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3:40 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.
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 …
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: TechCrunch
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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Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
FCC Votes to Open Vacant TV Airwaves for $4 Billion Wireless Market by U.S
Discussion: GigaOM, ReadWriteWeb and PR Newswire
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: foursquare and About Foursquare
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
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.
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 …
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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to add Visual Basic to its Windows Phone 7 dev-tool list  —  Until today, Microsoft's advice to developers interested in writing Windows Phone 7 applications was to use C#, Silverlight or XNA.  But on September 23, Microsoft officials said they'd be adding another requested tool to the Windows Phone 7 arsenal: Visual Basic.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Eventbrite Makes Events More Social By Meshing Deeper With Facebook  —  Online ticketing startup Eventbrite is amping up the social features of its service by creating deeper hooks with Facebook.  When you purchase a ticket through Eventbrite (like you can for Disrupt, for instance) …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:sistaklein
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 …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Instapaper Goes From Hobby to Startup  —  On Tuesday Marco Arment, the chief technology officer at the social networking site Tumblr, announced that he would be leaving the hot startup to tend to a personal project: Instapaper.  —  I caught up with Mr. Arment on the phone Wednesday to find out what's next from his personal project.
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Cyberwar Chief Calls for Secure Computer Network  —  FORT MEADE, Md. — The new commander of the military's cyberwarfare operations is advocating the creation of a separate, secure computer network to protect civilian government agencies and critical industries like the nation's power grid against attacks mounted over the Internet.
Discussion: Washington Post
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Nielsen to use Facebook and other websites' data for “ratings”?  —  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that audience metrics firm Nielsen - famous for its TV ratings - plans to bring a similar model to online advertising, perhaps as soon as next week.  —  Basically Nielsen will bring …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
U.S. Kindle Store Now Has Over 700,000 Books  —  This morning, Amazon released a small update to its Android app, including voice search and a Wikipedia dictionary.  Hidden in the release was another interesting stat—the U.S. Kindle Store now has over 700,000 books.  This is up from 670,000 books three weeks ago.
 
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Chris Thompson / About Foursquare:
Foursquare experimenting with recommendations engine and “manufactured serendipity”
Andrew Liszewski / OhGizmo!:
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Discussion: Gadget Lab, SlashGear and Gizmodo
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)
Jason Fried / Signal vs. Noise:
Why non-profit pricing?
Discussion: Changing Way
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Google Street View dealt blow by Czech privacy concerns
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BBC:
‘One app for all’ effort launches
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Open Gardens
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 …
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
AngelGate Is “100 Percent Accurate,” Says Michael Arrington
Barbara Martinez / Wall Street Journal:
Zuckerberg to Donate $100 Million to Newark Schools