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10:50 AM ET, September 3, 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 finding friends on Facebook for Apple's new social music network.  —  According to sources familiar …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Wants To Be In A Relationship With The Big Boys — They Want To Be Just Friends  —  Yesterday, Apple launched iTunes Ping, their new music social network.  Part of that launch was a very basic implementation of Facebook Connect, simply to hook in and find out which of your Facebook friends were also using Ping.
Discussion: Black Web 2.0, Erictric and Engadget
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Apple-Facebook Friction Erupts Over Ping  —  If it is true that the enemy of your enemy is your friend, then Apple and Facebook ought to be friends.  Their common enemy, of course, is Google.  —  But Apple's entry into social networking with the iTunes music social network Ping on Wednesday, has made them frenemies.
Evan Williams / Twitter Blog:
The Evolving Ecosystem  —  Just over four months ago, at Chirp, our Twitter developer conference, I talked about how “Twitter is too hard” and what we're doing to address that.  —  One major area of difficulty I highlighted was getting Twitter on your phone.
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Royal Pingdom:
Twitter usage up 33% over the summer  —  Twitter announced yesterday that they now have more than 145 million registered users.  That's a lot, but how much is Twitter actually being used?  Turns out that there's more activity on Twitter than ever before, and it keeps increasing.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Twitter Now Over 145 Million Users, Almost 300,000 Apps
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Apple's Ping succumbs to the spammers  —  New social network built inside iTunes fails to keep out the spammers, showing a curse of social media - even inside proprietorial walls  —  Apple chief Steve Jobs's trumpeting of the 160 million credit card holders on iTunes was a siren call to spammers.
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Chester Wisniewski / Chester Wisniewski's Blog:
Apple gets Ping'd with comment spam - They didn't see this coming?  —  Most of the security industry has been pointing out the migration of spam from an email-only venture to blog/forum comments, Facebook, Twitter and other Web 2.0 platforms.  But apparently Apple didn't consider this when designing Ping …
Alex North / Google Wave Developer Blog:
Wave open source next steps: “Wave in a Box”  —  Since the announcement that we will discontinue development of Google Wave as a standalone product, many people have asked us about the future of the open source code and Wave federation protocol.  After spending some time on figuring out our next steps …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
iPod touch Is Close, But Still No Contract-Free iPhone  —  If you don't count the ol' iPod Classic, Apple completely revamped the iPod line yesterday at its annual music event.  The Shuffle saw the return of buttons.  The Nano is now a miniature multi-touch marvel that can apparently double as a fancy watch in a pinch.
Discussion: Go Rumors and Boy Genius Report
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Digg's Decline, Illustrated  —  Why does Digg have a new design and a new CEO?  Here's one answer, via a handy chart.  —  This one comes from Christopher Mascari, a Gawker Media marketing guy, and it illustrates the blog network's traffic from social media sites.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
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Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
The Future Of Digg  —  An interview with Digg's VP of product …
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
YouTube Ads Turn Videos Into Revenue  —  SAN BRUNO, Calif. — Last month, a YouTube user, TomR35, uploaded a clip from the AMC series “Mad Men” in which Don Draper makes a heartfelt speech about the importance of nostalgia in advertising.  —  Viewers wouldn't notice, but that clip also makes …
Discussion: Bits, WatchingTV Online and GMSV
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Hopeful Of 2010 Launch For iTunes Rival Despite Lack Of Signed Label Deals  —  We all know Google Music is coming, it's just a question of when - and what it'll look like, of course.  According to Reuters, Google hopes to launch the service as early as December 2010.
Discussion: Company Town and p2pnet
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Ev Williams: Twitter Will Actually Help Information Overload  —  At its core, Twitter is a “recipient-driven medium,” said CEO Evan Williams in a public conversation tonight in San Francisco, Calif. What does that mean?  Williams, an unusually theoretical CEO, is happy to explain.
Discussion: Stowe Boyd
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.
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Reddit Diggs Traffic Surge, Prepares For Expansion  —  It's all hands on deck at Reddit this week.  —  In the wake of Digg's bungled redesign, its rival is enjoying a surge in traffic and a jump in ad and subscription sales.  Since Monday, the site has been averaging 900,000 uniques per day …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nvidia's new graphics chips will give you laptops with long battery life and 3D  —  Nvidia is announced a new family of laptop graphics chips today that will balance good 3D performance and battery life.  The new Nvidia GeForce 400M series of graphics chips will be used in a number …
Team Vox:
Vox is closing September 30, 2010  —  Vox has been a fun place to explore, create and connect with your friends.  But Vox is closing its doors on September 30, 2010.  —  This doesn't mean you have to say goodbye to your blog.  We want you to make sure you can keep the great content you've shared on Vox …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
iOS browsing is bigger than Android (6x) and Linux says NetApps  —  Apple's iOS has become the third most popular platform on the Internet with marketshare that's nealry six times larger than Android.  Indeed, iOS is bigger than Linux, says Net Applications.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Building 2 Million iPads Per Month, But Shooting for 3 Million  —  “Shocked” by demand for the iPad after it launched, Apple (AAPL) has ramped up production of the device to meet it, but there's work left to do yet.  Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty says Apple recently doubled its monthly iPad builds to 2 million.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Is 4chan Turning Into Internet Good Guys?  —  4chan, the anarchic Internet messageboard, appears to be experiencing an identity crisis.  Whereas terror campaigns against tweens were once planned amid stomach-churning images, a strong streak of do-gooderism has taken hold.
Discussion: GigaOM
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.
Ben Adida / Benlog:
an unwarranted bashing of Twitter's oAuth  —  Ryan Paul over at ArsTechnica claims a compromise of Twitter's oAuth system, but fails to demonstrate such a compromise.  It's unfortunate, because some of his comments are indeed worthwhile, and there are a few interesting recommendations that Twitter should follow (hah, no pun intended).
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Connected-TV Race: Yahoo Lands A European Telly Maker  —  The connected-TV space is getting HOT.  Manufacturer platforms like Samsung Internet@TV and Sony Internet TV are set to mix with Google TV and Yahoo Connected TV, while the UK's Freeview TVs await connectivity upgrades through Dbook 7 and Canvas …
Discussion: TechEye and MarketWatch
 
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
BuzzFeed Opens Up Access to Its Viral Dashboard
Discussion: BuzzFeed Blog, Thanks:mathewi
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Ex-Googler Lee Backs China Companies to Foster Startup Culture
Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Asks Court to Protect Craigslist from Defamation Suit
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
AOL's Armstrong: Why We Went With Google
Discussion: Adotas
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
This Spam Infographic About Spam Infographics Makes My Head Hurt
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Erictric
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
In The Coming HTML5 Browser Wars, The Markup Should Remain The Same
Discussion: jd/adobe and The Social Path
Alex Howard / O'Reilly Radar:
FCC.gov poised for an overdue overhaul
Discussion: SiliconANGLE and Music Ally, Thanks:digiphile
 Earlier Items: 
John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
Apple's trouble with TV
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Fortune and Computerworld
Roberto Baldwin / Mac|Life:
Apple Removes Ability to Create Ringtones from iTunes 10
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sharp shows off mobile prototype with 3D screen, 3D camera, and 3D output
James Ledbetter / Slate:
Why is everyone always writing off Netflix?