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Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Sex, conference calls, and outdated FCC rules  —  Last month AT&T complained to the FCC about our policy of restricting outbound Google Voice calls to phone numbers in a small number of “rural” areas, just as other Internet applications do.  —  The reason we restrict calls to certain local phone carriers' numbers is simple.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
AT&T Complaint Prompts FCC Letter To Google Inquiring About Google Voice  —  Two weeks ago AT&T wrote a letter to the FCC about Google Voice, complaining that the service was preventing users from calling certain numbers, which is against FCC policy (AT&T has previously attempted to do the same thing but was prevented from doing so).
Alexa Olesen / Associated Press:
AP, News Corp bosses tell search engines to pay up  —  BEIJING — The leaders of two of the world's major news organizations said Friday that it is time for search engines and others who use news content for free to pay up.  —  The comments from Tom Curley of The Associated Press …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
You Can Ignore The AP's Bluster. It Is Just A Negotiating Bluff.
Discussion: 901am
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What The Associated Press is saying to Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo
Discussion: MediaMemo, Gawker and Xinhua News Agency, Thanks:atul
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
News' Forbidden City
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Chad Hurley / YouTube Blog:
Y,000,000,000uTube  —  Three years ago today, Steve and I stood out in front of our offices and jokingly crowned ourselves the burger kings of media.  We'd just made headlines by joining with Google in our shared goal of organizing the world's information (in our case, video) …
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
YouTube: We're Bigger Than You Thought  —  Pretty much everyone knows that YouTube is the king of online video.  Indeed, comScore recently said that in August, YouTube surpassed 10 billion views in a single month in the United States for the first time.  That made YouTube nearly 20 times …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Adobe brings Photoshop.com to the iPhone  —  Adobe Systems on Friday introduced a new Photoshop app for iPhone users that lets them edit photos from both their phone and their online library on Photoshop.com.  —  The app is free of charge and offers tools such as cropping, image rotation …
Sergey Brin / New York Times:
A Library to Last Forever  —  “THE fundamental reasons why the electric car has not attained the popularity it deserves are (1) The failure of the manufacturers to properly educate the general public regarding the wonderful utility of the electric; (2) The failure of [power companies] …
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Open Book Alliance:   “Beacon of Compromise” Attempts to Blind Reality
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Snow Leopard bug threatens user data, reports claim  —  Warning, warning: The latest Snow Leopard bug seems to threaten all your data, and it seems back-up has become essential, while Apple explores if the bug is just an isolated outbreak or a more serious matter.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Retraction: Yahoo and Iran  —  Overnight one of our bloggers, Richard Koman, reported that Yahoo handed over user names to the Iranian government.  We're retracting the blog post.  Here's what went wrong.  —  First, the post was based on one source that had a clear agenda.
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The Official Google Blog:
New in Google Squared: quality improvements, sorting and exporting  —  Today we're launching a number of improvements to the amount and quality of information you can find with Google Squared, as well as new tools to sort and export the data.  —  As we explained when we first launched Squared …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Sir Tim Berners-Lee: The Semantic Web Has Arrived and the Obama Administration is “Onboard”  —  Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has been on a quest for several years for the adoption of something he has coined the semantic Web — a data-rich, interconnected Web.
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and Reuters
Andrew Lim / Recombu:
App Friday: iPhone app store is a squatter's delight  —  You would normally find a story about one of our favourite apps on App Friday but today we uncovered something rather disturbing.  At 8am this morning we received an email from Atomic Antelope, a UK-based iPhone app company …
Discussion: MacRumors and digg.com
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo pays its ‘technical debt’ with IT overhaul  —  Yahoo had a lot of “technical debt”—systems that most companies would call legacy infrastructure—and has it just about paid off.  —  Sam Pullara, chief technologist at Yahoo, walked developers through its infrastructure changes over the last three years.
Helen Rumbelow / Times of London:
Spotify ‘could be dead within a year’  —  Britain's most popular music-streaming service could be out of business within a year unless it can make more of its users pay for music, industry experts claimed today.  Senior executives said that Spotify could soon be “dead” if it continued …
foursquare:
Announcing the foursquare angel roster...  A little less than a month ago when we announced that we raised some seed financing from USV and OATV, we alluded to some of the angel investors we also brought onboard.  We wanted to take a minute and give a shout-out to our angels and all the support they've given us so far.
Thanks:atul
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Amazon admits: international Kindle users will pay more  —  • International buyers to be charged 40% more per book  —  • Admission contrasts with company's earlier comments  —  Amazon has admitted that international users of its Kindle book reader will be paying significantly …
Discussion: paidContent and Pocket-lint.com
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Twitter suspends security researcher's account as a threat  —  Twitter erroneously suspended, and subsequently restored, a prominent researcher's account two months after he tweeted a security warning intended to inform his audience about an imminent threat.
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Apple to Indie Labels: iTunes LP Is Out of Your League  —  With a higher price than regular albums, no lossless audio and virtually no device support, iTunes LP seems like a hard sell.  Turns out, it might be lame for musicians too—at least, the ones without platinum records.
Bits:
Barnes & Noble E-Reader Could Come Oct. 20 With Lending Options  —  While Barnes & Noble has made its e-book store available on a range of devices, including the iPhone, BlackBerry and coming e-readers from Plastic Logic and Irex, it has always left open the possibility that it would develop …
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Unboxing the Windows 7 Launch Party kit  —  My Windows 7 Launch Party kit is finally here!  As you may recall, I was selected to host one of these Windows 7 Launch Parties.  I'm so lucky.  —  Oh, man, look at all this stuff.  Streamers, balloons, party bags, playing cards, a puzzle, and a poster!!!
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog and digg.com
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Motorola Drops LiMo for Android  —  As we wait for Motorola's Android phone, the Cliq/Dext, the company is once again confirming its commitment to the Android platform.  Motorola had already stated that it was dropping Windows Mobile to focus on Android, and it's doing the same with LiMo.
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Report details AT&T wait to break even on iPhones  —  With its large subsidies to Apple, AT&T doesn't break even on iPhone accounts with high data-usage until the 17th month of a 24-month contract, according to a new report from Yankee Group.  —  The report, titled “The Golden Subsidy Egg's Goose is Cooked …
Johnny Diaz / Boston Globe:
Phoenix Media sues Facebook  —  Phoenix Media/Communications, which owns The Boston Phoenix and other local alternative weeklies and websites, is suing popular social networking site Facebook for allegedly violating a patent related to setting up online personal profile pages.
 
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