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10:10 PM ET, August 29, 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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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.
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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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.
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
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
The App Store Goes To China
Discussion: Dow Jones Newswires
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
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
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
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.
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
 
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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
Kevin Anderson / Guardian:
Wolfram Alpha to open data feeds
Discussion: CNET News
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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
Brooke Crothers / Bits:
Tablet Computers Are Coming Soon, Nvidia Says
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 

 
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