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12:35 PM ET, August 18, 2008

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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HTC Dream FCC approved, Android clear for launch?  —  The long rumored HTC Dream handset — once referred to as “The Googlephone” — just received FCC approval.  The handset is listed as type, “Dream' with a model of “DREA100.  ” The same model also appears with a WiFi Interoperability Certificate touting 802.11b/g WiFi.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
GPhone On Its Way!  FCC Approves HTC Dream, On Sale By Nov. 10?  —  The government is out of Google's way: The FCC has just approved the HTC Dream, the first phone that will run Google's “GPhone” Android mobile operating system.  —  No hi-res product shots included in the FCC's documentation …
Discussion: Portfolio.com
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Maintain an automated networked database?  GraphOn wants to sue you  —  GraphOn is suing Google for patent infringement and the company appears to be doing a nice imitation of NTP, the company that made its name by suing Research in Motion.  GraphOn is going for gold in the patent troll Olympics.
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CNET News.com:
GraphOn files patent suit against Google  —  The suit alleges that Google's Base, AdWords, Blogger, Sites, and YouTube services infringe on database-related patents.  —  (Posted in Digital Media by Margaret Kane)  —  Site aims to be Facebook for sports fans
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Webware.com
Business Wire:
GraphOn Files Lawsuit against Google for Patent Infringement  —  GraphOn Corporation (GOJO: , , ) , a leading worldwide developer of server-based application publishing and Web-enabling software solutions, announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against Google Inc. (GOOG: , , ) alleging infringement of four GraphOn patents.
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC to Decide in Battle for TV Spectrum  —  As Google, Others Push for Sharing, Broadcasters Fret  —  Landover, Md. — After eight months of testing, a plan to employ unused TV channels to provide cheap, high-speed wireless Internet networks still faces determined opposition and an uncertain future.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Pushes White Space, Says Free The AirWaves  —  Today, Google is launching a new advocacy campaign, Free The Airwaves, an effort by the company to get some traction around white spaces, the tiny slivers of spectrum that resides in the 700 MHz band vacated by analog television's switch to digital transmissions.
Minnie Ingersoll / The Official Google Blog:
Time to “Free the Airwaves”  —  For quite some time we've been talking about the potential of the unused airwaves between broadcast TV channels ("white spaces") to provide affordable, high-speed wireless Internet connectivity nationwide.  For this to happen, the Federal Communications Commission …
Discussion: Profy and TechCrunch
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
cloud computing - lowercase, please.  hold the (TM)  —  Feel free to approach a co-worker at the Red Bull station this morning and casually ask: “So, did you do any cloud computing over the weekend?”  OK, maybe that ice-breaker won't get you invited to happy hour with the cool crew from HR …
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Dell cloud computing™ denied
Discussion: Gearlog
Take 2 Games:
TAKE-TWO INTERACTIVE SOFTWARE, INC. CONFIRMS THAT ELECTRONIC ARTS WILL JOIN TAKE-TWO'S FORMAL PROCESS REVIEWING STRATEGIC ALTERNATIVES AND THAT EA'S TENDER OFFER WILL EXPIRE  —  Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO) today confirmed that it expects to sign a confidentiality agreement …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone 3G Connectivity Affecting 2% of Customers?  Software Fix Soon?  —  One MacRumors reader claims to have received a response from Steve Jobs after emailing in a complaint about the current iPhone 3G connectivity issues that have been widely reported.  —  According to the email response …
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Open Source: An Open Question for Red Hat and Others  —  It's been tough lately for companies like Red Hat and Novell that bet their business on open source.  Here's a look at the haves and the have-nots  —  Software supplier Red Hat is racking up growth figures that much of techdom might envy.
Discussion: CNET News.com and 451 CAOS Theory
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Dan Woods / Forbes:
Open Source Goes Mainstream
Discussion: Open Source
Randall Kennedy / Windows Sentinel:
Bursting the Vista sales bubble  —  Our Windows Sentinel tracking data shows that 35 percent of mainly enterprise-class users “downgrade” their Vista systems to XP  —  For weeks now there've been rumors that major PC makers, like Hewlett-Packard, have been quietly selling PCs with a Vista license …
Discussion: InfoWorld
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Dan Nystedt / Network World:
Microsoft faces Taiwan antitrust investigation
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Cnet Asia / One More Thing:
In the Philippines, an auction for the iPhone 3G  —  Philippines auction site Auction.ph is planning to make the Apple iPhone 3G available on the Web site, but issues such as product sourcing and potential carrier partnerships remain hazy.  —  In a press briefing Friday, Auction.ph …
Discussion: eWeek
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Don Reisinger / Ars Technica:   Opinion: How RIM can stop the iPhone onslaught
Wall Street Journal:
AC/DC to Sell New Album Only Through Wal-Mart  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said rock band AC/DC will sell its new album exclusively at namesake and Sam's Club locations in the U.S.  —  The move — which makes the veteran rockers the latest artist to sell a new album only through Wal-Mart …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pouring Our Heart Into TechCrunch50  —  TechCrunch50, where fifty new startups (give or take) will launch, is less than a month away.  The conference team is fried after reviewing over 1,000 applications from companies preparing to launch.  We've been interviewing these startups for weeks …
Smashing Magazine:
10 Futuristic User Interfaces  —  Good user interfaces are crucial for good user experience.  It doesn't matter how good a technology is — if we, designers, don't manage to make user interface as intuitive and attractive as possible, the technology will hardly reach a breakthrough.
Discussion: JasonKolb.com
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Evolution of DRM: streaming services use unencrypted MP3s  —  For the music industry, DRM might have started out being an antipiracy measure, but these days, it's becoming increasingly clear that it's used by the labels as a way of manipulating the market.  The labels have largely prevented Apple …
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
 
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Jenn K. Lee / Pocketables:
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John C. Drake / Boston Globe:
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New York Times:
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Bill Gaffney / Gaffney3.com:
Wordle as an online marketing and seo tool
BBC:
Clipboards hijacked in web attack
Discussion: Technology Live
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Pandora can't make money, may pull the plug
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
‘Subtle but noticeable’: Toshiba XD-E500 upconverting DVD player
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 Earlier Items: 
Scott Thill / Listening Post:
Happy Birthday, Compact Disc. Now Go Away
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Web networking: MySpace invader does business
Steve Johnson / Chicago Tribune:
Cyberstar  —  Adrian Holovaty is as red-hot as a techie can get.
TechCrunch UK:
Aiming your startup at the US - without leaving the UK
Discussion: PDA
BBC:
Archives aided by anti-spam tools
Discussion: CrunchGear
Ethan / ...My heart's in Accra:
Misunderstanding cyberwar  —  There's nothing like the term …
Ben Kunz / Business Week:
The Trouble with Twitter  —  Don't be surprised to see advertising on Twitter soon.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Fox News Joins a Social Network, but Not Its Parent's Site