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3:55 PM 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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Fred / A VC:
Constraints and Rules  —  I believe web services benefit from doing less, not more.  I believe that allowing the users to stitch web apps together to get increased functionality is better than a web service trying to do everything for everyone.  The Facebook app ecosystem is one proof point of this approach.
Discussion: Tom Hume
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.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Let a hundred Facebooks bloom  —  Om Malik posted recently on something I've been thinking about a lot: namely, the tension between one-size-fits-all social networks such as Facebook and a more personalized approach using blogs and tools such as Moveable Type and Wordpress …
Discussion: bijan sabet and Changing Way
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
CNN Doesn't Include Spoiler Alert In Tweets, Twitter Users Say It Ruined Olympics  —  The American media has been obsessively covering Michael Phelps on his quest to win eight gold medals this Olympiad - a feat that has never been accomplished.  Up until now he has been perfect …
Discussion: The Stalwart and Chuqui 3.0
Vint Cerf / Guardian:
If you thought the internet was cool, wait until it goes space age  —  A founding father of the web says it's come a long way, but its potential for worldwide change can and will be greater still  —  The internet is still very young.  It was only November 1977 when a group …
Discussion: Slashdot
David / TmoNews:
Samsung fans unite!  —  Usually when Samsung announces a T-mobile launch the world hardly takes notice.  T-mobile fans yawn and hope for something better in the future, you know something that doesn't have a VGA camera.  Well sports fans, here we go, Samsung actually has something good in store for us.
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.”
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Explaining REST to Damien Katz  —  Damien Katz recently caused a stir on a bunch of the blogs I read with his post entitled REST, I just don't get it where he wrote … His post made the rounds on the expected social news sites like programming.reddit and Hacker News, where I was amused …
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
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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Ethan Kaplan / blackrimglasses:
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G. Pascal Zachary / New York Times:
Digital Designers Rediscover Their Hands
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
LA Times Names Former DirecTV Head Hartenstein As Publisher …
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Additional Treo Pro Software and Hardware Details
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Android And The Internet Of Things
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