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9:00 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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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.
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com and broadstuff
Avner Ronen / Boxee Blog:
How Boxee Sees the Apple TV  —  Most of us at Boxee are Apple fanboys.  If it is silver and it has the Apple logo on it, we pre-order it.  If there's a line around the block, chances are we're in it.  And everything stops at Boxee HQ while we unbox the latest gadget to come out of Cupertino.
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Comparison: Apple TV vs. Roku vs. Boxee Box  —  Apple unveiled its updated TV set-top box today, with new streaming functionality and 99-cent TV rentals from ABC and Fox.  The offering represents Apple's second attempt at capturing some of the online video market.
Discussion: Electronista
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:   A video demo of the new Apple TV shows a simple and elegant interface
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]
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Apple to Launch Social Networks for Music and Games …
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!
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Windows Phone 7 is done, with some extra Facebook integration
Discussion: Neowin.net
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
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 …
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
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Amazon streaming 99-cent ABC and Fox shows... right now (update: purchases, not rentals!)  —  Eager to get on the new Apple TV's cheap 99-cent TV show rentals but not so pumped to wait four weeks for it to ship?  No worries: Amazon's also now offering 99-cent [rentals] purchases of various ABC and FOX shows …
Connor Lanman / The Windows Blog:
Double rainbows in Redmond  —  ...as I said, “more to come”.  —  You may have heard of the Double Rainbow Video.  The guy who filmed this, Paul “Bear” Vasquez, lives in Yosemite and in the past month has gotten huge traffic for his ‘vivid’ reaction to that double rainbow.
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 …
Stephen Shankland / Crave:
Sony announces cloud-based music service  —  BERLIN—Sony announced a new service Monday called Music Unlimited that will turn many of its electronics products into online libraries for streaming music.  —  “It is a cloud-based digital music streaming service that gives music lovers access …
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Nick Saint / Silicon Alley 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 banking startup cofounded by an early Twitter employee, has just completed a round of venture funding, SAI has learned.
Thanks:jwyarow
William Gibson / New York Times:
Google's Earth  —  “I ACTUALLY think most people don't want Google to answer their questions,” said the search giant's chief executive, Eric Schmidt, in a recent and controversial interview.  “They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next.”  Do we really desire Google to tell us what we should be doing next?
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
IE slips in usage share; Chrome resumes growth  —  Internet Explorer's growth slowed once again, and Chrome shook off its slump in August, new statistics show.  —  Although Microsoft made progress in its goal to exterminate IE6 in favor of IE8's more modern and secure design …
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Apple Strikes Trademark Agreement With Golf Equipment Company PING  —  Golf sporting goods PING has just issued a release stating that it has comes to a trademark agreement with Apple over the technology company's new music social network, aptly called Ping.
Discussion: Digits, PR Newswire and DailyTech
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Google Testing Full-Featured Google Apps  —  Google Apps users got a step closer to full Google-personhood this week, as the company sent invitations to select users to test out a version of Google Apps that includes all the features regular Google users get, including AdWords and Google Voice.
 
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