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11:45 AM ET, September 25, 2008

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Taliver Heath / Google App Engine Blog:
Introducing Google Moderator on App Engine  —  At Google, we host a large number of “tech talks”.  These talks cover a wide rage of Computer Science topics like research in machine learning and methods for ranking images based on text queries.  I've enjoyed attending these tech talks …
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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Google Moderator launches  —  Here's a fun link for you.  Google just released a free service called Google Moderator.  This is a port to Google App Engine of an existing tool we use all the time at Google.  Internally it was called Dory (after the fish who asked questions all the time in Finding Nemo).
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Judge Declares Mistrial in RIAA-Jammie Thomas Trial  —  Jammie Thomas, left, and her attorney, Brian Toder, leave the courthouse last year after a jury dinged her $222,000 for sharing 24 songs on the Kazaa file-sharing network.  —  Photo: Associated Press  —  A federal judge on Wednesday set aside …
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Justice Department Says It Doesn't Want To Be Hollywood's Police Force; Senate Removes That Provision  —  from the good-for-them dept  —  This doesn't come as a total surprise, because the Bush Administration had said something similar last year about the House's ProIP bill …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
DoJ to Senate: don't make us be Big Content's copyright cops
Saul Hansell / Bits:
T-Mobile Lifts Bandwidth Cap for Google Phone  —  T-Mobile raised some eyebrows Tuesday when it disclosed that buyers of its highly touted new Internet phone, the HTC G1 that uses Google's Android software, would face restrictions if they exceeded 1 gigabyte of cellular data a month.
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Pragmatic Bookshelf:
Ubuntu Kung Fu shipping/podcast; iPhone news  —  Greetings!  —  Ubuntu Kung Fu: Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Hacks is now in print and shipping.  Meet the author, Keir Thomas, in this week's podcast.  Also, see below for the latest news on our iPhone SDK book.  —  Ubuntu Kung Fu In Print and Shipping
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Google Guy's Words Get Quick Response  —  Google co-founder Larry Page turned up on Capitol Hill today to boost the company's “Free the Airwaves” campaign, and he had some strong words for those who oppose their bid to open more of the airwaves for high speed Internet access.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Fact & Fiction of MySpace Music  —  MySpace Music is launching today and will be accessible only to U.S.-based music fans.  Some may call it a competitor to Apple's music store, but that wouldn't be entirely true, for Apple's strength is downloads, while MySpace has made a name by allowing streaming of tunes in the past.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and TechCrunch
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Music To Launch Tonight. Here's What You'll See (And Hear)
cellular-news:
China Mobile Seeking Cut-Down Version of Apple's iPhone  —  China Mobile is expected to officially launch the Apple iPhone on its network shortly - but with some of the functionality removed to comply with Chinese regulations.  The South China Morning Post, citing a report from the Daiwa Institute …
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Yahoo Overhauls System for Selling Display Ads  —  Yahoo announced on Wednesday the details about its system to buy and sell display advertising online, with the hope that the company can dominate the display ad market in the same way Google steers the search market.
Discussion: MediaFile and Lost Remote
Jason Nardari / Wellington Financial Blog:
Bell to Blackberry users: “Pay us or get lost!”  (Literally!)  —  A number of mobile-related blogs and message boards are starting to pick up on a story that based on an internal memo, in the coming weeks, Bell will begin to interfere with the GPS signal that late-model Blackberry units …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Trademark Fight: Intel Is Worried You Might Think It Is A Chinese Travel Agency  —  Do these two logos look the same to you?  Is there the remotest chance that you might confuse Intellife Travel, a small travel agency in Santa Clara, California that caters to Chinese Americans and expats, with Intel the company?
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel WiMax to go live, will devices follow?  —  Intel's WiMax wireless technology will finally be unleashed in two weeks.  But it's not clear how big a following the technology has among device makers.  —  Intel and Sprint Nextel will team up to launch the first WiMax network in Baltimore on October 8 …
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Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Adobe Talks Open Source, Innovation and the Future of Flash  —  Kevin Lynch, CTO of Adobe talks with eWEEK about open-sourcing Flash, the new Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4), mobile technology and more.  Lynch also talks of competing with Microsoft Silverlight and Expression and possibly with Google Chrome.
Discussion: open and biskero
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
BBC adds radio shows to iPhone version of iPlayer  —  The BCC offers a wide range of its television programming through its iPlayer on-demand service, but the organization also makes much of its radio programming available on iPlayer as well.  Unfortunately, for most of this year …
Discussion: IntoMobile and paidContent
Arn / MacRumors:
Inexpensive Atom-Powered ‘Netbooks’ Popular at Launch  —  CultofMac reports on the relative popularity of recently introduced “Netbooks” from Asus, Acer and Dell.  Amazon's top laptop sales list is now dominated by the $400-$600 devices, with Apple's $1299 MacBook being the notable exception in the top 10.
Discussion: Cult of Mac, DailyTech, Engadget and Gizmodo
BBC:
A sporting game  —  While most massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) are based on fantasy worlds, there is a growing trend for a new kind of game that merges the real world with the virtual.  —  Rather than taking on the persona of a mythical character who goes on quests …
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Don't drive iPhone developers away, Apple  —  One of the presenters at the recent C4 Mac developers conference made a point about Apple that is incredibly relevant to how the company is viewed, especially by the media and rabid Apple fans.  To paraphrase his statement, in dealing with Apple …
Discussion: MacUser, Gadget Lab and The Register
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Oracle Embraces a New Hardware Partner  —  Oracle dealt a blow Wednesday to longtime ally Sun Microsystems by “entering the hardware business” in tandem with Hewlett-Packard.  —  Oracle, best known for its database software and related applications, showed off a pair of new server systems …
 
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Los Angeles Times:
Schwarzenegger outlaws text-messaging while driving
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Discussion: Search Engine Watch and WebProNews
Mure Dickie / Financial Times:
Microsoft aims to undercut Chinese pirates
Discussion: The Open Road and CrunchGear
James Sherwood / The Register:
Ryanair dial into mid-air mobile calls
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Gizmodo
Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
New Feature Release of Live Search Maps!
Discussion: Search Engine Land and LiveSide
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
European Parliament Says No to Three-Strikes Law
Discussion: The Register, The Local, p2pnet and open
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Young / Chronicle of Higher Education:
College Bookstores to Begin Selling eTextbooks on Demand
BBC:
Police close file on BT's trials
Discussion: Epicenter
Jennifer Guevin / CNET News:
EA hit with class action suit over ‘Spore’
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld Blogs blogs:
Where Windows is #2 to Linux  —  Microsoft encourages us …
Discussion: Digg
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
State of The Blogosphere: The More You Post, The Higher You Rank
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