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  • USA Today reports from the floor of Demofall, and while they say the technologies shown lacked the "wow factor" of previous shows (PalmPilot and TiVo both debuted at Demo conferences), they offer up a list of stuff that caught their eye. [USA Today]
  • The dangers of playing your iPod too loudly continues to be a hot-button topic for newspapers. Both The San Francisco Chronicle and Chicago Tribune recommend turning down the volume in separate articles, each providing a bit more detail than the one that hit the wires a few weeks ago. The quotes du jour appear to be from ear specialists, including one who served as the Grateful Dead's official "audiologist." He recommends a five minute "rest period" for every hour of music listening. One of the interesting tidbits in the Tribune article: European iPod volume levels are governed at 100 decibals even though American ones aren't. [San Francisco Chronicle]
    [Chicago Tribune]
  • Bad news for home photo printer manufacturers: digicam users prefer to let someone else do the job; this makes Wal-Mart and Costco very happy.[Washington Post]
  • In Weller, Texas, Verizon is thisclose to flipping the switch for its FIOS TV service. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]
  • Meanwhile, cellular phone companies also see television as the new frontier. 1-minute long soap operas and the Three Stooges lead the charge. [Wall St. Journal (reg.)]