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6:35 PM ET, September 28, 2008

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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Net radio bill passes House  —  Update at 7:28 p.m. PDT: Quotes have been added from National Association of Broadcasters on why it no longer opposes the bill.  —  Web radio stations live to fight another day.  —  The House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bill that Web radio stations …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Pandora, Webcasting appear headed for Senate victory  —  Technology companies are supposed to be wide-eyed novices on Capitol Hill.  I've read that they don't spread enough money around or aren't hip to the ways of Washington.  —  Regardless of whether that's true, this weekend saw Pandora …
Jason Calacanis / Silicon Alley Insider:
Calacanis: Collapsing Economy Will Kill 50%-80% Of Startups  —  The following is reprinted from Jason's List, Jason Calacanis's email newsletter.  Sign up here.  —  (The) Startup Depression  —  Since stock market gyrations and the elections seem to be making everyone rightfully nauseous and depressed …
Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
2^43,112,609 -1: Distributed computing finds largest prime yet  —  GIMPS - the distributed computing Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search - has found and confirmed the largest prime number ever: 243,112,609-1.  It has 13 million digits and gives the GIMPS project a $100,000 award …
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LARGEST KNOWN PRIME NUMBER FOUND … Editor's note: This story was originally posted on Science News online as a Math Trek column September 20.  —  Here's a number to savor: 243,112,609-1.  —  Its size is mind-boggling.  With nearly 13 million digits, it makes the number of atoms …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
The State of Location-Based Social Networking On The iPhone  —  We've been bullish about location-based social networks for quite awhile now, especially since Apple announced that it would open up the iPhone to developers.  And with two significant developments in this space just this week …
John Resig / jQuery Blog:
jQuery, Microsoft, and Nokia  —  We have two pieces of fantastic, albeit serendipitous, news today: Both Microsoft and Nokia are taking the major step of adopting jQuery as part of their official application development platform.  Not only will they be using it for their corporate development …
Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
Lessig's ‘Free Culture’ Now Available with DRM  —  There is a continuing battle surrounding Digital Rights Management (DRM).  While most rights holders see it as a way of maximizing their profits, users see it as a way to reduce their ability to actually use the products they bought, the way they want to.
Matt Legend Gemmell:
Apple is listening  —  Just a small positive note amongst the gloom of NDAs, app rejections and approval delays: Apple have today changed how the customer reviews system works for App Store applications: you now must have downloaded or purchased the app before you're allowed to post a review on it.
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Video?  I Doubt It  —  Canon's much-ballyhooed but not universally welcomed 5D Mark II also (and this is a new thing for SLRs) operates as a high-def videocam.  There are two videos linked from The Online Photographer and they are mind-bogglingly, jaw-droppingly beautiful.  But it won't work for you.
Kiyoshi Takenaka / Reuters:
Nintendo to launch camera, music-capable DS: report  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co Ltd plans to launch a new model of its DS handheld machine that can take pictures and play music by the end of the year, the Nikkei business daily said on Sunday.
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Toby Padilla / Last.fm:
Last.fm iPhone 2.0  —  Back in July we launched Last.fm on the iPhone and iPod Touch.  It was the end result of months of hard work and we were pretty happy with how it turned out.  We received tons of positive feedback and although we weren't able to launch in every country …
 
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple makes iTunes 8, iTunes U content accessible to the blind
Discussion: Gizmodo, Lioncourt.com and Digg
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld Blogs blogs:
Let's turn the federal government over to bloggers
Discussion: Slashdot
Dusanb / IntoMobile:
Rogers Wireless adds LG Shine TU720 in black
Jacqueline Emigh / BetaNews:
Convergence for the smartphone and credit card is nearer
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Stephenie Steitzer / Courier-Journal:
Judge rejects Ky. bid to claim illegal Web casinos
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