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12:30 AM ET, August 17, 2008

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Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Giant of Internet Radio Nears Its ‘Last Stand’  —  Pandora, Other Webcasters Struggle Under High Song Fees  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — Pandora is one of the nation's most popular Web radio services, with about 1 million listeners daily.  Its Music Genome Project allows customers to create stations tailored to their own tastes.
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Bolt Of Lightning Doesn't Fall Anywhere Near NBCOlympics.com  —  Michael Phelps who?  In what is probably the greatest moment in this Olympics, Usain Bolt of Jamaica won gold 100m dash in 9.69 seconds, a new world record...and he didn't even have to try after the first half of the race.
Henry Work / TechCrunch:
The State of WordPress 2008: Awesome Growth  —  Today at WordCamp, a User and Developer 1-day conference for the WordPress blogging platform, Founder Matt Mullenweg announced impressive growth figures and reaffirmed Automattic's focus on fixing some of WordPress's biggest weaknesses.
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Andrew Mager / The Web Life:
Wordcamp 2008  —  In the quiet flats of University of California San Francisco Mission Bay campus, bloggers, thinkers, journalists, developers, and inventors melt together for a full day of lectures and learning.  The goal of Wordcamp 2008 is to figure out the future of publishing on the web.
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
The Platform is the Message  —  For years people have been saying that they will watch things in HD, that they would never ordinarily watch.  In the 12 years I have been involved in Internet Video in one form or another, I have yet to have anyone ever tell me they will watch something just because its on the internet.
Discussion: TVbytheNumbers
Corvida / ReadWriteWeb:
4 Great iPhone App Review Sites  —  The iTunes App Store is a bit of a big deal these days.  Several new applications pop up in the iTunes store every day.  With hundreds of apps to download from it can be time consuming to sort through them all.  Unfortunately, there is no try before you buy option for any of the iTunes apps.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Android And The Internet Of Things  —  As the world waits for the first Android phone to appear in the wild (from T-Mobile), questions are being raised again about whether Google's Android ambitions will stop at cell phones.  In a speculative, but well-thought-out piece, VentureBeat's Eric Eldon reports:
Discussion: CrunchGear, Beyond Search and BroadDev
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
U2 Tracks Leak After Bono Plays Stereo Too Loudly  —  U2 manager Paul McGuinness, who wants file-sharers to be disconnected from the Internet, has something else to complain about today.  Four songs from U2's upcoming album ‘No Line On The Horizon’ have been leaked online after Bono played …
Tnkgrl / tnkgrl Mobile:
Modding the Acer Aspire One - hard drive  —  Welcome to part 2 of a multi-part post on moddng the Acer Aspire One!  —  In part 1, I showed how to take the Aspire One apart, how to upgrade the RAM, and how to add internal Bluetooth.  Today I demonstrate how to replace the SSD …
Discussion: Hack a Day, Engadget and jkOnTheRun
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
8Tracks: A Free, Legal Music Service We Love  —  Launching an online music startup?  What are you thinking?  Digital music is a money pit that only works for people who aren't trying to make money selling music.  Like iTunes (AAPL).  Or maybe Amazon (AMZN).  —  Not convinced?  OK.
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
The Bearhug  —  Dave Winer used the bearhug to wrap his arms around Netscape's version of RSS and not let go until a merged RSS was born.  With Twitter's announcement of “a minor change to the API that should have a major impact on the Twitter community” the time may be here to bearhug Twitter and unify the microblogging architecture.
Discussion: Scripting News
Malatesta / WMExperts:
AT&T Getting ready to launch the “HTC Fuze” aka Touch Pro?  —  Well here's a little gem...  We're hearing from a tipster that AT&T is getting not only ready to finally launch their Tilt ROM update, but a little something called the HTC Fuze.  —  What's the HTC Fuze you ask?
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gadgetell and Engadget Mobile
Neil McAllister / PC World:
Microsoft's OOXML Wins ISO Approval  —  Office 2007's XML-based document formats will soon be published as a formal ISO standard.  Now what?  —  Recommends  —  It looks as if Microsoft's OOXML office document file format will be published as an open standard after all.
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Jennifer Jordan / Cadence Design Systems:
Board of Directors Authorizes $500 Million Increase to Stock Repurchase Program
Dieter Bohn / WMExperts:
Motorola Q9h 6.1 Update Officially Available
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Google Privacy Practices Worse Than ISP Snooping, AT&T Charges
Discussion: Beyond Search
David Milliken / Reuters:
Sony plans no PS3 price cuts at Leipzig games fair
Discussion: I4U News and PC World
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Sixth place in Beijing for twin ConnectU founders
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Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Why The MMORPG Subscription-Based Business Model Is Broken
Discussion: broadstuff and Broken Toys
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Lenovo Unveils ThinkPad X301 With Centrino 2 and 128 GB SSD
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and Engadget
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Some SMS Perspective  —  On Wednesday, we announced that Twitter …
Discussion: Profy and HighTouch
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Some Media Companies Choose to Profit From Pirated YouTube Clips
Discussion: RexBlog.com and Mashable!