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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.
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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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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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Ping Averts Its Gaze: Apple's New Social Network Doesn't Really …
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Why Ping May Be Bad News for Blippy: UPDATED
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb and PC World, Thanks:atul
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 …
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.
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 AppleInsider
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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 …
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
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
The Future Of Digg  —  An interview with Digg's VP of product, Keval Desai, about where Digg is now and where it's going.  —  Short of you hiding for the last week, you must know that Digg is undergoing massive change and turmoil.  The company launched their much anticipated redesign into a maelstrom of controversy.
Thanks:zee
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Digg Exec: Sorry About the Bugs, But Glad You Care!
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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.
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
In The Coming HTML5 Browser Wars, The Markup Should Remain The Same  —  On Monday, Google made a big splash with a customized Arcade Fire video page that showed off all the cool things HTML5 can do, from video, animations and 3D rendering to gorgeous fonts and choreographed windows.
Discussion: The Social Path and jd/adobe
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
HUGE: Facebook Testing New “Subscribe To” User Feature  —  Facebook is in the process of testing a new feature which lets you subscribe to all the actions of a specific user.  In other words, you can receive notifications anytime a specific user takes an action on Facebook.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter For iPhone Push Notifications Are Being Internally Tested; Rolling Out Soon  —  To many users, Twitter for iPhone (the artist formerly known as Tweetie) is perhaps the perfect Twitter client (though I'd argue that the new Twitter for iPad is right there with it).
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, while the nano is a miniature multi-touch marvel that can apparently double as a fancy watch in a pinch.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
BuzzFeed Opens Up Access to Its Viral Dashboard  —  BuzzFeed, which tracks online topics that have gone viral, is offering a version of the analytical dashboard it uses to monitor the spread of Internet “memes” to any website, brand or publisher that wants to track the popularity of their content.
Discussion: BuzzFeed Blog, Thanks:mathewi
John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
Apple's trouble with TV  —  Apple TV has been a persistent loser from a company that usually only tolerates winners.  It's clear that Apple wants to do something “in the living room,” but damned if it can figure out exactly what that is.  Yesterday, Apple took another run at this thing, announcing an “all-new” Apple TV.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Fortune and Computerworld
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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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
Alex Howard / O'Reilly Radar:
FCC.gov poised for an overdue overhaul
Discussion: SiliconANGLE, Music Ally and Ars Technica, Thanks:digiphile
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