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11:50 PM ET, September 10, 2009

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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Lite Goes Live to Capitalize on International Growth — and Simplicity  —  Facebook has just launched a new version of the site, called Lite, to give users a simplified, faster-loading experience than the traditional www.facebook.com.  It's intended to help new users …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Kickin' It Old School: Facebook Lite Launches In The U.S. And India  —  Well here it is.  Just as we first discovered a few weeks ago, Facebook Lite has just been released for U.S. users to test out.  Simply put, the site is SO much cleaner than Facebook regular, and much, much nicer to look at.
Tom Occhino / Facebook Blog:
Tag Friends in Your Status and Posts  —  One of the most popular features on Facebook is tagging, which gives you the ability to identify and reference people in photos, videos and notes.  Today, we are adding a new way to tag people and other things you're connected to on Facebook …
Apple:
About the Mac OS X v10.6.1 Update  —  Mac OS X v10.6.1 Update  —  This update is recommended for Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard users and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.  —  For detailed information about the security content …
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AppleInsider:
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.1, security updates, more
Discussion: PC World, The Register and MacNN
Motorola Media Center:
T-Mobile USA Unveils the Motorola CLIQ With MOTOBLUR  —  First Android™-Powered Device from Motorola Puts Social Networking Center Stage  —  T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the upcoming availability of the Motorola CLIQ™ with MOTOBLUR™, the first Android-powered device from Motorola …
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David Recordon / Facebook Developers:
Tornado: Facebook's Real-Time Web Framework for Python  —  Real-time updates have become an important aspect of the social Web that make it easier to share with friends.  In March, we introduced a real-time News Feed to make the stream as relevant and engaging as possible for users.
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Bret Taylor / Bret Taylor's blog:
The technology behind Tornado, FriendFeed's web server  —  Today, we are open sourcing the non-blocking web server and the tools that power FriendFeed under the name Tornado Web Server.  We are really excited to open source this project as a part of Facebook's open source initiative …
Aron Trimble / TUAW:
iPhone OS 3.1 now enforces Exchange encryption policy, may block pre-3GS iPhones  —  The Apple Support forums are a'buzz with reports of several users upgrading to iPhone OS 3.1 and discovering a new “feature” which was not available previously.  As mentioned in our comments, after upgrading to 3.1 …
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Biz / Twitter Blog:
Twitter's New Terms of Service  —  At the start, critics often said, “Twitter is fun, but it's not useful.”  At one point @ev responded dryly with, “Neither is ice cream.”  Things have come a long way in a short time.  We recognized potential early but users and platform developers would demonstrate how much more Twitter could be.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft founds, funds a new open-source foundation  —  A new, non-profit open-source foundation — one dedicated to increasing the participation of commercial-source vendors in the open-source world — is being unveiled on September 10.  Microsoft is providing the initial funding …
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Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Amazon Scoffs at Google's Offer to Share Book Search Sales  —  Google offered to let its rivals become resellers of the millions of books it is digitizing as part of its controversial Google Book Search project, but an Amazon executive immediately rejected the idea of becoming Google's affiliate.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google offers rivals a place in e-books program
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
iPod touch with camera remains in Apple's pipeline  —  A rare misstep on Apple's part saw the world's tech darling surprise in an unusual way Wednesday, leaving onlookers scratching their heads at changes — or lack thereof — to certain members of the iPod family.
Discussion: Edible Apple and The iPhone Blog, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's Bing 2.0: Coming this fall (maybe even next week)  —  If the Tweets coming out of Microsoft's annual company meeting are on point, the 2.0 release of Microsoft's Bing search engine is coming this fall, and possibly as soon as next week.  —  Today, September 10 …
iFixit:
iPod nano 5th Generation Teardown  —  We've got our hands on the new iPod nano 5G, now with a video camera!  Thanks to FedEx, we got our nano early on the morning of September 10, 2009.  — Step 1 — Teardown — Apple's got a routine going with the nano.  Never fail, come September, we get a new one.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yeah Ok, So Facebook Punk'd Us  —  So we've had our fun with Facebook over the years (Why We're Suing Facebook For $25 Million In Statutory Damages, Republican PR Director Calls Facebook's Randi Zuckerberg “totally full of sh*t”, Randi Threatens a Bar Bouncer).
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time Inc. Pines for a Kindle Killer-If Someone Else Builds It  —  Is Time Inc. building a Kindle Killer?  Nope.  —  My pal Owen Thomas, late of Valleywag, has published a piece for NBC's Bay Area local site that suggests that Time Inc. wants to get into the hardware business and produce its own e-reader.
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Owen Thomas / NBC Bay Area:
Time Inc.: Time for a New E-Reader  —  Magazine giant considering …
Discussion: Gawker and Gizmodo, Thanks:owenthomas
Dana Oshiro / ReadWriteWeb:
IBM's New Image Recognition-Based Search  —  We've all seen photos of ourselves in locations we can't quite remember.  Often they're from exotic travels or from days long past.  Regardless of the reason for your memory loss, IBM is working on a tool that can help.
Discussion: PC World and eWeek
Drew / blog.return7.com:
What Happens When Apple Features Your App?  —  BillMinder is our most popular application.  It has been in the Top 20 Paid Finance apps since it's release over a year ago.  We recently made a lot of changes to BillMinder and got some unexpected but appreciated help from Apple, <3.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
South Carolina's Joe Wilson Faces The Wrath Of The Web  —  It seems just about everyone on the web is talking about Joe Wilson, the Republican Congressman from South Carolina (yes, our favorite state) who accosted President Obama during his speech to Congress yesterday.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Nike plans iPod nano-compatible heart rate monitor  —  In addition to a built-in pedometer, the new fifth-generation iPod nano will be compatible with an upcoming Nike-branded heart rate monitor for fitness-minded users, AppleInsider has learned.  —  Evidence of the device exists …
Discussion: Engadget, MacRumors, Gadget Lab and iLounge
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Launches Internet Stat Center  —  Without any fanfare, Google has launched a new resource called “Google Internet Stats” which brings together industry facts and insights from across five different industries.  Using a number of third party vendors as sources, the stats tool parses through online data …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zynga Accuses Playdom of Stealing Trade Secrets; Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order  —  There's no love lost between competing social gaming platforms Zynga and Playdom.  Earlier this year Zynga sued Playdom over what they called misleading ads.  That litigation appears to remain outstanding …
Alastair Jamieson / Telegraph:
Amir Khan and Frank Warren launch legal bid to force Facebook to remove ‘racist’ content  —  British boxing champion Amir Khan and his promoter, Frank Warren, have launched a legal campaign to force Facebook to tackle “highly defamatory” or abusive postings.
Discussion: Webware.com
 
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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
T-Mobile CTO: Our Subscribers Text The Most Worldwide; Aggressive 3G Upgrades Coming
Discussion: TmoNews and Between the Lines
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Third-party Google Voice client hits the webOS App Catalog
Steven Walling / ReadWriteWeb:
Box.net Open Up to iPhone Apps with a New API
Discussion: Box.net Blog and InfoWorld
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Rory Maher / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Planned Payment Service Will Flop
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Polaris Ventures Opens A Second “Frat House For Geeks,” Dog Patch Labs Cambridge
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