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7:05 PM ET, September 4, 2008

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Comcast to Appeal FCC Network Management Order  —  Updated: Comcast says it has filed an appeal against the Federal Communications Commission's Memorandum and Order on network management adopted August 1, 2008 and released August 20, 2008, in the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
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Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Comcast Seeks Reversal of FCC on Internet Management  —  Sept. 4 (Bloomberg) — Comcast Corp., the second-biggest U.S. high-speed Internet service provider, asked a court to overturn a Federal Communications Commission ruling that it violated policies intended to keep the Internet open.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Karl Bode / DSLreports:   Comcast Appeals FCC Throttling Ruling …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Available Now: Windows XP $399, Ubuntu $349  —  The way Dell introduced the Inspiron Mini 9 was pretty inspired, so it's almost been depressing watching the steady stream of leaks deflate it into a now familiar device, even though it's only being released today.
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Jay Pinkert / Your Blog:
Without Further Ado, Meet Your New Best Friend  —  The Dell Inspiron Mini 9 launches today - 8 a.m. Central - in the U.S., Japan and some European countries (check local listings).  Starting price for the XP version - available now — is $399 USD.  An Ubuntu Linux version will be available later, starting at $349 USD.
Arn / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
Apple Rejecting Apps Based on ‘Limited Utility’  —  One developer emailed this video and rejection letter for their app called Pull My Finger.  Especially concerning is that Apple did not reject it due to it being offensive, but instead rejected it due to “limited utility”:
Nathan Halverson / Santa Rosa Press-Democrat:
He's giving you access, one document at a time  —  California's building codes, plumbing standards and criminal laws can be found online.  —  But if you want to download and save those laws to your computer, forget it.  —  The state claims copyright to those laws.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
California: We Charge People To Read Our Laws For The Benefit Of Californians  —  Back in April, we wrote about how the state of Oregon was threatening Carl Malamud, an activist who has been working hard for years to get public content more widely available to people online, for daring to publish Oregon's laws online.
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Can Steve Jobs save the iPod?  —  One of the unintended consequences of the success of the iPhone is that it has rendered the classic iPod and its diminutive sisters — the nano and the shuffle — nearly irrelevant.  What do you need a second MP3 player for if you've already got a few hundred tunes in your pocket?
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Distorted-Loop.com
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Joe Nocera / Executive Suite:
Does Windows Still Matter? … So writes John Gapper, the fine columnist for The Financial Times in today's paper.  Chrome, of course, is Google's new browser, which is pretty explicitly designed to be a Windows killer.  As Mr. Gapper notes, that precise fear — that an Internet browser …
Mike Yang / The Official Google Blog:
Update to Google Chrome's terms of service  —  Whenever we release a product in beta as we just did with Google Chrome, we can always count on our users to come up with ways to improve it.  This week's example: several eagle-eyed users and bloggers have expressed concern that Section 11 …
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BBC:
Google tweaks Chrome licence text
Discussion: Mark Evans and Google Blogoscoped
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Office 2.0: 10 new things you can do in the (Google) cloud  —  Business applications in the Internet cloud are improving at a phenomenal pace, says Matthew Glotzbach, a product management director with Google Enterprise.  Glotzbach just finished giving a short talk at the Office 2. conference …
Discussion: WebGuild and Webware.com
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Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Between the Lines:   Google's Top 10 Cloud Computing List
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Storm goes into TA (technical acceptance) at Verizon, delayed 3-4 weeks  —  Here's our latest info on the BlackBerry Storm and the fate of the device on Verizon's network: it just went into technical acceptance at Verizon which usually takes around 3-4 weeks, and the device …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Gap Widens in Online Advertising  —  Rivals Struggle to Catch Up to Google As Buyers Favor Search Ads Over Display  —  Spending on Internet advertising is climbing at a healthy clip — rising 20% in the U.S. in the second quarter — and growth forecasts are strong despite the weak economy.
Eric A. Taub / Bits:
New LG Blu-ray Player Streams Netflix — With Drawbacks  —  Netflix, the DVD rental company, has long spoken of its belief that its business would eventually move from the shipping of DVD discs to electronic downloads.  The company offers 12,000 titles now for instant viewing on personal computer …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Chrome Tips  —  Here are some not-so-obvious things you can do in Google Chrome, the minimalistic browser launched on Tuesday.  —  1. Show the list of recently visited pages from the current tab: right-click on the “Back” button.  This also works for the “Forward” button.
CPSC:
Sony Recalls Notebook Computers Due to Burn Hazard  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product.  Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
 
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Jackie / QIK:
Qik now on HTC devices and more...
Discussion: Gizmodo and Boy Genius Report
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Analytics Now Tracks Chrome. Our Share: 6.23%
Ryan Block:
A little bit on the new site, gdgt
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Police, advocates monitor Web sex ads during political conventions
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
August 2008: IE loses more users to Firefox, Safari, Opera
The Conference Board:
Online TV Grows in Popularity
Dion Hinchcliffe / Enterprise Web 2.0:
Ten leading platforms for creating online communities
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Docstoc offers simple sync with your hard drive
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yahoo's stock hits new 52-week low
Discussion: DailyTech
CNET News:
GameSpot review: EA's balancing act with ‘Spore’
Discussion: E-Commerce Times and AppScout
PR Newswire:
comScore Reports that the U.S. Catches Up With Western Europe …
Discussion: DSLreports and Gizmodo
Staska / Unwired View:
Apple is looking beyond Multi-Touch
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Stalk your favorite TV characters (legally) with Whrrl
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Small Book Publishers Offered New Technology
Discussion: VentureBeat and TeleRead
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Amazon kills Unbox, brings Video on Demand to life
NBC Universal:
CNBC AND LINKEDIN ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC ALLIANCE
 

 
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