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1:40 AM ET, August 30, 2009

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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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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
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
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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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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: VentureBeat, Pulse2 and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
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
 
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Do signs from Intel, Dell point to real turnaround?
Discussion: PC World
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Report: Are iPhones Really Exploding All Over the World?
Jon Swartz / USA Today:
More marketers use social networking to reach customers
Discussion: Going Social Now
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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Kevin Anderson / Guardian:
Wolfram Alpha to open data feeds
Discussion: Software, Interrupted and digg.com
Matt Galligan / TechCrunch:
How Yelp May Have Further Harmed The App Store Approval Process With Its Easter Egg
Discussion: RyanSpoon.com and Fast Company
Ronen Halevy / BerryReview.com:
HOT! BIS 2.8 Features - Two Way Google Contacts Sync & More
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Citizen Sports' iPhone App Is Better Than ESPN's, But They're Not Named ESPN
Discussion: digg.com