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6:20 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.
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook's Killer Feature Coming Soon  —  Back in August I suggested that if Facebook allowed you to place your friends in specific groups (e.g. professional, social, family, etc) and assign custom privacy settings, LinkedIn would be doomed.  While Facebook is going to have to work toward putting …
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Why Does Facebook Make Young Men Swoon?  —  In debunking Fortune's David Kirkpatrick love letter to Mark Zuckerberg, I noted yesterday that the 23 year old ex-college student's most valuable attribute is the ability to make grown men swoon.  —  Today, we see that young men are far from immune to the Facebook love bug!
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
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Captcha / AUTO BLOG SHOW:
Weird accident caused in Russia between a Cell Phone and a Mercedes  —  No wonder Putin doesn't want anyone - especially teenagers to use cell-phones in there cars... Can you think of a better reason to ban those "devilish" machines in vehicles than this cell-phone related accident caused in Russia?
Discussion: Gizmodo and Digg
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
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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 …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, nanocr.eu and Digg
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.
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
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.
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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.
Discussion: broadstuff
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.
Thoughtfix / TabletBlog.com:
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: IntoMobile
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Note to Apple: Stop thinking Like a Phone Company  —  As we all know by now, the latest software update to the iPhone may in some cases turn it into a useless brick—if you happen to have put hacked software on it or unlocked it (ahem, John) in order to make it work on a non-AT&T carrier (such as T-Mobile, in the U.S.).
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Steve Jobs, Motivational Speaker For Yahoo
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Vista SP1: Create a recovery disc  —  One of the new administrative tools Windows Vista Service Pack 1 provides is the ability to create a recovery disc.  At first, the name might fool you into thinking the type of discs system manufacturers provide to you when you purchase a new computer …
Discussion: Download Squad and Teching It Easy
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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