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5:20 AM ET, August 24, 2009

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Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Facebook's Zuckerberg Plans to Increase Staff 50% Amid Engineer Surplus  —  Aug. 24 (Bloomberg) — Facebook Inc. plans to expand its staff by as much as 50 percent this year as it benefits from a surplus of engineers amid the recession, Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said.
Boy Genius Report:
Upcoming Verizon handsets: Motorola Sholes, BlackBerry Curve 2, BlackBerry Storm 2, more  —  We just got hit with a nice outline of some of Verizon Wireless' upcoming handset release dates, and boy do they look appetizing.  First up is the Motorola Sholes, a phone most of us assumed wouldn't be launching until very late in the year.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Where Yahoo Leaves Google in the Dust  —  GOOGLE has an outsize image as the deft master of information.  Its superior technology seems to pitilessly grind up its rivals.  But Google's domination in search has proved hard for it to match in some information domains.
Discussion: Beyond Search, Thanks:dtunkelang
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
How I Got the Google Voice/App Store Story Wrong  —  As I mentioned in my piece Friday on Apple's response to the FCC's Google Voice App Store inquiry, I got an important aspect of the story wrong in my initial coverage.  On 28 July, in a piece in which I initially speculated that Apple's decision might …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Foreigners Attending US Grad Schools Way Down: Wake Up, Xenophobes  —  It's happening: Lou Dobbs' dream come true and Silicon Valley's worst nightmare.  We're already seeing the reverse brain drain as smart immigrants take their US educations and experience building companies and creating technology back to their home countries.
Discussion: Helloform and Texas Startup Blog
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
NYT Starts Serving Up Intrusive Ads in Its iPhone App  —  The New York Times (NYSE: NYT) has thrown down the gauntlet when it comes to ads on mobile apps, specifically its iPhone app.  Over the weekend, it has started running roadblock interactive ads on its iPhone app, possibly the first such by a big publisher.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
ISP Friendly BitTorrent Tracker Doubles Download Speeds  —  Since it was first released by Bram Cohen back in 2001, very few changes have been made to the way BitTorrent works.  It was a revolutionary invention and to date it is by far the most effective way to transfer large files online.
Discussion: Pulse2
Alex Wright / New York Times:
Mining the Web for Feelings, Not Facts  —  Computers may be good at crunching numbers, but can they crunch feelings?  —  The rise of blogs and social networks has fueled a bull market in personal opinion: reviews, ratings, recommendations and other forms of online expression.
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Can AT&T Meet iPhone Network Demands?  —  As AT&T struggles to keep up with iPhone-delivered videos and apps, its leadership in the market for smartphone Web access is at stake  —  When AT&T (T) cut the deal that made it the exclusive U.S. distributor of Apple's iPhone …
Discussion: Sidecut Reports
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Slate Replaces Newspaper Roundup With News Updates  —  Slate's “Today's Papers,” one of the original aggregators of the Web, is being retired, 12 years after it started its beloved once-a-day summary of the nation's news pages.  —  In its place comes a new recap of the news …
Discussion: paidContent
Financial Times:
Services hold key to Nokia's future  —  By Andrew Parker in London and Andrew Ward in Stockholm  —  Inside Nokia's headquarters in Espoo, Finland, on the edge of the Baltic sea, there are television screens telling staff how many people are using the Finnish company's fledgling mobile phone services.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
‘Skank’ blogger talks, sues Google for $15m  —  Now the world knows: the “skanks of NYC” blogger is one Rosemary Port, a 27-year-old student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and she is one pissed-off young lady.  She not only has strong words for model Liskula Cohen …
Discussion: NEWS.com.au and NY Daily News
 
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Fred No Longer King of YouTube; All Hail Nigahiga
Discussion: Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Funded Publishes Ideal First Round Term Sheet
Discussion: VentureWoods, Thanks:atul
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
The economy changes the course of chip design at Hot Chips conference
Discussion: EE Times
San Francisco Chronicle:
Judge tosses much of S.F. computer-hijack case
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Samsung's Instinct HD shows up on Best Buy site
Discussion: IntoMobile, Pulse2, Phone Arena and I4U News
New York Times:
Europe Divided on Google Book Deal
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Smartphones drive language learning innovation
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Five Pirate Bay BitTorrent Alternatives
Zee / TheNextWeb.com:
(updated) 4Chan launches embarrassing attack on devout Christians on Facebook
Discussion: The Blog Herald and digg.com, Thanks:mgcreed
 

 
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