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4:05 PM ET, September 1, 2010

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Paul Miller / Engadget:
The new Apple TV for $99  —  Steve Jobs just pulled out the world famous “one more thing” for nothing other than... a new Apple TV.  It's now a streaming-focused device (as we predicted months ago) in a small matte black enclosure we're calling “the hockey puck.”
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Bill / The Official Netflix Blog:
Netflix comes to Apple TV  —  Bill Holmes here, VP of business development.  —  Today Steve Jobs unveiled the new second-generation Apple TV, which includes streaming instantly from Netflix at no additional charge to Netflix members.  —  This is the third significant announcement this year about a Netflix collaboration with Apple.
Discussion: Apple
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
iTunes 10 Is All About Ping, Apple's Social Network for Music  —  Ping is Apple's music social network that lives inside of iTunes—it's all about music discovery.  Like Twitter, you can follow and be followed—your friends to see what they're listening to, or artists like Lady Gaga.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
iTunes Downloads: 100M Movies, 450M TV Episodes, 35M Books, 11.7B Songs
Discussion: Gizmodo
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Apple Announces The New iPod Touch: Dual Cameras, Retina Screen  —  Apple unveiled the new iPod touch today at their special event, along with several other music- and media-related devices.  Of course, we've been hearing murmurs and leaks about it for some time now, and the new device pretty much tallies with our expectations.
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
iPod nano redesigned: smaller, lighter, better and costing $149 for 8GB or $179 for 16GB  —  Apple has just revealed its 6th generation iPod nano, which has been outfitted with just about the boldest redesign the portable media player has experienced yet.  Gone is the clickwheel …
Laura June / Engadget:   Apple announces redesigned iPod shuffle, brings the buttons back
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Jobs: Hey Google, We're Activating 230,000 NEW iOS Devices A Day  —  Last month, Google CEO Eric Schmidt noted that Google was activating 200,000 Android devices a day.  Obviously, that's a massive number.  Today during the Apple event in San Francisco, Steve Jobs took the chance to one up him — then take a shot at Google.
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AppleInsider:
iOS 4.2 for iPad coming in November, adds wireless printing and Air Play  —  Apple on Wednesday showed off iOS 4.2 for the iPad, including folders, multitasking, support for wireless printing, and streaming of audio, video and photos through the new Air Play feature.
AppleInsider:
Apple's iOS 4.1 ships for iPhone next week, will add HDR photos  —  Apple announced Wednesday that iOS 4.1 will add a new feature, allowing users to take high dynamic range photographs that produce stunning pictures, and will ship next week for the iPhone and iPod touch.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple's AirPlay music streaming coming to third party speaker docks …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Making Extraordinary Counteroffers To Stop Flow Of Employees To Facebook  —  Facebook is in what's called a recruiting sweet spot right now.  Out of control growth in users and revenue and a nearly certain IPO run in the near future.  That's when employee growth expands at the greatest rate …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Apple Is Live Streaming Sept. 1 Event To Test New Server Farm [Exclusive]  —  Apple is live streaming Wednesday's iPod event as a test of its massive new data center, we've been informed by a source.  —  Apple's first live video broadcast in years is a test of the server farm's ability …
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Ryan Block / gdgt live:
Live Apple fall 2010 event coverage
Jon Swartz / USA Today:
Target to sell Facebook Credits gift cards  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is coming to a Target (TGT) store near you.  —  The social-network giant is getting into the gift card business, starting Sunday, with Facebook Credits cards.  —  The new Facebook gift cards will be available in values of $15 …
Pete Barlas / IBD Click:
EBay To Ban Google's Checkout Service From Its Sites  —  Starting next July, eBay (EBAY) will no longer let Google (GOOG) provide transaction checkout services on eBay Web sites.  It won't allow any checkout service except its own PayPal-featured service.  —  EBay's instituting the new policy …
Financial Times:
Sony rises to digital-media challenge  —  Sony will begin its latest attempt to fight back against Apple's dominance in the digital media field on Wednesday, when it unveils a new music and video subscription service to run across a range of its devices.  The announcement is expected …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
To Win Over Users, Gadgets Have to Be Touchable  —  Whoever said technology was dehumanizing was wrong.  On screens everywhere — cellphones, e-readers, A.T.M.'s — as Diana Ross sang, we just want to reach out and touch.  —  Scientists and academics who study how we interact with technology …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Justin.tv Finally Broadcasts Live From Your Android Phone  —  When you think about broadcasting live video over the Internet, being tethered to your computer isn't so much fun.  Broadcasting live from your mobile phone, now that starts to get interesting.  Today, Justin.tv is joining …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Acquisition Aims to Change History for Mobile Apps & Data  —  Mobile App Compiler OpenPlug Joins Alcatel-Lucent  —  Maybe you love mobile apps - or maybe you build them yourself.  Either way, it's big news that international mobile infrastructure conglomerate Alcatel-Lucent …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Sony's latest e-readers: Understanding the trade-offs and global strategy  —  Sony's new e-readers are a vast improvement over its previous versions.  The latest Sony Readers are lighter, show off touch navigation on an E-Ink screen and could be worthy choices in the e-reader wars vs. Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
BBC:
Sweden reopens Wikileaks founder rape investigation  —  Mr Assange has suggested that the allegations are part of a smear campaign against him  —  A senior Swedish prosecutor has ordered the reopening of a rape investigation into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
How Microsoft Research foresaw Google's ‘Priority Inbox’ feature  —  It's not uncommon for me to hear about some new technology product or feature, from some company other than Microsoft, and realize that it sounds very similar to something I've covered before.
Discussion: Download Squad and Electricpig, Thanks:rawmeet
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Motorola Milestone 2 arrives, 720p HD video, Android 2.2, and Motoblur Enhanced in tow  —  Even without yesterday's premature video promo, you had to know Motorola wouldn't leave its international audience without a successor to the Milestone, so today — surprise, surprise — we're being treated to the Milestone 2's launch.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Gowalla Continues The March Beyond The Check-In With Highlights — A Social Atlas  —  If you didn't think the check-in was a commodity before Facebook launched their Places feature, you likely do now.  But Gowalla has known that for awhile, and that's why they've been moving to extend the service and build on top of the check-in.
Softpedia News:
$149.99 Windows 7 Family Pack Reloaded Come October 2010  —  Here is some great news from Microsoft, the Windows 7 Family Pack is making a comeback in just a few months.  —  The Redmond company will celebrate the first year anniversary of the fastest selling operating system in history …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Game-addicted man scores rare win over software lawyers  —  Lineage II and the unenforceable EULA  —  A Hawaii man who sued a company over his crippling addiction to the computer game Lineage II has gone where few litigants have managed to go, defeating the end-user agreement that said he had no right to bring the case to begin with.
Discussion: CNET News and Freedom to Tinker
 
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Google Webmaster Central Blog:
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Discussion: Softpedia News and Lifehacker, Thanks:atul
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
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