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6:00 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 …
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Dan Kimerling / TechCrunch:
Stop Complaining about Apple and the App Store  —  This week there have been several stories on the blogsphere (here, here, and here, for example) which consist of developers complaining that Apple has rejected an iPhone application that they submitted to be part of the App Store in iTunes …
Shawn / TmoNews:
Android Pre-sale devices sold out  —  With an explosion of attention, the G1 took over the blogosphere this Tuesday.  A mere 4 days later, T-Mobile has sold out of their pre-sale stock of the G1.  Sources are telling us that T-Mobile planned on offering 60,000 pre-sale devices, but actual numbers may differ.
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.
Christina Warren / TUAW:
Rumor: Is the Apple TV being replaced?  —  We just got an e-mail from an anonymous Apple reseller, stating that they received an e-mail from Apple with instructions to remove all Apple TV displays and literature and to destroy them (which I assume means throw away the literature, send back the Apple TVs) by September 30, 2008 at 5 PM.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Digg
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 Linux.com
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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
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
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Oops: WSJ.com 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.
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 …
 
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John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
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