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3:10 PM ET, August 21, 2009

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Stephen Wolfram / Wolfram:
What We've Been Doing This Summer  —  So what's been happening with Wolfram|Alpha this summer?  A lot!  —  At a first glance, the website looks pretty much as it did when it first launched—with the straightforward input field.  But inside that simple exterior an incredible amount has happened.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
What Wolfram Alpha Really Did This Summer: Struck A Deal With Bing.  —  Computer scientist Stephen Wolfram gave a report today listing what the team at Wolfram Alpha, his new search engine, did this summer.  They added new knowledge domains and over 2 million lines of code …
The JobsBloggers / Microsoft JobsBlog:
Microsoft Retail Stores: We're hiring!  —  You may have heard about our plans to open Microsoft retail stores in cities around the world.  Well, I know a lot of you have heard because the JobsBloggers have been getting peppered with questions. :)  —  We've recently announced our first two stores …
VentureBeat:
Twitter to roll out commercial accounts this year  —  Yes, Twitter will start earning some income this year.  —  Co-founder Biz Stone said the company is in the first phase of rolling out commercial accounts that will entice business users to pay for premium services like detailed analytics.
Michael Gummelt / Facebook Blog:
Publishing to Twitter from Facebook Pages  —  Many people have asked us to make Facebook and Twitter work better together for those times when they want to share their content as widely as possible.  We agree.  Over the next few days, we will be releasing a feature that allows administrators …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's UK Online Store Lists August 28th Ship Date for Snow Leopard Up-to-Date Program [Updated]  —  Apple's UK online store is now listing a shipping date for the OS X Snow Leopard “Up-to-Date” program of “by August 28th”.  The listing comes on the heels of reports from several sources …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
FCC to vote on wireless industry competition inquiry; Watch out Verizon and AT&T  —  The Federal Communication Commission will vote Aug. 27 on a broad inquiry into wireless industry competition.  The FCC move is likely to put AT&T and Verizon under the regulatory microscope.
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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Tech giants unite against Google  —  Three technology heavyweights are joining a coalition to fight Google's attempt to create what could be the world's largest virtual library.  —  Amazon, Microsoft and Yahoo will sign up to the Open Book Alliance being spearheaded by the Internet Archive.
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Wall Street Journal:
Internet Archive to Form Coalition to Challenge Google Books Settlement
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T to require smartphone data plans starting September 6th  —  AT&T subscribers, we have good news and bad news.  The bad news is that as of September 6th, AT&T will begin requiring that all smartphones sign up for a smartphone data plan.  The good news is that customers …
Nick Halstead / TweetMeme Blog:
TweetMeme Retweet Button Growth  —  I wanted to share a few numbers about the growth of TweetMeme and explain why so many users are using our service.  In the last 30 days we have served 1.6 billion retweet buttons, and we seeing an average growth of 20% week-on-week.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   What Exactly Do 1.6 Billion Retweet Buttons Get You? …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Pirate Bay's Supposed Buyer Says Everything's Awesome.  So Why Are Its Allies Running?  —  The company that wants to buy The Pirate Bay and turn the file-sharing haven legit says its plans are moving full-steam ahead.  But it seems to be having a hard time convincing its own team.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, CNET News and Music Ally
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flickr v. Free Speech.  Where Is Their Courage?  —  One thing I've learned over the years is this - screwing over your users while yelling “the lawyers made me do it!” rarely ends well.  Particularly when the lawyers are just being lazy, and free speech rights are at stake.
Biz / Twitter Blog:
Location, Location, Location  —  Twitter platform developers have been doing innovative work with location for some time despite having access to only a rudimentary level of API support.  Most of the location-based projects we see are built using the simple, account-level location field folks can fill out as part of their profile.
Economist:
Snap it, click it, use it  —  A new way to deliver information to mobile phones is spreading around the world  —  NEGOTIATING his way across a crowded concourse at a busy railway station, a traveller removes his phone from his pocket and, using its camera, photographs a bar code printed on a poster.
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
AT&T Completes NYC 3G Coverage Upgrade  —  AT&T has upgraded its 3G network in New York City to use its large swathe of older 850-MHz spectrum, company spokesman Mark Siegel said today.  A similar upgrade for San Francisco is currently in progress, he added.
Stephen Shankland / The Download Blog:
Google's 64-bit Chrome starts emerging—on Linux  —  Google has begun work on a 64-bit version of Chrome for Linux, a move likely to whip Linux loyalists into a lather of excitement.  —  “The V8 team did some amazing work this quarter building a working 64-bit port.
Dana Oshiro / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Labs Launches Listen Podcast App  —  Google Labs just launched Listen - an “audio magazine” that allows Android users to subscribe to programs and search terms to queue up their podcasts for easy listening.  While Listen only offers English audio podcasts for now …
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Powering Up Your Smart Phone  —  Phone-accessory makers are finding success with unusual chargers and battery-life boosters.  —  When it comes to cellphone cases, Case-Mate is a master.  The Georgia-based manufacturer has been cranking out covers for iPods and phones in leather, polycarbonate …
Jordan Golson / GigaOM:
Southwest to Roll Out Wi-Fi Fleetwide in Q1 2010  —  Southwest Airlines said today that it will begin a fleetwide rollout of its in-flight Wi-Fi service in the first quarter of 2010, putting it on track to be the first major airline to offer broadband access in all of its planes.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
HTC Click video demo: entry-level Android Donut in wild [Updated]  —  Remember the HTC Click?  The company's entry-level Android smartphone is tipped to arrive in September or October this year, but until we have any official confirmation we've got leaked hands-on footage from Tinh Te.
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Why did Newser's traffic fall off a cliff?  —  Michael Wolff, whose two-year-old site, Newser, is frequently cited as a model for the future of journalism, titled a typically provocative blog post yesterday, “I'm Proud to Kill the News.”  He made the usual case that news aggregators understand the web better than newspaper websites.
Discussion: Beet.TV
Wall Street Journal:
Restless Workers in Silicon Valley Seek Ways to Cash In Early  —  As Silicon Valley's stock-driven wealth machine sputters in the recession, technology start-ups are exploring new ways for employees to tap their holdings.  —  Many of the moves have been triggered by Facebook Inc. …
Discussion: GigaOM, GMSV and the Econsultancy blog
Maha Atal / Brainstorm Tech:
You've got blogs: ex-AOLers build sites for writers, documentarians  —  New online platforms like True/Slant and SnagFilms are a home for original content.  Can they succeed?  —  Godfather: Leonsis backs AOL-bred online ventures.  Photo: SnagFilms  —  AOL is getting some good press …
Tameka Kee / paidContent:
Saber Seven Raises $4 Million For 'Dream'-Based Search Engine  —  Saber Seven is betting that enough people will want to search for specific info around their dreams—whether it be running a marathon, backpacking through South America, or landing a new job—that they'll be able to package …
Carlos Kirjner / blogband:
The Definition of Broadband  —  Today the FCC is releasing a Public Notice, or PN, on the best way to define broadband.  As the PN points out, much of the recent debate tends to center on throughput speeds.  Engineers know that these numbers by themselves are most often misleading.
 
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How Tim O'Reilly Aims to Change Government
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Daniel Emery / BBC:
Iran tries to crack games market
Discussion: Kotaku and GamePolitics News
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Hewlett Foundation ponies up cash for Wikipedia
Discussion: Wikimedia Foundation
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
U.K. Government Looks to Smart Ticketing for Transport
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
In D.C. Region, Some Metro Tweets Run Too Long, Say Too Little
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld:
Who writes Linux: Big Business
 Earlier Items: 
Analysys Mason:
As Clearwire investors write off billions of dollars, what is the future for WiMAX?
Discussion: GigaOM
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Continues To Right App Store Wrongs. Obama “Hope” App Is Go.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
News Corp. pushing to create an online news consortium
Discussion: MediaPost, paidContent, MediaMemo and Gawker
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Windows 7: The OS that launches a thousand touch-screen PCs?
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
iPhone 3GS capable of 720p, 1080p hi-def playback?
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Hacker Mitnick may sue AT&T over data breach