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3:10 PM ET, August 29, 2009

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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Future of the Facebook iPhone App, According to the Man Who Made It  —  Apple approved the first update to the Facebook app on the iPhone in almost a year yesterday and it was a huge hit.  The app was built by Joe Hewitt, whose previous work includes the co-creation of Firefox with Blake Ross.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Coupons You Don't Clip, Sent to Your Cellphone  —  Hunter Gilmore was never big on clipping coupons.  “You stick them on the fridge, meaning to use them, and it never happens,” said Mr. Gilmore, a 29-year-old actor and advertising agency recruiter in Manhattan.
Matt Galligan / TechCrunch:
How Yelp May Have Further Harmed The App Store Approval Process With Its Easter Egg  —  Editor's Note: This guest post was written by Matt Galligan, CEO of CrashCorp, a company working on a product called SimpleGeo providing “location as a service” as well as an Augmented Reality SDK for app developers.
Discussion: Fast Company
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Hulu Has More Viewers Than Time Warner Cable  —  Hulu's reach as a video platform keeps growing, now reaching more video viewers than the second biggest U.S. cable company.  —  In July, some 38 million people watched a video on Hulu, according to comScore.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Angel Investor Chris Sacca To Launch $5 million Early Stage Venture Fund  —  Chris Sacca, a prolific Silicon Valley angel investor, is closing on a new venture fund he'll call Lowercase Capital, we've confirmed.  The fund size will be in the $5 million range, and will make investments ranging from $50,000 - $150,000 per deal.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Dan Frakes / Macworld:
Snow Leopard's System Preferences shuffle  —  Where your favorite system settings have gone in Mac OS X 10.6  —  As it does in every major upgrade to Mac OS X, Apple has renovated System Preferences in Snow Leopard, reorganizing individual panes and changing the layout of settings within panes.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Report: Are iPhones Really Exploding All Over the World?  —  We have done some research, and it appears than the rumors of iPhones exploding all around the world—"world" as in “France, UK, and Belgium”—are greatly exaggerated.  Here are all the known cases, and Apple's official answer.  Updated
Patrick Smith / paidContent:
EC Media Commissioner Backs Google Books Plan  —  Given all the controversy, legal action and anti-trust scrutiny surrounding Google's plans to digitise millions of books, the search giant has been given some welcome backing from European Commissioner Viviane Redding.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Flickr Obama/Joker Takedown Story Gets... Odd  —  We were a bit confused over the claim recently that Flickr (Yahoo) had taken down a Photoshopped image of Obama as “the Joker” superimposed on a Time Magazine cover.  It didn't make much sense, because it wasn't clear who's copyright was even at issue.
Discussion: PlagiarismToday
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Do signs from Intel, Dell point to real turnaround?  —  Intel and Dell are indicating that PC demand may be increasing but it's not clear how sustained or strong this trend is.  —  The news Friday that Intel raised guidance is not a surprise, according to Ashok Kumar, an analyst at investment bank Collins Stewart.
Discussion: PC World
Jon Swartz / USA Today:
More marketers use social networking to reach customers  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Ford Motor has high hopes for Fiesta, a popular model abroad launching in the U.S. next year.  —  So how does it introduce the subcompact car to Americans?  A massive ad blitz on TV?  In-house promotions at dealers nationwide?
Discussion: Going Social Now
Robert Lee Hotz / Wall Street Journal:
Data Deluge Swamps Science Historians  —  As Paper Trails Fade, Digital Material Grows in Size and Complexity; How to Decipher Those 80-Column Punch Cards  —  The next generation of experiments, like the Large Hadron Collider, above, a powerful particle accelerator beneath the border …
 
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Lisa Zyga / PhysOrg.com:
Researchers Hope to Mass-Produce Robots on a Chip
Discussion: Gizmodo and MAKE Magazine
Kevin Anderson / Guardian:
Wolfram Alpha to open data feeds
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
The App Store Goes To China
Discussion: PC World and Dow Jones Newswires
Ronen Halevy / BerryReview.com:
HOT! BIS 2.8 Features - Two Way Google Contacts Sync & More
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Citizen Sports' iPhone App Is Better Than ESPN's, But They're Not Named ESPN
Discussion: digg.com
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Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Developers Call BS On $2.4B iPhone App Store Number
Discussion: GigaOM
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Kurt Cobain returns, for “Guitar Hero” debut with “Teen Spirit”
Discussion: TechFlash and Softpedia News
Brooke Crothers / Bits:
Tablet Computers Are Coming Soon, Nvidia Says
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
TomTom's Car Kit for iPhone hits the FCC
 

 
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Steve Coll / New Yorker:
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Associated Press:
Journalist Peter Theo Curtis, held hostage in Syria for 22 months, arrives in US

 
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