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11:15 PM ET, September 30, 2007


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Launch Friend Grouping.  Competition Can Suck.  —  So Facebook will finally allow users to group friends and control information flow based on friend type.  For guys like Robert Scoble, who have 5,000 friends (the limit), this may be a way to finally sort through the real friends from the fans.
Rafat Ali /
What If Facebook Taketh Away?  —  An interesting feature story on Wired News, about the emerging ad networks built on Facebook's platform, and how their future is heavily reliant on FB's continued tolerance of them.  There are at least eight companies: Lookery, fbExchange, Cubics, Social Media and a new addition, Appfuel.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook's Killer Feature Coming Soon
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Why Does Facebook Make Young Men Swoon?
Thoughtfix /
Third Internet Tablet a slider - Confirmed!  —  Remember the photo above from Engadget?  Click that link for more of them.  Well - there's now a VERY good chance that it could be an early prototype of the third Internet Tablet.  So this whole post was probably wrong.
Discussion: and IntoMobile
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Breaking: Reports of 1.1.1-to-1.0.2 iPhone downgrades trickling in  —  Remember that bit where I said upgrading from 1.1.1 to 1.0.2 was a one-way trip?  Looks like I spoke prematurely.  Tonight, reports are trickling in about successful 1.1.1-to-1..2 iPhone firmware downgrades using …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
iPhone 1.1.1 "bug" unleashes music over Bluetooth  —  The iPhone 1.1.1 update has a hidden little surprise for y'all: Bluetooth audio streaming is now available off of your iPhone for whatever you darn please, meaning you can finally listen to music from the phone wirelessly.
Discussion: AppleInsider and Digg
Dan York / Disruptive Telephony:
How using Skype disrupted my hotel Internet connection and locked me out  —  UPDATE: I have now posted some additional thoughts about this issue.  —  It's been a frustrating time here at the hotel in Ontario, CA, where all I've been trying to do is use the Internet connection.
Garr / Presentation Zen:
Learning from Bill Gates & Steve Jobs  —  It's been almost two years since I wrote this post comparing the approaches to presentation by Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.  Since PowerPoint 2007 has been out quite a while now I wondered if Bill Gates' visuals and delivery have improved along with the software.
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Apple posts iPhone Human Interface Guidelines  —  The iPhone may be limited to running web apps and services instead of true native apps for now, but Apple can still give developers a nudge in the right direction when designing their UI and experience.  A new iPhone Human Interface Guidelines …
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Ginormous RAZR 2 crashes into Mercedes, film at eleven  —  They sure do look beautiful flying in formation during their annual migration, but when one of Illinois's rare Aves Razeruses crashes and burns on a busy Moscow street corner, well, it's never a pretty sight.  Check out another pic of the carnage after the break...
Discussion: The Raw Feed
Weird accident caused in Russia between a Cell Phone and a Mercedes
Discussion: Gizmodo and Digg
Alexander Wolfe / InformationWeek:
Apple Users Talking Class-Action Lawsuit Over iPhone Locking  —  You bought the iPhone, you paid for it, but now Apple is telling you how you have to use it, and if you don't do things they way they say, they're going to lock it.  Turn it into a useless "brick."  Is this any way to treat a customer?
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Payloads for Twitter, round two  —  On Friday evening I wrote a piece about integrating images, audio and perhaps other types with Twitter.  There's been a bit of reaction, not too much, I think because most of the people who are adversarial about this kind of stuff either don't use Twitter, or because it's the weekend.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Payloads for Twitter
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
iRobot and the Frankenstein Complex  —  When will American's learn to stop worrying and love robots?  That question must be echoing inside consumer robotics company iRobot (IRBT).  —  The Burlington, Mass., company went public nearly two years ago and its share price has spent much of last year below the $24 offering price.
G. Pascal Zachary / New York Times:
The Unsung Heroes Who Move Products Forward  —  AT first blush, the iPhone from Apple, the new microprocessor family from Intel and the ubiquitous Google search engine have nothing in common.  One is a gadget, one is an electronic part and one is a service.
Nancy Gohring / PC World:
Internet Blackout in Myanmar Stalls Reports, Oversight  —  The loss of Internet access in Myanmar has slowed the tide of photos and videos shared with the rest of the world but people outside of the troubled country continue to use new media sites and other technologies to protest military activity in the Southeast Asia country.
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Paul Miller / Engadget Mobile:
Verizon's Juke, Pearl, Venus and Voyager get outed
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Demonoid Trackers Back Online, Site Still Down
Discussion: p2pnet and Digg