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5:20 AM ET, October 7, 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, 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
Kurt / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Facebook Moves Closer to EFF Bill of Privacy Rights
Thanks:atul
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
What did Facebook really just announce?
Discussion: ClickZ and TechCrunch
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 …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Lockdown: An Interview With Mark Zuckerberg & Justin Shaffer …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
How Facebook Groups Integrates With Other Core Apps: News Feed, Events, Mobile
Discussion: TechCrunch
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Facebook does better than Twitter lists (they don't enforce a power law)
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Impeccable Timing Of The Verizon iPhone Rumors  —  The Verizon iPhone rumor is as old as the iPhone itself.  So whenever anyone trots it out, you take it with a grain of salt.  It's like The Beatles coming to iTunes.  It will happen eventually, but who knows when.
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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.
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 …
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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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Twitter Quietly Launched A New Search Backend Weeks Ago
Tom Krazit / Crave: The gadget blog:
Google plays coy on Google TV ads, data  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Two things Google ordinarily loves talking about, ads and data, were not on the agenda during its Google TV launch party.  Rishi Chandra, lead product manager for Google TV, deflected questions about whether Google intends to run …
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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Logitech Revue with Google TV details: $299; free iOS, Android apps …
Stan Medvedenko / Sony Insider:
Sizes And Pricing for Sony Google TV Family Leaked  —  Many of our readers out there are pretty excited about the Sony Google TV.  We've written about it nearly a dozen times and it's basically a television with an Intel processor and the ability to fully surf the web (including flash sites).
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.
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Mark Zuckerberg's Take on “The Social Network”  —  Despite previous statements that he had no plans to see The Social Network, Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg did, in fact, watch the film on the company's field trip to the movies last Friday.  —  I just wrapped up an interview …
David Pogue / New York Times:
TV's Future Has Arrived (Almost)  —  Americans used to gather in front of their TV sets on, say, Thursday at 8 p.m. and tune in to Channel 3.  The upside: the whole country had a common cultural bond.  —  The downside: everyone had to sit down Thursday at 8 p.m.
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 …
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Digg Tries To Bring Back Inactive Users From The Dead  —  It looks like Digg is trying to resurrect inactive users, according to an email sent to us by a reader.  Apparently Digg sent out the email to users in hopes of trying to get those who are inactive back to the site.  As the email states, “Come Alive On Digg.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Rolling Out New “Accordion” Search & Other Features  —  Yahoo is launching a number of search enhancements this evening that start to deliver on the UI innovation that the company has been promising since the Microsoft search deal was announced.  It's part of Yahoo's bid to remain relevant …
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:
DigiTimes:
Dual-OS to become a standard for Acer dual-core netbooks  —  Acer, at its new netbook launch press conference, noted that the company plans to adopt dual-operating systems (Windows 7 and Android) as one of the standard specifications for its future dual-core netbooks, according to sources from Acer.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Granted Patent on Check-ins, Don't Bet on Them Using it  —  “First!”  Facebook was awarded a broad patent on location based social networking today and observers wonder what it will mean to upstart innovators in the sector.  Erik Sherman caught the patent and reported on it over at CBS's BNet today.
 
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
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Discussion: MarketWatch and MacNN
Shane McGlaun / DailyTech:
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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Chip maker AMD not for sale, CEO says
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 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
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Discussion: SiliconANGLE
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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