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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.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's The Difference Between Apple TV And Google TV  —  Steve Jobs' Apple TV announcement today highlighted the huge difference between his company's efforts in the living room and Google's forthcoming Google TV.  —  Specifically, Google wants to turn your TV into a computer.
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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Preview: Apple's Ping Music Social Network In Action On iOS [Pictures]  —  One of the big announcements at Apple's event today was Ping, the music social network that Apple has baked into iTunes.  But it's not just on iTunes for the computer, it's also a part of iTunes on the iPhone and iPod touch.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Apple Strikes Trademark Agreement With Golf Equipment Company PING
Discussion: PR Newswire and DailyTech
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 …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Apple iPod touch Makes Play for Gaming Market
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 …
Terry Myerson / Windows Phone Blog:
Windows Phone 7 - Released To Manufacturing  —  Today is the day that the Windows Phone team has been driving towards, and we're very excited to say that we've reached the biggest milestone for our internal team - the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Phone 7!
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Softpedia News and AuctionBytes Blog, Thanks:michaelkrey
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 …
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.
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.
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
David / TmoNews:
And Just Like That, T-Mobile G2 Pricing  —  So we've seen images, have a great guess at a release date and a pretty decent idea as to what to expect inside the device.  How about price, you guys want to know price don't you?  Well as the above image shows the price of the T-Mobile G2 …
Ty McMahan / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Foursquare Among World Economic Forum's ‘Tech Pioneers’  —  The jury is still out whether Foursquare Inc. can figure out a way to monetize its hot location-based mobile service, but that hasn't stopped the World Economic Forum from including it among a class of 31 companies deemed pioneers in technology …
Nick Saint / The Business Insider:
EXCLUSIVE: Early Twitter Employee Alex Payne's Online Bank Startup, BankSimple, Raises A Big Round  —  BankSimple, a new type of technology-focused, online-only bank cofounded by an early Twitter employee, has just completed a round of venture funding, SAI has learned.
Thanks:jwyarow
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.
 
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Sony's Multi-Platform Content Play Is A Qriocity
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps “Sponsored Map Icons” Test Comes To U.S.
Discussion: Google LatLong and WebProNews
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Skyfire Submits Flash Video Enabled Browser to App Store
Discussion: CNET News and VentureBeat
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Reddit Cofounder Alexis Ohanian To Join Y Combinator
Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Google now indexes SVG
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:atul
Softpedia News:
$149.99 Windows 7 Family Pack Reloaded Come October 2010
 Earlier Items: 
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Steve Jobs ‘very happy’ at Intel's Infineon purchase, says Otellini
Discussion: Channel News, TiPb and Macsimum News
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Apple Is Live Streaming Sept. 1 Event To Test New Server Farm [Exclusive]
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Motorola Milestone 2 arrives, 720p HD video, Android 2.2 …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Game-addicted man scores rare win over software lawyers
Discussion: CNET News
Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Reading, Writing, and RFID Chips: A Scary Back-to-School Future in California
Discussion: Blog of Rights and GMSV, Thanks:atul
TechCrunch:
Gmail's Permanent Failure: Only Humans Can Build Software For Humans
Thanks:rawmeet
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Video: Flash on Android Is Shockingly Bad
Discussion: AppScout, TheAppleBlog and Phone Arena