September 9, 2013, 5:05 PM

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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.
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Surface 2: no “RT” branding, Tegra 4, 1080p, possible white model  —  Surface 2 Details Emerge  —  Surface RT no more, but still Windows RT on the inside where it counts  —  Less than a week after the first report about the next generation Surface Pro 2 tablet …
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.
Ann-Christine Diaz / AdAge:
Apple Hires Creatives in Major Marketing Department Expansion  —  Move Comes Amid Industry Trend of More Marketers Bringing Agency Services In-House  —  Apple is looking for a few good creatives as it works to bring more of its advertising and marketing in-house.
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.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google+ Launches Embeds, Starts To Highlight And TypePad Authors Who Sign In With Google+ In Search Results  —  Starting today, Google+ users will be able to embed their posts anywhere on the web.  The new feature provides its users with the code needed to embed posts …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 8.1 now available on MSDN and TechNet following developer complaints  —  Microsoft is reversing course today, allowing developers to download a final copy of Windows 8.1 ahead of its October 18th release.  After originally announcing the finalization of the OS update last month …
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.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Livefyre Acquires Storify, Says The Social Curation Service Will Still Operate As Standalone Product  —  Livefyre, a commenting platform used by TechCrunch and other websites, is announcing that it has acquired social curation startup Storify.  —  The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Carl Icahn Ends Effort To Take Control of Dell  —  The last bit of lingering drama 14-month old effort to take the computer company Dell private in a leveraged buyout just came to a close as activist investor Carl Icahn said he would not pursue any further efforts to take control of the company.
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Launches New Screen App And Viacom Partnership For Lean-Back Tablet And Smartphone Video  —  Yahoo launched a new mobile application this morning called “Yahoo Screen,” designed for Apple iOS devices, including iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.  The app is meant to serve as a mobile home …
Twitter Said To Acquire Mobile Ad Startup MoPub  —  MoPub, a startup that helps mobile publishers manage their ad inventory, may have been acquired by Twitter, according to sources familiar with the deal.  —  We're hearing that the company was acquired for $350 million in stock and that Twitter won …
EU regulators tell Samsung to offer more to end antitrust case  —  (Reuters) - European Union regulators have told Samsung Electronics to offer more concessions to settle EU charges that its use of patent lawsuits against rival Apple breached antitrust rules after a first offer fell short.
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 …
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