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5:15 AM ET, September 21, 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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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’  —  Google made a series of announcements this morning, most notably opening up its Google+ social product to everyone as its 100th feature.  Not content to stop there, Google followed …
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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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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Updated with real deal price: Glam Buys Ning For $150 Million, Andreessen Joins Board
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.
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.
Discussion: Fortune, Boston Globe and Ben Edelman
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Steve Lohr / Bits:
Google Says It Plays Fair  —  In written testimony to a Senate antitrust panel where he will testify Wednesday afternoon, Eric Schmidt, Google's chairman, describes the search giant as a company facing fierce competition on many fronts, a relentless innovator in a dynamic industry and a creation …
Discussion: AllThingsD and MediaPost
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
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 …
Discussion: Macgasm and Cult of Mac
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: CNET News
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.
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.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Version 2.0, Instagram Focuses On Re-engineering The Camera
Rosa Golijan / msnbc.com:
29 years ago, a smiley was born :-)  —  Carnegie Mellon professor Scott E. Fahlman is shown in his home office next to a his invention — the smiley face emoticon.  —  By Rosa Golijan  —  At 11:44 a.m. on September 19, 1982, a man named Scott Fahlman posted a message to an electronic …
Discussion: @stshank and Mashable!
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.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Announces f8 Speakers, Including Spotify And Turntable.fm CEOs
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.
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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: parislemon
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 …
AppleInsider:
Apple begins slowly taking wraps off Fifth Ave glass cube  —  Apple on Tuesday began to remove wooden supports from the structure covering its under-construction glass cube on Fifth Avenue in New York, as work on the multi-million dollar project at the company's flagship store moves toward completion.
Discussion: MacNN
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 …
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.
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.
Matt Drance / Apple Outsider:
What Netflix Could Have Said This Week  —  In the 14 years since we started Netflix, we've gained more than 25 million customers worldwide by providing the best DVD by mail service anywhere.  Along the way, we've built an unrivaled streaming service that continues to grow every day.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
 
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Myriam Joire / Engadget:
HP's unreleased white TouchPad and Pre 3 for AT&T (hands-on video)
Discussion: webOSroundup
Vikas SN / Mobile Knots:
Adobe announces 3D-Capable Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 with a slew of new features, coming in October
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Internal T-Mobile memo says customers can keep rate plans following AT&T merger
Discussion: CNET News and App Advice
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Food Delivery Search Engine GrubHub Raises $50M, Buys Campusfood And Allmenus
Discussion: The Daily Grub and Bits
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Amazon responds to complaints about poor working conditions in warehouses
Discussion: Gawker
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Zynga Plans Big Event At New Headquarters On October 11
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Al Jazeera Chief Steps Down, WikiLeaks Cables a Culprit?
Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat:
Exclusive: Shake Up and Resignations at Uber's New York Office, CEO Travis Kalanick Explains
Thanks:benpopper
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Oracle-Google Faceoff: Judge Tells the Larrys to Keep Talking
Discussion: Electronista