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9:40 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.
Discussion: A VC
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
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.”
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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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
G. Pascal Zachary / New York Times:
Digital Designers Rediscover Their Hands  —  GEVER TULLEY has only one qualification for training software designers how to become more creative.  He teaches children how to build objects like gravity-powered wooden roller coasters with their hands, at his Tinkering School in Montara, Calif., south of San Francisco.
Discussion: Imaging Insider
Alex Williams / New York Times:
I Was There.  Just Ask Photoshop.  —  REMOVING her ex-husband from more than a decade of memories may take a lifetime for Laura Horn, a police emergency dispatcher in Rochester.  But removing him from a dozen years of vacation photographs took only hours, with some deft mouse work …
Discussion: Imaging Insider
Kris Keilhack / PalmInfocenter:
Additional Treo Pro Software and Hardware Details  —  Following up on today's earlier report and slew of leaked images, even more Treo Pro details are emerging.  With the device's core specifications confirmed, a new post by the original tipster Scottymomo has confirmed some of the device's …
Discussion: Engadget and PalmAddicts
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
 
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
LA Times Names Former DirecTV Head Hartenstein As Publisher …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
Elgan: While Windows sleeps
Discussion: InfoWorld, The Raw Feed and Digg
John Dowdell / jd/adobe:
NBCOlympics.com aftereffects
Claire Bates / Daily Mail:
Meet Ivy Bean - the world's oldest Facebooker aged 102
Malatesta / WMExperts:
AT&T Getting ready to launch the “HTC Fuze” aka Touch Pro?
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
8Tracks: A Free, Legal Music Service We Love
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Google Privacy Practices Worse Than ISP Snooping, AT&T Charges
Discussion: Beyond Search
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
U2 Tracks Leak After Bono Plays Stereo Too Loudly
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
The Bearhug  —  Dave Winer used the bearhug to wrap …
Discussion: Scripting News
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Why The MMORPG Subscription-Based Business Model Is Broken
Discussion: broadstuff and Broken Toys
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Some Media Companies Choose to Profit From Pirated YouTube Clips
Discussion: RexBlog.com and Mashable!
 

 
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Thomas Buckley / Bloomberg:
Pixar lays off ~175 employees, or around 14% of its workforce, the biggest restructuring in Pixar's history, and plans to stop making original shows for Disney+

Murray Stassen / Music Business Worldwide:
Amid a dispute between music publishers and Spotify, the NMPA asks Congress to change copyright law to give rights holders more options to negotiate royalties

Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Russian state-run channel Rossiya24 is broadcasting days-old episodes of Tucker Carlson's show with a Russian voiceover

 
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