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12:50 PM ET, September 30, 2010

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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Teardown reveals new Apple TV comes with 8GB flash storage  —  The new Apple TV no longer allows users to purchase and store content on the device, but Apple still managed to cram in 8GB of flash storage, as well as 256MB of integrated RAM.  The discovery was made by gadget repair site iFixit during …
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iFixit:
Apple TV 2nd Generation Teardown  —  After acquiring a small brown box during a daring heist this morning, we finally have the new Apple TV in our destructive mitts!  Will this be the device that changes the direction of Apple as we know it?  Tune in as we take apart the 2nd generation Apple TV.
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
Feature: There is no Plan B: why the IPv4-to-IPv6 transition will be ugly  —  Twenty years ago, the fastest Internet backbone links were 1.5Mbps.  Today we argue whether that's a fast enough minimum to connect home users.  In 1993, 1.3 million machines were connected to the Internet.
Discussion: Inquirer
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Elizabeth Montalbano / InformationWeek:
White House Sets IPv6 Transition Deadlines
Discussion: eWeek, ZDNet and The Register, Thanks:hornokplease
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Google's Mayer criticizes content “locked” inside Facebook  —  Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president of search and user experience, mostly dodged questions on-stage today about the company's future plans, including rumors of some sort of social networking service in the works.
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Square using social media stats for credit checks and fraud prevention  —  On stage just now at TechCrunch Disrupt, Keith Rabois, General Manager of Square, the little cube that plugs into an iPhone that can then be used to accept payments from any credit card, just made a very interesting statement.
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David Pogue / New York Times:
A Simple Swipe on a Phone, and You're Paid
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Some Android apps caught covertly sending GPS data to advertisers  —  The results of a study conducted by researchers from Duke University, Penn State University, and Intel Labs have revealed that a significant number of popular Android applications transmit private user data …
Discussion: TechEye, PC World and Daring Fireball
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Exclusive: Samsung Continuum for Verizon has double the displays, double the fun  —  The Fascinate's ride at the top of Sammy's Android lineup for Big Red might be a short one — a very short one.  Feast your eyes on this monster, said to be the rumored SCH-i400 Continuum …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Internet Tethering coming to iPad?  —  Although Steve Jobs told a Swedish DJ that internet tethering (iPhone's connection used for a WiFi iPad, in this case) wouldn't be coming to the iPad, beta 2 of iOS 4.2 for iPad tells a different story.  Hidden within the APN network settings on the iPad 3G …
Ben Serridge / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing the Google Phone Gallery  —  Here at Google, we're thrilled with the global adoption of Android and with the high quality of devices that are coming to market around the world.  Since there are so many great phones, we wanted to make the selection process a little easier for people who are in the market for a new one.
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Tech giants back Microsoft in changing patent litigation  —  An impressive list of industry heavyweights filed briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court today to back up Microsoft in its bid to change a central standard by which patent-infringement lawsuits are won and lost.
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JBC / Nokia Conversations:
Nokia N8 is shipping (photos)  —  SALO, Finland and BEIJING, China - The first Nokia N8 devices have left the factories in Finland and China and are now making their way around the world.  First recipients will be those who pre-ordered and with the highest ever pre-order for a Nokia device …
James Joaquin / Xmarks Blog:
Xmarks is Dead.  Long Live Xmarks?  —  First off, a big thanks to all of you that sent kudos and “Nooooooo's” in response to our shutdown announcement.  We take enormous pride in the sync service we worked so hard to create and it means a lot to hear how much our users love what we've built.
Discussion: The Next Web
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Major Meltdown at Yahoo as More Top Execs to Depart, Including U.S. Head Hilary Schneider  —  The executive turmoil at the very top of Yahoo continues, with the company poised to announce the resignations of three top execs, including U.S. head Hilary Schneider (pictured here), according to sources close to the situation.
Chris / Adventures in Capitalism:
Did Peter Thiel Make The Single Best Investment In History?  —  In 2005, Peter Thiel paid $500,000 for a 10% stake in Facebook.  —  Today, with Facebook's estimated value topping $33 billion, his stake is worth between $2-3 billion.  That's a 6,000x return on his capital in 5 years.
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Microsoft: Windows Live Spaces already dead, WordPress.com will only get 1% of 30M users  —  Windows Live Spaces' shutdown may not be a big win for WordPress.com, after all.  According to internal e-mail messages obtained by Betanews, Microsoft expects only about 1 percent of Windows Live Spaces bloggers to move to WordPress.com.
Ryan Nakashima / Associated Press:
IMDb turns 20 with a refreshed, video-full website  —  LOS ANGELES — IMDb.com, the website you go to in order to find out who acted in what film, no matter how obscure, turns 20 next month.  In addition to its extensive and unmatched database, the site was overhauled this week …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Is HDR photo capability waiting to bust out of your iPhone 3GS?  (YES!)  —  We already know Apple has a knack for throwing new features in with updates and today we discovered what looks like to be a future (or dropped?) iPhone 3GS feature.  We all know and love that slick HDR photo capability …
Christopher Beam / Slate:
The Other Social Network  —  It launched first.  It had cooler features.  Why did Columbia's Campus Network lose out to Harvard's Facebook?  In a parallel universe, there is a blockbuster movie coming out this weekend about a Web site that changed the world.  It's called The Social Network.
Graham Cluley / Graham Cluley's blog:
Inside Facebook security, and how to better protect your account  —  Facebook's Nick Bilogorskiy kicked off proceedings at the Virus Bulletin 2010 conference in Vancouver this morning, giving the social network's view on the scale of the cybercrime problem.  —  Bilogorskiy, who heads …
Discussion: Softpedia News and The Register
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Key Multiband Cellular Antenna Patent for MacBook +  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 17 granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  Amongst them are several major design patent wins pertaining to the original iPod touch and the all-metallic iMac …
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
No Microsoft Windows Tablets Until Mid-2011  —  It's not exactly unexpected news, but Microsoft Windows will not be on a tablet computer until the middle of 2011, says Jefferies analyst Katherine Egbert.  —  In other words, Microsoft is giving Apple a 1.5 year head start with the iPad.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Qwiki Wins TechCrunch Disrupt: Information Consumption To Be Disrupted  —  The votes have been tallied.  The judges have weighed in.  A battlefield of twenty-seven startups was whittled down to a final, elite group of seven.  And now the winner has been chosen: Qwiki has taken the top prize at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco.
Seesmic Blog:
Seesmic for iPhone Updates: Retina Display, Instapaper & Read it Later, Add to Twitter Lists, View Facebook Messages  —  We're happy to share with you the latest update for our popular Seesmic for iPhone application.  Here are a few highlights:  — Retina Display Compatible for iOS 4
Bruce Schneier / Schneier on Security:
Wiretapping the Internet  —  On Monday, The New York Times reported that President Obama will seek sweeping laws enabling law enforcement to more easily eavesdrop on the internet.  Technologies are changing, the administration argues, and modern digital systems aren't as easy to monitor as traditional telephones.
Discussion: FierceCIO News, @methodshop and The Register, Thanks:atul
 
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