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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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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
T-Mobile kills the 1GB data cap, takes a more friendly approach  —  It looks like T-Mobile is listening folks — and they appear to be responding.  In a statement we've just received from the company, they tell us that they're killing the hard-line approach to data capping …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is T-Mobile Spinning on Google Phone Bandwidth Caps?
Discussion: Salon and OStatic blogs
Jay Adelson / Digg the Blog:
Big News: Expanding & Growing Digg  —  Today is a big day for Digg.  We're announcing a major expansion effort - the largest we've undergone in our history.  With a new round of funding, we're accelerating many of the programs that we've been working on over the past several months …
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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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Like Sister Site Hulu, New MySpace Music Is Just For U.S. Users  —  The new MySpace Music launches tonight for everyone.  But like Hulu, another joint venture backed by News Corp. (MySpace's parent company), it'll only be for U.S. users.  International users will see the new design and functionality …
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Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Oracle Dives Headlong into Hardware  —  With business applications faltering, Larry Ellison is redoubling efforts to spur sales of databases, which make up most of Oracle's revenue  —  Larry Ellison kicked off his annual speech to Oracle (ORCL) customers by comparing the engineering behind …
Discussion: TechBays and eWeek
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 …
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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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 …
Allan David Reyes / PMP Today:
Breast Fondling App makes Jailbreak insignificant  —  There's a new app in town and it's called paiTouch that's aimed towards the breast-inclined segment of society.  It's the labor of love of our Japanese friends who have managed to come up with a breast simulation app for curious teens …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and WinExtra
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
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 …
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Bush administration opposes RIAA-based copyright bill
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Matt Cutts
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?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
State of The Blogosphere: The More You Post, The Higher You Rank  —  All week, Technorati is releasing data from its 2008 State of the Blogosphere report.  On Monday, Technorati told us that bloggers only need 100,000 visitors a month to make $75,000 a year (yeah, right).
Discussion: broadstuff and Webmetricsguru
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Pew On Networked Workers: Connected, Distracted, Ambivalent  —  The Pew Internet Project has just put out its latest survey of technology adoption and usage: “Networked Workers.”  Conducted in March and April of this year, among 2,134 US adults, the findings are not explicitly about search.
Business Wire:
Technology and Creative Communities Unite to Form Arts+Labs, a Groundbreaking New Organization  —  AT&T, Viacom, NBC Universal, Cisco, Microsoft and the Songwriters Guild of America among Founding Members New Coalition Launches Initiative to Encourage Development and Dissemination of Legal, Safe and Innovative Content on the Internet
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Move Over Netflix — Roku To Open the Box  —  Roku, the maker of a set-top box used to stream online video on a traditional TV, will open its platform to any content provider over the next few months, says Roku CEO Anthony Wood, speaking at Streaming Media West.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld Blogs blogs:
Where Windows is #2 to Linux  —  Microsoft encourages us to think of Linux, when we think of it as all, as an also-ran operating systems for nerds.  The last thing Microsoft wants us to think about is that there are some spaces where Microsoft is a distant number two and Linux is on top.
Arn / MacRumors:
New Mac Part Numbers Found in Future Shop's Inventory?  [Update]  —  According to an anonymous report, six new Mac placeholder SKUs have appeared in Future Shop's inventory system.  While we've been unable to independently verify this at this time, the placement of early “placeholder” …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Jerry Yang: Yahoo hiring Bain to cut costs  —  When all else fails, bring in more management consultants.  We just got a copy of a memo Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang emailed employees yesterday: … You know it's Jerry, because there aren't any capital letters.  Yang doesn't say “layoffs” or “cuts …
John Gaudiosi / VentureBeat:
Q&A with Kareem Ettouney on Sony's great hope: LittleBigPlanet for the PlayStation 3  —  NEW YORK CITY—Sony is pulling out the stops to celebrate the launch of a critical game, LittleBigPlanet, from developer Media Molecule.  In the game, you can customize a group of ragdoll characters …
Discussion: Kotaku
Long Tran / Yanko Design:
Headphones Meant Not to Filter out Background Noise  —  As oil reaches recording break highs, more and more people are turning to bikes to get them around and of course nobody wants to leave behind creature comforts like music while driving.  Problem is most of today's headphones are designed to filter out background noise.
Discussion: Crave
Denise Begley / PDC2008:
UNVEILING WINDOWS 7 TO THE WORLD: KEYNOTE, SESSIONS AND PRE-BETA BITS  —  Be one of the first to get a look at Windows 7.  Steven Sinofsky, Senior Vice President, Windows and Windows Live Engineering Group, will keynote on Tuesday, October 28.  —  Windows 7 is the next major version of the Windows client operating system.
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Movea's Gyration Air Mouse works on land and air, not sea
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Bill would give retailers power to halt online auctions
Discussion: WebProNews
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
European Patent Agents Go On Strike To Complain About Pressure …
Jack Davis / Docu-Drama:
Transmeta hangs out the “For Sale” sign
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Skyping The Election  —  Skype is working hard to get out the vote—and raise its profile.
Discussion: The Blog known …
PC World:
Hasselblad Readies 60-megapixel Camera
Discussion: Engadget
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Study: Work e-mail use creeps into off hours
 Earlier Items: 
Jack Flack / Portfolio:
Google Is Steaming Into an Antitrust Swamp
Discussion: ZDNet Government and Ars Technica
Kim Dixon / Reuters:
FCC chief would cut minimum bid on D block airwaves
Discussion: Epicenter and mocoNews.net
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
In patent case, court sides with Broadcom again