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5:25 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 …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, VentureBeat and Fortune, Thanks:davemcclure
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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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Angelgate EXCLUSIVE: BIN38′s Super Angel Menu And More  —  Apparently my boss crashed a picnic the other night and may or may not have exposed a meeting of the Silicon Valley Joy Luck Club, or something.  I really don't know what actually happened because I've been asleep for two days …
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Web Start-Up Values Soar
Jon Callaghan / Early Stage Capital:   Founders Come First  —  The last two weeks have seen incredible ink …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
So A Blogger Walks Into A Bar...
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 …
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Interview With Mark Zuckerberg On The “Facebook Phone”  —  Over the weekend I wrote an article about Facebook's mobile plans, particularly that they are working on a branded mobile phone.  Facebook said the story was innacurate, despite CNET, Alley Insider and others writing independent stories confirming …
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
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
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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.
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 …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Apple Reverses Another Stance, Allows Ringtone Makers Into The App Store  —  You know, it's starting to look like that set of App Store Review Guidelines Apple published recently might actually... mean something.  Just 8 days after the guidelines went live, Apple blew all kinds of minds …
Discussion: SlashGear and ringtonia.com
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 …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Sued for the Sale of Video Programming on iTunes  —  A private New Jersey Corporation by the name of Multi-Format Inc., has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple in the Northern District of Illinois East District Court.  The lawsuit appears to be concerning the sale …
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Chris Wilson trades his Microsoft Web-platform hat for a Google one  —  A long-time member of Microsoft's Internet Explorer team, Chris Wilson, has left Microsoft and is joining Google in November.  —  Wilson's move is more than “yet another Microsoft guy goes Google.”
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft does an about-face; offers free Security Essentials suite to small businesses  —  In an about-face, Microsoft is now planning to offer its free Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) antivirus/antimalware suite to small businesses, and not just consumers.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Michael Dell teases new 7-inch Android tablet, says Streak to land in Best Buy next month (update: pic)  —  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.
Michael Oliveira / Globe and Mail:
Netflix apologizes for using actors to meet press at Canadian launch  —  Video-streaming website Netflix Inc. NFLX-Q closed down a Toronto street Wednesday and attracted dozens of onlookers for a splashy launch to promote its highly anticipated foray into Canada.  —  MORE RELATED TO THIS STORY
Discussion: The Next Web
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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Shayndi Raice / Digits:
Verizon to Launch VCast on Android, Compete Against Google  —  By partnering with Google to use its Android operating system and application store, Verizon Wireless has created a credible rival to Apple's iPhone.  But by announcing that its VCAST music and app store will soon be available on Android devices …
Discussion: Inquirer and jkOnTheRun
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Mark Zuckerberg navigates the tightrope between gamers and non-gamers (video)  —  Facebook had a very Solomon-like dilemma over its social network.  Should it cater to gamers, who account for a huge portion of the traffic and revenue for the company's social network?
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
200 Million People Are Playing Facebook Games Monthly
 
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Paul Carton / InvestorPlace:
New Burst of Momentum for Google Android OS
Royal Pingdom:
Is the Web heading toward redirect hell?
Discussion: Forbes, Thanks:atul
CircleID:
Domain Name Registrations Reaching 200 Million World Wide
Discussion: NASDAQ Community Home
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Ads for Applications Now Show Which Friends Use That App
Discussion: All Facebook
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
USC's Android air pollution app takes a crowd-sourced approach to cleaner skies
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Intel's upgradable processor: good sense or utter catastrophe?
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines Blog:
Salesforce: Chatter 2 upgrade to offer more tools, target more users
Discussion: BetaNews and internetnews.com, Thanks:mentha
Mandy Stadtmiller / New York Post:
Jesse Eisenberg doesn't just play Zuckerberg in ‘Network’ …
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Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Canada ends probe of Facebook's sharing of data
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google News turns 8 amid news industry in flux
Discussion: Google News Blog and Guardian
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Now that the Recession Officially Ended....Whatever Happened to that Other Shoe?
Discussion: Redfin Corporate Blog
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
TripIt's Pro Plan Now Pays For Itself, Will Track Flight Itineraries For Price Drops
Thanks:waldrich
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
Kevin Fox / fox @ fury:
The first step to fixing the Android Marketplace has nothing …
Thanks:louisgray