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12:50 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.
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  —  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
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 …
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 …
Allen Salkin / New York Times:
For Him, the Web Was No Safety Net  —  THERE was a time in the late 1990s when Josh Harris was a king of sorts.  A Silicon Alley pioneer, he was flush with millions of dollars made from his first Internet company, and he was spending it wildly on a series of legendary SoHo parties, businesses and social experiments.
Discussion: Gawker
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.
Chris / cdixon.org:
To make smarter systems, it's all about the data  —  As this article by Alex Wright in the New York Times last week reminded me, when the mainstream press talks about artificial intelligence - machine learning, natural language processing, sentiment analysis, and so on - they talk as if it's all about algorithmic breakthroughs.
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 / 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 …
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Is Google Street View Joining the Augmented Reality Fray?  —  Google's Street View revolutionized desktop maps, and its coverage of cities around the world is still expanding.  But compared to some upcoming augmented reality apps, Google almost feels like its lagging.  Is this why its added business metatags to the service?
Discussion: WebProNews and Google Blogoscoped
Ben Grubb / iTnews.com.au:
Crime expert backs calls for ‘licence to compute’  —  But education should take back seat to product safety.  —  Australia's leading criminologist thinks online scams have escalated to such a point that first-time users of computers should have to earn a licence to surf the web.
 
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Clive Thompson / Wired News:
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Kevin Anderson / Guardian:
Wolfram Alpha to open data feeds
Discussion: digg.com
Matt Galligan / TechCrunch:
How Yelp May Have Further Harmed The App Store Approval Process With Its Easter Egg
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