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4:05 AM ET, September 4, 2010

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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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Swizec / Cthulhu and other crazies:
Apple's Ping is a big pile of steaming dung
Discussion: PC World and iLounge
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Apple's Ping succumbs to the spammers
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Craigslist Censored: Adult Section Comes Down  —  Bad news for Craigslist users who like to peruse the [Erotic Services] Adult Services section of their site.  It's gone, replaced by a large black and white “censored” logo.  —  I've reached out to Craigslist for comment and await their reply.
Discussion: SFGate
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.
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
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Steve Jobs: iTunes 10 Icon Does Not ‘Suck’  —  While winding down from Wednesday's iPod announcements, Apple CEO Steve Jobs appears to have taken some time to respond to an e-mail criticizing the new look of the iTunes icon.  —  Joshua Kopac, who oversees design work for advertising firm ValuLeads …
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 …
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.
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
Discussion: The Register, Thanks:atul
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
The Leaning Tower of Ping: How iTunes Could Be Apple's Undoing  —  Wade Roush wrote:  —  With each new product that Apple announces, including the revamped Apple TV and the new Ping social network, Steve Jobs reveals a little bit more of his plan to dominate the media universe.
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 …
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Quantcast: Android continues to grow vs. iOS domination  —  The Android juggernaut continues to explode, now owning 25% of US mobile web browsing.  —  Quantcast data for August is in and the trends we've been seeing since the beginning of the year have continued.
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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.
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 and Search Engine Land, Thanks:rawmeet
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Prevents Users From Sending Suspicious Friend Requests To Strangers  —  Facebook has begun implementing new security measures to prevent friend request spamming.  Some users are being shown a “This Request Can't Be Sent” pop-up if their request is deemed suspicious.
Discussion: All Facebook
Matthew Moskovciak / CNET News:
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
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.
 
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Economist:
A virtual counter-revolution  —  The internet has been a great unifier …
Firouz Sedarat / Reuters:
U.S. and Israel spying behind BlackBerry woe: Dubai police
AppleInsider:
Apple now offers HTML5-based movie showtimes, locations
Discussion: Macworld, Erictric, Gizmodo and TUAW
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's Twitter's Big Problem: It's Not Going Mainstream
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
iHome teases first AirPlay-compatible portable speaker dock
Discussion: Pocket-lint and Gizmodo