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4:00 PM 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 …
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: LAPTOP Magazine and GottaBeMobile
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Blogging Dream Team Joins Forces to Challenge Engadget, TreeHugger and More  —  A team of leading bloggers from the early days of AOL-acquired Weblogs Inc. has come together again to build their ideal blogging software and raise a new network of blogs to challenge top sites in personal electronics …
Discussion: The Inquisitr
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
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Wal*Mart shutting down DRM server, nuking your music collection — only people who pay for music risk losing it to DRM shenanigans  —  Hey suckers!  Did you buy DRM music from Wal*Mart instead of downloading MP3s for free from the P2P networks?  Well, they're repaying your honesty by taking away your music.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The Scoble Top Tech Blogger/FriendFeed/Social Media List  —  This is my hand-picked list of the people who provide the most interesting tech blogging/tweeting/FriendFeeding.  All of these point to FriendFeed.  If you know someone who deserves to be on this list, please post their FriendFeed URL.
Julian Prokaza / Mobile Computer:
Hands-on with the Asus N10 gaming netbook  —  We posted a short piece about Asus' new N-Series laptops yesterday, along with a short video showing the N20 Centrino 2 model.  To recap, this is a low-cost range of four models (at the moment) produced by Asus' laptop division …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile, Engadget and Slashdot
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 …
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.
Nicholas Thompson / Epicenter:
Obama Calls For Rural Broadband in Debate  —  Laying out his economic agenda early in tonight's debate with John McCain, Barack Obama mentioned his desire to spend money building out rural broadband.  This is an issue that no one talks about and that will almost certainly be passed over in the coverage to come.
Discussion: PolicyBlog and
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
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Windows Mobile 7 phone release now seriously delayed — could be as late as 2010  —  Microsoft is delaying the update to its mobile operating system, called Windows Mobile 7, with the new phones carrying the operating system now increasingly unlikely to hit the market before 2010, according to sources.
Ballmer changes tune while dancing around Apple's success
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
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In Praise of Political Tweets
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Peter Suciu / VentureBeat:
Q&A with Sony Online Entertainment's John Smedley on making online games
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10 amazingly alternative operating systems and what they could mean for the future
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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
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Boss Randy Falco Begs Time Warner To Put Him Out Of His Misery (TWX)
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel Atom rival ships; larger Netbooks coming?
Discussion: Obsessable and Liliputing

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Peter Sterne / Politico:
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