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11:25 AM ET, September 6, 2010

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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Some See a Ploy as Craigslist Blocks Sex Ads  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Craigslist, by shutting off its “adult services” section and slapping a “censored” label in its place, is engaging in what some analysts describe as a high-stakes stunt to influence public opinion.
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Regulating sex and speech  —  Let me start with a disclosure: I hope to think that Craig Newmark is a friend.  He can be as hard for me to read as James Joyce or C++.  But I know him as a decent and genuine man who believes that he is bringing a service to millions of people …
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Your Post-Craigslist Guide to Buying Sex Online
Discussion: New York Times
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
What Big Brands Are Spending on Google  —  From BP's Boost in June to AT&T's Massive IPhone Outlay, Internal Doc Reveals What Marketers Drop on Search  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Before BP could stem the oil gusher at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, it unleashed $100 million in ad spending …
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
HTC's dual-mode CDMA / GSM Android slider hits the FCC, decked out in shades of Verizon  —  Remember that big, honking red-and-black HTC slider that dwarfed an EVO 4G?  It's back sporting Verizon colors just as we were told, and with a few more confirmed specifications thanks to the ever-reliable FCC.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Is Android Only Surging Because Apple Is Letting It?  —  This weekend, I've been catching up on some reading.  One post that was of particular interest to me was David Beach's article from last week about developing for Android.  Beach, who is a product manager at eBay Mobile and a co-founder of 12seconds …
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iPod touch made up 37.7 percent of all iOS devices sold so far  —  On September 1st, Apple announced that 120 million iOS devices were sold to date.  —  We know that there were 59.6 million iPhones sold through June (from SEC filings)  —  We also know that 3.2 million iPads were sold.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Curse of 3D TV  —  (At Panasonic's IFA booth: People using 3D glasses and monitors to watch the live women in front of their faces.)  —  If you determine the big story here at the IFA tech show here in Berlin based on raw square footage in the booths, there's no question what it is: 3D TV is everywhere.
Newsweek:
Efforts Afoot to Oust Assange as WikiLeaks Leader  —  As frontman for wikileaks.org, Julian Assange, the floppy-haired Australian computer hacker, has become an internationally celebrated advocate for would-be whistle-blowers.  But now that Swedish prosecutors have reopened a rape investigation …
Randall Stross / New York Times:
A Strong Password Isn't the Strongest Security  —  MAKE your password strong, with a unique jumble of letters, numbers and punctuation marks.  But memorize it — never write it down.  And, oh yes, change it every few months.  —  These instructions are supposed to protect us.  But they don't.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Pitos Blog
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Real Social Network: Your Mobile Contacts  —  The term “social network” is of course synonymous with online networks like Facebook.  But think about what you're actual social life is like for a second.  Are you really closest to the people whose items you “like” the most on Facebook?
Discussion: broadstuff
Serena Saitto / San Francisco Chronicle:
U.S. tech firms shop abroad to avoid taxes  —  Serena Saitto, Bloomberg Businessweek  —  U.S. technology companies are in a bind.  Much of their cash is parked abroad and they risk higher taxes if they bring profits from overseas back home.  —  They have joined other U.S. businesses …
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.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Emergency Facetime calls?  —  Interesting little button on lower right hand corner of the 4th generation iPod touch Passcode screen.  —  Is this another Photoshop error by Apple's web artisans?  Or maybe VoIP falls under the Emergency calling guidelines.  —  Here's another Photoshop error (see the phone icon?)
 
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Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
UN reveals global disparity in broadband access
Michael Stevens / Security Week:
Defense Department's Cyberwar Credibility Gap
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Blogging And Mass Psychomanipulation
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Mr. Extreme Closeup suggests next-gen iPad is testing FaceTime... right now
 Earlier Items: 
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Tech revolution spurs debate over antitrust law
John Markoff / New York Times:
The Boss Is Robotic, and Rolling Up Behind You
Jack Schofield / ZDNet:
Google's Buckyballs doodle costs people money, drives users away
Discussion: Download Squad