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11:05 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
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny!, Gizmodo and Obsessable
Terry Retter / InfoWorld:
Road test: Does WiMax work in the real world?
Discussion: DSLreports and Electronista
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Falls Sharply; RBC, Morgan Stanley Cut Ratings  —  Apple (AAPL) shares are down sharply Monday morning after analysts at RBC Capital and Morgan Stanley cut their ratings on the stock.  — RBC Capital's Mike Abramsky cut his rating on the stock to Sector Perform from Outperform …
Discussion: Techland and CNET News
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Plunges After Downgrades: Slowing Demand, Crappy Economy  —  Apple (AAPL) shares are down 14% to around $110 — their lowest since May, 2007 — after Morgan Stanley and RBC both downgraded the stock this morning.  Why?  Mostly slowing demand and lousy economic conditions.
Associated Press:
Apple faces iTunes test case in Norway  —  OSLO, Norway - Norway's top consumer advocate said Monday he is taking Apple Inc. to the government's Market Council in a test case seeking to force the American company to open its iTunes music store to digital players other than its own iPod.
Discussion: The Apple Core and Guardian
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Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Coakley, Apple agree on iTunes access for blind
Discussion: AppScout
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: WebProNews
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.
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
ON Networks Announces Multi-Platform Video Distribution Deal  —  Through its digital AllScreen Syndication Network, ON Networks announced that it can now syndicate any show and accompanying advertisement across the United States and Europe by using its existing and new relationships with distribution partners.
Discussion: Beet.TV
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
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.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Samsung Delve hitting U.S. Cellular?  —  We just got our hands on this snap of what we're told is the Samsung Delve.  If your spectacles are currently on your nightstand, the branding at the top says U.S. Cellular.  You could sort of consider it a cross between the Samsung Instinct …
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
Om Malik / Business Week:
Can Browser Plug-Ins Be a Business?  —  Startup Cooliris could show some promise with software that offers 3D-like Web browsing and a new spin on e-commerce shopping carts  —  For as long as I can remember, I have been highly skeptical of the concept of browser plug-ins as a business.
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
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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Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Intellectual property bill passes in the House
Discussion: ZDNet Government
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Top 100 Media Companies Revs Slowest Since 2001
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and AdAge
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Vysr widget platform to support Open Social apps
Discussion: Mashable!
Dorian Benkoil / CNET News:
ABC's digital frontier: Closed is open
Discussion: Beet.TV
Richard Bennett / CircleID:
Comcast is Right, the FCC is Wrong
Chris Williams / The Register:
BT's third Phorm trial starts tomorrow
Discussion: Inquirer
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