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10:30 AM ET, September 29, 2008

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Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
Sprint takes wireless service to the max in Baltimore  —  Monday, Sprint will launch wireless WiMax services in Baltimore, marking the beginning of what could become a new era in mobile broadband.  —  The mobile data network — which will be marketed under the Xohm brand name …
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InfoWorld:
Sprint launches Xohm WiMax network in Baltimore  —  Sprint Nextel launched its mobile WiMax broadband network in the city of Baltimore on Monday.  —  Xohm (pronounced “zome") will offer download speeds of between 2Mbps and 4Mbps, with prices starting at $30 a month for mobile users, the company said.
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and Obsessable
Terry Retter / InfoWorld:
Road test: Does WiMax work in the real world?
Discussion: DSLreports and Electronista
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
The Great Windows-Mac Laptop War  —  Windows laptops only had about 80 percent unit share at online and brick-and-mortar retail stores in June and July, according to NPD.  But measured in dollars, market share was much lower: 65 percent.  The difference in both categories largely belonged to Mac laptops.
Discussion: Ars Technica
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Coakley, Apple agree on iTunes access for blind  —  After a gentle nudge from Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, Apple Inc. is redesigning its popular iTunes music software to make it easier for blind people to use.  —  “Blind residents seek to live independently and be active members …
Discussion: AppScout
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Associated Press:
Apple faces iTunes test case in Norway
Discussion: Guardian
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Letting Our Fingers Do the Talking  —  In the fourth quarter of 2007, American cellphone subscribers for the first time sent text messages more than they phoned, according to Nielsen Mobile.  Since then, the average subscriber's volume of text messages has shot upward by 64 percent …
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Facebook hires general counsel as it continues to grow  —  Young upstart Facebook is growing up at Internet speed.  —  The latest sign: Its freshly installed management team has hired a legal gun with a loaded resume that includes serving as a White House lawyer who helped coordinate …
Discussion: CNET News, Epicenter and All Facebook
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
The Perfect Apple for the Living Room  —  Apple's bland launch of a thinner Nano left the Mac faithful craving more.  Now rumors are flying around the Net about a new device, with Apple retailers being asked to return their existing Apple TVs by Sept. 30 and mysterious placeholder SKUs showing up in Futureshop's inventory system.
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Google Goes to Washington, Gearing Up to Put Its Stamp on Government  —  The tall buildings in Reston bear the familiar names of big government contractors: Northrop Grumman, CACI, Raytheon and Accenture.  Last month another name appeared, but not one that's typically associated with the federal market.
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
Want To Be a Trendsetter on Twitter?  Follow CareerBuilder Example  —  I like checking out current Twitter trends from time to time to see what topics get the most attention in the twitterverse.  While Google Trends are also interesting and often show some very interesting things …
The Sun:
Spies on Facebook  —  The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) has begun advertising on the popular social networking website as part of its campaign to recruit operational officers.  —  The Facebook adverts were launched a few weeks ago in a bid to reach a large and wide variety of people, a Foreign Office spokeswoman said.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Visual Studio 2010 to come with ‘black box’  —  Updated 9:56 a.m. PDT: Added screen shot and a link to Microsoft's Visual Studio 2010 page.  —  Airplanes are equipped with recorders that capture both cockpit audio and flight data, so in the event that something goes wrong, investigators can try to determine the source of the problem.
Discussion: eWeek
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
How to Make Business More Interesting: Video Games  —  How can colleges attract information-technology students?  By using video-game-like technology to trick them into thinking the assignments are cool.  —  That's the approach San Francisco State University is taking, according to Sam Gill, a professor of information systems there.
Discussion: broadstuff
Marc Flores / Boy Genius Report:
Blackberry Bold release date at Best Buy  —  One of the biggest questions on everyone's mind (well, almost everyone) is: when the hell is the Bold coming to the U.S.?  Well, we got our hands on this image showing a release date of October 26, 2008 in Best Buy's system.
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Hoping Apple's ‘Brick’ Is First All-Screen Laptop  —  Here's hoping that Apple's feverishly-anticipated “Brick” project is the world's first all-screen laptop — like this mockup of the OLPC version 2 by designer Yves Behar.  —  There's slim chance, of course, but I for one would love …
Discussion: Gadget Lab and The Raw Feed
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
New software turns PC into TiVo TV recorder  —  NEW YORK - TiVo Inc. and Nero AG of Germany were set to announce Monday that they will be launching a package that turns a Windows PC into a TV recorder, just like a TiVo set-top box.  —  The kit will cost $199 when it goes on sale Oct. 15 …
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
jQuery and Microsoft  —  jQuery is a lightweight open source JavaScript library (only 15kb in size) that in a relatively short span of time has become one of the most popular libraries on the web.  —  A big part of the appeal of jQuery is that it allows you to elegantly (and efficiently) …
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
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Anita Huslin / Washington Post:
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