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6:05 AM ET, September 2, 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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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.
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
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:   Why Apple TV rental plan alienated most studios
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Comparison: Apple TV vs. Roku vs. Boxee Box
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:   A video demo of the new Apple TV shows a simple and elegant interface
Leland Rechis / Twitter Blog:
Twitter for iPad: Sharing content in Tweets  —  People are increasingly sharing different types of information on Twitter.  For example, Tweets point to web pages, photos, videos, hashtags, people, check-ins, and more.  Exploring Tweets is a great way to discover new and interesting information.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Twitter for iPad review  —  It's no secret that Twitter for iPhone (née Tweetie) is often regarded as the gold standard for mobile apps — it blends functionality, performance, and usability together with a dash of playful quirkiness that works so well Twitter just bought the app and hired developer Loren Brichter back in April.
Discussion: TiPb and Electronista
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Just Killed Something Else: Their Own Website.  Twitter For iPad Is That Good.  —  Are you addicted to Twitter?  Do you have an iPad?  Even if the answer to both is “no” right now, after you see Twitter for iPad, those answers are going to change — quickly.  —  Yes, the wait is over.
Discussion: MacRumors, Ubergizmo and The Huffington Post, Thanks:atul
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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Ping Is the Future of Social Commerce  —  Apple announced on Wednesday a cornucopia of new hardware and software: sleek iPods, a brand new Internet-enabled video streaming device and new versions of its iOS software and iTunes 10.  However, the most impressive to me by far was Ping …
Zee / The Next Web:
iTunes 10 is Now Available for Download
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The iTunes Ping Social Question: Follow, Friend, Or Lurk?
Discussion: Music Ally and CNET News
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: eWeek
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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Ben Kunz / Business Week:   Apple's Pricing Decoys
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's New iPod Touch and iPod Nano Commercials
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
About Those 99-Cent TV Episodes Being Sold On Amazon ...  If you want to own Glee episodes at a cut-rate price, better get your Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) downloads fast.  The e-tailer is countering Apple's 99-cent rentals from ABC (NYSE: DIS) and Fox by selling some TV episodes at a loss.
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Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Google responds to Steve Jobs' activation counting accusations  —  At the Apple Event today, Steve Jobs slipped some jabs Google's way but also lauded AppleTV's ability to play YouTube.  —  There is not much news for Google watchers at Apple events these days and what there is is usually bad.
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Gizmodo:
Samsung's Galaxy Tab Runs Froyo, Has Flash and Measures 7-Inches  —  It was possibly the worst-kept secret in tablet-land (more so than the iPad), but the final specs have now been revealed for the Samsung Galaxy Tab.  It'll run Android 2.2 (Froyo) and comes in a 7-inch flavor—for now.
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 …
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.
Brad Becker / The Silverlight Blog:
The Future of Silverlight  —  There's been a lot of discussion lately around web standards and HTML 5 in particular.  People have been asking us how Silverlight fits into a future world where the <video> tag is available to developers.  It's a fair question—and I'll provide a detailed answer …
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.
Discussion: Softpedia News and The Next Web
 
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Twitter plans to record all links clicked
Discussion: SelectStart
Nick Saint / The Business Insider:
Renowned Startup Factory TechStars Opens New York City Branch
Discussion: TechStars, TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Skype Mobile for Android now works over 3G and Wifi (but still Verizon-only)
Discussion: Gizmodo, Thanks:androidcentral
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Plan for nationwide free wireless broadband finally shot down
Discussion: GamePolitics News
Rafe Blandford / All About Symbian:
Nokia closing Ovi Files service on October 1st 2010
Discussion: Nokia Experts and Smartphones …
David Pogue / New York Times:
Your Own Hot Spot, and Cheap
Vinicius Vacanti / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yelp's First Daily Deal In San Francisco Gives Groupon A Beating
Discussion: TechCrunch
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Bootstrapping band of brothers raise $30M for people search engine Inflection
Discussion: TechCrunch, PE Hub Blog and Bits
 Earlier Items: 
Yoree Koh / Digits:
Twitter Japan Tweeting All the Way to the Bank
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
FCC seeks comment on two key elements of Google-Verizon net neutrality proposal
William Gibson / New York Times:
Google's Earth  —  “I ACTUALLY think most people don't want Google …
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
EXCLUSIVE: Early Twitter Employee Alex Payne's Online Bank Startup …
Discussion: Banksimple and TechCrunch, Thanks:jwyarow