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2:00 AM ET, August 29, 2009

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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Bill would give president emergency control of Internet  —  Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet.  —  They're not much happier …
Sam Gustin / DailyFinance:
Microsoft's secret ‘screw Google’ meetings in D.C.  —  Microsoft's chief Washington lobbyist has been convening regular meetings attended by the company's outside consultants that have become known by some beltway insiders as “screw Google” meetings, DailyFinance has learned.
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.
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Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Developers Call BS On $2.4B iPhone App Store Number
Discussion: GigaOM and Neowin.net
Glenn Fleishman / Macworld:
Wake on Demand lets Snow Leopard sleep with one eye open  —  A new networking option in OS X 10.6 lets you access files on a slumbering Mac  —  To conserve power and reduce your electrical bill, you should shut down your computer or put it to sleep when not in use.
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Rumor: Apple May Be Working on XL Tablets Running Full Mac OS X  —  This one caught us by surprise, but it comes from a source that has always been 100% reliable: Not only Apple may be working on a 10-inch tablet, but also in 13" and 15" models, one running Mac OS X.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
How To Beat the Kindle  —  Study everything the iPod's rivals did.  Then do the exact opposite.  —  You might argue that Sony was visionary.  In the fall of 2006, it introduced the first eBook with an E Ink screen—long before Amazon's Kindle rolled out with the same technology.
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
The App Store Goes To China  —  A deal with China Unicom is good news for Apple—and better news for developers.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif. — The iPhone is going to China, which means more than 100,000 developers will have a chance to hitch a ride along with it.
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Wall Street Journal:
China Unicom Strikes iPhone Deal
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.
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Heather Smith / Bloomberg:
IPhone Cracks, Explosions in France Caused By External Force, Apple Says  —  Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. said iPhones turned in by customers in France and elsewhere in Europe with shattered screens showed outside pressure caused the cracking.  —  Apple is investigating reports …
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Kevin Anderson / Guardian:
Wolfram Alpha to open data feeds  —  Wolfram Alpha, a project from the makers of math software Mathematica, will soon be opening up its data sets, opening up new possibilities for data mash ups  —  Wolfram Alpha launched to much fanfare and a fair bit of confusion earlier this year.
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.
Thanks:atul
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Kurt Cobain returns, for “Guitar Hero” debut with “Teen Spirit”  —  Tragic Seattle rock star Kurt Cobain is headlining a new version of the hit video game “Guitar Hero” featuring an eerIE, animated Cobain resurrected on screen.  —  His appearance in “Guitar Hero 5” should balance out …
Discussion: TechFlash and Softpedia News
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Citizen Sports' iPhone App Is Better Than ESPN's, But They're Not Named ESPN  —  As a startup in the sports sphere, Citizen Sports has a simple, but annoying problem: They're not ESPN.  And it's simply hard to compete with the name that has basically become synonymous with sports.
Ronen Halevy / BerryReview.com:
HOT!  BIS 2.8 Features - Two Way Google Contacts Sync & More  —  Its good to be back!  Just got back from a weeks vacation in Switzerland and what a day.  One of our secret agents sent me the change log for the upcoming BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) 2.8 upgrade that is scheduled for September.
Bloomberg:
Comcast Wins Appeal of FCC Rule Limiting Cable Companies to 30% of Market  —  Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) — Comcast Corp., the biggest U.S. cable-television provider, won a legal victory as a court threw out a rule limiting cable companies to 30 percent of the market.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Expanding Access To Wave Soon, First “Hands-On” Impressions  —  At the end of next month, September 30, Google will expand the current “developer preview” of Google Wave to roughly 100,000 consumer users.  According to Google, “included in this group of early testers will be some of the businesses using Google Apps.”
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Sources: Current iPod SKUs discontinued, hinting at refresh  —  The current line of iPods is on its last legs, lending more evidence that an iPod refresh is just around the corner.  Sources from Apple Authorized Resellers have confirmed to Ars that current stock is dwindling …
Pete Wylie / FierceVoIP:
Report: Mark Andressen, others aim to purchase Skype  —  Skype, which corporate parent eBay has said it will spin off in an IPO in spring 2010, may be subject to a private offer from Netscape founded Marc Andressen's new venture capital firm and other private equity groups, according to a TechCrunch report.
Discussion: Signaling IT
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Brooke Crothers / Bits:
Tablet Computers Are Coming Soon, Nvidia Says
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Economist:
Now pay up  —  Newspapers have plenty of options for charging online, but no sure bets
Ryan Lawler / Contentinople:
Adobe's FMS 4.0 Will Support HTTP, Sources Say
Discussion: NewTeeVee
internetnews.com:
New Trojan Snags Skype Calls on Windows PCs
Discussion: eWeek Security Watch
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Video: How Google is changing its approach to the real-time web
 Earlier Items: 
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Nonprofits next to test Facebook payment platform
Discussion: Digits and All Facebook
internetnews.com:
Report: Virtualization Market Up for Grabs
Discussion: ITIC
Mark / Tapbots:
A Well-Timed Letter of Rejection
WM Professional / Phone Arena:
Storm 2, Touch Pro2, Omnia II and possibly the Pre …