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3:00 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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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.
Fred Wilson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Learning To Live With Less: Constraints, Rules And Web Startups  —  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.
Discussion: Tom Hume
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
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
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, Gizmodo and I4U News
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.
Michiko Kakutani / New York Times:
Is Jon Stewart the Most Trusted Man in America?  —  IT'S been more than eight years since “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” made its first foray into presidential politics with the presciently named Indecision 2000, and the difference in the show's approach to its coverage then and now provides …
 
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
LA Times Names Former DirecTV Head Hartenstein As Publisher …
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John Dowdell / jd/adobe:
NBCOlympics.com aftereffects
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