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3:50 PM ET, October 6, 2010

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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Giving You More Control  —  The biggest problem in social networking is helping you easily interact with your friends and share information in lots of different contexts.  —  For example, you might want to share photos from a family vacation with just your family, send a video from a party …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook Now Allows You To “Download Your Information”  —  Whoah.  Until now there hasn't been a way to download info off of Facebook.  At today's Facebook event in Palo Alto, Mark Zuckerberg just announced a feature that allows users to port their data off of Facebook in a .zip file …
Discussion: Inside Facebook, Backupify and Geek.com
Daniel Chai / Facebook Blog:
New Groups: Stay Closer to Groups of People in Your Life  —  Facebook has always been a great place to share information with your friends and keep up with what they're doing.  What hasn't been as easy is sharing information with small groups of people.  —  My wife and I take tons of pictures …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Live From Today's Special Facebook Event  —  Watch live streaming video from facebookinnovations at livestream.com  —  I'm at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, where the social network has invited dozens of press to witness the launch of... something.  We've learned about at least …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Facebook's Zuckerberg: Yep, we were in lockdown
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches A Dashboard For Your Connected Apps
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Wall Street Journal:
Verizon to Get iPhone in Early 2011  —  Apple Inc. plans to begin mass producing a new iPhone by the end of 2010 that would allow Verizon Wireless to sell the smartphone early next year, said people briefed by Apple.  —  The new iPhone would be similar in design to the iPhone 4 currently sold …
Patrick Altoft / Blogstorm:
Google starts showing full page previews in search results  —  Google is today testing a major new layout to their search results - full page previews of the target site and blue backgrounds behind the search results when you hover over them.  Click the image below for a full size version.
Violet / techyum:
Official: vb.ly Link Shortener Seized by Libyan Government  —  It's official: the Libyan government has seized vb.ly.  This was done with no warning.  Despite the fact that vb.ly was a one-page link-shortening service, Nic.ly (the registry for .ly domain reseller registrar Libyan Spider) …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Trouble In Clever Domain Land: Bit.ly And Others Risk Losing Theirs Swift.ly  —  Bit.ly, HootSuite (with its Ow.ly service), Ad.ly and perhaps even Smel.ly could well be at risk of having their domain names sudden.ly taken away by the Libyan government.  —  Ben Metcalfe blogs …
Discussion: The Next Web, Gizmodo and Inc.com
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
HP to launch new webOS phones in early 2011  —  (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co will introduce smartphones in early 2011 using the webOS software it acquired through its $1.2 billion Palm buy earlier this year, a senior company official said on Wednesday.  —  “You will see us coming early next year …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Fan John Gruber: Windows Phone 7 “Really Nice” And Better Than Android  —  Hey, maybe Microsoft isn't screwed when it comes to mobile, after all.  —  Windows Phone 7, its forthcoming mobile phone platform, just got a rave review from Daring Fireball's John Gruber …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Nice Hobby!  Apple TV Reportedly Selling Out In Many Stores  —  It's nice if you can make a little money with your hobby, don't you think?  —  Apple (AAPL) seems to have a modest hit on its hands with the new Apple TV box.  JMP Research analyst Alex Gauna writes this morning that the device …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Live from the Logitech Google TV event!  —  3:05PM Logitech EVP of consumer products Junien Labrousse is thanking all of the Google TV partners.  “We saw a problem and an opportunity.”  —  3:04PM There's also a mic in front of the center channel speaker, which is interesting.  —  3:04PM And we're underway!
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Richard Lawler / Engadget:   Logitech Revue with Google TV details: $299 for keyboard, box …
Verizon:
Verizon Launches 4G LTE In 38 Major Metropolitan Areas By The End Of The Year  —  Verizon underscored its rapid deployment of the world's first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network today from the CTIA Enterprise & Applications™ 2010 conference.
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Sony's Google TV controller outed on ABC's Nightline (video)  —  Well, this is a bit unexpected.  We just happened to catch ABC Nightline's Google TV special, and lo and behold, there's a sneak preview of Sony's Google TV ad blitz... and with it, a never-before-s een controller.
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ABCNEWS:   Google TV: The Future of Interactive Television?
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
T-Mobile's Passes prepaid data plans leak out  —  We've been saying prepaid data plans are going to be the next big wave in mobile, and it looks like T-Mobile's getting on board — we were just sent this employee training sheet detailing the upcoming Passes plans.
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Twitter is not for sale says new CEO Dick Costolo  —  Dick Costolo, the newly appointed chief executive of Twitter, has told The Telegraph that he has no plans to sell the site, despite his record of selling start-ups to big players.  —  Costolo, prior to joining Twitter …
Erik Sherman / Wired In Blog| BNET:
Patent Makes Facebook Super Mayor of Mobile Location Networking  —  Early into a technology it is often possible to nail down broad patents that will make competitors weep.  Facebook may have done just that with location-based social networking.  A patent issued yesterday has broad claims …
Discussion: TechEye, VentureBeat, TechCrunch, Neowin.net and Adotas, Thanks:atul
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Is your private phone number on Facebook?  Probably.  And so are your friends'  —  Uploads from iPhones using the Facebook app will push all your contacts onto Facebook's servers - where they'll be matched against any and everyone.  Worried at all?  Update: Or how about a random Facebooker's number?
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Google, PayPal Set on Android Deal  —  Google has finally enlisted eBay's PayPal service and is preparing to launch the payment system on its Android Market later this month.  More on GOOG HP to Launch WebOS Phones in 2011RIM's Business Niche Under AttackGoogle TV Is the Start of Something Big …
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Motorola Droid Pro, first hands-on! (update: video!)  —  Motorola's BlackBerry?  The freshly-announced Moto Droid Pro's keyboard feels like it, to be sure, and after trying it out, we believed the Motorola rep who told us they tested comparable speeds of 37WPM in several focus groups.
Jason Magder / Montreal Gazette:
Quebec spammer must pay Facebook $1 billion  —  $200 U.S. each for 4,366,386 spam emails  —  More Images »  —  Montrealer Adam Guerbuez, dubbed The Facebook spammer, has been order to pay to pay $1,068,928,721,46, in Canadian funds which amounts to $100 U.S. in damages …
Adam Fusfeld / Silicon Alley Insider:
Accidental Tweet Breaks Huge NFL Story  —  ESPN's hugely popular columnist, “Sports Guy” Bill Simmons, accidentally tweeted “moss vikings” Tuesday afternoon, hours before NFL beat reporters ever released word of this morning's Randy Moss trade.  —  This is fascinating for two reasons:
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
W3C: Hold off on deploying HTML5 in websites  —  Despite the hype, the HTML5 specification isn't yet ready due to interoperability issues, a W3C official says  —  HTML5, which updates the HTML specification to accommodate modern Web applications, has gained a lot of adherents in vendors like Microsoft, Google, and Apple.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and MacDailyNews
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Apple TV and Roku Go Head-To-Head, Here's The Winner  —  What's better, the new Apple TV or the newly announced lineup of Roku boxes?  That's the question I keep getting asked now that both devices are in the market.  Over the past week, I've had the chance to use both the Apple TV …
Discussion: Fortune, Thanks:danrayburn
Wall Street Journal:
Motorola Co-CEO Open to Microsoft Software Despite Suit  —  The head of Motorola Inc.'s mobile-phone business said he is open to developing devices that run Microsoft Corp.'s new mobile operating system, despite the patent-infringement lawsuits the software giant recently filed against his company.
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Guardian:
Microsoft v Motorola - visually
 
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Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T launches Pantech Laser, thinnest, full-sliding keyboard phone
Discussion: Phone Arena and Electronista
AppleInsider:
Apple's MacBook Air supply dries up as rumors of new 11.6-inch model persist
Discussion: MacRumors, MacStories, Erictric and TUAW
NBC Universal:
CNBC'S THE FACEBOOK OBSESSION WILL PREMIERE JANUARY 6TH
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Citing relevance, Mozilla to include Bing in Firefox 4 search box
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft buys performance-monitoring vendor AviCode
Discussion: AVIcode, TechNet Blogs and TechCrunch, Thanks:rawmeet
 Earlier Items: 
Doogie Horner / Fast Company:
A Graphic Guide to Facebook Portraits
Thanks:noahr
Jim Wolf / Reuters:
Special report: The Pentagon's new cyber warriors
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
KISS frontman on P2P: “Sue everybody. Take their homes, their cars.”
Philip Winston / kmeme:
The Future of Google's Street View
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The $4 Million Line  —  I wrote about two startups today …
Discussion: broadstuff