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11:20 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
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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Umair Haque, Thanks:atul
Derek Andersen:
Can we trust Michael Arrington? (AngelGate)
Discussion: DailyFinance and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:alexia
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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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
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.’
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Fast Company, Gearlog and Ubergizmo
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 …
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Review: Nav9 Windows 7 Tablet  —  Short version: It's a Windows 7 Tablet, and if that makes you laugh derisively, then the product isn't for you.  It's a decent netbook replacement, bringing its own advantages and disadvantages to the table, and while you may (rightly) mock its usability, you can't deny its versatility.
Discussion: Liliputing and TechCrunch
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 …
Associated Press:
Target to start carrying iPad in October  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. says it will begin carrying four models of Apple Inc.'s iPad, starting at $499.  —  The nation's second-largest discount chain says it will start selling touchscreen tablet computer Oct. 3.
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.
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 …
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
David / TmoNews:
Want Nine Minutes Of The Galaxy Tab On Video?  You're In Luck!  —  Samsung's Galaxy Tab will likely be a huge holiday hit for Android lovers and newfound tablet fans everywhere when it drops later this year.  Until then, Samsung keeps rolling out videos to keep you entertained and informed on what exactly this baby can do.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
T-Mobile G2 pre-orders go live for current customers, available to all on October 6  —  Just as promised, T-Mobile has started offering its subscribers that “exclusive access” to early G2 pre-orders.  There have been a couple of early hiccups with the pre-order page for that select group …
Andrew Breen / Medialets:
Introducing Medialets Adaptables  —  It's always been Medialets' mission to enable the industry's most compelling rich media creatives, and as such we've developed cutting-edge ad formats that have enabled mobile's highest-impact campaigns.  Today, we're taking creativity to a new level …
 
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Tinypic Restricts Photo Uploads To U.S., Users Up In Arms
Gene Weingarten / Washington Post:
I hate Facebook sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much. . .
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon.com's bookstore of the future: pay to preview content?
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Facebook: At the Movies with the Winklevosses
Discussion: Fortune and Wall Street Journal
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Backstage at Apple's Ping Launch, No Record Labels Allowed
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Keith Dsouza / Techie Buzz:
Hotmail Adds Package Tracking, Facebook Chat, Sub Folders and More
Discussion: The Register, WMExperts and V3.co.uk
Reed Hastings / The Official Netflix Blog:
Apologies  —  My Big American Foot is in my mouth.
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Starbucks' New Portal Was Designed With Mobile in Mind
Discussion: MacRumors, Thanks:oryankim
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring shrunken audio jacks for even smaller iPods
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Schmidt: Forcing Carriers To Provide “Clean” …
Discussion: Open Source Blog and Edible Apple
Bloomberg:
‘Apple Peel’ Inventors in China Defend Device Turning IPods Into IPhones
Discussion: IntoMobile
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Instapaper Goes From Hobby to Start-Up
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Here it comes: ‘Super WiFi’