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9:30 AM ET, September 3, 2010

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Facebook Blocked API Access to Ping After Failure to Strike Agreement, So Apple Removed Feature After Launch  —  It's not as mysterious as it seems, this mini-controversy about finding friends on Facebook for Apple's new social music network.  —  According to sources familiar …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Wants To Be In A Relationship With The Big Boys — They Want To Be Just Friends  —  Yesterday, Apple launched iTunes Ping, their new music social network.  Part of that launch was a very basic implementation of Facebook Connect, simply to hook in and find out which of your Facebook friends were also using Ping.
Discussion: Erictric, Engadget and BoomTown
Evan Williams / Twitter Blog:
The Evolving Ecosystem  —  Just over four months ago, at Chirp, our Twitter developer conference, I talked about how “Twitter is too hard” and what we're doing to address that.  —  One major area of difficulty I highlighted was getting Twitter on your phone.
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Apple's Ping succumbs to the spammers  —  New social network built inside iTunes fails to keep out the spammers, showing a curse of social media - even inside proprietorial walls  —  Apple chief Steve Jobs's trumpeting of the 160 million credit card holders on iTunes was a siren call to spammers.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Ping Averts Its Gaze: Apple's New Social Network Doesn't Really …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Hopeful Of 2010 Launch For iTunes Rival Despite Lack Of Signed Label Deals  —  We all know Google Music is coming, it's just a question of when - and what it'll look like, of course.  According to Reuters, Google hopes to launch the service as early as December 2010.
Discussion: p2pnet and Company Town
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Alex North / Google Wave Developer Blog:
Wave open source next steps: “Wave in a Box”  —  Since the announcement that we will discontinue development of Google Wave as a standalone product, many people have asked us about the future of the open source code and Wave federation protocol.  After spending some time on figuring out our next steps …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
iPod touch Is Close, But Still No Contract-Free iPhone  —  If you don't count the ol' iPod Classic, Apple completely revamped the iPod line yesterday at its annual music event.  The shuffle saw the return of buttons, while the nano is a miniature multi-touch marvel that can apparently double as a fancy watch in a pinch.
Discussion: Go Rumors and Boy Genius Report
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
YouTube Ads Turn Videos Into Revenue  —  SAN BRUNO, Calif. — Last month, a YouTube user, TomR35, uploaded a clip from the AMC series “Mad Men” in which Don Draper makes a heartfelt speech about the importance of nostalgia in advertising.  —  Viewers wouldn't notice, but that clip also makes …
Discussion: Bits, WatchingTV Online and GMSV
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Laptops Look Like Racecars — and Not in a Good Way  —  At a meeting with Advanced Micro Devices the other day, representatives talked to me about chip sets and clock speeds, of discrete graphics and die sizes.  But in passing, they mentioned an additional company initiative that really perked me up: laptop stickers.
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Ev Williams: Twitter Will Actually Help Information Overload  —  At its core, Twitter is a “recipient-driven medium,” said CEO Evan Williams in a public conversation tonight in San Francisco, Calif. What does that mean?  Williams, an unusually theoretical CEO, is happy to explain.
Discussion: Stowe Boyd
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
The Future Of Digg  —  An interview with Digg's VP of product, Keval Desai, about where Digg is now and where it's going.  —  Short of you hiding for the last week, you must know that Digg is undergoing massive change and turmoil.  The company launched their much anticipated redesign into a maelstrom of controversy.
Thanks:zee
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Digg Exec: Sorry About the Bugs, But Glad You Care!
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Is 4chan Turning Into Internet Good Guys?  —  4chan, the anarchic Internet messageboard, appears to be experiencing an identity crisis.  Whereas terror campaigns against tweens were once planned amid stomach-churning images, a strong streak of do-gooderism has taken hold.
Discussion: GigaOM
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nvidia's new graphics chips will give you laptops with long battery life and 3D  —  Nvidia is announced a new family of laptop graphics chips today that will balance good 3D performance and battery life.  The new Nvidia GeForce 400M series of graphics chips will be used in a number …
Peter Parkes / The Big Blog:
Make group video calls with up to 10 people with the new beta version of Skype for Windows  —  Today we've released an update to Skype for Windows.  The second beta of Skype 5.0 brings a number of changes both outside and in - most importantly, you can now make group video calls with up to 10 people.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter For iPhone Push Notifications Are Being Internally Tested; Rolling Out Soon  —  To many users, Twitter for iPhone (the artist formerly known as Tweetie) is perhaps the perfect Twitter client (though I'd argue that the new Twitter for iPad is right there with it).
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
In The Coming HTML5 Browser Wars, The Markup Should Remain The Same  —  On Monday, Google made a big splash with a customized Arcade Fire video page that showed off all the cool things HTML5 can do, from video, animations and 3D rendering to gorgeous fonts and choreographed windows.
Discussion: jd/adobe and The Social Path
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
BuzzFeed Opens Up Access to Its Viral Dashboard  —  BuzzFeed, which tracks online topics that have gone viral, is offering a version of the analytical dashboard it uses to monitor the spread of Internet “memes” to any website, brand or publisher that wants to track the popularity of their content.
Discussion: BuzzFeed Blog, Thanks:mathewi
Ben Adida / Benlog:
an unwarranted bashing of Twitter's oAuth  —  Ryan Paul over at ArsTechnica claims a compromise of Twitter's oAuth system, but fails to demonstrate such a compromise.  It's unfortunate, because some of his comments are indeed worthwhile, and there are a few interesting recommendations that Twitter should follow (hah, no pun intended).
Discussion: hueniverse and Ars Technica, Thanks:atul
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
HUGE: Facebook Testing New “Subscribe To” User Feature  —  Facebook is in the process of testing a new feature which lets you subscribe to all the actions of a specific user.  In other words, you can receive notifications anytime a specific user takes an action on Facebook.
Team Vox:
Vox is closing September 30, 2010  —  Vox has been a fun place to explore, create and connect with your friends.  But Vox is closing its doors on September 30, 2010.  —  This doesn't mean you have to say goodbye to your blog.  We want you to make sure you can keep the great content you've shared on Vox …
John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
Apple's trouble with TV  —  Apple TV has been a persistent loser from a company that usually only tolerates winners.  It's clear that Apple wants to do something “in the living room,” but damned if it can figure out exactly what that is.  Yesterday, Apple took another run at this thing, announcing an “all-new” Apple TV.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Fortune and Computerworld
 
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Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Ex-Googler Lee Backs China Companies to Foster Startup Culture
Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Asks Court to Protect Craigslist from Defamation Suit
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
AOL's Armstrong: Why We Went With Google
Discussion: Adotas
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
This Spam Infographic About Spam Infographics Makes My Head Hurt
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Erictric
Alex Howard / O'Reilly Radar:
FCC.gov poised for an overdue overhaul
Discussion: SiliconANGLE, Music Ally and Ars Technica, Thanks:digiphile
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sharp shows off mobile prototype with 3D screen, 3D camera, and 3D output
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Raphael G. Satter / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Inquirer, Digital Trends and Reuters
Vivian Lin Dufour / Yahoo! Search Blog:
Yahoo! Search Serves Suggestions Closer to You
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Walkman outsells iPod in Japan for first time
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