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Around the Web 8.18.08: Dreamworks is growing, Pandora is dying, the national conventions will go on (sigh)

August 18, 2008 |  9:26 am

-- Pandora, we hardly knew ye. The popular music streaming service may be on the verge of death. Washington Post

Kung_fu_panda_k4sh74nc -- Speaking of death: a guy’s iPod nano exploded, and he still didn’t get a new one for free. Consumerist

-- Will Twitter die unless it changes its business model? BusinessWeek

-- Electronic Arts will let its offer to buy Take-Two Interactive expire today. LAT

-- Thanks to modern technology such as the Internet, newspapers aren’t dead yet. PaidContent

-- Now onto things you kind of wish would just peter out: the national political conventions can go on, since Qwest reached an agreement with two labor unions. CNET

-- DreamWorks is expanding big-time while everything else is just sputtering along. LAT

-- Videoconferencing is growing too. Companies that provide the service are doing pretty well. Money & Co

-- Michael Arrington makes more enemies, this time in the pages of the New York Times, by criticizing Demo and boosting TechCrunch. NYT

-- Being older has its benefits. AARP members can sign up for $10 monthly cellphone plans starting today. USA Today

-- Having trouble reading this blog? Maybe you need a better Internet connection. A guide to how to choose broadband providers. LAT

-- Alana Semuels

Semuels, a Times staff writer, covers wireless, marketing and the L.A. tech scene

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