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11:15 PM ET, September 21, 2009

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Chairman Julius Genachowski / OpenInternet.gov:
Preserving a Free and Open Internet: A Platform for Innovation, Opportunity, and Prosperity  —  “Preserving a Free and Open Internet: A Platform for Innovation, Opportunity, and Prosperity”  —  Prepared Remarks of  —  The Brookings Institution, Washington DC
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Verizon, AT&T: Net neutrality not OK for wireless  —  The wireless industry is gearing up to fight new Net neutrality rules that the Federal Communications Commission is formulating to keep the Internet open.  —  On Monday, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski gave a speech at the Brookings Institute …
David L. Cohen / Comcast Voices:
Does the Internet Need More Regulation?  FCC to Decide  —  Today, the Chairman of the FCC, Julius Genachowski, announced that he will ask the FCC to adopt new regulations on the way that companies like Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, Hughes Satellite, and thousands of others provide Internet services to consumers.
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Republicans Move to Block Network Neutrality  —  Senate Republicans react quickly to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's proposal to expand the Federal Communications Commission's network neutrality authority.  Working on an unrelated appropriations bill, Republican senators push an amendment …
Dylan F. Tweney / Epicenter:
FCC Position May Spell the End of Unlimited Internet  —  NEWS ANALYSIS — FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's unsurprising affirmation of support for network neutrality is a victory for the high-minded principle of open, unfettered internet access.  Too bad it means the days of all-you-can-eat …
Sam Gustin / DailyFinance:
FCC plan for open internet ‘perfect,’ Lessig says; AT&T, Verizon critical
Discussion: Bits, FierceWireless and CrunchGear
Jim Finkle / MediaFile:
Who runs mergers and acquisitions at Dell?  —  (Update: Dell PR misspoke about Johnson's responsibilities, and we've made changes below as indicated.)  —  Dell, which announced plans to buy Perot Systems for $3.9 billion on Monday, completed the deal without help from an executive in charge of mergers and acquisitions.
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content.dell.com:
Dell to Acquire Perot Systems for $3.9 Billion, Creating Comprehensive …
Tim Mullaney / Bloomberg:   Perot Family's Windfall From Dell Acquisition May Stretch to $400 Million
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Netflix Awards $1 Million Prize and Starts a New Contest  —  Netflix, the movie rental company, has decided its million-dollar-prize competition was such a good investment that it is planning another one.  —  The company's challenge, begun in October 2006, was both geeky and formidable …
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Marisa Taylor / Digits:
Winning Netflix Team Draws From AT&T, Yahoo
Discussion: Associated Press
Matt Cutts / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Google does not use the keywords meta tag in web ranking  —  Recently we received some questions about how Google uses (or more accurately, doesn't use) the “keywords” meta tag in ranking web search results.  Suppose you have two website owners, Alice and Bob.  Alice runs a company called AliceCo and Bob runs BobCo.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook to Partner With Nielsen  —  Facebook Inc. plans to announce a deal with online measurement company Nielsen Co., in a step to address advertisers' frustration with measuring how their ads perform on the social network.  —  Under the partnership, terms of which aren't expected to be disclosed …
Sharon Nguyen / MySpace Blog:
MySpace Syncs with Twitter  —  Today we're beginning the global beta rollout of a new functionality on MySpace that empowers our users to sync their MySpace status updates with their Twitter feed.  Any U.S. user can opt-in to sync their status so that any update created on MySpace will appear …
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:   MySpace Trumps Facebook With Two-Way Twitter Syncing
EU Press Room:
Antitrust: Commission publishes decision concerning Intel's abuse of dominant position  —  The European Commission has today published a non-confidential version of its Intel Decision, adopted on 13 May 2009 ( IP/09/745 and MEMO/09/235 ), together with a summary of the key elements of the Decision.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Hasn't Started Playing The Monetization Game Just Yet  —  There's some hoopla today that the location-based social network Foursquare has found its business model (and as such, has beaten the more mature Twitter to one).  But hold your horses.  While Foursquare does have an idea …
Discussion: A VC and The Next Web
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Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Foursquare Beats Twitter to Local Advertising Goldmine
Discussion: Internet2Go, Fast Company and The Web Life, Thanks:atul
Brad / Liliputing:
Netbook SSDs to get a standard connector  —  Companies like RunCore, Active Media, and Super Talent that put out SSD upgrades for netbooks have to deal with a series of different connectors, which means that an SSD upgrade that works with an Asus Eee PC might not work with a Dell Inspiron Mini or HP Mini netbook.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Adds Zimbra to the Garage Sale as It Tries to Shed What Isn't “You!”  —  According to numerous sources, Yahoo has been shopping around Zimbra, the open-source email company it bought in late 2007 for $350 million.  —  Zimbra is only one of the many assets of Yahoo (YHOO) …
Maya Baratz / The Huffington Post:
Women in Tech: The Silicon Ceiling  —  When I first I attended the Webby Awards in 2001, I noticed an anthropological paradox: The line to the ladies' room was nonexistent, the men's, long.  —  Where were all the women?  Surely they existed in the then-budding Internet industry (I did!).
Discussion: MediaPost
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The New York Times, Brought to You-Literally-by Twitter  —  It has been easy enough to be skeptical about Twitter's influence and staying power-I do it all the time.  But there's no denying that it has become a powerful driver of Web traffic.  —  Just ask the New York Times (NYT) …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
First USB 3.0 product gets certified, floodgates get closer to breaking  —  You heard it here first, folks: SuperSpeed USB is a reality.  After waiting around for what feels like ages, USB 3.0 can now say it has its first certified product in NEC's xHCI host controller.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Netflix CEO: We'll Get to the iPhone...Eventually  —  Netflix is headed to the iPhone-at some yet-to-be-determined point in the future.  Asked by Reuters if he'd ever consider a partnership with Apple (AAPL), Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said he would, but only after the company had secured …
Discussion: MediaFile and Gizmodo
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
3G MicroCells: AT&T Wants You to Pay Extra to Fix Their Own Failures  —  AT&T's network is basically a huge failure.  And if you want to fix their incompetence in your area, you'll need to pay an additional $20 a month for a 3G MicroCell.  I call bulls**t.  —  Danny touched on this earlier, but the logic here is blowing my mind.
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Are Twitter direct messages safe?  —  A twitter colleague sent me a direct message that apparently ended up in another user's mailbox.  This error suggests that private information sent on Twitter could be exposed to non-intended recipients.  —  Here is a screen capture of the private message …
Adam Penenberg / Fast Company:
Exclusive Interview: Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg on the Value of Viral Loops  —  This interview was conducted during research for my book, Viral Loop.  You can read an excerpt here at Fast Company, or find out what your friends are really worth by installing the Viral Loop widget.
Discussion: Inc.com, Thanks:albertonardelli
Reuters:
Yahoo seeking up to $500 million for small business unit  —  SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) hopes to get up to $500 million for a unit that hosts websites for small companies, after putting it on the market for several months, two people familiar with the matter said.
Discussion: Screenwerk and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Alice.com Raises $4 Million For Household Goods Shopping Platform  —  Alice.com, the retail platform for household goods, has raised $4 million in a Series B round according to an SEC filing.  According to the filing, the company is trying to raise an additional $2 million in this round.
Discussion: paidContent
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Rearden Commerce Raises Another $40 Million, Lays Off 18 Percent
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Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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Erin Barker / Contentinople:
News Corp.'s Miller: MySpace Fell Behind
Discussion: The Constant Observer
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's Schmidt: Independent Yahoo Still Important To Competition
Thanks:atul
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
AOL: More Org Chart Shuffles Coming; So Are Ad Dollars.  But Mum on Microsoft.
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Chrome Is a Lock for 10% Share, but How Much More?