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11:55 PM ET, September 4, 2010

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Swizec / Cthulhu and other crazies:
Apple's Ping is a big pile of steaming dung  —  A few days ago Apple released a social network.  Gee, how bloody creative of them and they used to be so cool.  There are enough social networks, too many actually.  But I digress.  —  Yesterday when I updated iTunes and got the slightly odd new version …
Discussion: PC World, TUAW, Mashable! and OSNews
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Can Ping be saved?  —  10 things Apple can do to rescue its experiment in social networking  —  Apple (AAPL) announced Friday that less than 48 hours after its launch more than 1 million people had signed up for Ping, its new social network for music.  —  That's not necessarily a good thing …
Discussion: A VC, GigaOM, Digits, Engadget and BetaNews
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
The Leaning Tower of Ping: How iTunes Could Be Apple's Undoing
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Craigslist Censored: Adult Section Comes Down  —  Bad news for Craigslist users who like to peruse the [Erotic Services] Adult Services section of their site.  It's gone, replaced by a large black and white “censored” logo.  —  I've reached out to Craigslist for comment and await their reply.
Economist:
Untangling the social web  —  Software: From retailing to counterterrorism, the ability to analyse social connections is proving increasingly useful  —  TELECOMS operators naturally prize mobile-phone subscribers who spend a lot, but some thriftier customers, it turns out, are actually more valuable.
Discussion: UMBC ebiquity and broadstuff
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ex-Digg Architect Tells Kevin Rose “Keep The Crap Off The Site”  —  Digg CEO Kevin Rose can't win for losing.  —  First, he was raked over the coals for overhauling Digg.  —  Then, in response to some of these complaints, he announced on Twitter that he would add some features back.
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
AirDropper lets people put files into your Dropbox ... without signing up for Dropbox  —  Given my fondness for Dropbox, I can't believe I didn't find out about AirDropper before today.  It solves one of the biggest problems with Dropbox: getting files from friends or clients who don't want to sign up for Dropbox.
Discussion: Lifehacker
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
MapRejuice Is SETI@Home on Steroids  —  Millions of Web surfers have spare computer cycles—why not use browsers to tap them?  —  Unless a flash ad in one of your open browser tabs has gone rogue, it's likely you've got a few spare processor cycles available on the PC you're using to read this.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Kanye West Loves Twitter, And We Love Twitter For Kanye West's Tweets  —  You'll forgive me for sneaking in some pop culture in the mix because it's Saturday and all, right?  Rapper Kanye West is having a bit of a moment on Twitter the past few hours, apologizing for the Taylor Swift incident …
Laura June / Engadget:
iOS 4.1 confirmed for September 8th on Apple's UK website  —  According to Apple's UK website, iOS 4.1 will hit on Wednesday, September 8th.  The US website still displays the non-commital “Coming Soon” message, so we'll have to keep our eyes peeled.  We're going to go ahead and guess …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Huge Push In Brazil To Legalize File Sharing  —  We've discussed some interesting things happening down in Brazil when it comes to copyright.  First, we've looked a few times at how the super popular technobrega music industry has thrived by embracing giving away music and using that to build …
Discussion: ZeroPaid.com
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Dell's enterprise challenge remains after 3Par  —  SEATTLE — Dell Inc. doesn't have to start over in its quest to become a significant purveyor of technology for businesses after losing a multibillion dollar bidding contest for an obscure data-storage maker.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Want To Use Gmail Priority Inbox With IMAP?  Tough Luck  —  Curious what Google's Gmail Priority Inbox means for those of us that use an IMAP or POP client like Mac Mail or the Mail function on an iPhone?  Well as of yet the feature is not fully enabled on either IMAP or POP-compatible third party …
 
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