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3:30 AM ET, September 23, 2010

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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 …
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Bloomberg:
Facebook Said to Be Working on Phones With INQ for AT&T  —  Facebook Inc. is working with mobile-handset manufacturer INQ Mobile Ltd. on two smartphones that may be carried by AT&T Inc., according to three people familiar with the matter.  —  The devices, which will feature Facebook social …
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
AngelGate Is “100 Percent Accurate,” Says Michael Arrington  —  Last night, TechCrunch's Michael Arrington reported that on Monday night, a group of high-profile Silicon Valley angels met at a San Francisco restaurant, where, Arrington said he later learned, “collusion and price fixing” were on the menu.
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Steven Bertoni / Money Talks:
Facebook's Zuckerberg Now Richer Than Apple's Steve Jobs  —  Just 5 years after founding Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is worth more than Apple's iconic chief Steve Jobs.  —  Image via CrunchBase  —  This year, Zuckerberg, 26, added $4.9 billion to his fortune-vaulting to #35 on the Forbes 400 with an estimated fortune of $6.9 billion.
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Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Bill Gates is richest person in America — still  —  Forbes' 2010 list of the 400 richest Americans is out, and guess who's still on top.  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is No. 16 with a net worth of $13.1 billion.  Microsoft co-founder and Seattle mogul Paul Allen is No. 17 with $12.7 billion.
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Roku releases new video player boxes  —  For the last few days we've had a small black box with a sub-$100 price tag attached to the flatscreen TV in the Macworld offices.  But this isn't Apple's forthcoming Apple TV box—it's the top-of-the-line member of the new Roku Player family.
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Dan Rayburn / The Business of Online Video:
Roku Announces New Boxes, USB Support: Hands-On Review (with video)
Barbara Martinez / Wall Street Journal:
Zuckerberg to Donate $100 Million to Newark Schools  —  Mark Zuckerberg, the 26-year-old founder and chief executive of Facebook, is expected to announce a donation of $100 million to the Newark public school system this week, in a bold and aggressive bid to turn around one of the country's worst performing school systems.
Michael Oliveira / Globe and Mail:
Netflix apologizes for using actors to meet press at Canadian launch  —  Video-streaming website Netflix Inc. closed down a Toronto street Wednesday and attracted dozens of onlookers for a splashy launch to promote its highly anticipated foray into Canada.  Problem is, many of those in the crowd were actors who were paid to be there.
Jason Snell / Macworld:
iWork for iPad adds file transfer, better Office support  —  Apple on Wednesday released updates to its three iWork apps for the iPad.  Version 1.2 of Numbers, Keynote, and Pages feature improvements to file-format support and file transferring, adding the ability to transfer files …
Justin Kistner / Official Webtrends Company Blog:
Twitter is releasing a real time analytics solution in Q4  —  At the Sports Marketing 2.0 Summit yesterday, Ross Hoffman shared with the crowd that sports leagues, teams, and players will have access to a real time analytics dashboard from Twitter.  I had the opportunity to ask Ross …
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 …
Kellex / Droid Life:
Exclusive: Motorola DROID 2 Global First Pictures  —  Say hello to the Droid 2 Global.  (At least that's what we're calling it anyway.)  The next Droid device to join our growing family has a new look, white.  We had a pretty good idea this would be launching in something other than black or blue, but these photos just cemented that.
Royal Pingdom:
Is the Web heading toward redirect hell?  —  Google is doing it.  Facebook is doing it.  Yahoo is doing it.  Microsoft is doing it.  And soon Twitter will be doing it.  —  We're talking about the apparent need of every web service out there to add intermediate steps to sample what we click …
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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 …
Matt Buttell / MeetTheBoss TV:
A Bite of the Apple  —  Stumble into Apple's App Store and you are greeted with literally thousands of applications you can download for your iPhone.  The reason is simple: in a world of constant mobility and interactivity, both smartphone and app markets have gone stratospheric.
Discussion: Co.Design
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Facebook Hopes Credits Make Dollars  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — For all its success, Google is often criticized for being a one-trick pony.  After 12 years, the Internet search company is still struggling to find a significant new revenue source to supplement its lucrative text advertising business.
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Buyers Send iPhones on a Long Relay to China  —  They show up in the early-morning hours: Chinese men and women, waiting silently and somewhat nervously outside of Apple stores in New York.  On some days the lines they form can be a block long.  —  These are not typical Apple fans.
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.
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 …
Emily Maltby / Wall Street Journal:
Tough Times for Independent IT Dealers  —  Sales at XS International Inc., a 10-employee company that sells refurbished electronics like computers, disk drives and servers, have shrunk 50% in the past two years.  The problem, the company says, is that it no longer qualifies for roughly half the government contracts it once did.
Mark Clayton / Christian Science Monitor:
Stuxnet malware is ‘weapon’ out to destroy ... Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant?  —  The Stuxnet malware has infiltrated industrial computer systems worldwide.  Now, cyber security sleuths say it's a search-and-destroy weapon meant to hit a single target.  One expert suggests it may be after Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant.
Paul Carton / InvestorPlace:
New Burst of Momentum for Google Android OS  —  ChangeWave's latest corporate spending survey shows there is at least one big winner in the business smart phone market this quarter - the Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android Operating System.  —  When we asked respondents which mobile operating system …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
YouTubeSocial Lets You Simultaneously Watch Videos With Friends  —  I/O accelerator company SocialVision, purveyors of white-label “Viewing Party” software today launch YouTubeSocial as their first consumer facing product.  Similar to Clipsync, YouTubeSocial combines Facebook's Social Graph …
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
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Amy Coopes / Agence France Presse:
Australian 17-year-old takes blame for Twitter chaos
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Suppliers say Apple will build first batch of CDMA iPhones in December