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10:20 AM ET, September 22, 2011

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Employee Reveals Killer Facebook Music Feature In Deleted Tweet  —  Facebook Music is launching tomorrow.  This, everyone knows.  But not everyone knows exactly how it will work, since Facebook been tweaking things right up until launch.  But tonight one Facebook employee accidentally revealed …
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
The Big Picture of Facebook f8: Prepare for the Oversharing Explosion  —  Facebook, as expected, will launch a set of tools and partnerships today that is aimed at socializing users' activities all over the Web.  —  What does this all mean?  Lots and lots more sharing, and probably a good amount of oversharing, that's what.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Poynter and Gear Live
James B. Stewart / New York Times:
Voting to Hire a Chief Without Meeting Him  —  The mystery isn't why Hewlett-Packard is likely to part ways with its chief executive, Léo Apotheker, after just a year in the job.  It's why he was hired in the first place.  —  The answer, say many involved in the process, lies squarely with the troubled Hewlett board.
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Tick, Tick, Tick, HP Board: The Time to Act Is Today  —  The Hewlett-Packard board will meet as a whole today, after all kinds of committee confabs yesterday, in what sources describe as an intense debate over the fate of its current CEO Léo Apotheker.
Discussion: New York Times
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
HAH! Guess How Much Money Soon-To-Be-Canned HP CEO Apotheker Will Get For His Lousy Year Of Work
Discussion: Pulse2
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman Being Considered for HP CEO Job to Replace Apotheker
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Congress doesn't get Google, and it doesn't get Congress  —  Is Google evil?  Members of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights tried to decide that today in a hearing on Google's market power and whether it is beneficial for consumers or not.
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog and BGR
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Tony Romm / Politico:
At Google antitrust hearing, Senate questions neutrality
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Is Google A Monopoly? “We're In That Area,” Admits Schmidt
Discussion: SlashGear, CBS News and TG Daily
Dominic Leung / Gmail Blog:
Introducing multiple sign-in and preferences on Gmail for mobile  —  Posted by Posted by Dominic Leung, Mobile Software Engineer  —  The Gmail for mobile team works hard to bring you features that make you more productive on the go.  Today, we will highlight some new features for Gmail in your mobile browser.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple board member Al Gore, speaking at conference, ‘confirms’ new iPhones in October - that's PLURAL  —  Former Vice President and Apple board member Al Gore has confirmed that new iPhones will be released in October.  He specifically stated that 'the new iPhones would be out next month …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Fall Event  —  Mark Sigal asks a good question …
Discussion: parislemon
Eric Hautala / The Windows Blog:
Where's Mango?  An update on timing  —  Hi everybody.  Given all the recent speculation around the timing of our Mango update, I wanted to bring you up to speed on what to expect next.  —  For months, we and dozens of our partner companies have been laying the groundwork for the Windows Phone 7.5 update—and making solid progress.
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft confirms Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” will roll-out in next two weeks
Discussion: WMPoweruser and SlashGear, Thanks:rahadyan
Jennifer Valentino-Devries / Wall Street Journal:
‘Stingray’ Phone Tracker Fuels Constitutional Clash  —  For more than a year, federal authorities pursued a man they called simply “the Hacker.”  Only after using a little known cellphone-tracking device—a stingray—were they able to zero in on a California home and make the arrest.
Discussion: Digits, Digits and textually.org
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Verizon goes to bat for AT&T, defends T-Mobile merger  —  Verizon Communications chief executive Lowell McAdam has gone on record in suggesting that the company's biggest rival, AT&T, should be allowed to complete its proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Next Oracle-Google settlement talks possibly without the Larrys — damages claims may be higher than ever  —  Following the second court-ordered mediation conference between Oracle and Google, which took place on Wednesday, the magistrate judge moderating this settlement effort entered an order …
Steven Bertoni / Forbes:
Sean Parker: Agent Of Disruption  —  Pointed toward his 18-acre compound in Marin County, Sean Parker rips through the night fog on the Golden Gate Bridge in a stealthy Audi S6 that masks a Lamborghini engine, one pale hand on the wheel, the other toggling through thousands of songs uploaded on the car's sound system.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
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Sherilynn Macale / The Next Web:   Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning are building a new live video startup called Airtime
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
New HTC users to get 5GB free Dropbox service  —  Microsoft has Skydrive, Apple has iCloud, and now HTC has Dropbox following a new partnership between the phone maker and popular cloud storage service.  —  HTC has confirmed to Pocket-lint that users of its latest Android handsets …
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Facebook users protest changes to News Feed, new ‘ticker’  —  Maybe it's time for Facebook to finally roll out that “dislike” button.  —  Facebook is getting an earful about changes it made to the News Feed right before its annual developers conference Thursday.
Bloomberg:
LivingSocial Weighs $6B Funding Instead of IPO  —  LivingSocial may raise more than $200 million in funding that would give it a valuation of as much as $6 billion, rather than proceeding with plans for an initial public offering, people with knowledge of the matter said.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple purchasing flash memory from Japan to reduce reliance on Samsung  —  Apple is increasing purchases of flash memory from Japanese suppliers in an effort to scale back its dependance on Samsung for components, as the two companies continue their legal dispute, a new report claims.
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
A Galaxy S Sequel With Big-Screen Ambitions  —  In the crowded and sometimes confusing market for smartphones based on Google's Android operating system, Samsung's Galaxy models have been among the best and most popular.  Launched last year on multiple carriers, the Galaxy S models …
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
YouTube Now Converting 2D Videos To 3D, Removes 15 Minute Limit For Verified Users  —  I hate 3D videos.  Chances are, you hate 3D videos too.  And yet, the electronics makers of the world insist on shoving 3D display technology into everything from TVs to smartphones …
Discussion: The Pondering Primate
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Anonymous Declares Sept 24 “Day Of Vengence” In The US, Plans A “Series Of Cyber Attacks”  —  Hacktivist group Anonymous have been busy bees this year, and they're not planning to cool down any time soon.  Earlier this morning, Anonymous (or some 12-year old kid labeling himself Anonymous …
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
YouTube Integrates Magisto's “Magical Video Editing” Tool  —  Yeesh — talk about a grand debut.  After just going into public beta and announcing a $5.5 million Series B yesterday, cloud-based video editing service Magisto will later today announce a rather huge new partner: Youtube.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Study shows social gamers are spending less time and money on traditional console games  —  Social game players are spending less time and money on traditional console games, according to a survey sponsored by social game firm Kabam and conducted by Information Solutions Group.
Discussion: AllThingsD
Dan Rowinski / ReadWriteWeb:
Intuit Showcases Mobile Payments Innovation, Introduces Dongle-to-Debit Card  —  Financial management system Intuit had an event in Mountain View this evening to show off its next generation of mobile payment solutions.  From its dongle-based Square competitor, GoPayment …
Discussion: VentureBeat
 
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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Stickam veterans form Get.com - Buying advice with a Quora twist
Discussion: TechCrunch and Lifehacker
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
WordPress.com aims to drive pageviews, adds a follow button to all hosted blogs
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Color Targets New Facebook-Powered App Exclusively To Harvard Students
Discussion: @parislemon
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Leap Wireless Taking Cricket Nationwide With Best Buy, Other Retailers
Discussion: CNET News and PR Newswire
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
AOL Patch Ad Sales Leaders Are Suddenly Gone
Discussion: paidContent
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
What Are You Doing With Your iPad? Playing Around, Buying Apps, Watching Netflix.
Discussion: Electronista
 Earlier Items: 
Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
Zynga's Revenue Growth Rate Is Slowing
Discussion: Reuters
Paul Roberts / threatpost:
Massachusetts Attorney General, Victim of an iTunes Scam, Says She'll Demand Answers
Discussion: 9to5Mac, MacNN and BGR
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Windows 8, Amazon tablets will hurt Android more than iPad
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Pandora rolls out HTML5 redesign to everyone, drops 40 hour listening cap
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Google evangelist warns Facebook could be the next AOL or IBM
Discussion: New Media Age