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6:20 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.
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!
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!
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's Why Facebook Is Secretly Building A Phone: It Needs …
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 new system that features hardware and software to run public and private clouds.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Oracle has announced a new system …
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Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:   Cloud Computing Hits Snag in Europe
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.”
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 …
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
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Flickr Hits Its 5 Billionth Photo, And Here It Is  —  According to Media Culpa a blog that apparently obsessively tracks these things, photo-sharing site Flickr has hit the 5 billionth photo milestone today with the above, uploaded by Flickr user yeoaaron.  Media culpa blogger Hans Kullin …
Sarah Young / Reuters:
Amazon in bid for whole of Lovefilm - report  —  (Reuters) - Amazon (AMZN.O), the world's largest online retailer, has made a takeover offer for movie-rental firm Lovefilm which values it at close to 200 million pounds, The Sunday Times reported without citing sources.
Discussion: The Next Web and TechFlash
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 …
The H Security:
Hole in Linux kernel provides root rights  —  A vulnerability in the 32-bit compatibility mode of the current Linux kernel (and previous versions) for 64-bit systems can be exploited to escalate privileges.  For instance, attackers can break into a system and exploit a hole in the web server …
Discussion: The Register
 
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