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9:15 AM ET, September 25, 2008

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Taliver Heath / Google App Engine Blog:
Introducing Google Moderator on App Engine  —  At Google, we host a large number of “tech talks”.  These talks cover a wide rage of Computer Science topics like research in machine learning and methods for ranking images based on text queries.  I've enjoyed attending these tech talks …
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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Google Moderator launches  —  Here's a fun link for you.  Google just released a free service called Google Moderator.  This is a port to Google App Engine of an existing tool we use all the time at Google.  Internally it was called Dory (after the fish who asked questions all the time in Finding Nemo).
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Lifehacker
ASUSTeK Computer:
Eee PC™ to Feature 3.75G for Internet Access Anywhere  —  Coupled with All-day Battery Life, 3.75G Capability Puts Eee PC's™ Status as the Ultimate Travel Companion Beyond Question  —  ASUS today announced that it will be adding 3.75G connectivity* to its hugely-popular series …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Judge Declares Mistrial in RIAA-Jammie Thomas Trial  —  Jammie Thomas, left, and her attorney, Brian Toder, leave the courthouse last year after a jury dinged her $222,000 for sharing 24 songs on the Kazaa file-sharing network.  —  Photo: Associated Press  —  A federal judge on Wednesday set aside …
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Chris Williams / The Register:
RIAA filesharing target Jammie Thomas wins retrial  —  Judge slams ‘oppressive’ $220,000 damages award  —  The judge in Jammie Thomas' challenge to her landmark $220,000 fine for sharing music over KaZaa has declared a mistrial, forcing yet another court case.
Discussion: CNET News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Music To Launch Tonight.  Here's What You'll See (And Hear)  —  The ambitious new MySpace Music joint venture will launch this evening at midnight PST at music.myspace.com.  All four major labels - Universal, Warner, Sony and EMI - are on board (EMI was a last minute addition).
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Fact & Fiction of MySpace Music
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Like Sister Site Hulu, New MySpace Music Is Just For U.S. Users
Saul Hansell / Bits:
T-Mobile Lifts Bandwidth Cap for Google Phone  —  T-Mobile raised some eyebrows Tuesday when it disclosed that buyers of its highly touted new Internet phone, the HTC G1 that uses Google's Android software, would face restrictions if they exceeded 1 gigabyte of cellular data a month.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is T-Mobile Spinning on Google Phone Bandwidth Caps?
Discussion: Salon and OStatic blogs
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
DoJ to Senate: don't make us be Big Content's copyright cops  —  In polite but unmistakeable language, the Departments of Justice and Commerce yesterday told Congress that the new Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008 (EIPRA) was a monstrosity so horrifying that only a stake through …
Discussion: GigaLaw.com Daily News and Digg
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
White House Opposes Expanded DOJ Copyright Enforcement
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
Fred / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
DoJ Agrees: IP Enforcement Bill is a Bad Idea
Discussion: CNET News
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Don't drive iPhone developers away, Apple  —  One of the presenters at the recent C4 Mac developers conference made a point about Apple that is incredibly relevant to how the company is viewed, especially by the media and rabid Apple fans.  To paraphrase his statement, in dealing with Apple …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Trademark Fight: Intel Is Worried You Might Think It Is A Chinese Travel Agency  —  Do these two logos look the same to you?  Is there the remotest chance that you might confuse Intellife Travel, a small travel agency in Santa Clara, California that caters to Chinese Americans and expats, with Intel the company?
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Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Oracle Dives Headlong into Hardware
Discussion: TechBays and eWeek
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Google Guy's Words Get Quick Response  —  Google co-founder Larry Page turned up on Capitol Hill today to boost the company's “Free the Airwaves” campaign, and he had some strong words for those who oppose their bid to open more of the airwaves for high speed Internet access.
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Pragmatic Bookshelf:
Ubuntu Kung Fu shipping/podcast; iPhone news  —  Greetings!  —  Ubuntu Kung Fu: Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Hacks is now in print and shipping.  Meet the author, Keir Thomas, in this week's podcast.  Also, see below for the latest news on our iPhone SDK book.  —  Ubuntu Kung Fu In Print and Shipping
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
The Official Google Blog:
Project 10^100  —  If you could suggest a unique idea that would help as many people as possible, what would it be?  —  It's a question worth considering.  Never in history have so many people had so much information, so many tools at their disposal, so many ways of making good ideas come to life.
David Ciccone / Mobility Today:
EXCLUSIVE: Motorola Q11 Photos  —  We were lucky enough to get our hands on some photos that have never been seen before of the Motorola Q11.  This phone offers GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi, 3MPx Cam and Windows Mobile 6.1.. No information as to when we will see this puppy but the photos don't look too shabby!
David Hambling / Danger Room:
Chinese Say They're Building ‘Impossible’ Space Drive  —  Chinese researchers claim they've confirmed the theory behind an “impossible” space drive, and are proceeding to build a demonstration version.  If they're right, this might transform the economics of satellites …
Discussion: Engadget, Boing Boing Gadgets and Digg
Jennifer Guevin / CNET News:
EA hit with class action suit over ‘Spore’  —  Electronic Arts may have attempted to appease angry customers by amending its digital rights management policy on Spore, but the company's DRM troubles aren't over yet.  —  Earlier this week, a class action suit was filed in the Northern District …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Inquirer
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Is Google Spreading Itself Too Thin?  —  I just read an article entitled Is Google Spreading Itself Too Thin? over at ReadWriteWeb.  It repeats the endless canard that Google hasn't built another business yet to rival its initial search franchise.  —  How dumb is that?
Discussion: Beyond Search
BBC:
Police close file on BT's trials  —  The City of London Police have said there will be no formal investigation of BT over its secret trials of an ad monitoring system.  —  BT trialled the Phorm system - which monitors web browsing habits in order to better target ads - without the consent of users last summer.
 
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Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
New Feature Release of Live Search Maps!
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Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Adobe Talks Open Source, Innovation and the Future of Flash
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
European Parliament Says No to Three-Strikes Law
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Jeff Young / Chronicle of Higher Education:
College Bookstores to Begin Selling eTextbooks on Demand
Fred / A VC:
Third Party Comment Systems Go Mainstream
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld Blogs blogs:
Where Windows is #2 to Linux  —  Microsoft encourages us …
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Jack Davis / Docu-Drama:
Transmeta hangs out the “For Sale” sign
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
State of The Blogosphere: The More You Post, The Higher You Rank
Discussion: broadstuff and Webmetricsguru
Long Tran / Yanko Design:
Headphones Meant Not to Filter out Background Noise
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