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10:00 AM ET, September 5, 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 …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Apple's Ping tops 1M users in two days, but it's no Google Buzz
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
The Leaning Tower of Ping: How iTunes Could Be Apple's Undoing
Discussion: TiPb, Webomatica and broadstuff
Wall Street Journal:
Mark Hurd in Talks With Oracle  —  Mark Hurd, who resigned as chief executive of Hewlett-Packard Co. last month, is in talks to join Oracle Corp. as a top executive, people familiar with the matter said.  —  The exact nature of Mr. Hurd's new job couldn't be learned.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
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
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: Gawker, UMBC ebiquity and broadstuff
Jack Schofield / ZDNet:
Google's Buckyballs doodle costs people money, drives users away  —  Within a couple of seconds of sitting down at my PC on Saturday I realised something was badly wrong, and since Google has been my browser home page for the past decade, it was dead easy to spot the guilty party: Google.
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 …
John Markoff / New York Times:
The Boss Is Robotic, and Rolling Up Behind You  —  SACRAMENTO — Dr. Alan Shatzel's pager beeped at 9 on a Saturday morning.  A man had suffered a stroke, and someone had to decide, quickly, whether to give him an anticlotting drug that could mean the difference between life and death.
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.
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.
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Tech revolution spurs debate over antitrust law  —  The antitrust scrutiny of Google, Apple and Intel has reignited a simmering debate in academic and legal circles over the appropriate regulation of dominant technology companies.  —  Put simply: Is antitrust outdated for the Information Age?
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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