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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, Apple TV and iTunes onstage.
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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
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Ping Averts Its Gaze: Apple's New Social Network Doesn't Really …
Discussion: BoomTown
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.
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.
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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.
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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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Tab preview  —  After a week of painful teasing, Samsung has come clean about its Galaxy Tab 7-inch Android tablet.  We got the nitty gritty specs, along with some quality time with the device, and we like what we're seeing on both fronts.  Follow along after the break …
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.
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” …
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.
Agence France Presse:
Walkman outsells iPod in Japan for first time  —  TOKYO — In a rare victory for Sony over arch-rival Apple, the Walkman portable music player outsold the iPod in Japan in monthly sales for the first time in August, a survey showed Thursday.  —  Sony's share of the Japanese market …
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.
James Ledbetter / Slate:
Why is everyone always writing off Netflix?  —  People who think and write about technology companies for a living are prone to be wrong now and again.  Try to find, for example, veteran analysts or journalists who haven't at some point made a claim about Apple that they didn't later regret.
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.
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.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Toshiba Folio 100 goes official, lands in Q4  —  If Samsung's Galaxy Tab reads like a how-to for making a decent Android tablet, Toshiba's Folio 100 seems to serve an opposite purpose (starting with that unfortunate name), which is disappointing for a company like Toshiba.
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: ReadWriteWeb and Download Squad, Thanks:jboitnott
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 …
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 …
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Navteq tries to make GPS directions more ‘human’  —  Digital map maker Navteq is launching a service designed to add the human element to GPS navigation, the company announced Thursday at IFA in Berlin.  —  Dubbed Natural Guidance, the service ditches traditional GPS navigation instructions …
Discussion: PR Newswire and Electronista
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Texting: It's Not Just for Teenagers Anymore  —  Lately, the discussion about texting has mostly focused on teenagers, who now often send hundreds of text messages per day.  While voice calling is still the primary use of cell phones for adults, almost three quarters of all adults in the U.S. now send and receive text messages.
Discussion: Pew Internet and ResourceShelf
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Android App Developers Endure Lower Sales in Search of Growth  —  Pinger Inc., a developer of mobile applications, can get twice as much in sales from programs for Apple devices than for phones powered by Android software.  That's not stopping it from creating its first Android app.
Discussion: GigaOM
 
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Dan Grabham / TechRadar.com:
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Android Users Can Now Check In To Foursquare By Using Their Voice
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