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2:00 PM ET, September 23, 2010

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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 …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Facebook Phone: All You Need To Know + New Details  —  Of all the recent technology news, the one that's held most of my interest is the existence of the Facebook phone.  Why?  Because I'd been aware of a project to build a phone based on Facebook for quite some time, though I hadn't been able to confirm it from multiple sources.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Interview With Mark Zuckerberg On The “Facebook Phone”
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Verizon CEO hints iPhone not coming soon  —  NEW YORK - Comments from Verizon Communications Inc. CEO Ivan Seidenberg on Thursday left little room for the possibility of a Verizon version of the iPhone any time soon.  —  Speaking to investors at a Goldman Sachs conference …
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Roger Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon Wireless Readies Tiered Data Pricing  —  Verizon Communications Inc. Chief Executive Ivan Seidenberg said the company's wireless arm expects to introduce its own form of tiered pricing, possibly over the next four to six months.  —  But Mr. Seidenberg said Verizon Wireless's offering …
David Heinemeier Hansson / Signal vs. Noise:
Facebook is not worth $33,000,000,000  —  Facebook is an amazing success as a social network.  Anyone who can get 500 million people to connect, share photos, and click on little cows in Farmville deserves major kudos.  —  But the bulls**t monopoly-money evaluation merry-go-round has to stop.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Gmail Creator: Facebook Has The Potential To Be Worth More Than Google
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Digg.com redesign alienates users  —  The Internet can be a fickle creature, but if there is one lesson that seems to consistently ring true it's this: don't alienate your core users.  —  It's a lesson that digg.com is learning the hard way.  Having been a paragon of social bookmarking …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and The Next Web
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
Marvell's 1.5GHz, Triple Core ARM Processor Can Handle 140 Hours of Music on One Charge  —  The smartphone guts race just got a bit more interesting—dark horse Marvell has just outed the first ever 1.5GHz ARM tri-core mobile processor.  The Armada 628 pairs two high-performance cores with one optimized for low-power.
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
What Netflix CEO hopes U.S. won't notice  —  ‘Self-absorbed’ Americans may ignore Canada price disparity … The Hollywood Reporter: You're looking beyond the U.S. border for growth.  Where will you expand next after Canada?  —  Reed Hastings: For now we're focused on Canada.
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Facebook Sells Your Friends  —  How Facebook plans to leverage its 550 million users into the greatest advertising juggernaut since ... O.K., only since Google.  That's still huge  —  There were two obvious winners at the FIFA World Cup this summer.  Spain took home the 13-pound …
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.
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Steven Bertoni / Money Talks:
Facebook's Zuckerberg Now Richer Than Apple's Steve Jobs
Dick Craddock / The Windows Blog:
More Hotmail updates on the way  —  We've kept ourselves busy this summer.  A few months ago, we released a re-invented Windows Live Hotmail designed around what people said they wanted—a more efficient service to help them manage clutter with features like Sweep and one-click filters …
Gizmodo:
HP Slate Tablet Rears its Square-Edged Head in Leaked Video  —  Admittedly, we're more keen on HP's webOS tablet, or even the ditched Android tablet (basically, anything other than Windows 7!), but this leaked Slate video does suggest that maybe it will wind up in the hands of consumers after all.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
iPad, Apple's ‘Mac of the masses,’ predicted to sell 21M in 2011  —  One prominent Wall Street analyst has increased is forecast for iPad sales in 2011 to 21 million, citing expansion of the device's availability, as well as rapid adoption in the enterprise sector.
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
LinkedIn Agrees to Buy Business Reviews Startup  —  The purchase of ChoiceVendor is the networking site's second acquisition  —  LinkedIn, the largest networking site for online professionals, bought ChoiceVendor Inc., a website for reviews of business service providers.
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.
Sid Yadav / VentureBeat:
Exclusive interview: The teens who took over Twitter  —  A teenage prank on Twitter turned into the hack heard round the world Tuesday — and VentureBeat now has the story behind it.  Through an exclusive interview with the two New Zealand kids whose code spread around the world in minutes …
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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.
Electronista:
HTC, Motorola close gap with Apple in JD Power phone ranks  —  JD Power today published a second study of cellphone satisfaction in the US that showed Android having closed the gap in perceived quality with the iPhone.  Apple still earned top marks from owners with an exact 800 score …
Bloomberg:
Blockbuster Files for Bankruptcy After Online Rivals Gain  —  Blockbuster Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection after failing to quickly adapt its movie- rental model from storefronts to mail-order and online technology pioneered by rivals such as Netflix Inc.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft adds PowerPoint, Excel embeds for web sites, blog posts  —  It might have seemed impossible, but PowerPoint and Excel are about to become even more pervasive.  —  A new feature in Microsoft's Office Web Apps will give users the ability to embed their presentations and spreadsheets …
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog and BetaNews
Chris Thompson / About Foursquare:
Foursquare experimenting with recommendations engine and “manufactured serendipity”  —  Each day in my office we face a challenge: where to eat lunch.  We've tried building elaborate spreadsheets to track the local eateries and where we've been recently, but in the end we usually end up eating …
PC World:
Dell Evaluating Internet TV Devices and Google TV Software  —  Dell on Thursday said it is considering the development of devices beyond PCs that would stream Internet content to regular television sets.  —  The company is evaluating new devices from set-top box makers and original design manufacturers …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Show's Title, in Symbols, Defies DVRs  —  CBS knew that when it ordered a sitcom with a vulgar word in the title, it would get attention.  The network also knew there would be some hand-wringing about the coarseness of popular culture.  —  Here's what the network did not know …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
An American in Paris Says Au Revoir to His Laptop  —  Lots of people are wondering whether a touch-based tablet computer that doesn't have a physical keyboard or run a traditional operating system can replace their laptops on the road.  So I decided to find out.
Discussion: TUAW
Kellex / Droid Life:
DROID 2 Global Benchmarks and System Info, Hello 1.2GHz Processor  —  We first showed you our exclusive shots of the Droid 2 Global and now have even more goodies from this amazing looking device.  Who wants some Quadrant system info and benchmarks?  Unfortunately we don't have screenshots …
BBC:
‘One app for all’ effort launches  —  The effort is meant to supplement, rather than replace, existing app environments  —  A European project to develop an application environment for every internet-connected device has received 10m euros in funding.  —  The project aims to sidestep operating systems …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Open Gardens
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Mulve - The Nightmare-Scenario Music Downloading Tool  —  As pressure on file-sharing continues to mount, many people are searching for ‘safer’ methods to acquire music.  Today we bring news of an application that seems to be almost too good to be true.  With a huge database of songs …
 
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to add Visual Basic to its Windows Phone 7 dev-tool list
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Inquirer and eWeek
Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
Google Says YouTube Service Wins Spanish Case Over Video-Copyright Breach
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Wikipedia Introduces Article Feedback Tool
Andrew Liszewski / OhGizmo!:
Verbatim Clip-its - When A Paperclip Loves A Flash Drive Very Much...
Discussion: Gadget Lab, SlashGear and Gizmodo
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
U.S. Kindle Store Now Has Over 700,000 Books
Amol Sarva / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why We Just Launched Peek 9 Into The Insanely Crowded Mobile Device Market
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
10-inch Galaxy Tab promised for 2011 by Samsung Ireland General Manager (updated)
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Jon Udell / O'Reilly Radar:
Personal data stores and pub/sub networks
Discussion: Scripting News
Jason Fried / Signal vs. Noise:
Why non-profit pricing?
Discussion: Changing Way
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Google Street View dealt blow by Czech privacy concerns
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Side-by-side: Flip UltraHD vs. iPhone 4
Matt Buttell / MeetTheBoss TV:
A Bite of the Apple  —  Stumble into Apple's App Store …
Emily Maltby / Wall Street Journal:
Tough Times for Independent IT Dealers
Discussion: TechEye
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
AngelGate Is “100 Percent Accurate,” Says Michael Arrington
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Roku releases new video player boxes