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12:45 PM 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 and Derek Andersen
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The secret hell of tech industry angel investors  —  Damn, the secret hell of angel investors in San Francisco has come to all of our attention over at Techcrunch.  Mike Arrington started out the week reporting that there was a secret meeting of 10 angel investors who met over dinner.  All well and good.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:   Angelgate in a Nutshell  —  I was talking about Angelgate earlier today …
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Facebook Blames Outage On Database Failure  —  Programming chief says lengthy downtime was traced to an automated system designed to detect and fix error conditions.  —  Facebook officials said the lengthy outage that hit the site Thursday was the result of a glitch in the social media network's database software.
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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.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
How Facebook fixed the site: they turned it off and on again  —  An unusual database problem at the giant social networking site could only be cured by taking the sort of action you normally take with a misbehaving PC … Ever been on the phone to IT support and they told you to turn it off and then on again, and that sorts it out?
Frederic / NewsGrange:
The Microsoft Tanker Has Turned and You Ignore it at Your Own Peril  —  Whenever I hear people discussing Microsoft, it usually doesn't take long before somebody mentions that the Redmond-based giant is like a huge oil tanker.  It takes a while to turn such a huge company around and get it back on track.
Thanks:rawmeet
Associated Press:
Target to start carrying iPad in October  —  Target to start carrying iPad in October; plans to sell 4 models  —  Related Quotes  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target Corp. says it will begin carrying four models of Apple Inc.'s iPad, starting at $499.  —  The nation's second-largest discount chain …
AppleInsider:
Apple issuing refunds for Apple TV rush orders, citing delay  —  Some customers who paid Apple for expedited shipping on the soon-to-ship Apple TV are receiving emails from the company Thursday informing them that those shipping charges have been waived due to a possible ‘delay.’
Electronista:
Netflix gets deal to stream previous season NBC TV shows  —  Netflix and NBC today announced a new content deal that will give Netflix members access to a range of previous season cable and broadcast TV series.  Starting next week, shows on will include Saturday Night Live as well as prior season …
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Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Netflix May Launch Streaming-Only Plan in the U.S.
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.
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
If Yahoo Goes Private And Bartz Is Fired, Quora Wins  —  My love affair with Quora continues.  I simply can't think of another site where so much useful information is being organized so rapidly in one place.  You've got experts fielding anonymous questions.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Working on the Next Wave of Digital Camera Technologies  —  Apple finally introduced a camera system with their latest iPod touch which was released earlier this month and they're already preparing for their next wave of advanced camera technology releases.
Bloomberg:
Oracle Plans to Acquire Chipmakers, Industry-Specific Software  —  Oracle Corp., building on a run of more than 65 acquisitions during the past five years, is looking to purchase semiconductor companies and makers of industry- specific software, Chief Executive Officer Larry Ellison said.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
YouTube Instant Creator Accepts Job At YouTube  —  Stanford computer science student Feross Aboukhadijeh is celebrating two milestones this week, his YouTube Instant site hitting one million vistors in ten days as well as a new job, having accepted Chad Hurley's job offer over Twitter shortly …
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
Startup: Education  —  Education has always been important to me and my family.  Growing up, my parents emphasized the importance of learning and academic success.  They both worked to make sure my three sisters and I could all go to good colleges.  My grandmother was a teacher …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Tim Ferrill / WMExperts:
Director of Windows Phone 7 Confirms Tethering Support  —  Following on the heels of the rumors last week regarding tethering support, Microsoft's Director for Windows Phone 7 (Brandon Watson) announced on the Windows Weekly Podcast (at 1:05:40) that tethering will be supported at launch …
Milo Yiannopoulos / Telegraph:
Loïc Le Meur, Microsoft and the sound of wedding bells  —  The French entrepreneur is lavishing praise on Microsoft  —  Loïc Le Meur is charming, and very intense.  It can be unnerving at first.  But when you start him off on a subject he's passionate about …
AppleInsider:
Apple readying production of smaller, lighter 11.6-inch MacBook Airs?  —  Apple is destined to revamp its super-slim, but soft-selling MacBook Air as early as this fall, wrapping the new model around an LED-backlit display that's nearly two inches smaller than the model available today, according to sources in Taiwan.
Jonathan Allen / Search Engine Watch:
Propeller.com Spinning to a Stop  —  Social news site and once pretender to the Digg throne, Propeller, announced today that they are shutting down.  —  Propeller was the new name for NetScape's social news experiment, a project which first emerged out of AOL as the killer app for the Netscape portal …
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
Discussion: Android Phones …
 
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Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Review: Nav9 Windows 7 Tablet
Discussion: Liliputing and TechCrunch
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
T-Mobile G2 pre-orders go live for current customers, available to all on October 6
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Tinypic Restricts Photo Uploads To U.S., Users Up In Arms
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Saudi Arabians Will Soon Need A License To Blog
Discussion: Fast Company, Gearlog and Ubergizmo
Gene Weingarten / Washington Post:
I hate Facebook sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much. . .
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon.com's bookstore of the future: pay to preview content?
 Earlier Items: 
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Facebook: At the Movies with the Winklevosses
Discussion: Fortune and Wall Street Journal
Reed Hastings / The Official Netflix Blog:
Apologies  —  My Big American Foot is in my mouth.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring shrunken audio jacks for even smaller iPods