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6:15 AM ET, September 22, 2008

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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.
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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.
Discussion: TG Daily
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
SD: the new CD?  —  With CD sales dropping despite a demonstrable increase in music consumption, you might think that music fans just aren't as interested as they used to be in paying for tunes.  Or you could believe in the spirit of hope springing eternal, and that the problem is with the CD itself.
Discussion: Sandisk
Saul Hansell / Bits:
What's in the Cards for SanDisk? Music
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.
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
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
Hal Varian / The Official Google Blog:
The democratization of data  —  The Internet has had an enormous impact on people's lives around the world in the ten years since Google's founding.  It has changed politics, entertainment, culture, business, health care, the environment and just about every other topic you can think of.
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and New York Times
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Windows 7 Starts to Come Into Focus.  Slowly.  —  Okay, enough about Windows ads.  Let's talk about a far more important topic: Windows itself.  Windows 7-the working name for the next version-to be exact.  According to no less an authority than Steve Ballmer, it's supposed to ship …
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.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
PlayStation 3 video DRM: two strikes and you're out  —  The Sony Video Store on the PlayStation Network is filled with a good selection of movies, and you can't beat the convenience of renting or even buying movies from your couch and watching them on your big screen with your PlayStation 3.
 
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Alan in Belfast:
Apple Store in Belfast's Victoria Square opened this morning
Discussion: iPhone Savior and Apple 2.0
Laura Rich / Portfolio:
Palin Hacker's IP Address Linked to Tennessee College Dorm
Discussion: Threat Level, CrunchGear and Slashdot
Jon / p2pnet:
New Comcast plan has ‘disconnect user’ option
Discussion: Slashdot
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: Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
Brad / Liliputing:
Mandriva Mini: Another custom Linux distro for netbooks
Discussion: PC Authority
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Live Images of LG Renoir, the Viewty successor, emerge
Jenn K. Lee / Pocketables:
Porient H12 handheld runs Linux on 800 x 480 touchscreen
Discussion: Gadgetell and Engadget
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Should Have Sold Search To Microsoft
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Rumors of 8GB iPhone's death were greatly exaggerated