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1:10 AM ET, September 24, 2010

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Ron Conway Drops A Nuclear Bomb On The Super Angels [Email]  —  As we just stated in our previous post, there was clearly an email sent by angel investor Ron Conway to a group of super angels who were likely involved in the Bin 38 “AngelGate” meeting that Mike stumbled into a couple days ago.
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Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Dave McClure Says Ron Conway Is Throwing Super Angels Under The Bus  —  Angelgate just got interesting again.  —  In a tweet a few minutes ago, Dave McClure, one of just two super angels who admits to attending the controversial meeting at which Mike Arrington alleges investors discussed …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Derek Andersen:
Can we trust Michael Arrington?  (AngelGate)  —  Like everyone else I've been reading and watching Mike's latest ‘AngelGate’ story unfold for the last few days.  It's interesting to see lines so clearly and predictably divided on who is to be believed.  If you're an entrepeneur you believe Arrington.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:alexia
Robert Johnson / Facebook Engineering:
More Details on Today's Outage  —  Early today Facebook was down or unreachable for many of you for approximately 2.5 hours.  This is the worst outage we've had in over four years, and we wanted to first of all apologize for it.  We also wanted to provide much more technical detail on what happened and share one big lesson learned.
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Dan Nystedt / Computerworld:
Facebook apologizes for worst outage in 4 years
Discussion: Associated Press and Neowin.net
Roger Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon Wireless Readies Tiered Data Pricing  —  Verizon Communications Inc. Chief Executive Ivan Seidenberg said the company's wireless arm expects to introduce its own form of tiered pricing, possibly over the next four to six months.  —  But Mr. Seidenberg said Verizon Wireless's offering …
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Verizon CEO hints iPhone not coming soon
Brandon Miniman / pocketnow.com:
iPhone vs. Windows Phone 7 (Video)  —  In this video, we compare the interface of Windows Phone 7 with that of the iPhone.  Previously we showed you a web browser and email comparison between iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone 7.  This is a closer look at how the iPhone differs from Windows Phone 7.
Pascal Finette / Mozilla Labs:
Concept Series: Seabird - A Community-driven Mobile Phone Concept  —  Since Mozilla Labs launched the Concept Series with an open call for participation we've had thousands of people join in, share ideas and develop concepts around Firefox, the Mozilla projects and the Open Web as a whole.
Reed Hastings / The Official Netflix Blog:
Apologies  —  My Big American Foot is in my mouth.  Yesterday, I made an awkward joke with a reporter in Toronto about Americans (like me) being self-absorbed relative to Netflix pricing in Canada.  I was wrong to have made the joke, and I do not believe that one of the most philanthropically-minded nations …
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Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Netflix May Launch Streaming-Only Plan in the U.S.  —  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings doesn't usually reveal future plans, but he decided to throw us a bone today after two days of bad publicity, hinting at the option of a cheaper subscription plan that comes without any physical DVD rentals in the U.S.
Dick Craddock / The Windows Blog:
More Hotmail updates on the way  —  We've kept ourselves busy this summer.  A few months ago, we released a re-invented Windows Live Hotmail designed around what people said they wanted—a more efficient service to help them manage clutter with features like Sweep and one-click filters …
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Keith Dsouza / Techie Buzz:
Hotmail Adds Package Tracking, Facebook Chat, Sub Folders and More
David / TmoNews:
T-Mobile G2 Pre-Order Is A Go For Tomorrow, Release October 6th!  —  We'll just make this a super quick post but the T-Mobile G2 with Google will be available for pre-order starting tonight and running through October 4th with a release date on October 6th.  I can't say how happy I am …
Mike Schramm / TUAW:
Microsoft joins Apple in stance against Blu-ray  —  Apple has a surprising ally in its campaign of apathy against Sony's Blu-ray disc format.  Microsoft, of all companies, has also stepped out with a passive-aggressive stance against the standard, as UK head of Xbox gaming head Steven McGill says that …
Discussion: CrunchGear, DailyTech and Gizmodo
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Passes PetroChina to Become Second-Largest Stock  —  Apple Inc. overtook PetroChina Co. to become the second-biggest company in the world by market value, lifted by investors betting on growth prospects for the iPhone, Macintosh and iPad.  —  Apple, valued at $265.8 billion …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Here it comes: ‘Super WiFi’  —  Microsoft, Google and other tech companies won a key victory in Washington, D.C., today as the Federal Communications Commission moved to open up vacant spectrum between television channels for unlicensed use by wireless devices — a development expected to lead …
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Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
Will Nokia build Windows phones?  —  According to a trusted source, Nokia is now likely to use Windows Phone 7 as an additional platform for its phones.  Also, Nokia's board has given new ex-Microsoft CEO Stephen Elop the green light to change the company's strategy if needed, a source familiar with these matters said.
Qinming Fang / Chromium Blog:
New features for the Chrome Web Store developer preview: Google Checkout integration & previewing for your apps  —  We're excited to share with you some new features that we just added to the developer preview of the Chrome Web Store:  —  Starting today, you can sign up for a Google Checkout …
Discussion: Fortune and TechCrunch
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Facebook: At the Movies with the Winklevosses  —  The twins, early Zuckerberg collaborators turned foes, give their take on The Social Network  —  “It's a little surreal,” says Cameron Winklevoss, standing outside the Sony (SNE) office building in midtown Manhattan with his twin brother, Tyler.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Facebook Phone: All You Need To Know + New Details  —  Of all the recent technology news, the one that's held most of my interest is the existence of the Facebook phone.  Why?  Because I'd been aware of a project to build a phone based on Facebook for quite some time, though I hadn't been able to confirm it from multiple sources.
David Heinemeier Hansson / Signal vs. Noise:
Facebook is not worth $33,000,000,000  —  Facebook is an amazing success as a social network.  Anyone who can get 500 million people to connect, share photos, and click on little cows in Farmville deserves major kudos.  —  But the bulls**t monopoly-money evaluation merry-go-round has to stop.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Backstage at Apple's Ping Launch, No Record Labels Allowed  —  Apple negotiated with Facebook for more than 18 months to launch Ping, its new music social network.  The talks were crucial, though ultimately unsuccessful, for Apple, which aimed to create a vibrant online community by porting users …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Digg.com redesign alienates users  —  The Internet can be a fickle creature, but if there is one lesson that seems to consistently ring true it's this: don't alienate your core users.  —  It's a lesson that digg.com is learning the hard way.  Having been a paragon of social bookmarking …
Gene Weingarten / Washington Post:
I hate Facebook sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much. . .  Critics contend I am unfair to Facebook merely because I have described it as an ocean of banalities shared among persons with lives so empty they echo.  I defend my thesis but admit my evidence has been unscientific — entirely anecdotal …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring shrunken audio jacks for even smaller iPods  —  In its continuous pursuit to create smaller, more compact devices, Apple has shown interest in creating headphone jacks for iPods and iPhones that will take up even less space inside a device.  —  A new patent application …
Discussion: iLounge and TUAW
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon.com's bookstore of the future: pay to preview content?  —  What will Amazon.com's bookstore of the future look like?  A newly granted Amazon patent hints that people may have to pay if they want to preview excerpts of a book before deciding whether to buy it.
 
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
TheLikestream, Digg For Facebook “Likes”
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and techeblog.com, Thanks:emcmanus
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Starbucks' New Portal Was Designed With Mobile in Mind
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Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Analysts See Uptick in Russia-registered Spam Domains
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Schmidt: Forcing Carriers To Provide “Clean” …
Discussion: Edible Apple
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
EXCLUSIVE: MySpace taps new content chief
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‘Apple Peel’ Inventors in China Defend Device Turning IPods Into IPhones
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Markus Spiering / Flickr Blog:
New! Browser-based uploads on Android 2.2
Discussion: CNET News and webpronews.com
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Instapaper Goes From Hobby to Start-Up
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
An American in Paris Says Au Revoir to His Laptop
Discussion: TUAW
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Facebook Sells Your Friends
Discussion: AdExchanger.com, FM Blog and MediaPost
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