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1:20 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
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Comparison: Apple TV vs. Roku vs. Boxee Box
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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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  —  Read updates first.  —  When officially out, you will be able to download iTunes 10 here, details of the release here and Apple's new social network “Ping” here.  —  Update: Although the site appears to show the download link for iTunes 10, the download itself is still 9.2.1.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   The iTunes Ping Social Question: Follow, Friend, Or Lurk?
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 …
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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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's New iPod Touch and iPod Nano Commercials
Discussion: App Advice, Techland and Velocity
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.
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Plan for nationwide free wireless broadband finally shot down  —  For four years the Federal Communications Commission tossed the idea around like a beach ball: a coast-to-coast free wireless service across the low end of the 2GHz “AWS-3” band.  The service would pay for itself via advertisements …
Discussion: GamePolitics News
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
FCC seeks comment on two key elements of Google-Verizon net neutrality proposal
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 …
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 …
David Pogue / New York Times:
Your Own Hot Spot, and Cheap  —  Someday, they'll build wireless Internet into every building, just the way they build in running water, heat and electricity today.  Someday, we won't have to drive around town looking for a coffee shop when we need to check our e-mail.
 
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Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Skype Mobile for Android now works over 3G and Wifi (but still Verizon-only)
Rafe Blandford / All About Symbian:
Nokia closing Ovi Files service on October 1st
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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, Bits and PE Hub Blog
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Google Testing Full-Featured Google Apps
Discussion: The Next Web
Brad Becker / The Silverlight Blog:
The Future of Silverlight  —  There's been a lot of discussion …
Yoree Koh / Digits:
Twitter Japan Tweeting All the Way to the Bank
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William Gibson / New York Times:
Google's Earth  —  “I ACTUALLY think most people don't want Google …
Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
NHN to Drop Yahoo's Ad Service, Use Own Technology
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Apple Strikes Trademark Agreement With Golf Equipment Company PING
Discussion: PR Newswire, Digits and DailyTech
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
EXCLUSIVE: Early Twitter Employee Alex Payne's Online Bank Startup …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:jwyarow
Pete Barlas / IBD Click:
EBay To Ban Google's Checkout Service From Its Sites