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5:25 PM ET, September 28, 2008


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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 …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Pandora, Webcasting appear headed for Senate victory  —  Technology companies are supposed to be wide-eyed novices on Capitol Hill.  I've read that they don't spread enough money around or aren't hip to the ways of Washington.  —  Regardless of whether that's true, this weekend saw Pandora …
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 …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
The State of Location-Based Social Networking On The iPhone  —  We've been bullish about location-based social networks for quite awhile now, especially since Apple announced that it would open up the iPhone to developers.  And with two significant developments in this space just this week …
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.
Video?  I Doubt It  —  Canon's much-ballyhooed but not universally welcomed 5D Mark II also (and this is a new thing for SLRs) operates as a high-def videocam.  There are two videos linked from The Online Photographer and they are mind-bogglingly, jaw-droppingly beautiful.  But it won't work for you.
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 …
Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
Lessig's ‘Free Culture’ Now Available with DRM  —  There is a continuing battle surrounding Digital Rights Management (DRM).  While most rights holders see it as a way of maximizing their profits, users see it as a way to reduce their ability to actually use the products they bought, the way they want to.
Discussion: Mashable!
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.”
Kiyoshi Takenaka / Reuters:
Nintendo to launch camera, music-capable DS: report  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co Ltd plans to launch a new model of its DS handheld machine that can take pictures and play music by the end of the year, the Nikkei business daily said on Sunday.
Discussion: and Obsessable
Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
2^43,112,609 -1: Distributed computing finds largest prime yet  —  GIMPS - the distributed computing Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search - has found and confirmed the largest prime number ever: 243,112,609-1.  It has 13 million digits and gives the GIMPS project a $100,000 award …
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.
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Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld Blogs blogs:
Let's turn the federal government over to bloggers
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Dusanb / IntoMobile:
Rogers Wireless adds LG Shine TU720 in black
Japan Today:
KDDI to launch 1Gbps fiber-optic service in Oct
Discussion: Gizmodo, Cell Phone Feeds and WinBeta
Jacqueline Emigh / BetaNews:
Convergence for the smartphone and credit card is nearer
Discussion: Big in Japan
Stephenie Steitzer / Courier-Journal:
Judge rejects Ky. bid to claim illegal Web casinos
Jack Loftus / PC World:
Spore Hits 1 Million Mark Despite DRM
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Sue Decker Makes the Yahoogle Case and (Finally) Gets It Right
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Nicholas Thompson / Epicenter:
Obama Calls For Rural Broadband in Debate
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