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1:40 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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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Angelgate in a Nutshell  —  I was talking about Angelgate earlier today with an entepeneur (the new spelling) and we were talking about what a difference it makes that we don't know who was there when Mike Arrington walked in on the meetup of angels apparently colluding in an illegal fashion.
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.
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?
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 …
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.
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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.’
Ki Mae Heussner / ABCNEWS:
Facebook's Zuckerberg Shows Softer Side to Oprah  —  Facebook CEO Announces $100M Donation to Schools on “Oprah Winfrey Show”  —  Shedding his signature hooded sweatshirt and stoicism, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg showed off a softer side on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” today as he announced a $100 million gift to public schools.
Discussion: CNET News and Bloomberg
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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
Startup: Education  —  Education has always been important to me and my family.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and O'Reilly Radar
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Digits
 
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