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1:10 AM ET, September 30, 2010

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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.
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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 …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Apple TV review (2010)  —  You've been waiting, and it's finally here: the Apple TV review.  Months before Steve Jobs announced the new set top box at Apple's annual fall event, we had been reporting on news that the company would strike out again into the TV market, offering a small …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Michael Arrington's Road To Millions  —  Earlier this week, AOL snapped up TechCrunch, a technology blog network started by former attorney Michael Arrington for an undisclosed amount of money.  The final price is said to be somewhere between $25 million to $60 million.
Discussion: Helloform, PC World, Inc.com and Guardian
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.
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.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Kevin Rose: Digg Turned Down $80 Million Acquisition Offer  —  At TechCrunch's Disrupt conference, Digg's founder Kevin Rose presented a very candid view of the current state of Digg during an interview with TechCrunch founder Mike Arrington.  Rose admitted that he and the rest of the team made mistakes when they launched Digg v4.
Discussion: Erictric, TechCrunch and VentureBeat
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat, The Next Web, AppScout and Soup
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.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's Why Google Needs To Buy Twitter Immediately  —  Angel investor Dave McClure pointed out yesterday what is obvious to everyone but Google: Google needs to buy Twitter immediately.  —  We've been urging Google to buy Twitter for more than 18 months now, and it would have cost the company …
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.
Discussion: LAW.com
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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Supports Microsoft in Seeking to Make it Easier to Invalidate Patents
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi Pooh-poohs Google Instant  —  A top Microsoft official dismissed as conceptually misguided the new Instant feature that lets Google's search engine refresh search results on the fly while people type queries.  —  Yusuf Mehdi, who as senior vice president …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Facebook's Sandberg: In The Future, All Media Will Be Personalized  —  There will always be a place for mass marketing, but in the next three- to five years, a website that isn't tailored to a specific user's interest will be an anachronism, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg told Arianna Huffington at the latter's Advertising Week event.
Wiltse Carpenter / Gmail Blog:
Turn off Gmail's conversation view  —  The way Gmail organizes mail into conversations is like cilantro.  You either love it — and, like me, enjoy the nice citrusy, herbal finish it gives to everything from salsa to curry — or you hate it.  And those of you who hate it hate it enough …
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JR Raphael's blog:
Google's unthreaded Gmail won't work on your cell phone
Discussion: Technologizer
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
When Google Wanted To Sell To Excite For Under $1 Million — And They Passed  —  On stage today at our TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, Vinod Khosla, the founder of Khosla Ventures, recalled a story from the days when he backed Excite, one of the original Internet portals.
Discussion: NBC Bay Area, Fortune and Geek.com
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
You'll Be Able To Deposit Checks To PayPal Via Mobile Pictures In The Next Day Or So  —  Last month, we noted that PayPal would soon launch a new version of their iPhone app that would be more check-friendly.  That app should be released in the next day or so, PayPal's Laura Chambers revealed …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Instant Gets Even More Instant With More Features And New Countries  —  Today at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, Google's Marissa Mayer took the stage to talk with our own Michael Arrington.  But before her talk she had a couple new things to announce.
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Deleted Facebook and MySpace Posts Are Discoverable—Romano v. Steelcase  —  On my personal blog, I have repeatedly blogged about plaintiffs who tell one story in court only to have that story undone by their postings to social networking sites.  See, e.g., Sedie v. US, People v. Franco …
Discussion: Metropolis and The Register
Internet Society:
What Will The Internet Look Like In 10 Years?  —  What Will The Internet Look Like In 10 Years?  —  The Internet Society engaged in a scenario planning exercise to reveal plausible courses of events that could impact the health of the Internet in the future.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
The 4chan porn leak: First of many?  —  The Web probably looks a lot less anonymous and private to the thousands of people whose identities were posted to the Internet this weekend alongside the names of the pornographic films they are accused of downloading.
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Tango Brings a New Face to Mobile Video Calls  —  There is nothing new about video chatting on computers, where people commonly use Skype and other services to keep in touch visually.  But the function is just getting started on mobile phones, at least in the U.S. The biggest name …
Discussion: App Advice
Mark Sigal / O'Reilly Radar:
Apple's segmentation strategy, and the folly of conventional wisdom  —  There is a myth, more of a meme actually, about the ‘inevitability’ of commoditization.  It is a view of the world that sees things linearly, in terms of singularities, and the so-called “one right path.”
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Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
Web Tastes Freedom Inside Syria, and It's Bitter  —  DAMASCUS, Syria — Earlier this month, a graphic video of teachers beating their young students appeared on Facebook.  Although Facebook is officially banned here, the video quickly went viral, with Syrian bloggers stoking public anger until …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Groupon Launches $60,000 Grouspawn Scholarship And Dating Service  —  Daily deals site Groupon has chosen TCDisrupt to launch Grouspawn, their latest publicity stunt and exercise in strange company culture.  Groupon CEO Andrew Mason has decided that as the company expands …
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
The Browser Gets Fragmented  —  Browser manufacturers are finally really competing with each other.  But is that good for users?  —  For a long time, Microsoft's Internet Explorer was the undisputed winner of the browser wars because it was the default choice on Windows computers …
 
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David Pogue / New York Times:
A Simple Swipe on a Phone, and You're Paid
Discussion: The Next Web
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Says “Likers” Click Links To External Websites 5.4x More
Discussion: Facebook, TechCrunch and Mashable!
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Twitter Shuts Out Political Advertisers, For Now
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Redbeacon brings its service listings to any website
Discussion: TechCrunch
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
webOS surpasses 5,000 apps
Discussion: Erictric, PhoneDog.com and MobileCrunch
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Waxman says net neutrality bill dead, FCC should assert regulatory authority
Discussion: DSLreports and Hillicon Valley
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
IAC Boss Barry Diller Disses Ask, Says It Has “No Value”
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Coming soon: hardware accelerated Firefox on Mac
Discussion: Download Squad and Crave
James Ledbetter / Slate:
The strange but inevitable rise of e-reader pornography.
Discussion: broadstuff
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Unix's Revenge  —  With QNX now firmly roadmapped at RIM …
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
New Kobo eReader gets wireless connection, faster processor, pretty colors