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4:40 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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Perhaps Pandora Must Be Our Sacrificial Lamb  —  Pandora made a bold political statement today, saying they'd likely shut down rather than continue to pay exorbitant fees to play music to listeners of its massively popular service.  —  Radio stations pay different rates depending on how they broadcast music.
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.
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
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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Longofest / MacRumors:
iPhone 2.1 Beta 4 Seeded, Removes Push Notification Service  —  Apple has seeded iPhone Firmware 2.1 Beta 4 to developers.  As usual, Apple describes the content of the update as “bug fixes.”  —  Interestingly, Apple has pulled the push notification service in this release “for further development.”
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Gizmodo
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:
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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.
Claire Bates / Daily Mail:
Meet Ivy Bean - the world's oldest Facebooker aged 102  —  Ivy Bean is a great-grandmother with a difference.  At 102 years old she has joined the social networking revolution and become the oldest person on Facebook.  —  The former mill worker, who was born in Bradford in 1905 …
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
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Google Privacy Practices Worse Than ISP Snooping, AT&T Charges  —  Online advertising networks — particularly Google's — are more dangerous than the fledgling plans and dreams of ISPs to install eavesdropping equipment inside their internet pipes to serve tailored ads to their customers, AT&T says.
Discussion: Beyond Search
 
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Alex Williams / New York Times:
I Was There. Just Ask Photoshop.
Discussion: Imaging Insider
Jennifer Jordan / Cadence Design Systems:
Board of Directors Authorizes $500 Million Increase to Stock Repurchase Program
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
8Tracks: A Free, Legal Music Service We Love
ConsortiumInfo.org The Standards Blog:
ISO and IEC Reject OOXML Appeals
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
U2 Tracks Leak After Bono Plays Stereo Too Loudly
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
The Bearhug  —  Dave Winer used the bearhug to wrap …
Discussion: Scripting News
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Sixth place in Beijing for twin ConnectU founders
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
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
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Some SMS Perspective  —  On Wednesday, we announced that Twitter …
Discussion: Profy and HighTouch