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4:40 PM ET, September 2, 2010

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Facebook Blocked API Access to Ping After Failure to Strike Agreement, So Apple Removed Feature After Launch  —  It's not as mysterious as it seems, this mini-controversy about find friends on Facebook for Apple's new social music network called  —  According to sources familiar …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
iTunes Ping And Facebook Were Friends Yesterday.  And I'm Still Connected.  —  There seems to be some confusion out there right now about iTunes Ping, Apple's new music social network, and Facebook.  Some people seem to think it was never a part of iTunes, that Apple decided against connecting …
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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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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Ping Averts Its Gaze: Apple's New Social Network Doesn't Really Want to Know Much About You  —  Steve Jobs says Ping is supposed to be a “social music discovery” service: You share your musical taste with friends and vice versa.  But if you really want to share, you're going to find it harder than you think.
Discussion: BuzzFeed and BoomTown
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Ping Is the Future of Social Commerce
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” …
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Laptops Look Like Racecars — and Not in a Good Way  —  At a meeting with Advanced Micro Devices the other day, representatives talked to me about chip sets and clock speeds, of discrete graphics and die sizes.  But in passing, they mentioned an additional company initiative that really perked me up: laptop stickers.
Discussion: Geek.com
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.
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 …
Discussion: Digital Daily and MediaPost
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.
Michael Oryl / Mobile Burn:
Verizon offers unlimited and 25MB pre-paid data plans  —  Today Verizon Wireless introduced new 3G data plans for its pre-paid users.  Two plans are now available to pre-paid customers: a month of unlimited data for $30, or 25MB of data in a month for $10 (with $.20/MB overage charge).
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: MediaPost, ReadWriteWeb and Download Squad, Thanks:jboitnott
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.
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.
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
September Surprise: AOL Re-Ups 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.
Ariel Schwartz / Fast Company:
Google's Eric Schmidt Shown as Perverter of Privacy on Times Square Jumbotron  —  Google's “Don't Be Evil” motto has become increasingly controversial in the past year as the Internet giant made private GMail contacts public with Google Buzz, collected personal information from Wi-Fi networks …
Discussion: Bits and Tech Daily Dose
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Compromising Twitter's OAuth security system  —  Twitter officially disabled Basic authentication this week, the final step in the company's transition to mandatory OAuth authentication.  Sadly, Twitter's extremely poor implementation of the OAuth standard offers a textbook example of how to do it wrong.
Discussion: TUAW
Peter Parkes / The Big Blog:
Make group video calls with up to 10 people with the new beta version of Skype for Windows  —  Today we've released an update to Skype for Windows.  The second beta of Skype 5.0 brings a number of changes both outside and in - most importantly, you can now make group video calls with up to 10 people.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Startup Meme
 
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Raphael G. Satter / Associated Press:
AP Interview: UN telecoms chief urges data sharing
Discussion: Digital Trends
Vivian Lin Dufour / Yahoo! Search Blog:
Yahoo! Search Serves Suggestions Closer to You
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Toshiba recalls overheating and melting Satellite T-series notebooks
Discussion: CNET News and Electronista
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Texting: It's Not Just for Teenagers Anymore
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yammer 2.0 To Launch As A Powerful, Full-Fledged Social Network For The Enterprise
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Android App Developers Endure Lower Sales in Search of Growth
Discussion: GigaOM
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Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Navteq tries to make GPS directions more ‘human’
Discussion: PR Newswire
Dan Grabham / TechRadar.com:
In pictures: Google TV on Sony Internet TV
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Silicon Valley companies making billion-dollar deals
Kara Swisher / CNET News:
Steve Jobs on why no Facebook for Ping
Ben Kunz / Business Week:
Apple's Pricing Decoys
Discussion: TeleRead