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1:50 AM ET, August 29, 2010

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple App Store: 250,000 and counting  —  A nice round number, just in time for Steve Jobs to trot out at next week's special event  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: 148Apps.biz  —  According to 148Apps.biz, Apple's (AAPL) U.S. App Store passed the quarter million milestone on Friday, two years and 49 days after it opened.
Elias Bizannes:
Why the seed investment bubble is exactly that  —  Jed Christiansen wrote a thesis on the rise of Y-combinator and other seed-accelerators.  He also released the data behind his research, which gives an insight into the success of the seed-accelerators.  It's fascinating to look at these numbers …
Thanks:steveweir
TechCrunch:
Check (In) Yo' Self Before You Wreck Yo' Self: Why Foursquare Users Check In “Off The Grid”  —  This is a guest post by Hunter Walk (@hunterwalk) who conducted a survey of 500 Foursquare users to better understand their check in behaviors and motivations.  His obsession with Foursquare …
Thanks:atul
Gmail Blog:
Easier event scheduling in Google Calendar  —  In the next day or so, you'll start to see some changes to the event page in Google Calendar which should make scheduling events easier.  We've made the style more consistent with other Google apps, put information that's most commonly used …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
The Look Ahead: Google Narrows Its Acquisition Focus  —  A weekly look at a story that is defining the news.  —  Google's shopping spree hit a new milestone this week.  By buying up visual search engine Like.com, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) made its 25th acquisition since CEO Eric Schmidt's declaration nearly …
Discussion: AdAge, Adotas and L.A. Times Tech Blog
Boy Genius Report:
Gorgeous, mysterious, EVO-ish HTC device headed for Verizon  —  Remember that Verizon Wireless roadmap we leaked?  Well, it's all coming together pretty nicely.  We have just got our hands on images of one of the upcoming HTC devices we wrote about.  Our source describes the phone …
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
SMS Replier Not Only Automatically Replies to Texts, It Knows When You're Driving  —  Aha!  It looks like State Farm's app isn't the only app that helps keep you from texting while driving—there's SMS Replier too.  And this app will know when you're driving.
Discussion: Go Rumors and Phones Review
Zee / The Next Web:
Reddit's Co-Founder Responds to Cheezburger Founder's Acquisition Approach  —  You might have missed yesterday's news of Cheezburger Network founder Ben Huh's public offer to buy Reddit from Conde Nast.  In a blog post posted just a few moments ago, Alexis Ohanian - in a roundabout way - says it's at least worth talking over.
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPads now shipping within 24 hours, production issues over?  —  Since the iPad's initial launch on April 3rd and the 3G iPad's launch on April 30th, customer demand for the product was exceptional and even beat Apple's expectations.  Up until a couple weeks ago the shipping times …
Discussion: AppleInsider and Electronista, Thanks:markgurman
Associated Press:
3Par calls HP $30 bid ‘superior’; Dell mulls reply  —  FREMONT, Calif. - Data storage company 3Par Inc. says its board has determined that Hewlett-Packard Co.'s $2 billion, $30-per-share takeover bid is superior to a rival offer from Dell Inc., but Dell said Saturday it was mulling over a higher bid.
Judith Evans / Agence France Presse:
China's wired youth forget how to write  —  HONG KONG — Like every Chinese child, Li Hanwei spent her schooldays memorising tens of thousands of the intricate characters that make up the Chinese writing system.  —  Yet aged just 21 and now a university student in Hong Kong …
Discussion: Tech Eye
Robert McMillan / Network World:
Research experiment disrupts Internet, for some  —  An experiment run by RIPE NCC in collaboration with Duke University briefly disrupts about 1 percent of Internet traffic  —  An experiment run by Duke University and a European group responsible for managing Internet resources went wrong Friday …
Discussion: Merit Network
 
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Sara Jerome / Hillicon Valley:
Silicon Valley needs a D.C. lobby, Hoffman says
Thanks:sarmje
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
BBC iPlayer going global
Discussion: paidContent:UK, Thanks:stuartmiles
Wolfgang Gruener / ConceivablyTech:
Google Confirms Chrome 7 GPU Acceleration
 Earlier Items: 
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
“Photo Memories” Coming to Facebook Places?
Discussion: WebProNews and IntoMobile
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Zuckerberg: Facebook Photos Used 5 Or 6 Times More Than Competitors — Combined
Discussion: Softpedia News
Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:
PC industry's woes could mean bargains this fall
Discussion: Associated Press