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Around the Web 10.27.08: Netflix on Macs, Guitar Hero World Tour in stores, Google Earth on iPhones

October 27, 2008 |  9:54 am

Guitar Hero

-- Tech giants are close to releasing a set of voluntary guidelines for doing business in China and other countries with repressive governments. S.F. Chronicle

-- At $189.99 for the top-of-the-line version, the new Guitar Hero World Tour could test the belief that video game sales hold up well during economic slowdowns. LAT

-- Speaking of Guitar Hero, when it comes to playing drums you just can't fake it. Web Scout

-- What slowdown? Nintendo is cruising along, its North America president says, thanks to the mainstream popularity of the Wii. LAT

-- The new version of Google Earth for the iPhone has made some big fans. TechCrunch

-- Two years ago, California schools landed $250 million for new computers, software and training from Microsoft as part of a lawsuit settlement. But they've hardly touched the money. LAT

-- Internet radio stations appear close to resolving a dispute over royalties owed artists and record labels. That doesn't mean the Web stations have figured out a sustainable business model. NYT

-- Left behind no more: Apple customers will finally be able to use the "Watch Instantly" streaming service from Netflix on their Intel-based Macs. Engadget

-- Cable provider Cox Communications plans to offer cellphone service too. GigaOm

-- The computing industry is working on quick-starting PCs to satisfy impatient users. NYT

-- Tightening household budgets may bring more deal-seeking newbies to EBay and Craigslist. Scammers lurk. LAT

-- Leave the laptop at home; that smart phone in your pocket may be powerful enough to handle most road-warrior chores. WSJ

-- Chris Gaither

Photo: Forced Groove, winners of the the Guitar Hero World Tour Challenge at the E for All Expo in Los Angeles on Oct. 5. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press