's PlayBook manufacturer cutting production lines as sales slump  —  After sales of Research in Motion's PlayBook tablet slumped last quarter, Quanta Computer has laid off about 1,000 workers working on production lines setup specifically for the device, according to a new report.
Instagram:
Introducing Instagram v2.0  —  Today, we're excited to announce the release of one of the largest revamps to the Instagram app since it launched nearly a year ago.  —  Since the day we launched, one core part of the app has remain largely unchanged: the camera.
Dunstan Prial / Fox Business:
Feds: Full Tilt Poker a Giant ‘Ponzi Scheme’  —  Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that a popular online poker site already accused of money laundering and bank fraud operated essentially as a giant Ponzi scheme.  —  Full Tilt Poker and its board of directors, which includes some of the world's …
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Japan's Rakuten Acquires UK E-commerce Site Play.com For $39.2 Million
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
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Graham Cluley / Naked Security:
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