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11:35 AM ET, September 2, 2010

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Steve Jobs on Why Facebook Is Not Part of Apple's New Ping Music Social Network: “Onerous Terms”  —  Yesterday, at the Apple music event in San Francisco, I had a short chat with Apple CEO Steve Jobs, as he strolled through the demo room for the media, just after he had announced various updates for the iPod …
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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 …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
If Apple Can't Deal With Facebook's “Onerous” Terms For Ping, Why Was It Using Facebook?  —  Update: We're hearing reports of people who had access to a Facebook Connect feature in Ping earlier, which didn't work, and has since been removed.  So it looks like Apple really did pull Facebook support for Ping very late in the game.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Ping: First Look at the iTunes Social Network  —  Part of the new iTunes 10 software, announced and launched yesterday, is a significant new social networking feature for iTunes called Ping.  It allows you to comment on music, ‘like’ it a la Facebook, or rate it.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
iTunes 10 Is All About Ping, Apple's Social Network for Music
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Ranking the digital living room barbarians: Netflix rules; Apple, Google others likely to struggle  —  Apple is trying again with Apple TV in an attempt to be the center of the digital living room.  The concept isn't new since Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Amazon and others are also targeting your living room.
Discussion: ZDNet, Fortune and App Advice
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Don MacAskill / SmugMug's Don MacAskill:
What the AppleTV should have been  —  tl;dr: The new AppleTV is a huge disappointment.  Welcome to AppleTV 2007.  —  SmugMug is full of Apple fanboys.  (And our customer list suggests Apple is full of SmugMug fanboys) We watch live blogs or streams of every product announcement as a company, debating and discussing as it unfolds.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
The new Apple TV for $99  —  Steve Jobs just pulled …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's The Difference Between Apple TV And Google TV
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.
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.
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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.
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!
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Twitter plans to record all links clicked  —  By the end of the year, Twitter expects to be recording and analyzing every link users click on when using its Web site or any of the thousands of third-party microblogging apps.  —  An e-mail announcement Wednesday night said “all users” …
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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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
September Surprise: AOL Reups and Expands Search Agreement With Google  —  In a surprisingly quick and even stealthy move, AOL has renewed and expanded its search agreement with Google, even though many had expected there to be more competitive bidding throughout the fall to win the deal.
Leena Rao / TechCrunchIT:
Dell Withdraws From 3PAR Bidding War, HP Wins With $2.4B Offer  —  It looks like the bidding war for 3PAR could be over.  Dell has just issued a release indicating that it will not increase its most recent $2 billion proposal to acquire 3PAR, and the company's has ended acquisition talks for the data storage company.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Sued Over Nexus One 3G Connectivity Problems, Misleading Claims  —  On Tuesday, Google was slapped with a breach of contract class action lawsuit alleging that its Nexus One smartphone failed to maintain 3G connectivity and that the Mountain View company not only made misleading claims …
John Boitnott / VentureBeat:
Reddit ‘excited’ about chance to eat Digg's lunch  —  For a long time now, Digg has been the king of technology news aggregation.  Tech fans liked the way they could rate their favorite tech stories highly, and see links to those rise to the top of the site's home page.
Discussion: Download Squad, Thanks:jboitnott
Ben Kunz / Business Week:
Apple's Pricing Decoys  —  Rumor says a small, 7-inch iPad is coming.  It's a ploy to help Apple defend margins  —  Next time you're sitting at an airport bar and hear two businesspeople debate whether Apple (AAPL) is a technology or design company, chime in: “Nope.  What Steve Jobs sells is pricing.”
Discussion: TeleRead
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
(Not so) Crazy Microsoft Rumors: A new Zune HD?  —  As part of my job as a full-time Microsoft watcher, I get a lot of tips about Microsoft from customers, competitors, partners and even some Softies themselves.  However, ever since I worked for PCWeek as a reporter more than 15 years ago …
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 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.
Discussion: Technologizer
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
On Its Second Birthday, Google Chrome Officially Hits Version 6  —  Ever since it became stable enough to use on a day-to-day basis on a Mac last year, Google Chrome has been my browser of choice.  Other browsers have been adding some nice features — but Chrome keeps adding them faster.
Dan Grabham / TechRadar.com:
In pictures: Google TV on Sony Internet TV  —  Rolling demo spied at Sony's IFA booth  —  We spotted a demo of Sony's new Google TV-toting Internet TV while walking around the massive Sony stand here at IFA.  —  The Sony Internet TV with Google TV has a release date of November, but it will debut in the US first.
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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Nick Saint / The Business Insider:
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Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Plan for nationwide free wireless broadband finally shot down
Rafe Blandford / All About Symbian:
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Yelp's First Daily Deal In San Francisco Gives Groupon A Beating
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Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Bootstrapping band of brothers raise $30M for people search engine Inflection
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Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Google Testing Full-Featured Google Apps
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
FCC seeks comment on two key elements of Google-Verizon net neutrality proposal
William Gibson / New York Times:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Making Extraordinary Counteroffers To Stop Flow Of Employees To Facebook