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10:45 PM ET, September 3, 2010

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Tom Neumayr / Apple:
Ping Users Top One Million in First 48 Hours  —  Apple® today announced that in less than 48 hours since its launch on Wednesday, more than one million users have joined Ping, its new social network for music which lets users follow their favorite artists and friends to discover …
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Chester Wisniewski / Chester Wisniewski's Blog:
Apple gets Ping'd with comment spam - They didn't see this coming?  —  Most of the security industry has been pointing out the migration of spam from an email-only venture to blog/forum comments, Facebook, Twitter and other Web 2.0 platforms.  But apparently Apple didn't consider this when designing Ping …
Mike Yang / The Official Google Blog:
Trimming our privacy policies  —  Long, complicated and lawyerly—that's what most people think about privacy policies, and for good reason.  Even taking into account that they're legal documents, most privacy policies are still too hard to understand.  —  So we're simplifying and updating Google's privacy policies.
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Agence France Presse:
Google to pay 8.5 million dollars to settle Buzz case  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Google has agreed to pay 8.5 million dollars (US) to settle a privacy lawsuit over a Buzz social networking tool added to free email service Gmail in February, according to court documents.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and VentureBeat
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google To Update, Shorten And De-Jargon Privacy Policies - Here's What's Changing
Discussion: Google
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
BREAKING: Facebook Now Displaying All Liked News Articles In Search Results  —  Another big upgrade from Facebook: the company is currently testing search results which display articles ranked by likes.  Additionally, the results for searches now shows the results from all around the web based on two things …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Announces Can't Be Missed Press Event On Search - What's Up?  —  Google's announced a special press event for next Wednesday on search that “you won't want to miss.” What big news could there be?  Let's speculate — but I wouldn't get too excited.  —  Here's what the invite says:
Discussion: Electronista
Google Public Policy Blog:
Texas inquires on our approach to competition  —  We've always worked hard to ensure that our success is earned the right way — by building great products, not locking in our users or advertisers.  That said, we recognize that as Google grows, we're going to face more questions about how our business works.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Texas Attorney General Investigating Google & Antitrust Issues  —  Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is conducting an investigation into Google's business practices as they relate to search listings, in particular whether Google is manipulating its paid and editorial results in a way that violates antitrust laws.
Discussion: The Register and CNET News, Thanks:atul
Adam Dachis / Lifehacker:
iPhone 3G Speed Test: iOS 4.0 versus iOS 4.1  —  iOS 4.0 was so slow on our 3G, we promptly downgraded after updating.  Earlier this week, Apple announced, among other things, that iOS 4.1 fixed performance on the iPhone 3G.  We put their claim to the test.
Kamau High / Speakeasy:
Controversial ‘Duke Nukem Forever’ Will Finally Be Released … “Duke Nukem Forever,” a video game synonymous with never being released, is finally being released.  —  The first person shooter about a space marine with a penchant for off-color humor who battles aliens with increasingly destructive weapons …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Digg's Decline, Illustrated  —  Why does Digg have a new design and a new CEO?  Here's one answer, via a handy chart.  —  This one comes from Christopher Mascari, a Gawker Media marketing guy, and it illustrates the blog network's traffic from social media sites.
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
BUSTED: Anti-Google Privacy Group Consumer Watchdog Is Tracking Your Clicks With Google Analytics  —  How's this for a little hypocrisy?  —  Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit advocacy group and vocal Google critic, has been a promoting a video that lampoons Google's privacy practices by depicting …
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Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
In Defense of Google, Or Why Consumer Watchdog is Full of It
Discussion: GMSV, Thanks:rawmeet
Therese Poletti / Wall Street Journal:
New York's Tech Start-Up Scene Comes of Age  —  Just stop calling it ‘Silicon Alley’  —  In the late 1990s, as Silicon Valley's tech industry headed into boom-land, so too did New York City.  —  A slew of startups formed, many focused on “new media,” or advertising on the Internet.
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Twitter: 300,000 apps, but none of them matter  —  Twitter CEO Ev Williams posted a blog entry Thursday with an update on the microblogging service's usage, which continues to grow sharply.  More interesting than the numbers, though, was the message written between the lines …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
iOS browsing is bigger than Android (6x) and Linux says NetApps  —  Apple's iOS has become the third most popular platform on the Internet with marketshare that's nealry six times larger than Android.  Indeed, iOS is bigger than Linux, says Net Applications.
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Matthew Moskovciak / Crave:
Apple TV isn't 1080p and you shouldn't care  —  The refreshed Apple TV sports a new design, Netflix streaming, and low price, but like the old model, Apple's streaming video box is still limited to 720p content.  While that means the Apple TV loses the spec war to competitors like the Xbox 360 and Vudu …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
See, YouTube ads can be awesome: A hunter shoots a bear  —  Nice timing.  Just a few hours after The New York Times reported that YouTube's ad revenues have grown to the point that the Google-owned video site will be profitable this year, I spotted a video that demonstrates some of YouTube's potential as an advertising platform.
Discussion: Fortune and SocialTimes.com
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Building 2 Million iPads Per Month, But Shooting for 3 Million  —  “Shocked” by demand for the iPad after it launched, Apple (AAPL) has ramped up production of the device to meet it, but there's work left to do yet.  Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty says Apple recently doubled its monthly iPad builds to 2 million.
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Google's TV Previewed at IFA, Suddenly Not the Smartest Kid on the Block  —  Google looked to have stolen a march on the smart Net-connected TV market when it revealed its integrated Google TV a few months back.  Now we're seeing prototypes at the IFA electronics show …
Bloomberg:
Coinstar Builds Apple Ties as It Seeks Online Partner  —  Sept. 3 (Bloomberg) — Coinstar Inc., owner of the Redbox DVD rental kiosks, is expanding ties with Apple Inc. as it searches for a partner to build an online viewing service.  —  The company added 1.8 million Internet users in the second quarter …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
How Websites Make You Spill Your Secrets  —  People divulge more sensitive information on sites that look less safe.  —  Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have found that the appearance of website has a big effect on how honestly people answer personal questions put to them by the site.
Discussion: Future Tense
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Mint Sets Spending Data Free  —  The online personal-finance assistant Mint often mines user data for trends and interesting charts to feature on its popular corporate blog.  Now the Intuit-owned company is preparing to release the data it's collected on behalf of its 3 million users.
 
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Prevents Users From Sending Suspicious Friend Requests To Strangers
Discussion: All Facebook
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
German Court Finds YouTube Liable In Copyright Case
Discussion: Techdirt and Associated Press
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Offerpal Gets Its Third CEO In A Year, Garrick Named Executive Chairman
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Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
IBM Helps Tennis Fans “See Through Walls” with Augmented Reality
Patrick Seitz / Investor's Business Daily:
Netflix Ends Its Social-Networking Experiment
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Here come ‘Hurt Locker’ file-sharing subpoenas
Discussion: Techdirt and PlagiarismToday
Economist:
A virtual counter-revolution  —  The internet has been a great unifier …
 Earlier Items: 
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Firouz Sedarat / Reuters:
U.S. and Israel spying behind BlackBerry woe: Dubai police
Discussion: Phone Arena and Electronista
AppleInsider:
Apple now offers HTML5-based movie showtimes, locations
Discussion: Macworld, 9 to 5 Mac, Erictric and TUAW
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's Twitter's Big Problem: It's Not Going Mainstream
Patrick Goss / TechRadar.com:
Angry Birds arrives on the Android platform
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
iHome teases first AirPlay-compatible portable speaker dock
Discussion: Pocket-lint and Gizmodo
 

 
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