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11:05 AM ET, September 28, 2008


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Jason Calacanis / Silicon Alley Insider:
Calacanis: Collapsing Economy Will Kill 50%-80% Of Startups  —  The following is reprinted from Jason's List, Jason Calacanis's email newsletter.  Sign up here.  —  (The) Startup Depression  —  Since stock market gyrations and the elections seem to be making everyone rightfully nauseous and depressed …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Net radio bill passes House  —  Update at 7:28 p.m. PDT: Quotes have been added from National Association of Broadcasters on why it no longer opposes the bill.  —  Web radio stations live to fight another day.  —  The House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bill that Web radio stations …
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.
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Google Hive Mind  —  As Google turns 10 years old, that important birthday sees the company more powerful than ever before.  With its competitors in disarray, the Big G seems likely to grow even further.  The secret to its success?  For me, it's what I've been calling the “Google Hive Mind.”
Toby Padilla / iPhone 2.0  —  Back in July we launched on the iPhone and iPod Touch.  It was the end result of months of hard work and we were pretty happy with how it turned out.  We received tons of positive feedback and although we weren't able to launch in every country …
Benjamin Sutherland / Newsweek:
My Blackberry As A Bomb Sniffer?  —  Expensive radiation detectors may not be as effective as widely distributed chips in cell phones.  —  From the magazine issue dated Oct 6, 2008  —  What do bananas, smoke alarms, toilets and large granite buildings have in common?
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 …
Dusan / IntoMobile:
Rogers Wireless adds LG Shine TU720 in black  —  In a move that seems designed to extend the life of the nowadays not-that-attractive LG Shine slider, Rogers Wireless is adding the device in new color - black.  Specs remain the same and include a 2 megapixel camera, QVGA screen, music player …
Discussion: Phones Review
Jacqueline Emigh / BetaNews:
Convergence for the smartphone and credit card is nearer  —  Visa is now readying two sets of credit card payment services on separate continents for users of Android and Nokia smartphones.  And there may be more convergence to come around mobile payments in various sectors of the globe.
Discussion: Big in Japan
Stephenie Steitzer / Courier-Journal:
Judge rejects Ky. bid to claim illegal Web casinos  —  State seeks to bar Internet gambling  —  FRANKFORT, Ky. — A judge yesterday declined to order 141 gambling Web sites forfeited to the state, saying he needed more time to understand the complexities of what experts call an unprecedented effort …
Japan Today:
KDDI to launch 1Gbps fiber-optic service in Oct  —  TOKYO —  KDDI Corp will launch a fiber-optic communications service with upload and download speeds each of up to one gigabit per second on Oct 1.  The new service will target people living in single-family homes and low-rise apartment buildings.
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Wade Roush / Xconomy:
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Jack Loftus / PC World:
Spore Hits 1 Million Mark Despite DRM
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Reuters:
Hole in Adobe software allows free movie downloads
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Sue Decker Makes the Yahoogle Case and (Finally) Gets It Right
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John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
AT&T, Time Warner, Verizon Back Opt-In for Online Ads
Nicholas Thompson / Epicenter:
Obama Calls For Rural Broadband in Debate
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
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Discussion: Brian Alvey and The Inquisitr
Julian Prokaza / Mobile Computer:
Hands-on with the Asus N10 gaming netbook