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9:05 AM ET, September 20, 2010


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Anatomy Of A PR Spin (AKA How To Lie Like A Pro)  —  How do you know when a Facebook PR person is lying?  When their lips move (or they issue a statement!) ba-dum ching!  —  We've been taking a beating today on our story about Facebook working on a branded mobile phone.
Scott Ard / CNET News:
Facebook mulling a branded smartphone  —  Facebook denied a story published this weekend that says the company is “building a mobile phone,” but CNET has confirmed that the social-networking giant has reached out to hardware manufacturers and carriers seeking input on a potential Facebook-branded phone.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook's Secret Phone Is Using Android “For Sure”
Google Enterprise Blog:
A more secure cloud for millions of Google Apps users  —  Cloud computing is about making your information easily accessible from anywhere, on any device.  Until today, organizations looking to secure their information beyond a password have faced costs and complexities that prevented …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Google Apps gains extra layer of security with two-step verification  —  Companies migrating their e-mail and other cloud services over to Google Apps is becoming an increasingly popular phenomenon, but there have been lingering doubts about whether making such a transition would put company security at risk.
iPhone 4 Available in China on September 25  —  New Apple Retail Stores Opening in Shanghai & Beijing  —  Apple® today announced that iPhone® 4 will be available to customers in China beginning Saturday, September 25 at 8:00 a.m. at Apple Retail Stores including …
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Oracle's Ellison Introduces Exalogic: New Cloud-in-a-Box System  —  Oracle CEO Larry Ellison moves Oracle's cloud strategy into a new phase with a new system that features hardware and software to run public and private clouds.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Oracle has announced a new system …
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Cloud Computing Hits Snag in Europe
Liz Welch / Inc.:
The Way I Work: Michael Arrington of TechCrunch  —  Michael Arrington loves breaking tech stories, but he's not big on PR people, conversational niceties, or sunlight.  —  Michael Arrington says his style is to “bust the door down and clean the mess up later.”
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jeff Chu / Fast Company:
Stanford University's Unique Economic Engine  —  Sixty next year, Stanford Research Park is, more than ever, the innovative heart of Silicon Valley.  —  Just after World War II, Stanford University was struggling financially.  It was land-rich but cash-poor, so its leaders had an idea …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Flickr Hits Its 5 Billionth Photo, And Here It Is  —  According to Media Culpa a blog that apparently obsessively tracks these things, photo-sharing site Flickr has hit the 5 billionth photo milestone today with the above, uploaded by Flickr user yeoaaron.  Media culpa blogger Hans Kullin …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Microblogging Wars Escalate: Posterous Claims Tumblr Blocks Its Autopost Feature  —  Posterous users can automatically push content posted to their blogs onto other platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr and so on.  Up until recently, people could even post content like text …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
4chan to DDoS RIAA Next - Is This the Protest of the Future?  —  Over the last 36 hours or so, the ‘Anonymous’ masses and many unaffiliated sympathizers joined forces to attack the MPAA's website.  Continuing with ‘Operation Payback’, today an attack will be launched on the RIAA.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
RIAA Goes Offline, Joins MPAA As Latest Victim Of Successful DDoS Attacks
Discussion: Erictric, TechSpot and
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony PlayStation Move could get squeezed between Nintendo and Microsoft (review)  —  Sony has launched the PlayStation Move in an effort to show that a more accurate motion-sensing device made for both casual and hardcore games will succeed in getting gamers up off the couch.
John Nack / John Nack on Adobe:
Flash runs faster, more efficiently than HTML5 on mobile  —  Web developer Chris Black benchmarked an HTML5 animation made using the Canvas tag against the same animation running in Flash.  The results may surprise you:  — HTML5 Canvas on iPhone 4G: 22fps  — HTML5 Canvas on Nexus One: 40fps
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Steve Jobs: not what you'd call helpful to a trainee journalist
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 Blog and TechEye
Sarah Young / Reuters:
Amazon in bid for whole of Lovefilm - report
The H Security:
Hole in Linux kernel provides root rights
Discussion: The Register
LAPTOP Magazine:
Listen Up, Carriers: 3G Tablets Need a New Pricing Menu
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
The Return of the Tech Dividend
Agence France Presse:
WikiLeaks founder ‘free to leave Sweden’
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Victor Godinez /
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson on 4G, cloud computing, net neutrality and hiring trends
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Memo to Eric Schmidt: Being Social is Not a Widget
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Aggregators: the good ones vs. the looters
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
What Zynga's Switch to Credits Means for the Facebook Ecosystem
Curt Monash / DBMS 2:
Details of the JPMorgan Chase Oracle database outage
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge