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4:00 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 …
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
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
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 …
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Zuckerberg Says He Wanted To Donate $100 Million Anonymously
Ki Mae Heussner / ABCNEWS:
Facebook's Zuckerberg Shows Softer Side to Oprah
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.’
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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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.
Ben Blumenfeld / Facebook Blog:
Discover Facebook Pages  —  A couple of months ago I found myself online, browsing for movies to rent.  There are lots of tools to find new movies or rediscover old ones.  As I poked around, I thought, “People should really be able to do this with Pages on Facebook!”
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 …
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 …
Charles Fitzgerald / Platformonomics:
The Hole in Android and Google's Double Pony Problem  —  Android is on fire and Gartner predicts it will be the number two mobile operating system worldwide this year, surpassing Apple and RIMM, but behind the seemingly immortal Symbian.  Google embraced the ubiquity strategy and it is working.
Discussion: Know Your Cell, Thanks:rawmeet
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.
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.
John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:
Target Confirms They Will Start Selling The iPad In Store On October 3rd  —  After a long period of scuttlebutt, the Associate Press is now reporting that Target will start selling Apple's iPad.  —  Starting October 3rd, Target stores around the country will stock all three versions of the WiFi-only iPad …
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
 
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
More TV Executives Weigh In on 99-Cent TV Show Rentals: Viacom Out, CBS on the Fence
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
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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. . .
Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
Will Nokia build Windows phones?