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September 9, 2013, 12:50 PM

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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 …
Spiegel Online:
iSpy: How the NSA Accesses Smartphone Data  —  The US intelligence agency NSA has been taking advantage of the smartphone boom.  It has developed the ability to hack into iPhones, android devices and even the BlackBerry, previously believed to be particularly secure.
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft holding Surface 2 event on September 23rd in New York City  —  Microsoft is preparing to launch its next-generation tablets at an event in New York City on September 23rd.  The software maker has emailed press invites to the media today, asking them to save the date for a Surface event.
More: AllThingsD, Gizmodo and TechCrunchTweets: @tomwarren
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.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Opera Launches Coast, A Slick New WebKit-Based iPad Browser  —  About a year and a half ago, a small team at Opera started working on a new browser for tablets and today, it is launching the result of this project: Opera Coast, a new, almost chrome-less browser for the iPad.
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 …
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 …
Tweets: @deanemurphy
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 …
Cain Nunns / New York Times:
A Long Fall for Taiwan Smartphone Maker  —  TAIPEI — Just two years ago, HTC, the Taipei-based mobile devices maker, was riding the crest of exploding global premium smartphone sales.  It was racking up awards, a record stock price and a string of acquisitions, and was busy poaching rival executives …

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