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By Nikki-Gordon Bloomfield

Two weeks ago, we heard a rumor that German automaker Volkswagen was planning on unveiling an all-electric single-seat urban car at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. A few days later, we were offered a chance to be among the very first to get a glimpse of Volkswagen's ultra-compact urban concept at an exclusive preview showing in Berlin next week, where the official embargo would be lifted.

But we've just heard from Volkswagen representatives who told us that those plans have been scuppered after a German-language magazine broke its embargo agreement with VW, meaning we can now reveal more details about Nils, Volkswagen's urban concept.

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A NASA program designed to raise the government agency's public profile is going sci-fi: the space agency has announced an upcoming series of NASA-branded science fiction novels. The space agency is planning to team their engineers and scientists with science fiction writers at Tor Books for the new series.

The series, which will consist of an undisclosed number of hard science fiction tales, will hit bookstores in 2012 and promises to offer readers "NASA-inspired" works of fiction.

NASA's decision to branch out into science fiction was handled by the agency's Chief Technologist Office (CTO), which (among other things) is tasked with building public-private partnerships of all sorts.

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It's looking rough for Democrats in the race to replace Anthony Weiner, where a poll yesterday showed the contest for the left-leaning seat all tied up between Democrat David Weprin and Republican Bob Turner. But Weprin does have one feather in his cap: superior cash.

Per the New York Times, the latest filings show Weprin with $451,000 raised through August 24 versus only $204,000 for Turner, a number that includes $65,000 of the Republican businessman's own money.

The big question now is whether national Republicans sense a potential Scott Brown moment in the making and drop significant cash of their own at the last minute. The NRCC gave Turner a $5,000 donation, but they haven't unleashed the floodgates of advertising money that they have in other races and Karl Rove's American Crossroads is also silent so far.

Updated: September 2, 2011, 5:05 PM

Conservative columnist Matthew Vadum is just going to come right out and say it: registering the poor to vote is un-American and "like handing out burglary tools to criminals."

"It is profoundly antisocial and un-American to empower the nonproductive segments of the population to destroy the country -- which is precisely why Barack Obama zealously supports registering welfare recipients to vote," Vadum, the author of a book published by World Net Daily that attacks the now-defunct community organizing group ACORN, writes in a column for the American Thinker.

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The U.S.'s net job creation was zero last month, and now we know of at least one job that was lost this month.

TechCrunch has lost its founder and editor in chief, Michael Arrington, who is stepping down to concentrate on his $20 million AOL-backed tech venture capital fund full time, according to AOL Huffington Post editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington, in an email to The Business Insider.

"Mr. Arrington is not being paid by TechCrunch, he does not report to TechCrunch editors, and he does not report to Arianna Huffington or other AOL Huffington Post Media Group personnel, Ms. Huffington adds in an email to Business Insider," the blog reported.

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The Wall Street Journal reports:



The crowd of Democrats lining up to run against Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts got a little thinner Friday, when Rep. Michael Capuano announced he would not run for Senate in 2012.

The Wall Street Journal reports:



The crowd of Democrats lining up to run against Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts got a little thinner Friday, when Rep. Michael Capuano announced he would not run for Senate in 2012.

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