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5:55 PM ET, August 20, 2008

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Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Comcast to Slow Some Web Traffic for Up to 20 Minutes  —  Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) — Comcast Corp. plans to slow Internet service to its heaviest users during periods of congestion, after regulators ordered the company to devise a new method for managing its Web traffic.
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
FCC Finally Issues Comcast Throttling Order - For whatever it's worth...
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Comcast Vows to Throttle Customers, Not BitTorrent
Discussion: TG Daily
Kyle Peterson / Reuters:
American Air kicks off in-flight Internet service  —  CHICAGO (Reuters) - AMR Corp's American Airlines began offering Internet access on long-haul domestic flights on Wednesday, making American the first U.S. airline to offer full in-flight broadband.  —  The world's largest airline …
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Blogging live from 37,000 feet via Aircell's Gogo inflight Wi-Fi …
Joe Brancatelli / Portfolio:
No WiFi in the Sky  —  After years of deals, tests …
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Wi-Fi in-flight comes to some American routes
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Michael Wolf / NewTeeVee:
Intel and Yahoo Look to Widgetize the Living Room Web  —  This morning at the Intel Developer Forum, Intel and Yahoo announced a joint initiative to bring Internet widgets to TV.  The two companies are teaming up in an effort they believe may help jump-start the nascent living-room-web market …
Edward C. Baig / USA Today:
Apple tries to de-bug iPhone  —  Apple (AAPL) acknowledged Tuesday that a software update for the iPhone partly fixes the connection snags that have caused a global firestorm for the new iPhone 3G.  —  Though mum on details, Apple spokeswoman Jennifer Bowcock said on Tuesday …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Social Median Disregards 75 Years Of Securities Regulations With Sale Of Stock On Twitter  —  SocialMedian founder Jason Goldberg wrote a Twitter message moments ago letting people know that they are raising a new round of funding, up to $500k, and to contact him if you're interested.
Discussion: Portfolio.com
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Richard Brewer-Hay / eBay Ink:
UPDATED: 70% Reduction in Fixed Price Fee and much, much more...
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
LG's PRADA II?  —  We don't have much to go off of besides this picture right now, but it looks as if LG is keeping the PRADA line of mobile handsets around for a little bit.  The PRADA II, as it's pictured, adds a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for easier text entry.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft, Sony offer new video-game gizmos  —  There's lots of video-game controller and peripheral news coming out of the Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany, today.  Here's a roundup:  —  New keyboard: Microsoft, continuing the revival of its SideWinder gaming peripheral brand …
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Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Japan Is TOTALLY Sold Out of Xbox 360s (New Shipment Next Month!)
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
An Unexpected Look at an All-New Google News  —  Google has long liked to test new features by randomly surprising a subset of its visitors with them to gauge their response.  Seems like I'm always reading blog posts from folks who have stumbled upon something unexpected and interesting …
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Palm, Once a Leader, Seeks Path in Smartphone Jungle  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — If anyone knows how best to survive a corporate near-death experience, it is Jon Rubinstein.  —  In 1997 the former Hewlett-Packard engineer was asked by Apple's founder, Steven P. Jobs, to lead …
Libby Purves / Times of London:
Computer games industry threat to downloaders: 'pay up or we'll sue'  —  The computer games industry has launched an unprecedented assault on illegal downloads, demanding payment from thousands of families who obtained the latest releases over the internet without paying.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sony gets official with PSP-3000  —  It's not like Sony could really keep this thing under wraps for much longer, but the company finally did the deed by announcing the PSP-3000 at the Leipzig Games Convention.  The unit itself will look exactly like the PSP-2000, though it will feature an …
Discussion: Joystiq and SlashGear
Om Malik / GigaOM:
HillCrest Labs: Nintendo's Wii Infringing Our Patents … NewTeeVee recently shot a demo video of the Hillcrest remote in action:  —  Hillcrest is a venture-backed company and had raised $25 million earlier this year.  It has raised a total of $50 million from NEA, Columbia Capital …
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Nvidia to announce x86 chip next week  —  Not IDF San Francicsco So say the whispers  —  THE HOT RUMOR going around IDF is one that we discussed a long time ago when Nvidia bought Stexar: that the company will do an x86 part.  The background whispers say that the part will be announced next week …
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
What's $100 Million Between Frienemies? … But they're at it again, with Microsoft heaping more money into the dowry.  There won't be a divorce until Microsoft says so.  —  About 25 minutes ago, the companies announced that they had expanded their interoperability agreement.  Again.
Stryde Hax:
Hack the Olympics!  —  There's been some widely publicized controversy regarding the competition age of the Chinese women's gymnastics team recently.  Rather than be too CNN, I decided to take a page from my friend Johnny and investigate on my own.  I have an Internet connection …
PR Newswire:
Salesforce.com Announces Record Fiscal Second Quarter Results  —  First Ever Software as a Service Company to Exceed $1 Billion Annual Revenue Run Rate  — Company Announces Strategic Acquisition of InStranet, Inc. to Accelerate Growth in Salesforce CRM Customer Service and Support
 
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Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog:
AdBrite = AdDumb.  Why You Should Avoid In-line Ads, Whether Contextual or Not.
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Mozilla preparing to push Firefox 3 update on all Firefox 2 users
Discussion: Computerworld and Hardware 2.0
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Hulu Getting Ready To Go International
Cyndy Aleo-Carreira / Industry Standard:
Electronic Arts and Take-Two: Are they the next Microhoo?
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile 3G Launch Plan for 2008
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
IDF: Katzenberg shows the future of 3D film
Discussion: TG Daily
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft's Photosyth Opens To The Public
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Trilliant: Smart grid meets mesh networks
Discussion: MarketWatch
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Google's search secret: It gets rid of you
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Peter Burrows / Byte of the Apple:
Mac Customer Satisfaction Gains: “We've Never Seen Anything Like This”
Discussion: theacsi.org
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
British Government Caught Pirating On Prime Minister's Website
Discussion: Valleywag, p2pnet and Antbag.com
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Citi On RIM BlackBerry Bold: Thumbs Up, Mostly
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7 TIPS FOR NEW TWITTER USERS
Om Malik / GigaOM:
CloudStatus Keeps an Eye on The Clouds
Tony Smith / The Register:
Intel lets slip first dual-core Atom