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1:20 PM ET, September 4, 2010

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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Apple's Ping tops 1M users in two days, but it's no Google Buzz  —  Apple announced just a few hours ago that it's new music-centered social network Ping has surpassed 1 million users in a mere two days.  —  While the announcement may seem impressive, if you consider that iTunes …
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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, OSNews and Mashable!
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
The Leaning Tower of Ping: How iTunes Could Be Apple's Undoing  —  Wade Roush wrote:  —  With each new product that Apple announces, including the revamped Apple TV and the new Ping social network, Steve Jobs reveals a little bit more of his plan to dominate the media universe.
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 and BetaNews
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.
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 …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Steve Jobs: iTunes 10 Icon Does Not ‘Suck’  —  While winding down from Wednesday's iPod announcements, Apple CEO Steve Jobs appears to have taken some time to respond to an e-mail criticizing the new look of the iTunes icon.  —  Joshua Kopac, who oversees design work for advertising firm ValuLeads …
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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Eminem Wins Appeal Over Universal Music: iTunes Downloads Should Be Accounted Differently Than CD Sales  —  Well, well, well.  A few years back, we noted that Eminem's publisher was upset about the royalty cut they were getting from sales on iTunes, and they eventually sued both Apple …
Adam Dachis / Lifehacker:
iPhone 3G Speed Test: iOS 4.0 versus iOS 4.1  —  iOS 4.0 was so slow on our 3G, we promptly downgraded after updating.  Earlier this week, Apple announced, among other things, that iOS 4.1 fixed performance on the iPhone 3G.  We put their claim to the test.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Announces Can't Be Missed Press Event On Search - What's Up?  —  Google's announced a special press event for next Wednesday on search that “you won't want to miss.” What big news could there be?  Let's speculate — but I wouldn't get too excited.  —  Here's what the invite says:
Discussion: Fortune and Electronista
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
The Struggle for What We Already Have  —  For something that seems so simple and straightforward, “net neutrality” has sure created one big mess.  —  Net neutrality, of course, is the principle that Internet service providers should not be allowed to favor some Internet content over other content by delivering it faster.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Texas Attorney General Investigating Google & Antitrust Issues  —  Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is conducting an investigation into Google's business practices as they relate to search listings, in particular whether Google is manipulating its paid and editorial results in a way that violates antitrust laws.
Discussion: DailyFinance, New York Times, eWeek and The Register, Thanks:atul
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Prevents Users From Sending Suspicious Friend Requests To Strangers  —  Facebook has begun implementing new security measures to prevent friend request spamming.  Some users are being shown a “This Request Can't Be Sent” pop-up if their request is deemed suspicious.
Discussion: All Facebook
Therese Poletti / Wall Street Journal:
New York's Tech Start-Up Scene Comes of Age  —  Just stop calling it ‘Silicon Alley’  —  In the late 1990s, as Silicon Valley's tech industry headed into boom-land, so too did New York City.  —  A slew of startups formed, many focused on “new media,” or advertising on the Internet.
 
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Erica Naone / Technology Review:
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Bloomberg:
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
German Court Finds YouTube Liable In Copyright Case
Discussion: Associated Press and Techdirt
Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
IBM Helps Tennis Fans “See Through Walls” with Augmented Reality
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See, YouTube ads can be awesome: A hunter shoots a bear
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Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Quantcast: Android continues to grow vs. iOS domination
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
BREAKING: Facebook Now Displaying All Liked News Articles In Search Results
Matthew Moskovciak / Crave:
Apple TV isn't 1080p and you shouldn't care
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Google's TV Previewed at IFA, Suddenly Not the Smartest Kid on the Block
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