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7:30 PM ET, August 16, 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.
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 …
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.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
First Google Android phone sighting reveals awkward iPhone rival  —  The first smartphone based on Google's Android mobile platform could hit the U.S. market as early as October, according to new reports, but a video of the handset leaked on the Internet reveals a device which lacks …
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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
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
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Why The MMORPG Subscription-Based Business Model Is Broken  —  Famed game developer and analyst Scott Jennings recently announced on his blog that he's quit online game publishing giant NCSoft to join John Galt Games.  His new home is the small casual game startup developing Web Wars …
Discussion: broadstuff and Broken Toys
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.
Discussion: Digg
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.
Discussion: Technologizer and Technosailor
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
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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BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Some SMS Perspective  —  On Wednesday, we announced that Twitter has suspended outgoing SMS to our UK number.  The blue in the chart above illustrates the percent of outgoing SMS we stopped sending. 2% of our user base consumed 4% of our outbound SMS over the UK number at a price …
Discussion: HighTouch
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Some Media Companies Choose to Profit From Pirated YouTube Clips  —  After years of regarding pirated video on YouTube as a threat, some major media companies are having a change of heart, treating it instead as an advertising opportunity.  —  In the last few months, CBS, Universal Music …
Discussion: RexBlog.com and Mashable!
 
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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
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Seagate dumps brown, gets Mac happy with leaked FreeAgent disks
Discussion: Gadgetell and Gizmodo
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
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Sixth place in Beijing for twin ConnectU founders
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Lenovo Unveils ThinkPad X301 With Centrino 2 and 128 GB SSD
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and Engadget
BBC:
Writing the history of virtual worlds
Discussion: GamePolitics News
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Confirmed: Microsoft to proceed directly to Windows 7 Server
Discussion: Inquirer
BBC:
Windows 7 details to be released
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