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11:35 AM ET, August 29, 2009

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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: 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.
Discussion: TUAW and The Mac Observer
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 …
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:  —  In France
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Do signs from Intel, Dell point to real turnaround?  —  Intel and Dell are indicating that PC demand may be increasing but it's not clear how sustained or strong this trend is.  —  The news Friday that Intel raised guidance is not a surprise, according to Ashok Kumar, an analyst at investment bank Collins Stewart.
Discussion: PC World
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.
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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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
Robert Lee Hotz / 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
 
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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 and Neowin.net
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Kurt Cobain returns, for “Guitar Hero” debut with “Teen Spirit”
Discussion: TechFlash and Softpedia News
 Earlier Items: 
Brooke Crothers / Bits:
Tablet Computers Are Coming Soon, Nvidia Says
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
TomTom's Car Kit for iPhone hits the FCC
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
internetnews.com:
New Trojan Snags Skype Calls on Windows PCs
Discussion: eWeek Security Watch