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3:10 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: GMSV, 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.
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.  —  Dell To Launch Second Tablet  —  Chief Executive Michael Dell showed off a prototype of the 7-inch tablet at Oracle OpenWorld, but did not offer details.
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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?
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.
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 …
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Eric Schmidt: Forget Apple, Facebook, Bing's Our Biggest Problem  —  Eric Schmidt says Microsoft, not Apple or Facebook, is the biggest rival Google has right now.  —  “Bing is a well run, highly competitive search engine,” Schmidt tells the WSJ's Alan Murray in a long interview.
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Extends Its Search Deal With Apple
Discussion: Business Week
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
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.’
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: Computerworld and TechCrunch
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Ki Mae Heussner / ABCNEWS:
Facebook's Zuckerberg Shows Softer Side to Oprah
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
Windows Phone 7 will not be able to tether after all  —  In an interview on TWiT podcast Windows Weekly, Director of Windows Phone 7 Brandon Watson indicated that his company's new mobile operating system would have the ability to tether; it would just be up to carriers to allow it.
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Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
Will Nokia build Windows phones?
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.
Nick Douglas / The Awl:
The Rise of Reddit: 4chan and Digg Get the Credit While Reddit Booms  —  Of the three main drivers of internet culture—blogs, social networking sites and forums—most people in the media and in the general Internet-using public only understand two.  Blogs work in a very obvious way: they're like magazines or newspapers, but light.
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 …
Lorraine Twohill / The Official Google Blog:
$10 million for Project 10^100 winners  —  Two years ago today, we began Project 10^100 by asking you to share your ideas for changing the world by helping as many people as possible.  Your spirit and participation surpassed even our most optimistic expectations.
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.
Tim Carmody / Gadget Lab:
Scrabble Is First Paid Game/App for Kindle  —  Screenshot of My Kindle, Getting Beat By the Computer - Image: Tim Carmody  —  This might be the happiest chapter in Scrabble's short digital history: Electronic Arts has released an official version of Scrabble for Kindle.
 
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Charles Fitzgerald / Platformonomics:
The Hole in Android and Google's Double Pony Problem
Discussion: Know Your Cell, Thanks:rawmeet
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Apple Leaves Another ‘Autocomplete’ Privacy Bug In Safari Unfixed
Discussion: MacRumors and Jeremiah Grossman, Thanks:ducinaltumus
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The State of YouTube Mobile: Viewing up 160%, Operator Partnerships Sought
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Hulu backer/Apple antagonist Zucker leaving NBC
AppleInsider:
Apple readying production of smaller, lighter 11.6-inch MacBook Airs?
Jonathan Allen / Search Engine Watch:
Propeller.com Spinning to a Stop
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Mashable!
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
If Yahoo Goes Private And Bartz Is Fired, Quora Wins
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Review: Nav9 Windows 7 Tablet
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
T-Mobile G2 pre-orders go live for current customers, available to all on October 6
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Firmware, forums, and desperation — the dark side of Android hacking
Discussion: Android Phones …
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. . .
Pascal Finette / Mozilla Labs:
Concept Series: Seabird - A Community-driven Mobile Phone Concept
 

 
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Tom Friend / Sports Business Journal:
Sources: the NBA is formalizing deals with Disney, NBC, and Amazon, which may prompt WBD to sue; ESPN may pay $2.8B annually, NBC $2.6B, and Amazon $1.8B to $2B

Max Tani / @maxwelltani:
[Thread] In a meeting, Washington Post CEO Will Lewis told staff that the paper lost $77M over the past year, and saw a 50% drop off in audience since 2020

Wall Street Journal:
As TV audiences get older, media executives are focusing more on the mass-market reach of TV, and playing down the importance of age for advertisers

 
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