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10:05 AM 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.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Apple TV review (2010)
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.
Discussion: TechEye and Download Squad
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.
David Pogue / New York Times:
A Simple Swipe on a Phone, and You're Paid  —  It's always thrilling when somebody looks at the Way Things Have Always Been Done, and then asks: Why?  —  And then goes on to change the world forever.  —  1967: Why is it necessary to wait in line for a human teller if all you want to do is withdraw cash?
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Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Square using social media stats for credit checks and fraud prevention
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:chadcat
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.
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 …
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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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.
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.
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.
Discussion: ZDNet, TechCrunch, Neowin.net and Guardian
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.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
The Big Switch to Internet TV & How Clicker Aims to be Your TV Guide  —  Television is one of the biggest markets in entertainment, but it is at the early stages of a huge shift online.  While most people still watch TV through cable and via traditional linear programming …
Thanks:rawmeet
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: The Register
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Marissa Mayer: Orkut's U.S. Failure Was Due To Slow Performance After Fast Growth  —  Today at our TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, Google's Marissa Mayer took the stage to talk a bit with our own Michael Arrington.  After she revealed a couple new Google Instant features, she went right into another topic: social.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: Guardian, Helloform and PC World
 
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
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Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
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Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
webOS surpasses 5,000 apps
Discussion: PhoneDog.com, Erictric and MobileCrunch
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
When Google Wanted To Sell To Excite For Under $1 Million — And They Passed
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Deleted Facebook and MySpace Posts Are Discoverable—Romano v. Steelcase
Discussion: Metropolis and The Register
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
The 4chan porn leak: First of many?