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11:15 AM ET, September 27, 2008


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Tim Westergren / Pandora:
CONGRESSIONAL EMERGENCY!!!  —  Listeners we need your help... NOW!  —  After a yearlong negotiation, Pandora, artists and record companies are finally optimistic about reaching an agreement on royalties that would save Pandora and Internet radio.  But just as we've gotten close …
Jennifer Leggio / Feeds:
A call to arms for radio fans: Pandora needs you now  —  When I spoke to Pandora founder Tim Westergren last week he told me that there would be a time when the Internet radio site would need to issue a call to arms to its listeners — that time is now.  —  Westergren sent a pleading message …
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
IP bill passes Senate, no civil enforcement power for DoJ  —  The PRO-IP Act, which would ramp up enforcement of intellectual property laws and stiffen penalties for infringers, won approval by unanimous consent in the Senate Friday—but only after legislators stripped out a controversial provision …
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Senate unanimously passes RIAA-backed bill
Discussion: Techdirt
Sergey Brin / The Official Google Blog:
Our position on California's No on 8 campaign  —  As an Internet company, Google is an active participant in policy debates surrounding information access, technology and energy.  Because our company has a great diversity of people and opinions — Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals …
Andrea Larrumbide /
Cone Finds That Americans Expect Companies to Have a Presence in Social Media  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Harder-to-reach audiences are ripe for social media interaction  —  Almost 60 percent of Americans interact with companies on a social media Web site, and one in four interact more than once per week.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Study: 93 Percent of Americans Want Companies to Have Presence on Social Media Sites
Discussion: The KickApps Blog and WinExtra
Ballmer changes tune while dancing around Apple's success  —  Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, who's watched his company's PC business come under immense pressure from Apple, used a forum this week to discount the Mac maker's potential for future share gains and designate …
Brad / Liliputing:
Lenovo IdeaPad S10 dissected  —  When some people get a new computer, the first thing they do is install their favorite applications, tweak the operating system, or even replace Windows with Linux or OS X. Others?  They rip it apart to see what's on the insides.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Oops: Ad Calls McCain Win Before Debate  —  Journal blames clerical error  —  This morning, before Senator John McCain even agreed to attend tonight's debate, a Web ad paid for by the McCain campaign appeared alongside a Wall Street Journal article boldly declaring him the winner.
Sue Decker / Yodel Anecdotal:
Myth-busting and the Yahoo!-Google agreement  —  There's been a lot of speculation swirling around about the Yahoo!-Google agreement.  We hear everything from the claim that Yahoo! and Google will be fixing prices to the prediction that the agreement is a death sentence for Yahoo!'s sponsored search business.
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
New clickjacking affects all browsers; cause remains unknown  —  Jeremiah Grossman and Robert “Rsnake” Hansen initially planned to reveal details on a new browser-agnostic clickjacking exploit at the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) in New York City this week …
Royal Pingdom:
10 amazingly alternative operating systems and what they could mean for the future  —  This post is about the desktop operating systems that fly under the radar of most people.  We are definitely not talking about Windows, Mac OS X or Linux, or even BSD or Solaris.
Discussion: CrunchGear
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Oracle's Ellison nails cloud computing  —  Finally, a technology executive willing to tell the truth about cloud computing.  Speaking at Oracle OpenWorld, Larry Ellison said that the computer industry is more fashion-driven than women's fashion and cloud computing is simply the latest fashion.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T's Pantech Matrix gets viewed and spec'd  —  Hated the Pantech Duo but loved the form-factor?  Well, AT&Tizzle is looking to grab you as a potential customer with the Pantech Matrix.  It uses the same dual-slide mechanism as the Duo, but sadly runs Pantech's run-of-the-mill OS.
Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget Mobile
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Peter Suciu / VentureBeat:
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Court Finds Mattel Had No Copyrights Protecting Against Scrabulous
Chris Williams / The Register:
BT withdraws Wi-Fi access to The Cloud
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel Atom rival ships; larger Netbooks coming?
Discussion: Obsessable and Liliputing
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Rocky Seas for the Online Display Ad Market?
Discussion: Coop's Corner
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Wario Land: Shake It Busts Up YouTube
Discussion: SearchViews and Wikinomics
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Amazon feeling first pinch of holiday economic slump
Discussion: Valleywag
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
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