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10:00 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: Datamation, ClickZ and SFGate
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Facebook's Zuckerberg: Yep, we were in lockdown
Discussion: TechCrunch and MWD Tech News
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Readies Verizon iPhone  —  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 …
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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Tom Krazit / Crave: The gadget blog:
Google plays coy on Google TV ads, data  —  Someday, Google might put ads on the Google TV interface, but for now, it plans to keep things clean.  —  (Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Two things Google ordinarily loves talking about, ads and data, were not on the agenda during its Google TV launch party.
Discussion: ClickZ and techrockies.com
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, Gizmodo and Inc.com
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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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.
Michibusch / The Twitter Engineering Blog:
Twitter's New Search Architecture  —  If we have done a good job then most of you shouldn't have noticed that we launched a new backend for search on twitter.com during the last few weeks!  One of our main goals, but also biggest challenges, was a smooth switch from the old architecture to the new one …
Discussion: TechCrunch, ReadWriteWeb and The Next Web, Thanks:atul
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Twitter Quietly Launched A New Search Backend Weeks Ago
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
 
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Walter S. Mossberg / All Things Digital:
Ford Drives Digital Dashboards to Next Level [Personal Technology]
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
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Check In With Google Latitude, Even At Your Desktop
Shane McGlaun / DailyTech:
New Screen Breakthrough Combines Best of Tablet and eReader Screen Tech
Discussion: Gizmodo
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: 
Foursquare Blog:
Quite the way to celebrate our 200 millionth check-in
Discussion: CNN, VatorNews and TechCrunch
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
W3C: Hold off on deploying HTML5 in websites
Discussion: TiPb and MacDailyNews
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Twitter is not for sale says new CEO Dick Costolo
Jason Magder / Montreal Gazette:
Quebec spammer must pay Facebook $1 billion
Discussion: CANOE, Pulse2, PC World, Gizmodo and Techdirt
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
T-Mobile's Passes prepaid data plans leak out