Rival companies Google and Microsoft fight on many fronts — Internet search and advertising, for example, and operating systems. A newer battlefield is Southern California, where the companies are competing for a $7.25 million contract to provide email and office software for the City of Los Angeles.

The contract fight is significant because it could help determine whether upstart Google is ready for the big time when it comes to its cloud-based apps, according to David Sarno, business reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

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In Wired magazine, Nicholas Thompson writes about system known as “Dead Hand.” It was designed by Soviet scientists in the mid 1980s to automatically retaliate against a nuclear strike from the U.S. Thompson reports that the purpose of Dead Hand, also known as Perimeter, was to make certain the USSR could hit back after being attacked, even if the Kremlin was destroyed. Thompson says Dead Hand still exists.

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The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is proposing new rules that would require Internet service providers to treat all Web content the same. Under the rules, which apply to both wired and wireless networks, operators would not be able to discriminate on how they handle Internet content or applications on their networks.

Guest: Stacey Higginbotham, GigaOm

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A new iPod Nano. New iPod Touch. New ZuneHD. It’s a good time to be in the market for a new portable music player. Or a head scratching time, if you have trouble making a choice, like I do.

Guest: Donald Bell, CNET

A new iPod Nano. New iPod Touch. New ZuneHD. It’s a good time to be in the market for a new portable music player. Or a head scratching time, if you have trouble making a choice, like I do.

Guest: Donald Bell, CNET

A new iPod Nano. New iPod Touch. New ZuneHD. It’s a good time to be in the market for a new portable music player. Or a head scratching time, if you have trouble making a choice, like I do.

Guest: Donald Bell, CNET

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Yesterday we heard from Fordham University Law associate professor Zephyr Teachout, who predicted that the Internet would cause the next generation to turn away from college campuses in favor of online education.

Today we have a rebuttal from John Sener, an online learning consultant and director of special initiatives for the Sloan Consortium, a group that promotes online education.

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