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7:25 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
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
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
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 …
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: Digg
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Fred / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
DoJ Agrees: IP Enforcement Bill is a Bad Idea
Discussion: Techdirt and Threat Level
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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Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Oracle Dives Headlong into Hardware
Discussion: eWeek and TechBays
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
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 …
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
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?
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.
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!
Discussion: Unwired View and Ubergizmo
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
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: Inquirer
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.
Discussion: Digg
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.
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
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 …
 
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Bill would give retailers power to halt online auctions
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
European Patent Agents Go On Strike To Complain About Pressure …
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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.
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Hasselblad Readies 60-megapixel Camera
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Long Tran / Yanko Design:
Headphones Meant Not to Filter out Background Noise
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Study: Work e-mail use creeps into off hours
Kim Dixon / Reuters:
FCC chief would cut minimum bid on D block airwaves
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Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Move Over Netflix — Roku To Open the Box