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11:15 AM ET, September 22, 2010

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
So A Blogger Walks Into A Bar...  Yesterday I was tipped off about a “secret meeting” between a group of “Super Angels” being held at Bin 38, a restaurant and bar in San Francisco.  “Do not come, you will not be welcome,” I was told.  —  So I did what any self respecting blogger would do …
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Dave / Master of 500 Hats:
Fire in The Valley, Fire in My Belly... and Yes, Mike, I Have Stopped Beating My Wife.  —  So i've been debating whether to write this post all day.  —  Unfortunately i probably have more balls than sense, but it drives me f**king insane to see some bulls**t superangel conspiracy theory …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:davemcclure
Fred / A VC:
Collusion  —  Mike Arrington posted about a secret meeting of angels and super angels in San Francisco the other night.  In the post he suggests that they are colluding to keep valuations down, terms intact, and traditional venture capital firms, such as ours, out of their deals.
Discussion: Victus Spiritus and VentureBeat
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hooray For Mike Arrington  —  If you haven't already, go read Mike Arrington's story about how he barged into a secret meeting of Silicon Valley's super-angels and discovered that the angels were discussing how to screw traditional venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, the latter by pushing down the prices of early-stage deals.
Quora:
Who are the Super Angels that Michael Arrington is talking about in his 9/21/10 Techcrunch post, “So a Blogger Walks into a Bar...”?  —  And if you can elucidate, what merit is there in his accusations?  — Article: http://techcrunch.com/2010/09/ 21... — 4 Answers
Discussion: Venture Chronicles and Stowe Boyd
Wall Street Journal:
RIM Readies Its Answer to iPad  —  BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. could unveil its new tablet computer—as well as the operating system that will power it—as early as next week, at a developers' conference in San Francisco, say people familiar with RIM's plans.
Surur / WMPoweruser.com:
Exclusive: The real HTC HD7 revealed!  —  Unfortunately its not an actual picture, but for a black slab the schematic s close enough.  Above is the real successor to the HTC HD2, the HTC HD7, previously of course the HTC HD3, featuring the near bezel-less 4.3 inch screen we are so familiar with.
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Suppliers say Apple will build first batch of CDMA iPhones in December  —  Apple is expected to build its first 3 million Verizon-compatible CDMA iPhones in December 2010, contacts in the company's overseas supply chain reportedly indicated.  —  Analyst Jeffrey Fidacaro with Susquehanna Financial Group …
Jared Morgenstern / Facebook Developer Blog:
Making Games on Facebook Better  —  First, hello from the new Games team!  Over the last few months, we've assembled a team of dedicated engineers and product managers who are focused exclusively on designing the platform you need to maximize the potential of your games.  And we are game lovers, every last one of us.
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Making Changes to News Feed, Requests, Bookmarks …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Mark Zuckerberg navigates the tightrope between gamers and non-gamers (video)
Discussion: TechCrunch and Edge Magazine
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
200 Million People Are Playing Facebook Games Monthly
Amy Coopes / Agence France Presse:
Australian 17-year-old takes blame for Twitter chaos  —  SYDNEY — A 17-year-old Australian schoolboy said on Wednesday he unwittingly caused a massive hacker attack on Twitter which sent users to Japanese porn sites and took out the White House press secretary's feed.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Launches A New Loyalty Program: Bing Rewards  —  Prior Microsoft search loyalty programs, SearchPerks and Cashback, were retired.  But maybe the third time's the charm: today Microsoft is rolling out Bing Rewards Preview (beta).  It's a credit card or airline-style loyalty program …
Discussion: Search Blog and techrockies.com
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Oracle Growth Plans Worry Rivals and Customers  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Each year, Oracle's presence looms over this city for a week, during the company's Open World customer conference.  About 41,000 people arrived this week to discuss business software in fine detail and talk over beers.
Discussion: eWeek, Thanks:atul
Google Mobile Blog:
Updated Gmail app in Android Market  —  We just released a new version of the Gmail app in Android Market, so Gmail updates aren't tied to Android version releases anymore.  Now you can get new Gmail stuff faster without having to wait for system updates.  To start you off …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Now that the Recession Officially Ended....Whatever Happened to that Other Shoe?  —  With the news this week that the recession officially ended in June 2009, there's a ton of commentary about how it still feels like we're in recession.  But from where I sit, it never felt much like a recession at all.
Discussion: Redfin Corporate Blog
Leon Neyfakh / New York Observer:
Programming for Dummies: Dissastisfied, Some Wall Street Technologists Flee for Start-Up Life … “I mean, no one was being held with a gun to their head and forced to work at Morgan Stanley,” said Andrew Montalenti.  “It was a very good job by any objective measure.
Adrianne Jeffries / ReadWriteWeb:
Developers Can Now Access Locations of 250 Million Phones Across U.S. Carriers  —  Location Labs today announced a “Universal Location Service” platform that aggregates locations of phones across carriers for developers and centralizes privacy management for end-users.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
TripIt's Pro Plan Now Pays For Itself, Will Track Flight Itineraries For Price Drops  —  TripIt, the site that creates customized travel itineraries from travel confirmation emails, is upgrading its premium version today to be even more useful.  Now TripIt Pro will track any pro member's flight itinerary …
Discussion: TechStartups.com, Thanks:waldrich
Ry Crozier / iTnews:
US hunters shoot down Google fibre  —  Repairers forced to ski in to Oregon back woods.  —  Google has revealed that aerial fibre links to its data centre in Oregon were “regularly” shot down by hunters, forcing the company to put its cables underground.  —  The search and advertising …
Kevin Fox / fox @ fury:
The first step to fixing the Android Marketplace has nothing to do with the Android Marketplace  —  Much fuss has been made about the user experience of the Android Marketplace and how it compares to the iOS App Store but, while there are many points to be made about how the Marketplace's design …
Discussion: Daring Fireball, Thanks:louisgray
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Tecca, Best Buy's New Shopping App, Isn't a Best Buy Shopping App  —  Here's another shopping app: Tecca promises to “help you find, buy and get the best from personal technology.”  It's available for Apple's iPhone, Google's Android as well as Web browsers.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, GigaOM and paidContent
Dan Gallagher / MarketWatch:
AT&T chief not worried about losing iPhone  —  Most of iPhone's users already were customers, Stephenson says  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — The chief executive for AT&T Inc. tried to cool investors' fears Tuesday about the potential loss of its exclusive deal to sell the popular iPhone …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Verizon: Our Apps Aren't About Taking Over The Phone — It's About “Choice”.  Puke.  —  About a week ago, we noted that Verizon was gearing up to launch its own app store for Android phones.  This app store, called V CAST Apps, would be completely separate from Android's existing Market for apps.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Google Campaign to Build Up Its Display Ads  —  Google, the online search ad giant that rarely advertises, has decided it needs to advertise the fact that it is in the online display advertising business.  —  And if that is not enough advertising about advertising, it has picked …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
evercookie: the one cookie that you... just... can't... DELETE!  —  Limping and dripping from the maws of incorrigible security bod Samy Kamkar comes evercookie.  As the name suggests, deleting an evercookie isn't easy — in fact, once you've taken a nibble, that's it: you can't delete it.
Discussion: p2pnet, Softpedia News and Geek.com
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Verizon Taps ‘Intuitive’ McAdam to Lead in Era of Apple, Google  —  In 2008, Lowell McAdam, head of Verizon Wireless, introduced an unlimited wireless calling plan for $99.99 a month that sparked investor concerns he was starting a price war.  —  The company argued the plan would boost revenue …
 
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Danny Goodwin / Search Engine Watch:
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