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7:30 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: broadstuff
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.
Avner Ronen / Boxee Blog:
How Boxee Sees the Apple TV
Discussion: BetaNews, CrunchGear and Engadget, Thanks:rawmeet
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]  —  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.
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Apple to Launch Social Networks for Music and Games …
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
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
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.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:   Apple's AirPlay music streaming coming to third party speaker docks …
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 …
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 …
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
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Sony's Multi-Platform Content Play Is A Qriocity  —  Sony's long-held ambition of providing a content service available to its game console and other devices is finally coming together.  —  At the IFA show in Berlin on Wednesday, CEO Howard Stringer said the cloud-based Sony Online Services …
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Stephen Shankland / Crave:
Sony announces cloud-based music service
Discussion: msnbc.com
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
 
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Connor Lanman / The Windows Blog:
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Discussion: TechCrunch and Neowin.net
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William Gibson / New York Times:
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Motorola Milestone 2 arrives, 720p HD video, Android 2.2 …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
How Microsoft Research foresaw Google's ‘Priority Inbox’ feature
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Game-addicted man scores rare win over software lawyers
Discussion: CNET News