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10:25 AM ET, September 27, 2008

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Jennifer Leggio / Feeds:
A call to arms for radio fans: Pandora needs you now  —  When I spoke to Pandora founder Tim Westergren last week he told me that there would be a time when the Internet radio site would need to issue a call to arms to its listeners — that time is now.  —  Westergren sent a pleading message …
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Tim Westergren / Pandora:
CONGRESSIONAL EMERGENCY!!!  —  Listeners we need your help... NOW!  —  After a yearlong negotiation, Pandora, artists and record companies are finally optimistic about reaching an agreement on royalties that would save Pandora and Internet radio.  But just as we've gotten close …
Andrea Larrumbide / coneinc.com:
Cone Finds That Americans Expect Companies to Have a Presence in Social Media  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Harder-to-reach audiences are ripe for social media interaction  —  Almost 60 percent of Americans interact with companies on a social media Web site, and one in four interact more than once per week.
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Study: 93 Percent of Americans Want Companies to Have Presence on Social Media Sites
Discussion: The KickApps Blog and WinExtra
Sergey Brin / The Official Google Blog:
Our position on California's No on 8 campaign  —  As an Internet company, Google is an active participant in policy debates surrounding information access, technology and energy.  Because our company has a great diversity of people and opinions — Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals …
AppleInsider:
Ballmer changes tune while dancing around Apple's success  —  Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, who's watched his company's PC business come under immense pressure from Apple, used a forum this week to discount the Mac maker's potential for future share gains and designate …
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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Oracle's Ellison nails cloud computing  —  Finally, a technology executive willing to tell the truth about cloud computing.  Speaking at Oracle OpenWorld, Larry Ellison said that the computer industry is more fashion-driven than women's fashion and cloud computing is simply the latest fashion.
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
New clickjacking affects all browsers; cause remains unknown  —  Jeremiah Grossman and Robert “Rsnake” Hansen initially planned to reveal details on a new browser-agnostic clickjacking exploit at the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) in New York City this week …
Sue Decker / Yodel Anecdotal:
Myth-busting and the Yahoo!-Google agreement  —  There's been a lot of speculation swirling around about the Yahoo!-Google agreement.  We hear everything from the claim that Yahoo! and Google will be fixing prices to the prediction that the agreement is a death sentence for Yahoo!'s sponsored search business.
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Senate unanimously passes RIAA-backed bill  —  This post was updated at 4:25 p.m. PDT with more details.  —  The U.S. Senate on Friday unanimously passed a bipartisan bill backed by groups like the recording industry and the labor movement that would increase federal protections over intellectual property.
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Senate Passes Bill Creating ‘Copyright Czar’
Discussion: Slyck and Digg
Royal Pingdom:
10 amazingly alternative operating systems and what they could mean for the future  —  This post is about the desktop operating systems that fly under the radar of most people.  We are definitely not talking about Windows, Mac OS X or Linux, or even BSD or Solaris.
Discussion: CrunchGear
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Oops: WSJ.com Ad Calls McCain Win Before Debate  —  Journal blames clerical error  —  This morning, before Senator John McCain even agreed to attend tonight's debate, a Web ad paid for by the McCain campaign appeared alongside a Wall Street Journal article boldly declaring him the winner.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T's Pantech Matrix gets viewed and spec'd  —  Hated the Pantech Duo but loved the form-factor?  Well, AT&Tizzle is looking to grab you as a potential customer with the Pantech Matrix.  It uses the same dual-slide mechanism as the Duo, but sadly runs Pantech's run-of-the-mill OS.
Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget Mobile
James Lee / GamesIndustry.biz:
Pre-owned market had “big” effect on Halo, says Bungie dev  —  Marty O'Donnell, Bungie's audio director, has warned that smaller studios face a difficult future if they can't get a return on their investment due to the sale of pre-owned games.  —  Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz …
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
The Future of Videogames, According to Activision CEO  —  Beverly Hills, Calif. — Robert Kotick has just pulled off one of the biggest mergers ever in the videogames industry.  Now he has to show that the company that emerged from the deal, Activision Blizzard Inc., can continue to crank …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel Atom rival ships; larger Netbooks coming?  —  Are Netbooks ripe to be resized?  Via Technologies thinks so.  The Intel-compatible chipmaker says larger Netbooks are on the way.  —  In an interview, Glenn Henry, the head of Via Technologies subsidiary Centaur Technology …
Discussion: Obsessable and Liliputing
Saul Hansell / Bits:
In Praise of Political Tweets  —  There is something very intriguing about the new election site from Twitter that I wrote about Thursday.  I've been watching it all day as the news from Washington and Oxford, Miss., keeps coming in.  —  As someone who has been rather obsessively watching every poll …
Discussion: Profy and Threat Level
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Court Finds Mattel Had No Copyrights Protecting Against Scrabulous  —  Today Rajat Agarwalla of Scrabulous notified us of a new court ruling that the company is hailing as a favorable outcome.  Below is a copy of a statement from the Agarwalla brothers.
Kate / mobilesyrup.com:
Telus officially launches HTC Touch Dual  —  From the early Best Buy advertising last week we knew the HTC Touch Dual was coming to Telus... it looks as though Telus has officially launched this now as it's showing up on their site.  The price plans are as follows: No contract for $399.99 …
 
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Peter Suciu / VentureBeat:
Q&A with Sony Online Entertainment's John Smedley on making online games
Discussion: Negative Approach
Chris Williams / The Register:
BT withdraws Wi-Fi access to The Cloud
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Agence France Presse:
Mobile phone subscriptions to reach 4 billion by year-end: ITU
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Rocky Seas for the Online Display Ad Market?
Discussion: Coop's Corner
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Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Wario Land: Shake It Busts Up YouTube
Discussion: SearchViews and Wikinomics
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Amazon feeling first pinch of holiday economic slump
Discussion: Valleywag
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
FeedBurner May Not Be Hearing Your Pings
Frank Caron / Ars Technica:
Interview: Good Old Games and the “idiocy” of DRM
Discussion: TeleRead, Blue's News and Digg