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10:50 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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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 …
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, but at today's Facebook event in Palo Alto, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a feature that allows users to port their data from Facebook in a .zip file …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches A Dashboard For Your Connected Apps  —  Today, at Facebook's product announcement, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a new dashboard for users that will allow Facebook members to see how many sites and applications they've allowed to access their personal data through the network and Facebook Connect.
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
What did Facebook really just announce?  —  Today, Facebook rolled out what's arguably one of the most complicated product updates it's made in its short history, a series of new features and revamps to existing ones that aren't directly connected to one another, but which have a central aim …
Discussion: ClickZ, Datamation and TechCrunch
Kurt / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Facebook Moves Closer to EFF Bill of Privacy Rights
Thanks:atul
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Facebook's Zuckerberg: Yep, we were in lockdown
Discussion: TechCrunch and PC World
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Readies Verizon iPhone  —  Apple Inc. is making a version of its iPhone that Verizon Wireless will sell early next year, according to people familiar with the matter, ending an exclusive deal with AT&T and sharpening the competition with Google Inc.-based phones.
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.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Logitech Revue with Google TV details: $299; free iOS, Android apps, accessories are extra  —  Logitech's big Google TV reveal is still ongoing, but the product page is live and allowing for preorders of the $299 package ($179 if you're on Dish Network) set to ship by the end of this month.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Twitter Hits 1 Billion Queries Per Day, Announces New Search Tech  —  If Twitter were like an old-style McDonald's, the sign outside would have changed to “1 Billion Queries Served” today.  And to keep serving up those queries to humans and machines alike, Twitter is now using a new underlying search technology.
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Michibusch / The Twitter Engineering Blog:
Twitter's New Search Architecture
Discussion: TechCrunch, The Next Web and ReadWriteCloud, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Twitter Quietly Launched A New Search Backend Weeks Ago
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
Discussion: The Next Web, Inc.com and Gizmodo
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.
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Windows Phone 7 Will Flounder, Gartner Predicts  —  Microsoft's new mobile OS will only provide a slight, temporarily boost to the company's meager mobile OS market share, according to research firm.  —  Microsoft's introduction of Windows Phone 7, set to be formally introduced next week …
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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 …
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 …
Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Facebook's Fundamental Flaw, And Why Its New Groups Misses The Mark  —  Facebook announced a new version of its Groups features at a press event on Wednesday.  The company is attempting to address a fundamental problem to its service: the lack of ability to share information and content with only a subset of one's entire friend list.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Facebook does better than Twitter lists (they don't enforce a power law)
Sachin Agarwal / Sachin's Posterous:
Groupon daily emails and RSS feeds, a lesson in nagging and timing  —  I'm hooked on Groupon.  In the past year, I have purchased dozens of deals for restaurants, cruises, a dentist, and all sorts of random stuff.  The discounts are incredible.  —  There are two main components to their site:
AppleInsider:
Apple's MacBook Air supply dries up as rumors of new 11.6-inch model persist  —  Exclusive: Supplies of Apple's MacBook Air have dried up throughout the company's indirect sales channels, fueling rumors that a significant makeover to the lightweight notebooks is fast approaching.
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 …
 
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Fred Wilson on AngelGate and Where the Web Is Going
Thanks:baznet
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple settles backdating class-action lawsuit for $16.5m
Discussion: MarketWatch, Bloomberg and MacNN
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PayPal To Launch Micropayments Product At Developer Conference
Shane McGlaun / DailyTech:
New Screen Breakthrough Combines Best of Tablet and eReader Screen Tech
Discussion: Gizmodo and Liliputing
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Is Microsoft betting on Media Center to save its Windows slate bacon?
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Chip maker AMD not for sale, CEO says
Discussion: VentureBeat and Macsimum News
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
W3C: Hold off on deploying HTML5 in websites
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Twitter is not for sale says new CEO Dick Costolo
Jason Magder / Montreal Gazette:
Quebec spammer must pay Facebook $1 billion