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2:05 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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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Google's Android phone, the HTC Dream, is apparently approved by FCC — Nov. 10 is the latest release date  —  The Federal Communications Commission has approved the much anticipated Google Android phone, and documents suggest a release date of about Nov. 10 at the latest.
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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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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Pushes White Space, Says Free The AirWaves
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 …
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InfoWorld:   New data: 1 in 3 business PCs drop Vista for Windows XP
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.
Discussion: Beyond Search, Mashable! and WebProNews
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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.
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Dan Woods / Forbes:
Open Source Goes Mainstream
Discussion: Open Source
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Datamation and Know It All
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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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Might Office be where Microsoft gets socked with Chinese antitrust charges?  —  Back in June, there were more than a few stories about PC makers in China getting ready to sue Microsoft for alleged antitrust violations pertaining to Windows.  Microsoft and China's State Intellectual Property Office …
Discussion: Windows Connected and Electronista
BBC:
Clipboards hijacked in web attack  —  Computer security firms are warning about an attack that hijacks the clipboard where copied text is stored.  —  The attack puts a hard-to-delete weblink into the clipboard that, if followed, leads people to a website selling fake security software.
Discussion: Technologizer and Technology Live
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 …
 
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New York Times:
A Surprise Winner at the Olympic Games in Beijing: NBC
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‘Subtle but noticeable’: Toshiba XD-E500 upconverting DVD player
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Steve Johnson / Chicago Tribune:
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TechCrunch UK:
Aiming your startup at the US - without leaving the UK
Discussion: PDA
Ben Kunz / Business Week:
The Trouble with Twitter  —  Don't be surprised to see advertising on Twitter soon.
Smashing Magazine:
10 Futuristic User Interfaces
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