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2:15 PM ET, September 3, 2010

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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 …
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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.
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
The Leaning Tower of Ping: How iTunes Could Be Apple's Undoing
Discussion: Stowe Boyd
Mike Yang / The Official Google Blog:
Trimming our privacy policies  —  Long, complicated and lawyerly—that's what most people think about privacy policies, and for good reason.  Even taking into account that they're legal documents, most privacy policies are still too hard to understand.  —  So we're simplifying and updating Google's privacy policies.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google To Update, Shorten And De-Jargon Privacy Policies - Here's What's Changing
Discussion: Google
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 …
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Agence France Presse:   YouTube to turn profit this year: NY Times
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:   YouTube Serving 2B Video Ads Each Week
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
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
BUSTED: Anti-Google Privacy Group Consumer Watchdog Is Tracking Your Clicks With Google Analytics  —  How's this for a little hypocrisy?  —  Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit advocacy group and vocal Google critic, has been a promoting a video that lampoons Google's privacy practices by depicting …
Discussion: Fortune and Search Engine Journal
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 and watchmojo.com, Thanks:atul
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Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
The Future Of Digg  —  An interview with Digg's VP of product …
Thanks:zee
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 …
Discussion: Black Web 2.0 and Erictric
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 …
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.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
iHome teases first AirPlay-compatible portable speaker dock  —  No surprise that iHome is first out of the gate with a speaker dock that's compatible with Apple's newly-open AirPlay music streaming system, but unfortunately the teaser page is maddeningly light on details …
Discussion: Pocket-lint and Gizmodo
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.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's Twitter's Big Problem: It's Not Going Mainstream  —  The last few months have begun to confirm a conviction we've long held about Twitter—that, in its current form, it's not likely to become a huge mass-market phenomenon.  —  Given that the tech community is obsessed with Twitter …
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.
Patrick Goss / TechRadar.com:
Angry Birds arrives on the Android platform  —  iPhone smash hit broadens  —  One of the iPhone's biggest gaming hits has finally arrived on the Android platform, with Rovio Mobile's phenomenally addictive Angry Birds making the jump to a new platform in beta.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gadgetell and Ubergizmo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How Tagged Found A 100 Million User Path Post Facebookocalypse (Video)  —  Heard of Tagged?  Back in 2005 it was a teenager-only social network, catering primarily to U.S. high school students as Facebook charged through the college crowds.  By 2007 they were profitable and worth over $100 million.
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: Brian Solis and Stowe Boyd
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 …
AppleInsider:
Apple now offers HTML5-based movie showtimes, locations  —  Apple has revamped its Movie Trailers page with movie showtimes and the ability to automatically find the nearest theater, all within HTML5, and compatible with iOS devices.  —  The new Showtimes page no the iTunes Movie Trailers …
Discussion: PC World
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 …
 
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Firouz Sedarat / Reuters:
U.S. and Israel spying behind BlackBerry woe: Dubai police
Discussion: Phone Arena
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google's New Mobile Ads Take Users From Search To Store
Andres Palmiter / comScore Voices:
Live Streaming Video Jumps 600% in Past Year
Discussion: TechCrunch
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bit.ly and Link Wrapping
Clint Hendler / CJR:
A Swedish Shield, Unraised
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
In Defense of Links, part three: In links we trust
Thanks:kevinmarks
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Connected-TV Race: Yahoo Lands A European Telly Maker
Discussion: TechEye and MarketWatch
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Adida / Benlog:
an unwarranted bashing of Twitter's oAuth
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Hopeful Of 2010 Launch For iTunes Rival Despite Lack Of Signed Label Deals
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
BuzzFeed Opens Up Access to Its Viral Dashboard
Discussion: BuzzFeed Blog, Thanks:mathewi
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Is 4chan Turning Into Internet Good Guys?
Discussion: Pulse2 and GigaOM
Roberto Baldwin / Mac|Life:
Apple Removes Ability to Create Ringtones from iTunes 10