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5:30 PM ET, September 23, 2010

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Down, Like Buttons Vanish, Internet Implodes  —  If you're currently writing us an email to tip us that Facebook is down, you can stop — we've gotten a few hundred of those in the past few minutes.  Yes, Facebook appears to be down at the moment.  I'm currently getting a DNS failure message …
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.
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 …
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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 …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Here it comes: ‘Super WiFi’  —  Microsoft, Google and other tech companies won a key victory in Washington, D.C., today as the Federal Communications Commission moved to open up vacant spectrum between television channels for unlicensed use by wireless devices — a development expected to lead …
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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.
Discussion: All Facebook, TechCrunch and GigaOM
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 …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Instapaper Goes From Hobby to Start-Up  —  On Tuesday Marco Arment, the chief technology officer at the social networking site Tumblr, announced that he would be leaving it to tend to a personal project: Instapaper.  —  I caught up with Mr. Arment on the phone on Wednesday to find out what was next from his personal project.
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
David / TmoNews:
T-Mobile G2 Pre-Order Is A Go For Tomorrow, Release October 6th!  —  We'll just make this a super quick post but the T-Mobile G2 with Google will be available for pre-order starting tonight and running through October 4th with a release date on October 6th.  I can't say how happy I am …
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 …
Derek Andersen:
Can we trust Michael Arrington?  (AngelGate)  —  Like everyone else I've been reading and watching Mike's latest ‘AngelGate’ story unfold for the last few days.  It's interesting to see lines so clearly and predictably divided on who is to be believed.  If you're an entrepeneur you believe Arrington.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and PE Hub Blog, Thanks:alexia
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 …
Discussion: MediaPost
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hey Cable Guys!  Cord Cutting is Real, and It's a Problem, Says Verizon CEO  —  The party line from cable executives is that the “cord-cutting” phenomenon-consumers swapping cable subscriptions for Internet video-is a myth.  Or, at best, greatly exaggerated.  Not so, says Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg.
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.
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
Bloomberg:
‘Apple Peel’ Inventors in China Defend Device Turning IPods Into IPhones  —  Pan Lei and Pan Yong, the Chinese brothers who invented a device to convert Apple Inc.'s iPod Touch into an iPhone, say they are innovators, not copycats.  —  Their Apple Peel 520 is a case including a circuit board …
Discussion: IntoMobile, CNET News and Go Rumors
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.
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.
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 …
Thanks:sidyadav
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Continues The Sprint Beyond Check-Ins With Partner Badges  —  Foursquare just announced that it is partnering with RunKeeper, an application that helps users track fitness routines, to allow members of the location-based social network to earn badges without actually having to check-in.
Mozilla Labs:
Concept Series: Seabird - A Community-driven Mobile Phone Concept  —  Since Mozilla Labs launched the Concept Series with an open call for participation we've had thousands of people join in, share ideas and develop concepts around Firefox, the Mozilla projects and the Open Web as a whole.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
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.
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
EXCLUSIVE: MySpace taps new content chief  —  Andy Marcus aims to leverage site's audition platform  —  MySpace has tapped Andy Marcus to take the reins on its efforts in the entertainment business.  —  Formerly senior vp business and legal affairs at MySpace, Marcus will move over to senior vp entertainment and video.
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 …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Nokia Ponies Up $10 Million to Encourage Ovi App Development  —  Nokia just announced a new mobile application development contest that comes with $10 million in “cash, devices and marketing prizes” up for grabs.  The “Calling All Innovators” contest, presented by Nokia and AT&T …
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Analysts See Uptick in Russia-registered Spam Domains  —  Researchers are seeing an uptick in the number of spam-related domains from Russian registrars, a sign that cybercriminals are choosing those providers due to lax enforcement.  —  An analysis of spam messages over the last month showed …
Discussion: Inquirer
Markus Spiering / Flickr Blog:
New!  Browser-based uploads on Android 2.2  —  Flickr wants you to share photos from anywhere, including that cool new Android phone.  Up till now you've only been able to upload-by-email which allows you to send photos to Flickr from your phone without having an app.
Discussion: CNET News
 
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
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Will DeVries / Google Public Policy Blog:
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Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Nielsen to use Facebook and other websites' data for “ratings”?
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Eventbrite Makes Events More Social By Meshing Deeper With Facebook
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:sistaklein
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
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Discussion: Gadget Lab, SlashGear and Gizmodo
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
10-inch Galaxy Tab promised for 2011 by Samsung Ireland General Manager (updated)
BBC:
‘One app for all’ effort launches
Discussion: Geek.com, ReadWriteWeb and Open Gardens