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5:00 AM ET, September 24, 2010

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Ron Conway Drops A Nuclear Bomb On The Super Angels [Email]  —  As we just stated in our previous post, there was clearly an email sent by angel investor Ron Conway to a group of super angels who were likely involved in the Bin 38 “AngelGate” meeting that Mike stumbled into a couple days ago.
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Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Dave McClure Says Ron Conway Is Throwing Super Angels Under The Bus  —  Angelgate just got interesting again.  —  In a tweet a few minutes ago, Dave McClure, one of just two super angels who admits to attending the controversial meeting at which Mike Arrington alleges investors discussed …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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, Thanks:alexia
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The secret hell of tech industry angel investors
Thanks:atul
Robert Johnson / Facebook Engineering:
More Details on Today's Outage  —  Early today Facebook was down or unreachable for many of you for approximately 2.5 hours.  This is the worst outage we've had in over four years, and we wanted to first of all apologize for it.  We also wanted to provide much more technical detail on what happened and share one big lesson learned.
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Dan Nystedt / Computerworld:
Facebook apologizes for worst outage in 4 years
Pascal Finette / 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.
Brandon Miniman / pocketnow.com:
iPhone vs. Windows Phone 7 (Video)  —  In this video, we compare the interface of Windows Phone 7 with that of the iPhone.  Previously we showed you a web browser and email comparison between iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone 7.  This is a closer look at how the iPhone differs from Windows Phone 7.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Firmware, forums, and desperation — the dark side of Android hacking  —  That picture above is no joke — that's where I ended up last night trying to revive my Droid X review unit.  It was fun, in a hacky mad-scientist sort of way, but it's also really sad — a testament …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Netflix May Launch Streaming-Only Plan in the U.S.  —  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings doesn't usually reveal future plans, but he decided to throw us a bone today after two days of bad publicity, hinting at the option of a cheaper subscription plan that comes without any physical DVD rentals in the U.S.
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 …
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Keith Dsouza / Techie Buzz:
Hotmail Adds Package Tracking, Facebook Chat, Sub Folders and More
Discussion: LiveSide.net and webpronews.com
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 …
Mike Schramm / TUAW:
Microsoft joins Apple in stance against Blu-ray  —  Apple has a surprising ally in its campaign of apathy against Sony's Blu-ray disc format.  Microsoft, of all companies, has also stepped out with a passive-aggressive stance against the standard, as UK head of Xbox gaming head Steven McGill says that …
Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
Will Nokia build Windows phones?  —  According to a trusted source, Nokia is now likely to use Windows Phone 7 as an additional platform for its phones.  Also, Nokia's board has given new ex-Microsoft CEO Stephen Elop the green light to change the company's strategy if needed, a source familiar with these matters said.
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 …
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Passes PetroChina to Become Second-Largest Stock  —  Apple Inc. overtook PetroChina Co. to become the second-biggest company in the world by market value, lifted by investors betting on growth prospects for the iPhone, Macintosh and iPad.  —  Apple, valued at $265.8 billion …
Qinming Fang / Chromium Blog:
New features for the Chrome Web Store developer preview: Google Checkout integration & previewing for your apps  —  We're excited to share with you some new features that we just added to the developer preview of the Chrome Web Store:  —  Starting today, you can sign up for a Google Checkout …
Discussion: Fortune, Softpedia News and TechCrunch
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Got a Twilio-based App?  Get Some Investment Dollars  —  Twilio, a web-based VoIP development platform is going to get a boost, thanks to one of its investors: Dave McClure and his fund, 500 Startups.  Twilio, a San Francisco-based startup, allows web-app developers to add voice-related functionality to their web apps.
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.
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Reed Hastings / The Official Netflix Blog:   Apologies  —  My Big American Foot is in my mouth.
Gene Weingarten / Washington Post:
I hate Facebook sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much. . .  Critics contend I am unfair to Facebook merely because I have described it as an ocean of banalities shared among persons with lives so empty they echo.  I defend my thesis but admit my evidence has been unscientific — entirely anecdotal …
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Facebook: At the Movies with the Winklevosses  —  The twins, early Zuckerberg collaborators turned foes, give their take on The Social Network  —  “It's a little surreal,” says Cameron Winklevoss, standing outside the Sony (SNE) office building in midtown Manhattan with his twin brother, Tyler.
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.
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: webpronews.com and CNET News
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon.com's bookstore of the future: pay to preview content?  —  What will Amazon.com's bookstore of the future look like?  A newly granted Amazon patent hints that people may have to pay if they want to preview excerpts of a book before deciding whether to buy it.
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Saudi Arabians Will Soon Need A License To Blog  —  According to The Media Note, Saudi Information and Culture Ministry spokesman Abdul Rahman Al-Hazza announced last night Saudi time that all Saudi Arabian web publishers and online media, including blogs and forums, will need to be officially registered with the government.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Tinypic Restricts Photo Uploads To U.S., Users Up In Arms  —  Photobucket-owned image hosting service Tinypic just killed off its service to all international users.  According to reports users in countries other than US, UK, Canada and Australia are now seeing the above message.
 
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
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Discovery News:
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Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Analysts See Uptick in Russia-registered Spam Domains
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
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Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
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 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
‘Apple Peel’ Inventors in China Defend Device Turning IPods Into IPhones
Discussion: IntoMobile, Go Rumors and CNET News
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Instapaper Goes From Hobby to Start-Up
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Here it comes: ‘Super WiFi’
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Digg.com redesign alienates users
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Facebook Phone: All You Need To Know + New Details