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1:15 PM ET, August 18, 2008


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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HTC Dream FCC approved, Android clear for launch?  —  The long rumored HTC Dream handset — once referred to as “The Googlephone” — just received FCC approval.  The handset is listed as type, “Dream' with a model of “DREA100.  ” The same model also appears with a WiFi Interoperability Certificate touting 802.11b/g WiFi.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Google's Android phone, the HTC Dream, is apparently approved by FCC — Nov. 10 is the latest release date  —  The Federal Communications Commission has approved the much anticipated Google Android phone, and documents suggest a release date of about Nov. 10 at the latest.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
GPhone On Its Way! FCC Approves HTC Dream, On Sale By Nov. 10?
Discussion: and Startup Meme
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC to Decide in Battle for TV Spectrum  —  As Google, Others Push for Sharing, Broadcasters Fret  —  Landover, Md. — After eight months of testing, a plan to employ unused TV channels to provide cheap, high-speed wireless Internet networks still faces determined opposition and an uncertain future.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Google Uses YouTube To Try To Rally Public Support For WiFi 2.0
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Pushes White Space, Says Free The AirWaves
Discussion: IP Democracy
Stephanie Condon / CNET
Google launches Free The Airwaves
Discussion: Ars Technica
Minnie Ingersoll / The Official Google Blog:
Time to “Free the Airwaves”
Discussion: Profy
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
cloud computing - lowercase, please.  hold the (TM)  —  Feel free to approach a co-worker at the Red Bull station this morning and casually ask: “So, did you do any cloud computing over the weekend?”  OK, maybe that ice-breaker won't get you invited to happy hour with the cool crew from HR …
Discussion: Datamation and Know It All
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Dell cloud computing™ denied
Discussion: The Iconoclast and Gearlog
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Maintain an automated networked database?  GraphOn wants to sue you  —  GraphOn is suing Google for patent infringement and the company appears to be doing a nice imitation of NTP, the company that made its name by suing Research in Motion.  GraphOn is going for gold in the patent troll Olympics.
GraphOn files patent suit against Google  —  The suit alleges that Google's Base, AdWords, Blogger, Sites, and YouTube services infringe on database-related patents.  —  (Posted in Digital Media by Margaret Kane)  —  Site aims to be Facebook for sports fans
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Open Source: An Open Question for Red Hat and Others  —  It's been tough lately for companies like Red Hat and Novell that bet their business on open source.  Here's a look at the haves and the have-nots  —  Software supplier Red Hat is racking up growth figures that much of techdom might envy.
Dan Woods / Forbes:
Open Source Goes Mainstream
Discussion: Open Source
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone 3G Connectivity Affecting 2% of Customers?  Software Fix Soon?  —  One MacRumors reader claims to have received a response from Steve Jobs after emailing in a complaint about the current iPhone 3G connectivity issues that have been widely reported.  —  According to the email response …
Take 2 Games:
Discussion: VentureBeat
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Report: Fees may sink Pandora soon  —  Tim Westergren, the founder of popular Web radio start-up Pandora, has said in an interview with The Washington Post that his company may be close to a shutdown.  —  “We're approaching a pull-the-plug kind of decision,” Westergren said in the article, published Saturday.
Discussion: CyberNet and Guardian Unlimited
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Pandora can't make money, may pull the plug
Randall Kennedy / Windows Sentinel:
Bursting the Vista sales bubble  —  Our Windows Sentinel tracking data shows that 35 percent of mainly enterprise-class users “downgrade” their Vista systems to XP  —  For weeks now there've been rumors that major PC makers, like Hewlett-Packard, have been quietly selling PCs with a Vista license …
Discussion: Christopher Null and InfoWorld
Aaron Brazell / Technosailor:
Findability is a Legitimate Concern for Bloggers  —  On Saturday, I posted a review of my session at WordCamp on Search and Findability.  It was hard to gauge at that time how effective the session was at the time I wrote that.  Beside my normal annual attendance at WordCamp as a subject matter expert …
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Open source drives Wordpress to 6.5 billion page views
Discussion: Blogging Pro
Wall Street Journal:
AC/DC to Sell New Album Only Through Wal-Mart  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said rock band AC/DC will sell its new album exclusively at namesake and Sam's Club locations in the U.S.  —  The move — which makes the veteran rockers the latest artist to sell a new album only through Wal-Mart …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pouring Our Heart Into TechCrunch50  —  TechCrunch50, where fifty new startups (give or take) will launch, is less than a month away.  The conference team is fried after reviewing over 1,000 applications from companies preparing to launch.  We've been interviewing these startups for weeks …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Gartner: Global IT spending to jump 8 percent in 2008  —  Gartner is projecting that worldwide IT spending till top $3.4 trillion in 2008, up 8 percent from a year ago.  That's the good news.  The bad: Much of that growth is based on the decline of the U.S. dollar, which helps American technology vendors.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Might Office be where Microsoft gets socked with Chinese antitrust charges?  —  Back in June, there were more than a few stories about PC makers in China getting ready to sue Microsoft for alleged antitrust violations pertaining to Windows.  Microsoft and China's State Intellectual Property Office …
Discussion: Electronista
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Steven Musil / CNET
Bono blamed for unreleased U2 songs on Internet
Jenn K. Lee / Pocketables:
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Cnet Asia / One More Thing:
In the Philippines, an auction for the iPhone 3G
Discussion: eWeek
Dan Nystedt / Network World:
Microsoft faces Taiwan antitrust investigation
 Earlier Items: 
John C. Drake / Boston Globe:
Judge awaits students' research paper
Discussion: CNET
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Evolution of DRM: streaming services use unencrypted MP3s
New York Times:
A Surprise Winner at the Olympic Games in Beijing: NBC
Clipboards hijacked in web attack
Discussion: Technology Live
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
‘Subtle but noticeable’: Toshiba XD-E500 upconverting DVD player
Steve Johnson / Chicago Tribune:
Cyberstar  —  Adrian Holovaty is as red-hot as a techie can get.
Ben Kunz / Business Week:
The Trouble with Twitter  —  Don't be surprised to see advertising on Twitter soon.
Smashing Magazine:
10 Futuristic User Interfaces
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