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Pandora Media, better known to the consumer as Pandora Internet Radio, posted its second quarter earnings on Thursday and its first since going public on the New York Stock Exchange on June 15.

And in a surprise, the popular (but, to date, profitless) company finally had some really good news for investors: Revenues were way higher than expected, up 117 percent to nearly $67 million, blowing away analysts average forecast of $61 million.

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Tex. Gov. Rick Perry's move from non-candidate to frontrunner in the GOP nomination process has been a big story, but a story driven largely by national polling. While Perry's starting to become the first choice of the national Republican electorate, the nomination process will go through Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, where other candidates had a head start. But according to two new polls, that advantage has been lost.

A pro-Perry PAC just released a poll of GOP caucus-goers showing him in the lead with 23 percent, followed closely by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) at 20 percent and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney at 16. The rest of the field is rounded out by Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) at 9 percent, businessman Herman Cain at 8, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (R) at 7, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 3 and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman at 2. The PAC also touts 30 percent support amongst self-described "very conservative" caucus-goers, which they say makes up 55 percent of that group.

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The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday asked AT&T to provide more substantive evidence to back up company managers' claim that only a merger with T-Mobile would enable it to blanket the country with its next generation wireless network.

Renata Hesse, a FCC legal staffer involved in overseeing the transaction, insisted in a letter to AT&T's lawyer that AT&T provide actual evidence to back up the claim that covering the country with its next-generation wireless LTE technology wouldn't make sense financially unless they are allowed to acquire T-Mobile and its extended customer base.

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The Associated Press checked in with 325 charities founded in the wake of 9/11, many of which are still active. Most of them were doing nice things! But a bunch were doing ethically dubious, borderline fraudulent things, frittering away millions of benevolently bestowed dollars.

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Updated 11:31 a.m. ET, Aug. 26

A tech giant has stepped down from the helm of the underdog company he founded that ended up in greatness, and his name wasn't Steve Jobs.

Coming as it does in the wake of Jobs' announcement, though, Rob Malda's sudden resignation from his role as editor-in-chief of Slashdot isn't likely to receive anything close to the press coverage it warrants and deserves.

Slashdot, for the unacquainted, is an award-winning online tech news website that allows users to post links and short summaries to stories that originated on other websites. There is usually a robust commenting thread that follows the best posts.

If that sounds like a number of other websites these days - Reddit, Digg, Metafilter, Facebook, etc. - that's because Slashdot preceded and influenced them all. And much like those popular websites, Slashdot spawned it's own jargon and collection of memes that penetrated the popular culture, including the "In Soviet Russia..." jokes and the disgusting "Goatse" shock website.

The 35-year-old programmer explained his decision to it's millions of readers in a final post under the infamous handle CmdrTaco, writing that he had "done my best to keep Slashdot firmly grounded in its origins, but now it's time for someone else to come aboard and find the *future*."

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Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) has told his staff to lay off the anonymous negative campaigning a day after adviser Eric Fehrnstrom admitted to being behind a Twitter feed that attacked one of Brown's potential reelection rivals.

"While it's clear Eric was seeking to inject a little levity into politics on his own time, I wasn't aware of what he was doing," Brown told the Boston Globe in a statement. Brown said to the paper he's "made clear to everyone on or associated with my team that this type of thing is not to happen again."

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The special prosecutor in Wisconsin determined Thursday that there will be no charges brought in the alleged physical altercation at the Wisconsin Supreme Court -- in which liberal Justice Ann Walsh Bradley accused conservative Justice David Prosser of grabbing her neck in a chokehold during an argument. But that isn't stopping Prosser and Bradley from continuing to fight in the court of public opinion.

Thursday afternoon, both Prosser and Bradley released statements reacting to the special prosecutor's decision, which followed two months of investigation since the incident occurred in mid-June.

"Justice Ann Walsh Bradley made the decision to sensationalize an incident that occurred at the Supreme Court," Prosser said in his statement.

He also added: "I was confident the truth would come out - and it did. I am gratified that the prosecutor founds [sic] these scurrilous charges were without merit."

Prosser also thanked his supporters: "Being in public service has been the honor of my life. I cannot express enough thanks for the hundreds of good wishes I've received from people across the state in the last several weeks."

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A team of astronomers dotted across the globe have discovered an unusual planet circling an old, dead star about 4,000 light years away that appears to be a gigantic, solid diamond.

The planet is about five times the diameter of the Earth, and circles the dead star of about 12-miles in diameter every two hours and 10 minutes.

The dead star, known as a pulsar, itself spins around 10,000 times a minute.

The discovery was made by a team of astronomers located in Australia, Europe and the United States, and they're reporting their finding Thursday in the journal Science.

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Mobile phones, particularly those that run Android OS, are increasingly being targeted by malicious software (malware), according to a new second quarter threat report released Thursday from security firm McAfee.

Once downloaded, the malicious codes do everything from spam contacts with humorous or costly text messages (earning mobile hackers money for referring traffic to premium numbers) to more insidious hacks, allowing attackers to obtain users' personal information, even giving them control over large parts of the compromised Anrdoid gadgets.

"There is malware ending up on Android phones that is coming out of China and is being used to steal the identity of Android users," Dave Marcus, director of security research at McAfee Labs, told The New York Times. "Once hackers take control of an Android device they have access to any kind of information on there including personal data, G.P.S. logs and carrier and billing code information."

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