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4:05 AM ET, September 22, 2010

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
So A Blogger Walks Into A Bar...  Yesterday I was tipped off about a “secret meeting” between a group of “Super Angels” being held at Bin 38, a restaurant and bar in San Francisco.  “Do not come, you will not be welcome,” I was told.  —  So I did what any self respecting blogger would do …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hooray For Mike Arrington  —  If you haven't already, go read Mike Arrington's story about how he barged into a secret meeting of Silicon Valley's super-angels and discovered that the angels were discussing how to screw traditional venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, the latter by pushing down the prices of early-stage deals.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Quora:
Who are the Super Angels that Michael Arrington is talking about in his 9/21/10 Techcrunch post, “So a Blogger Walks into a Bar...”?  —  And if you can elucidate, what merit is there in his accusations?  — Article: http://techcrunch.com/2010/09/ 21... — 4 Answers
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Wall Street Journal:
RIM Readies Its Answer to iPad  —  BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. could unveil its new tablet computer—as well as the operating system that will power it—as early as next week, at a developers' conference in San Francisco, say people familiar with RIM's plans.
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Google Mobile Blog:
Updated Gmail app in Android Market  —  We just released a new version of the Gmail app in Android Market, so Gmail updates aren't tied to Android version releases anymore.  Now you can get new Gmail stuff faster without having to wait for system updates.  To start you off …
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Droid Attack Spells Doom for iPhone  —  Last year, while I was on a business trip, my wife surprised me during a phone call by telling me that she was going to purchase a Motorola DROID and finally enter the smart phone age.  This was surprising on a number of levels.
Discussion: eWeek
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Seth Weintraub / Fortune:   Windows 7 Phone author/blogger lavishes praise on Android
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
With News Feed changes, Facebook issues a friend request to social game makers  —  Months after it hurt social game publishers by taking away some of its best viral methods for spreading apps, Facebook is hoping to make amends.  —  The company is planning to announce today it will make changes …
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Bob Lord / Twitter Blog:
All about the “onMouseOver” incident  —  The short story: This morning at 2:54 am PDT Twitter was notified of a security exploit that surfaced about a half hour before that, and we immediately went to work on fixing it.  By 7:00 am PDT, the primary issue was solved.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Pie chart: Apple's outrageous share of the mobile industry's profits  —  Cupertino is raking in the cash as its competitors struggle to post any profit at all.  Canaccord Genuity initiated coverage of Apple (AAPL) Tuesday with a “buy” rating and a price target of $356 per share.
Adrianne Jeffries / ReadWriteWeb:
Developers Can Now Access Locations of 250 Million Phones Across U.S. Carriers  —  Location Labs today announced a “Universal Location Service” platform that aggregates locations of phones across carriers for developers and centralizes privacy management for end-users.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
VideoEgg Buys Six Apart  —  Makes bid to become ‘modern media company’  —  Rich media ad network VideoEgg is recasting itself as Say Media after its purchase of blog platform Six Apart.  —  The absorption of Six Apart gives the company the added reach of the latter's Movable Type and TypePad blogging software.
Discussion: Connecting the Dots and Beet.TV, Thanks:beet_tv
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Verizon: Our Apps Aren't About Taking Over The Phone — It's About “Choice”.  Puke.  —  About a week ago, we noted that Verizon was gearing up to launch its own app store for Android phones.  This app store, called V CAST Apps, would be completely separate from Android's existing Market for apps.
Discussion: Fast Company and Electronista
Reuters:
AT&T says half a million iPads use its network  —  NEW YORK, Sept 21 (Reuters) - About a half a million iPad owners use AT&T Inc's (T.N) network to connect the Apple Inc (AAPL.O) tablet computer to the Internet, according to the telephone company's top executive Randall Stephenson.
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Dan Gallagher / MarketWatch:
AT&T chief not worried about losing iPhone
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Tecca, Best Buy's New Shopping App, Isn't a Best Buy Shopping App  —  Here's another shopping app: Tecca promises to “help you find, buy and get the best from personal technology.”  It's available for Apple's iPhone, Google's Android as well as Web browsers.
Discussion: paidContent and GigaOM
Kevin Fox / fox @ fury:
The first step to fixing the Android Marketplace has nothing to do with the Android Marketplace  —  Much fuss has been made about the user experience of the Android Marketplace and how it compares to the iOS App Store but, while there are many points to be made about how the Marketplace's design …
Thanks:louisgray
Amanda Enayati / Salon:
My relentless pursuit of the guy who robbed me  —  A thief broke into my car.  I used Craigslist, a dating site, MySpace and a fast food joint to track him down In the first 24 hours after someone broke into my car in my own driveway, I was mostly mad at my husband.
Discussion: Newser
Michael Zwibelman / The Official Google Blog:
Taking rogue pharmacies to court  —  We work very hard to make sure that ads shown on Google provide useful information for our users.  But sometimes we need to take action against ads that violate our policies, as when we block malware ads, or when we filed suit last year against “Google Money” scammers.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Search Engine Land
Aaron Greenspan / The Huffington Post:
The Legend of Mark Zuckerberg  —  Bill Gates got me into Harvard.  I had never met the man even once in my life, and I had certainly never been the beneficiary of his unparalleled personal fortune in any direct sense.  I had, of course, used his company's software, and throughout high school …
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
Is Apple tuning out audiophiles?  —  By failing to upgrade the iPod Classic, the tech giant seems to have left in the lurch the customers who made the music player a huge success.  —  It seems to be a law of nature that, just like toothpaste and government tax codes, great consumer technologies …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple sues ‘HyperMac’ accessory maker over MagSafe, iPod cables  —  Apple has filed a lawsuit against Sanho Corporation, maker of the HyperMac line of accessories, alleging violation of patents it owns related to the MagSafe charger and cables that use the iPod 30-pin connection.
Richard Esguerra / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Censorship of the Internet Takes Center Stage in “Online Infringement” Bill  —  Senator Patrick Leahy yesterday introduced the “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act” (COICA).  This flawed bill would allow the Attorney General and the Department of Justice to break the Internet …
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
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 Earlier Items: 
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
McAfee Jumps On The URL Shortening Bandwagon With McAf.ee
Discussion: CNET News, Techdows and Geek.com
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Big New Wireless Spectrum Expected to Open for Internet of Things This Week
Discussion: WebProNews
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
France Starts Reporting ‘Millions’ of File-Sharers
Discussion: Techdirt
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Yahoo's Bartz Makes Her Pitch To Wall Street
Jon Fortt / Tech Check:
iPad Tops in Consumer Satisfaction: Report
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Facebook fraud a ‘major issue’
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Google report shows where its content is blocked
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
CE-Oh no he didn't!: …