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8:35 AM ET, September 22, 2008

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
SanDisk SlotMusic Cards Are Destined to Fail  —  SanDisk, a flash memory chip maker that has been fighting off competitor Samsung's bid to acquire the company has launched SlotMusic MicroSD memory cards that will carry full length music albums just like a music CD or a vinyl.
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“slotMusic™”: High Quality, DRM-Free MP3 Music on microSD™ Cards  —  Music, Retail and Tech Leaders to Offer “slotMusic™”: High Quality, DRM-Free MP3 Music on microSD™ Cards  —  (Los Angeles, CA, New York, NY, Milpitas, CA - September 22, 2008) - Leaders in music …
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
SanDisk Launches Preloaded ‘slotMusic’ Cards  —  In the digital download age, the memory chip maker and the four major music labels will sell albums loaded onto microSD cards  —  Once again, memory chip maker SanDisk is making a push into the digital music market.
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:   SD: the new CD?  —  With CD sales dropping despite …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
What's in the Cards for SanDisk? Music
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
FBI Searches Apartment of Tennessee Student Suspected of Palin Hack  —  FBI agents executed a search warrant Sunday at the apartment of University of Tennessee student David Kernell in connection with the hack of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's private Yahoo account.
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Laura Rich / Portfolio:
Palin Hacker's IP Address Linked to Tennessee College Dorm
Discussion: CrunchGear
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
A New Kind of Venture Capitalist Makes Small Bets on Young Firms  —  From the day he founded Etsy in 2005, Rob Kalin refused to raise money from venture capital firms to expand his company, which hoped to bring the sale of handmade crafts from small local fairs to the international marketplace of the Web.
Tony Smith / The Register:
Palm OS II-based smartphones now due H2 2009  —  Palm's next-gen operating system will be finished by the end of the year, the company promised late last week.  —  The company said the Linux-based system software known as Palm OS II and ‘Nova’ is “on track” for completion by the end of calendar 2008.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Gogimon's Search Medium Channels Google, Yahoo, Microsoft Results  —  Gogimon creates Internet Search Channel, a desktop software “medium” that collects data on searches from Google, Yahoo and Microsoft search engines and offers users more refined results.  Because Internet Search Channel …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Ben Dobbin / Associated Press:
Is the rich-hued Kodachrome era fading to black?  —  ROCHESTER, N.Y. - It is an elaborately crafted photographic film, extolled for its sharpness, vivid colors and archival durability.  Yet die-hard fan Alex Webb is convinced the digital age soon will take his Kodachrome away.
Fred Vogelstein / Epicenter:
Why Google needs better antitrust advice  —  This is a big week for Google.  It's new mobile phone software called Android is debuting, and there will be much debate about whether this much hyped project is going to get any traction.  But that discussion may get drowned out by another.
Angelo DiNardi:
MailWrangler and the Apple App Store  —  So in July I wrote a small iPhone app called MailWrangler.  Basically this app enabled a user to add their GMail accounts (standard and Google Apps For Your Domain) which they could load and switch between them quickly.
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Adam DuVander / webmonkey:   Another Competing iPhone App Zapped By Apple
Joscelin Cooper / The Official Google Blog:
Now, read us in gadget form  —  Our corporate blog network is more than four years old now.  We offer blogs about Google products and initiatives, local blogs (for 11 countries), blogs for advertisers and publishers, and a stable of blogs for developers.  We hope you find the contents to be informative, timely, and, on occasion, fun.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal and Google
Staska / Unwired View:
Samsung Armani Night Effect phone launched  —  When Samsung Armani P520 touchscreen phone was unveiled last year, it was a nice piece of modern cellphone design, if diminished a bit by prior launches of iPhone and LG Prada.  —  But, with not too responsive touchscreen and no keypad input it wasn't an easiest phone to use.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Tops 15 Million Peers  —  Today, The Pirate Bay reached a new milestone, as they now have more than 3 million registered users.  On top of that, they track close to 15 million unique peers.  The largest BitTorrent tracker just keeps growing and growing, and there is no sign that this will be put to a halt anytime soon.
Discussion: Pulse 2.0 and Digg
 
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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Best of the Best: The Hive Five Winners
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Hal Varian / The Official Google Blog:
The democratization of data  —  The Internet has had an enormous impact …
Alan in Belfast:
Apple Store in Belfast's Victoria Square opened this morning
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New Comcast plan has ‘disconnect user’ option
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Drew Bennett / BroadbandCensus.com Blog:
‘CONNECT ME’ IS MAINE'S MANTRA FOR 90 PERCENT BROADBAND BY 2010
Discussion: DSLreports
Chicago Tribune:
Social-networking sites viewed by admissions officers
Discussion: Web Strategy and Slashdot
Brad / Liliputing:
Mandriva Mini: Another custom Linux distro for netbooks
Discussion: PC Authority
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Should Have Sold Search To Microsoft