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2:45 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.
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 …
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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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Pushes White Space, Says Free The AirWaves  —  Updated: 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 spectrum vacated by analog television's switch to digital transmissions.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Uses YouTube To Try To Rally Public Support For WiFi 2.0
Discussion: Ars Technica and CircleID
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, WebProNews and Mashable!
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
EA revises Take-Two acquisition offer, again  —  Spore isn't the only thing on Electronic Arts' mind.  It still wants Take-Two Interactive.  —  On Monday, CEO John Riccitiello sent an open letter to Take-Two chairman Strauss Zelnick saying that the company's existing offer to acquire …
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Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
Running the show at EA Games
Discussion: Destructoid
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
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 …
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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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Leaked: Dell Inspiron 910 (Mini Note) Specs and Release Date  —  A few weeks ago we ran some rumored specs of Dell's answer to the Eee, the Dell Inspiron 910 (aka Mini Inspiron and Inspiron Mini).  Now we've gotten our hands on the full (internal) 910 web documentation.
Discussion: Liliputing, jkOnTheRun and Engadget
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
 
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Peggy Anne Salz / msearchgroove:
Chinese Mobile Search Engine mInfo Gets Boost From Olympics …
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Christine Tsai / Google Mobile Blog:
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Jon / p2pnet:
Tenise Barker v RIAA ‘settled’
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HP Introduces Lightweight Business Laptops
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Web Strategy: The Evolution of Brands on Twitter
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Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Bono blamed for unreleased U2 songs on Internet
John C. Drake / Boston Globe:
Judge awaits students' research paper
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Evolution of DRM: streaming services use unencrypted MP3s
New York Times:
A Surprise Winner at the Olympic Games in Beijing: NBC
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Clipboards hijacked in web attack
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
‘Subtle but noticeable’: Toshiba XD-E500 upconverting DVD player
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Findability is a Legitimate Concern for Bloggers
Steve Johnson / Chicago Tribune:
Cyberstar  —  Adrian Holovaty is as red-hot as a techie can get.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Smashing Magazine:
10 Futuristic User Interfaces
Discussion: JasonKolb.com and Digg