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8:30 PM ET, August 30, 2009

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scobleizer's posterous:
Why Twitter is underhyped and is probably worth five to 10 billion dollars  —  OK, this summer I've been to a lot of different places.  London.  New York.  Boulder.  Seattle.  Hollywood.  Los Angeles.  Indianapolis.  San Antonio.  In each place it's become obvious how much Twitter has taken over the world.
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Fred / A VC:
Is Speculating On What Private Companies Are Worth A Good Idea?  —  Robert Scoble wrote a post at 4am on the road in Indianapolis last night proclaiming that Twitter is “probably worth $5bn to $10bn.”  This is not the first time that someone has used a blog post to speculate on what a private company is worth.
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Man uses ‘Find My iPhone’ to locate his iPhone... and three robbery suspects  —  It's the moment every iPhone owner dreads — but secretly dreams about.  You're walking in a dark alley (or near the intersection of Amberson Avenue and Amberson Place in Shadyside, in this case) and three men approach, one brandishing a gun.
Robin Harris / Storage Bits:
Apple kicks ZFS in the butt  —  It's official: ZFS - a kick-butt file systemis nowhere to be seen in the latest release of Mac OS X, Snow Leopard.  Even though it appeared in 10.5 Server, and was expected to become the default file system at some point, Apple has abandoned the Sun-developed ZFS, the first 21st century file system.
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Christopher Saunders / Internetnews Blog:
Apple's Snow Leopard puts the industry to shame
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Devin Leonard / New York Times:
Hey, PC, Who Taught You to Fight Back?  —  SEAN SILER would never be mistaken for a movie star.  A former Navy officer who wears glasses and is a tad on the heavy side, Mr. Siler works at Microsoft, where he oversees the Windows division's adoption of new Internet connectivity software called IPv6.
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech
Geoff Cook / TechCrunch:
Why Don't Teens Tweet?  We Asked Over 10,000 of Them.  —  This guest post is written by Geoff Cook, cofounder and CEO of social networking site myYearbook.  Everything about Twitter is looking up these days, except for a few pesky uptime issues of course.  But a number of recent reports …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Lost or stolen Kindle?  Amazon says you're out of luck  —  As the Kindle takes off in popularity, losses and thefts will as well.  After hearing one reader's tale of woe after losing his Kindle, we discovered that there are not that many options for recovery, though there could be if Amazon really wanted to offer them.
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Zizhuang Yang / Facebook Engineering's Notes:
Every Millisecond Counts  —  Site speed has always been an important factor in the development of Facebook, even as the site evolves over time to become more feature-rich and complex.  As we grow beyond the 250 million user mark, every small change to the site causes a huge ripple …
Discussion: TechCrunch
William Skidelsky / Guardian:
Google's plan for world's biggest online library: philanthropy or act of piracy?  —  Google has already scanned 10 million books in its bid to digitise the contents of the world's major libraries, but a copyright battle now threatens the project, with Amazon and Microsoft joining authors and publishers opposed to the scheme.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
More questions than answers on Google Books
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
When the Apple tablet comes out, are you in?  —  The gadget industry is waiting in suspense, wondering if you're going to buy an Apple tablet.  Because if you do, they're going to flip the production-line on switch.  —  Apple has a knack for creating new categories of devices.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Steve Lohr / Bits:
VMware vs. Microsoft: It's About More Than the Plumbing  —  I wrote an article Monday on the competition between VMware and Microsoft in virtual machine software.  Truth is, this is the sort of story that, by the standards of the New York Times, falls into the realm of subjects geeky but perhaps of broad significance.
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Cal Bear / sanfranmag.com:
Home is where the brain is  —  The only-in-America story of Gaurav Rajani, one of thousands of ambitious, conflicted Indian engineers whose exodus from Silicon Valley could someday turn the Bay Area into the Detroit of high-tech.  —  By Benjamin Schrier, Photograph by Michael Rubenstein
Discussion: TechCrunch
The Volokh Conspiracy:
Lori Drew Opinion Handed Down — Judge Grants Motion To Dismiss on Vagueness Grounds:  —  Readers who are following the Lori Drew case know that back on July 2, Judge Wu “tentatively” ruled that he was going to overturn the jury verdict.  At the time, however, Judge Wu stressed that his decision …
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Clive Thompson / Wired News:
Clive Thompson on the New Literacy
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