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7:10 PM ET, August 20, 2008

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Intel® And Yahoo!® To Bring The Internet To Television  —  TV Widgets Bring “Best of the Internet” Experience to Complement TV Viewing  —  INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 20, 2008 - Intel Corporation and Yahoo! Inc. today previewed plans for the Widget Channel, a television …
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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 …
Comcast:   Comcast to Work With Intel To Bring Interactive Applications To The TV
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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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Comcast Vows to Throttle Customers, Not BitTorrent
Discussion: Electronista
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
FCC Finally Issues Comcast Throttling Order - For whatever it's worth...
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 …
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget Mobile:
Palm Treo Pro unboxing and hands-on  —  Well we've gotten our hands all over Palm's new Treo - the Pro - and we've documented it all on film... er, disk.  Here's what were liking so far - no more recessed screen (finally!), that HTC-licensed task manager, and the extremely slick packaging.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
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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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Blogging live from 37,000 feet via Aircell's Gogo inflight Wi-Fi …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo, MobileCrunch and Electronista
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 …
Discussion: IGN, Engadget, Joystiq and Electronista
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Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
Martin wants broadband across USA  —  WASHINGTON — High-speed Internet access is so important to the welfare of U.S. consumers that America can't afford not to offer it — free of charge — to anybody who wants it, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin says.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Hillcrest Labs: Nintendo's Wii Infringing Our Patents  —  Hillcrest Labs, a Rockville, Mnd.-based startup, says it has filed a complaint for patent infringement with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington, D.C., and a separate patent infringement suit in the U.S. District Court …
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 …
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 …
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 …
TechCrunch:
Ten Startups Debut At TechStars Demo Day  —  Editor's note: The following on-the-ground report comes from Don Dodge, who blogs at The Next Big Thing and is a business development executive for Microsoft.  He is in Boulder, Colorado today attending TechStars demo day.
Jordan Golson / Industry Standard:
Rumors of iTunes music subscriptions fly again  —  Here we go again.  A pair of Mac sites, TUAW and MacDailyNews, both received anonymous tips today outlining how an iTunes subscription music store might work — and both are plausible enough to be true.  That said, given the rampant speculation …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, TUAW and MacDailyNews
 
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