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8:00 PM ET, September 2, 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 find friends on Facebook for Apple's new social music network called  —  According to sources familiar …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
iTunes Ping And Facebook Were Friends Yesterday.  And I'm Still Connected.  —  There seems to be some confusion out there right now about iTunes Ping, Apple's new music social network, and Facebook.  Some people seem to think it was never a part of iTunes, that Apple decided against connecting …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Ranking the digital living room barbarians: Netflix rules; Apple, Google others likely to struggle  —  Apple is trying again with Apple TV in an attempt to be the center of the digital living room.  The concept isn't new since Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Amazon and others are also targeting your living room.
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John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
Apple's trouble with TV
Discussion: Computerworld, PC World and TidBITS
Don MacAskill / SmugMug's Don MacAskill:
What the AppleTV should have been  —  tl;dr: The new AppleTV is a huge disappointment.
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.
Gizmodo:
Samsung's Galaxy Tab Runs Froyo, Has Flash and Measures 7-Inches  —  It was possibly the worst-kept secret in tablet-land (more so than the iPad), but the final specs have now been revealed for the Samsung Galaxy Tab.  It'll run Android 2.2 (Froyo) and comes in a 7-inch flavor—for now.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Tab preview  —  After a week of painful teasing, Samsung has come clean about its Galaxy Tab 7-inch Android tablet.  We got the nitty gritty specs, along with some quality time with the device, and we like what we're seeing on both fronts.  Follow along after the break …
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.
Leland Rechis / Twitter Blog:
Twitter for iPad: Sharing content in Tweets  —  People are increasingly sharing different types of information on Twitter.  For example, Tweets point to web pages, photos, videos, hashtags, people, check-ins, and more.  Exploring Tweets is a great way to discover new and interesting information.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Ping Averts Its Gaze: Apple's New Social Network Doesn't Really Want to Know Much About You  —  Steve Jobs says Ping is supposed to be a “social music discovery” service: You share your musical taste with friends and vice versa.  But if you really want to share, you're going to find it harder than you think.
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Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Why Ping May Be Bad News for Blippy: UPDATED
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Google responds to Steve Jobs' activation counting accusations  —  At the Apple Event today, Steve Jobs slipped some jabs Google's way but also lauded AppleTV's ability to play YouTube.  —  There is not much news for Google watchers at Apple events these days and what there is is usually bad.
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.
Agence France Presse:
Walkman outsells iPod in Japan for first time  —  TOKYO — In a rare victory for Sony over arch-rival Apple, the Walkman portable music player outsold the iPod in Japan in monthly sales for the first time in August, a survey showed Thursday.  —  Sony's share of the Japanese market …
Discussion: Digital Daily and MediaPost
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Twitter plans to record all links clicked  —  By the end of the year, Twitter expects to be recording and analyzing every link users click on when using its Web site or any of the thousands of third-party microblogging apps.  —  An e-mail announcement Wednesday night said “all users” …
James Ledbetter / Slate:
Why is everyone always writing off Netflix?  —  People who think and write about technology companies for a living are prone to be wrong now and again.  Try to find, for example, veteran analysts or journalists who haven't at some point made a claim about Apple that they didn't later regret.
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Apple and Google to clash in music space by Christmas  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc is in talks with music labels on plans for a download store and a digital song locker that would allow its mobile users to play songs wherever they are as it steps up its rivalry with Apple Inc, according to people familiar with the matter.
Vivian Lin Dufour / Yahoo! Search Blog:
Yahoo! Search Serves Suggestions Closer to You  —  We're making Search more intuitive by taking user context and applying it to the search experience.  Today we are introducing an enhanced Yahoo! Search Assist, providing suggestions geographically closer to you as you type your query.
Craig Newmark / Tech Life:
What I Should Have Said to CNN's Amber Lyon When She Ambushed Me  —  CNN's Amber Lyon has been crowing for weeks about scoring an ambush interview against me.  Boy, if she only knew that successfully ambushing me is about as big an accomplishment as stealing nuts from one of the birds or squirrels I like to Tweet about.
Michael Oryl / Mobile Burn:
Verizon offers unlimited and 25MB pre-paid data plans  —  Today Verizon Wireless introduced new 3G data plans for its pre-paid users.  Two plans are now available to pre-paid customers: a month of unlimited data for $30, or 25MB of data in a month for $10 (with $.20/MB overage charge).
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Facebook Adds Remote Log-Out Security Feature  —  Facebook on Thursday added a remote log-out feature that will allow users who accidentally left themselves logged in on a particular device to end those sessions from another location.  —  “Have you ever borrowed a friend's phone to use Facebook …
Ariel Schwartz / Fast Company:
Google's Eric Schmidt Shown as Perverter of Privacy on Times Square Jumbotron  —  Google's “Don't Be Evil” motto has become increasingly controversial in the past year as the Internet giant made private GMail contacts public with Google Buzz, collected personal information from Wi-Fi networks …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sharp shows off mobile prototype with 3D screen, 3D camera, and 3D output  —  We've seen enough home theater 3D already to be well and sick of it, but mobile 3D is still an upcoming sector, one which Sharp seems to be making a bid for.  It's showing off a mobile device prototype …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Roberto Baldwin / Mac|Life:
Apple Removes Ability to Create Ringtones from iTunes 10  —  While trying out the new iTunes today, we realized that we could no longer set the option to see if a track purchased from the iTunes store could be made into a ringtone within iTunes 10 for $.99.  —  In previous versions of iTunes …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Samsung says to focus on Android, bada software  —  (Reuters) - The world's second-largest cellphone maker, Samsung Electronics (005930.KS), has decided to use Google's (GOOG.O) Android as a key software platform for its smartphones alongside with its own new bada software, a company executive said.
 
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September Surprise: AOL Re-Ups and Expands Search Agreement With Google
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
(Not so) Crazy Microsoft Rumors: A new Zune HD?
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Reddit ‘excited’ about chance to eat Digg's lunch
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