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12:45 AM ET, September 20, 2010

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Anatomy Of A PR Spin (AKA How To Lie Like A Pro)  —  How do you know when a Facebook PR person is lying?  When their lips move (or they issue a statement!) ba-dum ching!  —  We've been taking a beating today on our story about Facebook working on a branded mobile phone.
Discussion: SlashGear
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Scott Ard / CNET News:
Facebook mulling a branded smartphone  —  Facebook denied a story published this weekend that says the company is “building a mobile phone,” but CNET has confirmed that the social-networking giant has reached out to hardware manufacturers and carriers seeking input on a potential Facebook-branded phone.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Is Secretly Building A Phone  —  Facebook is building a mobile phone, says a source who has knowledge of the project.  Or rather, they're building the software for the phone and working with a third party to actually build the hardware.  Which is exactly what Apple and everyone else does, too.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook's Secret Phone Is Using Android “For Sure”  —  Facebook is “for sure” using Google's Android operating system as the basis for its phone software, according to a plugged-in Silicon Valley source.  —  This means that Google is now essentially helping Facebook attempt to destroy Google!
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Is Not Working On A Phone Just Like Google Was Not Working On A Phone  —  In 2007, Google said it wasn't working on a Google Phone.  In 2009, Google said it wasn't working on its own branded phone.  In 2008, Microsoft said it wasn't working on a Zune Phone.
Discussion: Mashable!
Sean Percival / Sean Percival's Blog:
First Photo of the Facebook Phone  —  You may of read earlier that Facebook is building their own phone (they deny it).  —  However I would love for them to explain this VERY convincing photo below.  —  They totally ripped off Apple!  Not cool!
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Techie Buzz
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's Why Facebook Is Secretly Building A Phone: It Needs To Be A Platform, Not Just A Service  —  Facebook already has over 150 million mobile users and is likely the most popular iPhone app of all time.  —  But if Facebook is going to have as much impact on the mobile world as it has on the web …
Discussion: Scripting News
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Tech press is full of it. …
Discussion: I4U News, Thanks:scobleizer
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
4chan to DDoS RIAA Next - Is This the Protest of the Future?  —  Over the last 36 hours or so, the ‘Anonymous’ masses and many unaffiliated sympathizers joined forces to attack the MPAA's website.  Continuing with ‘Operation Payback’, today an attack will be launched on the RIAA.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
RIAA Goes Offline, Joins MPAA As Latest Victim Of Successful DDoS Attacks
Discussion: TechSpot, Erictric, V3.co.uk and Gawker
Apple:
iPhone 4 Available in China on September 25  —  New Apple Retail Stores Opening in Shanghai & Beijing  —  Apple® today announced that iPhone® 4 will be available to customers in China beginning Saturday, September 25 at 8:00 a.m. at Apple Retail Stores including …
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Cloud Computing Hits Snag in Europe  —  BERLIN — In the world of ideas, cloud computing has the potential to revolutionize the way people work.  —  By bundling the processing power of thousands of computer servers, a company, for example, could allow two employees from different countries …
LAPTOP Magazine:
Listen Up, Carriers: 3G Tablets Need a New Pricing Menu  —  It's quite the coup.  Last night Samsung announced that all four major U.S. wireless carriers will be selling the Galaxy Tab, a sleek 7-inch Android tablet.  There were just two critical pieces of information missing: the price of the device and the data plan.
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
The Return of the Tech Dividend  —  It says something about the state of the tech industry that one of the biggest stories in the sector this week is that Cisco is paying dividends to investors.  They won't start until next summer, and payments will be equal to one or two percent of the stock's price.
 
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