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September 9, 2013, 7:50 AM

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Justin Osofsky / Facebook Newsroom:
New Tools for Surfacing Conversations on Facebook  —  If there is something interesting going on, people are talking about it on Facebook.  From favorite television shows to sporting events to the latest news; the conversations are happening on Facebook.  Last week's kick-off …
Mat Smith / Engadget:
New PlayStation Vita coming October 10th: lighter, thinner, more battery life  —  If it's big enough for a live broadcast (with English translation), it's going to be good, right?  Sony has announced a new version of its PS Vita, just weeks after announcing a price-drop across both the US and Europe.
Ellyne Phneah / ZDNet:
India govt reportedly monitor Internet activities, without ISPs' knowledge  —  Summary: Country's government said to have deployed Lawful Intercept and Monitoring (LIM) systems to monitor the Internet activities of citizens, separate from similar systems used by telcos in the government's Central Monitoring System project.
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Evelyn M. Rusli / Wall Street Journal:
Instagram will have ads within a year, now has 150 million monthly active users  —  Instagram Pictures Itself Making Money  —  Leading the Charge to Woo Advertisers Is Facebook Veteran Emily White  —  MENLO PARK, Calif.—When Emily White joined Instagram from parent company Facebook Inc. in March …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Xbox Music gets iOS and Android apps, free web playback; cloud locker to follow  —  The times they are a-changin' at Microsoft, and we are not just talking about the company's executive leadership: Xbox Music, the company's Spotify-like music subscription service, is launching on iOS and Android Monday …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Windows Unit Gets Fresh Leaders as Phone, PC and Xbox Efforts Move Closer Together  —  Less than two months after the big “One Microsoft” reorganization plan was announced, more units are starting to learn how the high-level changes will affect their operations.  —  Asa Mathat / AllThingsD.com
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Amazon says it won't launch a phone this year, and it won't be free  —  Responding to an earlier post on reporter Jessica Lessin's website, Amazon is now telling Lessin's team that it won't be selling its own smartphone in 2013 — and if it does decide to eventually launch one, it won't be free.
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Worries That Microsoft Is Growing Too Tricky to Manage  —  SEATTLE — At a time when many people in business believe the number of products at Microsoft should be getting smaller, it is about to become a lot bigger.  —  Microsoft's $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia's handset and services operations …
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Disruptions: Apple's Next Unveiling Could Make or Break a Business  —  On Tuesday morning, about 200 people — most of them from the news media — will gather in a Cupertino, Calif., auditorium to watch Timothy D. Cook, Apple's chief executive, unveil new iPhones.
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Apple's Wearables Future  —  Wearable technologies have a huge future.  For Apple, they'll create a new product category with an iPhone-like revenue stream!  No so fast.  Smartwatches and other wearable consumer products lack key attributes for breaking out of the novelty prison.
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Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Google offers new concessions to avoid fine in EU antitrust case  —  (Reuters) - Google has offered further concessions aimed at ending a three-year investigation into complaints it was blocking competitors and to avert a possible $5 billion fine, the European Commission said on Monday.

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