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7:15 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.
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.
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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.
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 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
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: iPhonAsia.com and VentureBeat
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
The App Store Goes To China
Discussion: PC World and Dow Jones Newswires
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.
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
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: RyanSpoon.com and Fast Company
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.
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
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
 
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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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Lisa Zyga / PhysOrg.com:
Researchers Hope to Mass-Produce Robots on a Chip
Discussion: Gizmodo and MAKE Magazine
Robert Lee Hotz / Wall Street Journal:
Data Deluge Swamps Science Historians
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Wolfram Alpha to open data feeds
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 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Citizen Sports' iPhone App Is Better Than ESPN's, But They're Not Named ESPN
Discussion: digg.com
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