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Devin Leonard / Fortune:
Apple's digital music showdown  —  A ruling this week could force online music sellers to pay publishers more money - as an Apple threat to close iTunes looms.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — For five years, Apple's iTunes Music Store has been the Internet's most successful music store.
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Jordan Golson / Industry Standard:
Apple threatens to shut down the iTunes Store over royalty rate increase  —  An upcoming ruling by the Copyright Royalty Board could have a devastating effect on the digital music industry, according to a statement filed with the board by Apple vice president Eddy Cue.
Discussion: The Register
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Would Apple really shutter iTunes? Unlikely
Discussion: paidContent.org
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
StumbleUpon 2.0: Good-bye, software toolbar  —  On Tuesday night StumbleUpon is changing the way users interact with the service, ditching the need for a software-based browser toolbar in place of a small frame that loads on top of the Web site you're on.  Users with the toolbar installed …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Will StumbleUpon's New Web Look and Feel Give It Web Wings?
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Inquisitr
Jens C Brynildsen / Flash Magazine:
FLASH FOR THE IPHONE CONFIRMED AT FOTB  —  At the Flash On The Beach (FOTB) conference in Brighton, Sr. Director of Engineering at Adobe Systems Paul Betlem, confirmed that Adobe is indeed developing a Flash Player for the iPhone.  However, Apple calls the shots as to when it'll be available.
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Adobe Flash player for iPhone due ‘soon’ if Apple approves
Discussion: Business Week and VentureBeat
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:   Adobe Speaks of Flash Player for iPhone
Reuters:
Nasdaq probing possibly “erroneous” Google trades  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - The operator of the Nasdaq Stock Market said it was investigating “potentially erroneous transactions” involving shares of Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which appeared to plunge as low …
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft still paying people to search  —  Microsoft's latest effort to get people to use its search service is something called SearchPerks, which gives people points for using the search engine that can later be redeemed for prizes.  —  Users who agree to download a small program to track …
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Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
Microsoft Launches SearchPerks; Like Credit Card Rewards, Except for Search
Discussion: Techland
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Try Google Search As It Was in 2001  —  In honor of their tenth birthday*, Google brought back their search engine the way it was many years ago, in January 2001.  Below an old-school Google logo (in 2001 they were actually already using a newer one) the input box invites you to search through “1,326,920,000 web pages”.
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Alec Saunders SquawkBox:
Skype 4.0 beta 2  —  This evening Skype has Tomorrow Skype will release the second beta of Skype 4.0.  Skype 4.0 is an ambitious attempt by the company to redesign the Skype UI to better expose the features of Skype to end users, and to reduce confusion around how to use those features.
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Jessica Dolcourt / Download.com editors:
Skype 4.0 beta 2 gives you more say  —  If you don't like the new look, you can now switch to Skype's classic view.  —  (Credit: Skype)  —  Skype 4.0 beta 2 (download when available) has done a lot of growing since the first beta for Windows rolled out this past June.
Discussion: Inquirer and The Blog known …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Pandora, Webcasting see victory in Senate  —  The U.S. Senate on Tuesday afternoon passed the Webcaster Settlement Act, the legislation that lays the groundwork for Web radio stations to negotiate reduced royalty rates for the songs they stream over the Web.
Discussion: Feeds, Ars Technica and AppScout
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Tim Westergren / Pandora:
WEBCASTING BILL PASSED !!
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Netflix API Launches Tomorrow - Here's What it Will and Won't Include  —  The much-awaited Application Programming Interface (API) for movie site Netflix will launch tomorrow, according to an email from the company.  As HackingNetflix found out last week, the launch event will occur at the AJAX Experience conference.
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Toxic Mac Pro's emitting benzene?  —  Mac Pro owners, listen up.  —  A french newspaper Liberation.fr has published a report (English translation) stating that Mac Pro owners run the risk of getting diseases as dangerous as leukemia (blood cancer) simply by using their computer.
John / What They Play:
New Wii due by 2011  —  What They Play has heard from multiple sources in the game development and publishing community that Nintendo is currently showing early presentations of its next home console hardware.  Apparently set to hit the market “by 2011” the new device is said to be the true …
Discussion: Kotaku, GamesIndustry.biz and Gizmodo
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Sneaky ad startup Jellycloud deflates, taking $50 million-plus with it  —  The online-ad network market is clogged with startups; most are bound to fail.  But no death may be greeted with more joy than Jellycloud, the latest incarnation of Gator, a startup whose software was caught spying on users.
Discussion: The Inquisitr
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gnip 2.0 Launches, With A Business Model  —  Gnip, the guys that are helping move data around from one social network to the next, launched v 2.0 of the service tonight.  —  The new version of the service allows data consumers (services like Plaxo that take data from other services …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Studios Sue to Bar a DVD Copying Program  —  Six major movie studios sued RealNetworks, the Seattle-based digital media company, on Tuesday over its new $30 software program that allows people to make digital copies of their DVDs.  —  As the opening warning on every DVD indicates, Hollywood has bitterly opposed such copying.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Anthony France / The Sun:
For sale: Second hand camera, good condition, contains top secret MI6 terrorist records and pics  —  A SECOND-HAND camera sold on eBay by a top MI6 agent held secret records used in the fight against al-Qaeda terrorists.  —  Names, snaps, fingerprints and suspects' academic records were found in the memory of the digital device.
The Official Google Blog:
Your YouTube video: Hot or Not?  —  YouTube Insight has helped millions of you learn more about your YouTube videos and figure out when, where, and why your videos are popular.  But what if you could learn not just which of your videos are hot on the site, but which specific parts of those videos are hotter than others?
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
The Great Credit Crisis Swindle - How Entrepreneurs Can Survive it  —  Seen the headlines recently?  These are scary times.  Entrepreneurs are far too busy to focus on the mayhem in the markets - and they know that they cannot do anything about it.  So the standard response is just to deal with it as a background worry.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Gears of War 2 canvasses special-edition Zune  —  Microsoft couldn't let the gory, highly-anticipated launch of Gears of War 2 (chainsaw duels!  Rhhhahaararggg!) pass without bloodying a Zune or three in the process, Halo 3-style.  Specifically, Microsoft has laser-etched that pesky little …
Luke Dittrich / Esquire:
The Google Diaspora  —  The next big idea to come out of Google may not come out of Google.  Luke Dittrich looks as the computer giant's offspring.  —  “Regroup (The Google Diaspora)” by R. Justin Stewart; fleece, rope, paint, PVC cap, hose barb, metal hardware; 8 1/2' X 21' X 13'; commissioned for Esquire, June 2008.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Letterman YouTube Video Outdraws CBS Clip  —  Tirade Against McCain Gets 10 Times as Many Views  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Sen. John McCain's snub of David Letterman last week may have deprived the “Late Show” host of some needed star power last week, but it's given him a hit on the web.
Discussion: WatchingTV Online and ChasNote
 
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
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