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9:00 AM 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, A VC, 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.
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.
Discussion: SFGate
Agence France Presse:
Google to pay 8.5 million dollars to settle Buzz case  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Google has agreed to pay 8.5 million dollars (US) to settle a privacy lawsuit over a Buzz social networking tool added to free email service Gmail in February, according to court documents.
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Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
In Defense of Google, Or Why Consumer Watchdog is Full of It
Discussion: GMSV, Thanks:rawmeet
Mike Yang / The Official Google Blog:
Trimming our privacy policies
Google Public Policy Blog:
Texas inquires on our approach to competition  —  We've always worked hard to ensure that our success is earned the right way — by building great products, not locking in our users or advertisers.  That said, we recognize that as Google grows, we're going to face more questions about how our business works.
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:   Texas Probes Google on Ranking of Search Results
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Texas Attorney General Investigating Google & Antitrust Issues
Discussion: eWeek and The Register, Thanks:atul
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: Electronista
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
BREAKING: Facebook Now Displaying All Liked News Articles In Search Results  —  Another big upgrade from Facebook: the company is currently testing search results which display articles ranked by likes.  Additionally, the results for searches now shows the results from all around the web based on two things …
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.
Kamau High / Speakeasy:
Controversial ‘Duke Nukem Forever’ Will Finally Be Released … “Duke Nukem Forever,” a video game synonymous with never being released, is finally being released.  —  The first person shooter about a space marine with a penchant for off-color humor who battles aliens with increasingly destructive weapons …
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
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Quantcast: Android continues to grow vs. iOS domination  —  The Android juggernaut continues to explode, now owning 25% of US mobile web browsing.  —  Quantcast data for August is in and the trends we've been seeing since the beginning of the year have continued.
Matthew Moskovciak / Crave:
Apple TV isn't 1080p and you shouldn't care  —  The refreshed Apple TV sports a new design, Netflix streaming, and low price, but like the old model, Apple's streaming video box is still limited to 720p content.  While that means the Apple TV loses the spec war to competitors like the Xbox 360 and Vudu …
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
How Websites Make You Spill Your Secrets  —  People divulge more sensitive information on sites that look less safe.  —  Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have found that the appearance of website has a big effect on how honestly people answer personal questions put to them by the site.
Discussion: Future Tense
 
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Bloomberg:
Coinstar Builds Apple Ties as It Seeks Online Partner
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
German Court Finds YouTube Liable In Copyright Case
Discussion: Associated Press and Techdirt
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Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
See, YouTube ads can be awesome: A hunter shoots a bear
Discussion: Fortune and New York Times
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Mint Sets Spending Data Free
Patrick Seitz / IBD Click:
Netflix Ends Its Social-Networking Experiment
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Here come ‘Hurt Locker’ file-sharing subpoenas
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Google's TV Previewed at IFA, Suddenly Not the Smartest Kid on the Block
Economist:
A virtual counter-revolution  —  The internet has been a great unifier …
AppleInsider:
Apple now offers HTML5-based movie showtimes, locations
Discussion: Macworld, Gizmodo, Erictric and TUAW