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4:15 AM ET, September 22, 2008


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Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
SanDisk Launches Preloaded ‘slotMusic’ Cards  —  In the digital download age, the memory chip maker and the four major music labels will sell albums loaded onto microSD cards  —  Once again, memory chip maker SanDisk is making a push into the digital music market.
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
SD: the new CD?  —  With CD sales dropping despite a demonstrable increase in music consumption, you might think that music fans just aren't as interested as they used to be in paying for tunes.  Or you could believe in the spirit of hope springing eternal, and that the problem is with the CD itself.
Discussion: Sandisk
Saul Hansell / Bits:
What's in the Cards for SanDisk? Music
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
A New Kind of Venture Capitalist Makes Small Bets on Young Firms  —  From the day he founded Etsy in 2005, Rob Kalin refused to raise money from venture capital firms to expand his company, which hoped to bring the sale of handmade crafts from small local fairs to the international marketplace of the Web.
Angelo DiNardi:
MailWrangler and the Apple App Store  —  So in July I wrote a small iPhone app called MailWrangler.  Basically this app enabled a user to add their GMail accounts (standard and Google Apps For Your Domain) which they could load and switch between them quickly.
Adam DuVander / webmonkey:
Another Competing iPhone App Zapped By Apple  —  Angelo DiNardi's MailWranger app for the iPhone has been denied entry to the App Store because it “duplicates the functionality” of the built-in Mail app.  The reason is similar to why Podcaster was rejected and it makes even less sense.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Tops 15 Million Peers  —  Today, The Pirate Bay reached a new milestone, as they now have more than 3 million registered users.  On top of that, they track close to 15 million unique peers.  The largest BitTorrent tracker just keeps growing and growing, and there is no sign that this will be put to a halt anytime soon.
Discussion: Pulse 2.0 and Digg
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Windows 7 Starts to Come Into Focus.  Slowly.  —  Okay, enough about Windows ads.  Let's talk about a far more important topic: Windows itself.  Windows 7-the working name for the next version-to be exact.  According to no less an authority than Steve Ballmer, it's supposed to ship …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo's Poor Ad Targeting & Thoughts On Google-Yahoo  —  Previously, I wrote of how Yahoo's recent press day proved disappointing to me.  Time for part two of that: how the Google-Yahoo ad deal is supposed to help Yahoo.  Oh, it might, but not for the reasons Yahoo put out — the idea it would somehow get advertisers it was missing.
Joscelin Cooper / The Official Google Blog:
Now, read us in gadget form  —  Our corporate blog network is more than four years old now.  We offer blogs about Google products and initiatives, local blogs (for 11 countries), blogs for advertisers and publishers, and a stable of blogs for developers.  We hope you find the contents to be informative, timely, and, on occasion, fun.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal and Google
Jon / p2pnet:
New Comcast plan has ‘disconnect user’ option  —  P2P:- “Comcast Submits Plans to Manage Broadband,” says a Wall Street Journal headline on Comcast's just-released response to Federal Communications Commission demands that it explain in detail how its traffic throttling scheme works.
Discussion: Slashdot
Laura Rich / Portfolio:
Palin Hacker's IP Address Linked to Tennessee College Dorm  —  Sam Gustin reports: The hacker who broke into G.O.P. vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's email account used the internet service provider of a Knoxville, Tennessee student housing complex under federal investigation.
Discussion: Threat Level and Slashdot
Hal Varian / The Official Google Blog:
The democratization of data  —  The Internet has had an enormous impact on people's lives around the world in the ten years since Google's founding.  It has changed politics, entertainment, culture, business, health care, the environment and just about every other topic you can think of.
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Christopher MacManus / Sony Insider:
Vaio TT Information Coming Monday?
Discussion: Crave, Gizmodo, CrunchGear and Engadget
Alan in Belfast:
Apple Store in Belfast's Victoria Square opened this morning
Discussion: iPhone Savior and Apple 2.0
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
PlayStation 3 video DRM: two strikes and you're out
Discussion: DigitalBattle, videogaming247 and Digg
Drew Bennett / Blog:
Discussion: DSLreports
Chicago Tribune:
Social-networking sites viewed by admissions officers
Discussion: Slashdot
Brad / Liliputing:
Mandriva Mini: Another custom Linux distro for netbooks
Discussion: PC Authority
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Live Images of LG Renoir, the Viewty successor, emerge
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and Engadget
 Earlier Items: 
Jenn K. Lee / Pocketables:
Porient H12 handheld runs Linux on 800 x 480 touchscreen
Discussion: Gadgetell and Engadget
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Should Have Sold Search To Microsoft
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Rumors of 8GB iPhone's death were greatly exaggerated
Discussion: Gizmodo and Boy Genius Report
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Technology Doesn't Dumb Us Down. It Frees Our Minds.
Deborah Gage / San Francisco Chronicle:
Silicon Valley's resiliency might get tested
Discussion: Webomatica, GigaOM and Creative Capital