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9:50 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.
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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.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook's Secret Phone Is Using Android “For Sure”
Google Enterprise Blog:
A more secure cloud for millions of Google Apps users  —  Cloud computing is about making your information easily accessible from anywhere, on any device.  Until today, organizations looking to secure their information beyond a password have faced costs and complexities that prevented …
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Liz Welch / Inc.:
The Way I Work: Michael Arrington of TechCrunch  —  Michael Arrington loves breaking tech stories, but he's not big on PR people, conversational niceties, or sunlight.  —  Michael Arrington says his style is to “bust the door down and clean the mess up later.”
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
John Nack / John Nack on Adobe:
Flash runs faster, more efficiently than HTML5 on mobile  —  Web developer Chris Black benchmarked an HTML5 animation made using the Canvas tag against the same animation running in Flash.  The results may surprise you:  — HTML5 Canvas on iPhone 4G: 22fps  — HTML5 Canvas on Nexus One: 40fps
Discussion: everythingiCafe and blackcj.com
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
IBM scoops up Netezza for $1.7 billion, broadens data analytics lineup  —  IBM on Monday said it will acquire data warehouse appliance company Netezza in a deal valued at $1.7 billion.  —  With the move, IBM picks off one of Oracle's key competitors for its Exadata line.
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 …
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Oracle's Ellison Introduces Exalogic: New Cloud-in-a-Box System  —  Oracle CEO Larry Ellison moves Oracle's cloud strategy into a new phase with a system that features hardware and software to run public and private clouds.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Oracle has announced a new system that enables enterprises …
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Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Cloud Computing Hits Snag in Europe
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple buys Swedish face-recognition company Polar Rose  —  According to Norwegian Mac Site Mac1, Apple has bought up all of the shares of a Swedish face recognition company called Polar Rose.  An example of their technology can be seen above (Flashless).  Google translated:
Discussion: The Business Insider
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
HTC's Android tablet to use Tegra 2 and cost $790?  —  HTC keep protesting that they're not working on a tablet, and yet the leaks and rumors still keep coming.  Today's - courtesy of DigiTimes' shady sources - claims Pegatron will be manufacturing the tablet for HTC, and even has a rundown of specs …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Microblogging Wars Escalate: Posterous Claims Tumblr Blocks Its Autopost Feature  —  Posterous users can automatically push content posted to their blogs onto other platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr and so on.  Up until recently, people could even post content like text …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Steve Jobs: not what you'd call helpful to a trainee journalist  —  The text of emails seen by the Guardian show the chief executive of Apple in profoundly unhelpful mood when a college student got no help from its PR department  —  Lots of journalists know the experience of contacting Apple …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 Blog and TechEye
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: Erictric, TechSpot and V3.co.uk
 
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Discussion: The Register
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Victor Godinez / techblog.dallasnews.com:
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Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
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Aggregators: the good ones vs. the looters
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
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