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6:50 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 …
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
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.
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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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.
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
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.
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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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.
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Michelle Meyers / CNET News:
Accused mastermind of TJX hack to plead guilty  —  Albert Gonzalez, the alleged ringleader of one of the largest known identity theft cases in U.S. history, has agreed to plead guilty to all 19 counts of related charges against him, according to court documents filed Friday.
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
Jon Swartz / USA Today:
More marketers use social networking to reach customers  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Ford Motor has high hopes for Fiesta, a popular model abroad launching in the U.S. next year.  —  So how does it introduce the subcompact car to Americans?  A massive ad blitz on TV?  In-house promotions at dealers nationwide?
Discussion: Going Social Now
Wall Street Journal:
Data Deluge Swamps Science Historians  —  As Paper Trails Fade, Digital Material Grows in Size and Complexity; How to Decipher Those 80-Column Punch Cards  —  The next generation of experiments, like the Large Hadron Collider, above, a powerful particle accelerator beneath the border …
Lisa Zyga / PhysOrg.com:
Researchers Hope to Mass-Produce Robots on a Chip  —  (PhysOrg.com) — Tiny robots the size of a flea could one day be mass-produced, churned out in swarms and programmed for a variety of applications, such as surveillance, micromanufacturing, medicine, cleaning, and more.
Discussion: Gizmodo and MAKE Magazine
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.
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 …
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.
 
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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
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Expanding Access To Wave Soon, First “Hands-On” Impressions
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
 Earlier Items: 
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Video: How Google is changing its approach to the real-time web
internetnews.com:
Report: Virtualization Market Up for Grabs
Mark / Tapbots:
A Well-Timed Letter of Rejection
Business Wire:
Intel Raises Third-Quarter Revenue and Gross Margin Expectations
Discussion: Pulse2, TechSpot and GigaOM
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Rumor: Apple May Be Working on XL Tablets Running Full Mac OS X