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10:55 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.
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: The Register, PC World and MacNN
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 …
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 …
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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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.
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
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.
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 …
CodePlex Foundation:
Enabling the exchange of code and understanding among software companies and open source communities  —  The CodePlex Foundation, a non-profit foundation formed with the mission of enabling the exchange of code and understanding among software companies and open source communities, launched today, September 10, 2009.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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).
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
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
Verizon:
Verizon Wireless Introduces The HTC Touch Pro2  —  For customer inquiries, please call 800-922-0204 or go to  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and BELLEVUE, Wash. — Verizon Wireless and HTC Corporation introduce the HTC Touch Pro2™, a global-capable smartphone designed for the busiest professionals and world travelers.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Third-party Google Voice client hits the webOS App Catalog  —  It looks like it isn't just bluster from Palm when it comes to thinking differently about its app approval policy.  Besides taking a pretty healthy stance on applications that deviate from its current standards …
Rory Maher / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Planned Payment Service Will Flop  —  Google's proposal to the Newspaper Association of America yesterday for an online subscription and micropayments solution for premium content sounds promising on the surface.  —  However, conversations we've had on the past with publishers …
Discussion: WebProNews and eWeek
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Adult Films Push For Presence on Gaming Consoles  —  The head of the largest adult video production company in the world plans to start pushing for the inclusion of porn on the Playstation Network.  —  If Vivid Entertainment head Steve Hirsch succeeds, he will look into getting adult videos …
Discussion: GameLife and Pocket-lint.com
 
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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
T-Mobile CTO: Our Subscribers Text The Most Worldwide; Aggressive 3G Upgrades Coming
Discussion: TmoNews
Steven Walling / ReadWriteWeb:
Box.net Open Up to iPhone Apps with a New API
Discussion: Box.net Blog and InfoWorld
BBC:
PM apology after Turing petition
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Federated Media Introduces OPA-Influenced Ad Formats; Promises More ‘Social Ads’
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Polaris Ventures Opens A Second “Frat House For Geeks,” Dog Patch Labs Cambridge
Discussion: RyanSpoon.com and Xconomy
 Earlier Items: 
Owen Thomas / NBC Bay Area:
Time Inc.: Time for a New E-Reader  —  Magazine giant considering …
Discussion: MediaMemo, Gawker and Gizmodo, Thanks:owenthomas
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
After Lengthy Delays, Ning Launches Ning Apps Platform To The Public
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
With iTunes 9, Apple again disables Palm Pre sync