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3:15 PM ET, September 22, 2010

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Dave / Master of 500 Hats:
Fire in The Valley, Fire in My Belly... and Yes, Mike, I Have Stopped Beating My Wife.  —  So i've been debating whether to write this post all day.  —  Unfortunately i probably have more balls than sense, but it drives me f**king insane to see some bulls**t superangel conspiracy theory …
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Fred / A VC:
Collusion  —  Mike Arrington posted about a secret meeting of angels and super angels in San Francisco the other night.  In the post he suggests that they are colluding to keep valuations down, terms intact, and traditional venture capital firms, such as ours, out of their deals.
Discussion: GigaOM, Victus Spiritus and VentureBeat
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 …
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Web Start-Up Values Soar  —  Investors Bid Up Internet Firms to Levels Reminiscent of the Last Dot-Com Boom  —  The technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index is relatively flat this year.  Yet tech company valuations are rapidly rising in one area: closely held consumer Web firms.
Jon Callaghan / Early Stage Capital:   Founders Come First  —  The last two weeks have seen incredible ink …
Quora:
Who are the Super Angels that Michael Arrington is talking …
Discussion: Stowe Boyd and Venture Chronicles
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Suppliers say Apple will build first batch of CDMA iPhones in December  —  Apple is expected to build its first 3 million Verizon-compatible CDMA iPhones in December 2010, contacts in the company's overseas supply chain reportedly indicated.  —  Analyst Jeffrey Fidacaro with Susquehanna Financial Group …
Amy Coopes / Agence France Presse:
Australian 17-year-old takes blame for Twitter chaos  —  SYDNEY — A 17-year-old Australian schoolboy said on Wednesday he unwittingly caused a massive hacker attack on Twitter which sent users to Japanese porn sites and took out the White House press secretary's feed.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Twitter ‘antibodies’ help kill worm, says researcher
Discussion: Guardian and Neowin.net
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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Sam Grobart / Gadgetwise:   How to Get Attention With a Tablet  —  A couple of days ago …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Launches A New Loyalty Program: Bing Rewards  —  Prior Microsoft search loyalty programs, SearchPerks and Cashback, were retired.  But maybe the third time's the charm: today Microsoft is rolling out Bing Rewards Preview (beta).  It's a credit card or airline-style loyalty program …
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Oracle Growth Plans Worry Rivals and Customers  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Each year, Oracle's presence looms over this city for a week, during the company's Open World customer conference.  About 41,000 people arrived this week to discuss business software in fine detail and talk over beers.
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Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Java Creator James Gosling: Why I Quit Oracle  —  In an exclusive interview with eWEEK, Java creator James Gosling discusses a series of issues he earlier declined to take public, including why he left Oracle.  —  SAN FRANCISCO - When James Gosling led the team that created the Java language and platform …
Discussion: Oracle and CIOInsight
Ji Lee / The Official Google Blog:
One place to find everything new from Google  —  If it seems to you like every day Google releases a new product or feature, well, it seems like that to us too.  The central place we tell you about most of these is through the official Google Blog Network, where you'll find more than 100 blogs covering …
Jared Morgenstern / Facebook Developer Blog:
Making Games on Facebook Better  —  First, hello from the new Games team!  Over the last few months, we've assembled a team of dedicated engineers and product managers who are focused exclusively on designing the platform you need to maximize the potential of your games.  And we are game lovers, every last one of us.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
200 Million People Are Playing Facebook Games Monthly
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Making Changes to News Feed, Requests, Bookmarks …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Mark Zuckerberg navigates the tightrope between gamers and non-gamers (video)
Discussion: TechCrunch and Edge Magazine
Danny Goodwin / Search Engine Watch:
Google's Schmidt to Colbert: Comment About Kids Changing Their Identity ‘Was a Joke’  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt was on “The Colbert Report” for a “Google Chat” last night.  As Stephen would say, “At least that's what it said when I looked it up on Bing.”  —  Colbert and Schmidt discussed data mining …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Beware the $31.47 iPad  —  Apple has stepped up production of its tablet computer, but not to the point of overstock  —  If the advertisement at right, which popped up in my inbox Tuesday as an e-mail from “Overstock Auction,” looks too good to be true, that's because it is.
Surur / WMPoweruser.com:
Exclusive: The real HTC HD7 revealed!  —  Unfortunately its not an actual picture, but for a black slab the schematic s close enough.  Above is the real successor to the HTC HD2, the HTC HD7, previously of course the HTC HD3, featuring the near bezel-less 4.3 inch screen we are so familiar with.
Leon Neyfakh / New York Observer:
Programming for Dummies: Dissastisfied, Some Wall Street Technologists Flee for Start-Up Life … “I mean, no one was being held with a gun to their head and forced to work at Morgan Stanley,” said Andrew Montalenti.  “It was a very good job by any objective measure.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ry Crozier / iTnews:
US hunters shoot down Google fibre  —  Repairers forced to ski in to Oregon back woods.  —  Google has revealed that aerial fibre links to its data centre in Oregon were “regularly” shot down by hunters, forcing the company to put its cables underground.  —  The search and advertising …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
TripIt's Pro Plan Now Pays For Itself, Will Track Flight Itineraries For Price Drops  —  TripIt, the site that creates customized travel itineraries from travel confirmation emails, is upgrading its premium version today to be even more useful.  Now TripIt Pro will track any pro member's flight itinerary …
Discussion: TechStartups.com, Thanks:waldrich
Tim Carmody / Gadget Lab:
Writer for iPad Aims For Focus, Beauty, Simplicity  —  In design and intent, the iPad is a focus-producing machine.  Nearly the entire device is a screen, and every application consumes the entire screen.  Information Architects' new Writer app brings that same hyperfocused aesthetic to word-processing.
Mandy Stadtmiller / New York Post:
Jesse Eisenberg doesn't just play Zuckerberg in ‘Network’ — he's a lot like him in real life  —  Tweet  —  Jesse Eisenberg isn't on Facebook.  But he's lurked there.  —  “I had the strangest experience,” says the 26-year-old of his week spent under an alias online to research playing …
Discussion: Crave and techrockies.com
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 …
Discussion: Daring Fireball, Thanks:louisgray
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zynga Moves 1 Petabyte Of Data Daily; Adds 1,000 Servers A Week  —  We all know that social gaming giant Zynga is one of the fastest growing tech companies of all time and has turned games like FarmVille into a mainstream phenomenon.  And via international expansion and deals with Facebook and Google …
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Michael Dell teases new 7-inch Android tablet, says Streak to land in Best Buy next month  —  Oh Michael, such a teaser you are.  Word has it that the head honcho of Dell Inc. has just pulled out yet another Android tablet from his pocket, only this time it's a 7-inch whopper.
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Now that the Recession Officially Ended....Whatever Happened to that Other Shoe?  —  With the news this week that the recession officially ended in June 2009, there's a ton of commentary about how it still feels like we're in recession.  But from where I sit, it never felt much like a recession at all.
Discussion: Redfin Corporate Blog
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Intel's upgradable processor: good sense or utter catastrophe?  —  Intel is about to experiment with a new concept in mass-market processors with its forthcoming Pentium G6951 CPU: upgradability.  The chips will be upgradable by end users via a purchased code that is punched in to a special program.
 
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Sued for the Sale of Video Programming on iTunes
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Apple Reverses Another Stance, Allows Ringtone Makers Into The App Store
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft does an about-face; offers free Security Essentials suite …
Discussion: The Windows Blog and MSDN Blogs
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
USC's Android air pollution app takes a crowd-sourced approach to cleaner skies
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines Blog:
Salesforce: Chatter 2 upgrade to offer more tools, target more users
Discussion: BetaNews and internetnews.com, Thanks:mentha
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Canada ends probe of Facebook's sharing of data
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Tim Armstrong Says AOL's $100 Million Limit On Acquisitions Is Over
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John Biggs / MobileCrunch:
ChatSquare: Chat With Your FourSquare Friends Live
Thanks:nirofir
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Google Campaign to Build Up Its Display Ads
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Oracle surprises with new Sparc chip launch
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Tecca, Best Buy's New Shopping App, Isn't a Best Buy Shopping App
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, paidContent and GigaOM
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
evercookie: the one cookie that you... just... can't... DELETE!
Discussion: p2pnet, Softpedia News and Geek.com