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6:10 PM ET, August 29, 2010

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Financial Times:
Google plans pay-per-view films  —  Google's YouTube video site is in negotiations with Hollywood's leading movie studios to launch a global pay-per-view video service by the end of 2010, putting it head-to-head with Apple in the race to dominate the digital distribution of film and television content.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Too Few Women In Tech?  Stop Blaming The Men.  —  Success in Silicon Valley, most would agree, is more merit driven than almost any other place in the world.  It doesn't matter how old you are, what sex you are, what politics you support or what color you are.
Ali Partovi / TechCrunch:
Bubble Blinders: The Untold Story of the Search Business Model  —  Ali Partovi is an angel investor, startup advisor, and serial entrepreneur.  He co-founded iLike, acquired by Myspace in 2009, and previously LinkExchange, acquired by Microsoft for $265mm in 1998.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
RIP Breaking News Online App: You Were the Best Way to Get News Fast  —  One year ago this month, the best iPhone app for finding out what's happening around the world, fast, launched to the public.  Breaking News Online (BNO), the incredible team lead by Dutch then-teenager Michael van Poppel …
Discussion: mocoNews
Paul Marks / New Scientist:
Socket and see: Apple reinvents the audio jack  —  Although Apple is known for filing patents on complex multi-touch algorithms, anti-piracy measures and advanced user interfaces, it still has a focus on basic hardware engineering.  One US patent application filed this week shows the firm reinventing the humble audio jack socket.
Discussion: App Advice
Shaival Shah / Shaival Shah's Blog:
Cannibalize Business Development by Popularizing your API  —  The great fad of the last several years is self-serve and the ability to scale the distribution and access to your technology, product, service or data.  The Twitter API, Facebook Connect, Yelp API for reviews, Youtube Embed codes, Google Maps API, you name it.
Discussion: cdixon.org and ReadWriteStart, Thanks:atul
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 …
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
International Users Accessing Facebook Places Through US VPN Accounts  —  By using a virtual private network (VPN) hosted in the United States, Facebook users from around the world are accessing Facebook Places.  The VPN allows foreign users to download the US version of the Facebook …
DigiTimes:
Samsung tablet PC aims to compete against the mini iPad, say sources  —  Samsung Electronics is preparing to demonstrate its new tablet PC, the Galaxy Tab at IFA 2010, which will be held from September 3-8 in Berlin, Germany.  Sources from upstream component makers believe the device is aiming …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Now 3 Million Strong  —  It appears that Foursquare hit the three million user mark sometime over the weekend.  The location based social network has been adding users at impressive rates, and only hit 2 million users in early July.  It took a year to reach one million …
Discussion: AdAge
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 …
Discussion: broadstuff, Thanks:steveweir
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Takes Over Times Square With A Massive Display Ad  —  In terms of brand recognition, it's hard to top a huge live display billboard in Las Vegas.  But Foursquare has managed to do it.  As you can see above, they now have a massive, multi-level and multi-angle display practically screaming …
 
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Hunter Walk / TechCrunch:
Check (In) Yo' Self Before You Wreck Yo' Self: Why Foursquare …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
The Look Ahead: Google Narrows Its Acquisition Focus
Discussion: AdAge and L.A. Times Tech Blog
Judith Evans / Agence France Presse:
China's wired youth forget how to write
Robert McMillan / Network World:
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