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4:40 PM ET, August 29, 2010

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Too Few Women In Tech?  Stop Blaming The Men.  —  Success in Silicon Valley, most would agree, is more merit driven than almost any other place in the world.  It doesn't matter how old you are, what sex you are, what politics you support or what color you are.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
RIP Breaking News Online App: You Were the Best Way to Get News Fast  —  One year ago this month, the best iPhone app for finding out what's happening around the world, fast, launched to the public.  Breaking News Online (BNO), the incredible team lead by Dutch then-teenager Michael van Poppel …
Discussion: mocoNews
Paul Marks / New Scientist:
Socket and see: Apple reinvents the audio jack  —  Although Apple is known for filing patents on complex multi-touch algorithms, anti-piracy measures and advanced user interfaces, it still has a focus on basic hardware engineering.  One US patent application filed this week shows the firm reinventing the humble audio jack socket.
Discussion: App Advice
Ali Partovi / TechCrunch:
Bubble Blinders: The Untold Story of the Search Business Model  —  Ali Partovi is an angel investor, startup advisor, and serial entrepreneur.  He co-founded iLike, acquired by Myspace in 2009, and previously LinkExchange, acquired by Microsoft for $265mm in 1998.
Shaival Shah / Shaival Shah's Blog:
Cannibalize Business Development by Popularizing your API  —  The great fad of the last several years is self-serve and the ability to scale the distribution and access to your technology, product, service or data.  The Twitter API, Facebook Connect, Yelp API for reviews, Youtube Embed codes, Google Maps API, you name it.
Discussion: cdixon.org and ReadWriteStart, Thanks:atul
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPads now shipping within 24 hours, production issues over?  —  Since the iPad's initial launch on April 3rd and the 3G iPad's launch on April 30th, customer demand for the product was exceptional and even beat Apple's expectations.  Up until a couple weeks ago the shipping times …
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
International Users Accessing Facebook Places Through US VPN Accounts  —  By using a virtual private network (VPN) hosted in the United States, Facebook users from around the world are accessing Facebook Places.  The VPN allows foreign users to download the US version of the Facebook …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Takes Over Times Square With A Massive Display Ad  —  In terms of brand recognition, it's hard to top a huge live display billboard in Las Vegas.  But Foursquare has managed to do it.  As you can see above, they now have a massive, multi-level and multi-angle display practically screaming …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple App Store: 250,000 and counting  —  A nice round number, just in time for Steve Jobs to trot out at next week's special event  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: 148Apps.biz  —  According to 148Apps.biz, Apple's (AAPL) U.S. App Store passed the quarter million milestone on Friday, two years and 49 days after it opened.
Hunter Walk / TechCrunch:
Check (In) Yo' Self Before You Wreck Yo' Self: Why Foursquare Users Check In “Off The Grid”  —  This is a guest post by Hunter Walk (@hunterwalk) who conducted a survey of 500 Foursquare users to better understand their check in behaviors and motivations.  His obsession with Foursquare …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
The Look Ahead: Google Narrows Its Acquisition Focus  —  A weekly look at a story that is defining the news.  —  Google's shopping spree hit a new milestone this week.  By buying up visual search engine Like.com, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) made its 25th acquisition since CEO Eric Schmidt's declaration nearly …
Discussion: AdAge and L.A. Times Tech Blog
Elias Bizannes:
Why the seed investment bubble is exactly that  —  Jed Christiansen wrote a thesis on the rise of Y-combinator and other seed-accelerators.  He also released the data behind his research, which gives an insight into the success of the seed-accelerators.  It's fascinating to look at these numbers …
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