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6:35 PM ET, September 9, 2010

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Apple:
Statement by Apple on App Store Review Guidelines  —  The App Store℠ has revolutionized the way mobile applications are developed and distributed.  With over 250,000 apps and 6.5 billion downloads, the App Store has become the world's largest mobile application platform and App Store developers …
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple's App Store Review Guidelines: 'we don't need any more fart apps'  —  Apple definitely surprised us this morning by relaxing its restrictions on third-party iOS development tools and publishing its app review guidelines, but that's nothing compared to the almost shockingly blunt tone of the guidelines themselves.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple to Allow Other iPhone Development Tools, Publishes App Review Guidelines  —  In a surprising announcement, and after receiving countless criticisms by developers and users, Apple has announced that they “are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps” and “publishing app review guidelines.”
Omar Hamoui / Google Mobile Ads Blog:
An Update on Apple's Terms of Service  —  Today, Apple updated their iPhone Developer Program License Agreement.  Unlike the previous version, these new terms ensure that Apple's developers have the choice of a variety of advertising solutions (including Google's and AdMob's) to earn money and fund their apps.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
A Taste of What's New in the Updated App Store License Agreement and New Review Guidelines  —  Apple today announced several significant changes to the iOS developer agreement, and a new document called the App Store Review Guidelines.  The latter is intended as a plain-English guide …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Apple relents on Flash-derived iPhone, iPad apps
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Thou Shalt Not Chatroulette Or Russian Roulette: The Best Of The App Store Rules
Discussion: CNET News, VentureBeat and PC World
Marcus Foster / Google Voice Blog:
Fast Access to Google Voice with Android Widgets  —  Mobile is all about getting super fast access to what you're looking for and Google Voice is no exception.  So, today we're releasing an update to the Android app, which gives you immediate access to your Google Voice Inbox and settings via two new home screen widgets.
Ben Gomes / The Official Google Blog:
Google Instant, behind the scenes  —  Yesterday we introduced Google Instant, a change to make search fast and interactive by showing you results instantly as you type.  With Instant we've turned search from a static HTML page into an AJAX application, just as we did with Google Maps and Gmail.
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft: No, Bing Is NOT Powering All Verizon Android Phones  —  Microsoft will have Bing installed as the default search engine on a number of Verizon Android-based smartphones in the future, but it will not be the exclusive search engine for Verizon's Android phones.
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The Droid Guy:
EXCLUSIVE: Verizon Dropping Google Search From All Future Androids?  —  We've been working on this story since yesterday in regards to the Verizon Samsung Fascinate, A Galaxy S Phone.  After the Samsung Galaxy release event in late June we discovered, as the rest of you did, that Bing would be the search on the fascinate.
Google Mobile Blog:
Walk this way  —  Whether you're going for an urban hike or wandering from your hotel to find that restaurant you passed earlier, you won't have to flag down a local if you've got Google Maps for mobile 4.5 on Android.  Maps already had Navigation and walking directions …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
EXCLUSIVE: Windows Phone 7 launching 11 October  —  Pocket-lint told launch date by multiple sources  —  Multiple sources?familiar?with the matter have confirmed to Pocket-lint that Microsoft will launch its new mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7, on 11 October 2010.
Jonny Evans's blog:
Interview: Apple's AirPlay is a big, big business  —  Perhaps you didn't see it, but Apple last week helped create a brand-new $15 billion business when it introduced its new AirPlay music streaming system, which it is licensing to third party developers.  —  AirPlay will mean anyone with an iPod …
Discussion: Geek.com, Engadget and TUAW
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Joel Johnson / Gizmodo:
Forget Apple TV. AirPlay Is Apple's Sneak Attack On Television
Discussion: Engadget
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Betaworks and The Times Plan a Social News Service  —  Something is stirring deep within the technology incubator Betaworks: A personalized news service called News.me that is being developed in collaboration with The New York Times.  —  On Thursday, a cryptic placeholder for the service went live.
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Rackspace Pulls The Plug On ‘Burn A Koran Day’ Church's Web Site (UPDATE: Burning Cancelled)  —  Surely by now you've heard of the Dove World Outreach Center, the Florida church that plans to hold a “Koran burning day” on September 11, the nine year anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Facebook Passes Google In Time Spent On Site For First Time Ever  —  If Google wasn't already scared of Facebook, this ought to do the trick.  —  Time spent on Facebook was greater than time spent on Google sites in the U.S. in August for the first time in history, according to fresh data from comScore.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Android Is As Open As The Clenched Fist I'd Like To Punch The Carriers With  —  This past weekend, I wrote a post wondering if Android was surging in the U.S. market because Apple was letting it?  The main thought was that by remaining exclusively tied to AT&T, Apple was driving some users to choose Android …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Like It or Not, Twitter Has Become a News Platform  —  There's been plenty of debate lately about whether Twitter has become “mainstream” or not, but examples continue to pile up of how the social network/microblogging platform has worked its way into our lives, to the point where it has become a form of media unto itself.
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Did FTC Probe Cause Apple to Change App Rules?  (UPDATED)  —  Apple's unexpected announcement Thursday that it would let programmers use third-party tools to write apps for the iPhone and iPad may deflate a federal investigation into whether the restrictions were anti-competitive by making …
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Thanks:rsingel
DigiTimes:
Apple products are a mutant virus, but PC brands will eventually find a cure, says Acer founder  —  Acer founder Stan Shih, in a talks with reporters on September 8, commented that Apple's strong popularity is mainly due to its products such as iPad and iPhone, and these products are like mutant viruses …
Jerry Cain / Facebook Developer Blog:
New Like Button Features Mean More Opportunities for Liking  —  Since we launched social plugins in April, we've been listening to user feedback and working with developers to optimize the Like button to make it as seamless as possible for people to like content around the web and share it with their friends.
Discussion: TechCrunch and All Facebook
Reuters:
Judge rules for eBay over Craigslist rights plan  —  (Reuters) - A judge rescinded a protective measure adopted by the board of popular classifieds site Craigslist to block a potential hostile takeover by e-commerce site eBay Inc.  —  EBay had complained that the measure diluted its stake …
Neal Mohan / The Official Google Blog:
Display advertising: “WATCH THIS SPACE”  —  Last year, the travel industry—like many others—was having a difficult time.  To grow its business, Hawaiian Airlines created and ran an engaging and interactive display ad campaign on the Google Display Network (comprising over a million partner websites …
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
‘Censored’ Gone; Craigslist Could Go Before Congress  —  On Wednesday, Craigslist pulled the “censored” label from its U.S. site — but didn't restore its controversial adult services section.  —  Craigslist first put up a black box reading “censored” on its site last Friday …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Wireless call quality matters and that's bad news for AT&T, good for Verizon, Sprint  —  When it comes to dropped mobile calls, the wireless industry is a lot like real estate: It's all about location.  —  J.D. Power measured call quality in a report released Thursday and found that AT&T lags in most regions.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
iTunes Costs Apple $1 Billion to Run  —  Between movies and TV episodes, books and music, and apps of all prices, Apple is swimming in profits from iTunes.  But how much does it take for Apple to maintain that store?  —  According to app developer and industry analysis site Asymco …
 
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple revamps developer app sales reporting
Thanks:markgurman
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft apologizes for spate of recent Online Services outages
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Broadcom swims upstream, tackles Linux WiFi woes with new open drivers
Ty McMahan / Venture Capital Dispatch:
MetaCafe Bets Big On 90-Second Video Clips
Discussion: NewTeeVee and paidContent
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
MTV Bumps Vevo as Top Online Music Destination, Igniting a Web Video Flame War
Nelson Minar / Nelson's Weblog:
Stop making social networks, Facebook won
Discussion: Ben Metcalfe Blog and msnbc.com, Thanks:mathewi
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Ex-Sun Chief Gets Healthy With New Venture
 Earlier Items: 
Ragnhild Kjetland / Bloomberg:
Apple Eats Into Nintendo, Sony Sales as the IPhone Plays to Gamers
Discussion: IntoMobile
Paul Tharp / New York Post:
Former fund raiser rips Elevation
Adrianne Jeffries / ReadWriteWeb:
For Advertisers, Location-Based Services “Blew Up Overnight”
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Hey iPhone, Meet a Tiny Chip With Superpowers.