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4:35 AM ET, August 30, 2009


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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
TV facing ‘iTunes moment’ warns Microsoft's Ashley Highfield  —  Television industry must act soon or face losing control of its online presence to brand such as Apple, says Highfield  —  The TV industry has as little as two years to create viable digital businesses or face a version of the …
Discussion: Mashable! and Podcasting News
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
More questions than answers on Google Books  —  BERKELEY, CALIF. - Google's Dan Clancy had patiently answered question after question regarding Google's' Book Search settlement with publishers and authors until late in the afternoon Friday, when he was finally left speechless.
Allen Salkin / New York Times:
For Him, the Web Was No Safety Net  —  THERE was a time in the late 1990s when Josh Harris was a king of sorts.  A Silicon Alley pioneer, he was flush with millions of dollars made from his first Internet company, and he was spending it wildly on a series of legendary SoHo parties, businesses and social experiments.
Discussion: Gawker
Christopher Saunders / Internetnews Blog:
Apple's Snow Leopard puts the industry to shame  —  Source: Apple News and analysis of Apple's new release of OS X — version 10.6, dubbed “Snow Leopard” — have already begun making the rounds this week.  With the update going on sale today, you're certain to have seen...  But it's not.
Discussion: TUAW
Patrick / neutralday:
Pictures and Specifications of the Canon EOS 7D  —  Well, here it is, one step closer to being official.  The Canon EOS 7D making another appearance, as in leaked, in of course a Chinese forum.  Not only do we get a decidedly good look at the camera (and 3 new lenses, an EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS …
Discussion: Engadget, Photography Bay and Gizmodo
Noam Cohen / Bits:
Look This Up on Wikipedia: How Big Is Too Big?  —  Considering that Wikipedia has reached Top Five world status among Web sites - with more than 330 million users - its annual Wikimania conference, which ended Friday night in Buenos Aires, featured a lot of hand-wringing about all the problems the project faces.
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.
Ben Grubb /
Crime expert backs calls for ‘licence to compute’  —  But education should take back seat to product safety.  —  Australia's leading criminologist thinks online scams have escalated to such a point that first-time users of computers should have to earn a licence to surf the web.
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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
How many iPhones will Apple sell in China?  —  It's tempting to multiply China's 700 million mobile phone users by a percentage pulled out of a hat, and now that China Unicom has announced its deal with Apple (AAPL), everybody seems to be doing it.  —  Result: Published estimates …
Discussion: and VentureBeat
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
Clive Thompson / Wired News:
Clive Thompson on the New Literacy  —  As the school year begins, be ready to hear pundits fretting once again about how kids today can't write—and technology is to blame.  Facebook encourages narcissistic blabbering, video and PowerPoint have replaced carefully crafted essays …
Discussion: The Tech Report
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Do signs from Intel, Dell point to real turnaround?
Discussion: PC World
Jon Swartz / USA Today:
More marketers use social networking to reach customers
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Researchers Hope to Mass-Produce Robots on a Chip
Discussion: MAKE Magazine and Gizmodo
Robert Lee Hotz / Wall Street Journal:
Data Deluge Swamps Science Historians
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Angel Investor Chris Sacca To Launch $5 million Early Stage Venture Fund
Discussion: Pulse2, VentureBeat and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Kevin Anderson / Guardian:
Wolfram Alpha to open data feeds
Matt Galligan / TechCrunch:
How Yelp May Have Further Harmed The App Store Approval Process With Its Easter Egg
Discussion: and Fast Company