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Twid / Todd Dailey:
Restore your iPod nano to new condition with a $4 can of Brasso  —  [Edit: Wednesday 9/28/2005 5:30PM - by request, added two pictures with flash of the finished nano, see the bottom of the story.]  —  First off: Apple responds to iPod nano screen concerns.  Yay!
Scott M. Fulton, III / Tom's Hardware Guide:
HD DVD support a last minute switch, Microsoft says  —  Redmond (WA) - In an exclusive interview with Tom's Hardware Guide, one of Microsoft's lead representatives on the DVD Forum Steering Committee said that decisions regarding whether his company and Intel would back and promote HD DVD …
Sachi Izumi / Reuters:
Toshiba delays US launch of HD DVD player
Discussion: Gizmodo
Om Malik / Om Malik's Broadband Blog:
What is Web 2.0?  —  Last night, I was at a dinner, where one of the topics of discussion was Web 2.0.  More appropriately, what is Web 2.0?  It is a damn fine question, and difficult one to answer.  D. Keith Robinson writes, "Depending on who's using the term, you could be talking …
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Warner raises decapitation strategy for Apple  —  CTIA Michael Nash, Warner's digital strategy chief, suggested labels might have no choice other than cut Apple's digital music sales off at a stroke.  —  "What if Jobs says 39 cents or 29 cents per download - what then?
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Verizon's Muddy TV Picture  —  A push by telcos into the territory ruled by cable operators may take a decade to break even.  Will investors lose patience?  —  From Long Island, N.Y., to the outskirts of Dallas, phone-service giant Verizon Communications (VZ ) is making deeper inroads into the TV market.
Discussion: IP Democracy
USA Today:
TV on cellphones?  Funny but profitable  —  LOS ANGELES — Brainstorming about how to take their company to the next level back in 2003, three guys in Berkeley, Calif., came up with a crazy notion that a cellphone was powerful enough to display television images.  —  On little 1- and 2-inch screens.
Edward W. Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
The Pizzaright Principle  —  Lately, lots of bogus arguments for copyright expansion have been floating around.  A handy detector for bogus arguments is the Pizzaright Principle.  —  Pizzaright — the exclusive right to sell pizza — is a new kind of intellectual property right.
Discussion: Techdirt
Washington Post:
Understanding Linux  —  Linux experts Marcel Gagne and Peter van der Linden , who recently published new books on the subject, were online Wednesday, Sept. 28 at Noon ET to answer questions about the open source operating system, which is often used as an alternative to Microsoft Windows.
Fred / A VC:
VC Cliche of the Week  —  The single most important financial metric for any startup company isn't revenues, margin, headcount, or profits.  Those are all important, for sure.  But the number that matters most is the cash balance.  —  Because cash is king.
Gregory M. Lamb / Christian Science Monitor:
We swim in an ocean of media  —  The media "ecosystem" surrounding Americans - not just TV, radio, and newspapers but also the Web, PDAs, MP3 players, cellphones, video games, and more - keeps getting more widespread, personal, and diverse.  —  The world is seeing "a Cambrian explosion" …
Discussion: and Get Real
Sue Zeidler / Reuters:
Music service to target at-home high-end listeners  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - MusicGiants Inc. will launch a new music download service on Wednesday hoping to stand out from the crowded digital audio market by appealing to high-end at-home listeners, the company said.  —  "We're highly focused on home audio.
Evesham Voyager C720 with 7800 GTX Go  —  It's roughly a year since NVIDIA launched their GeForce Go 6800 Ultra GPU for notebooks.  Over the course of the last year, notebooks have transitioned quickly from being a poor second fiddle for gaming, to some of the most desirable gaming rigs around.
Discussion: and digg
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
Wikibooks takes on textbook industry  —  If you found yourself needing an old biology textbook and couldn't locate your battered copy from college, you'd have a few options.  —  You could go to a university bookstore and snag a used copy; you could drop a few dollars on a new one at …

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