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Here's another salute to the mother and blogger known online as Nerdy Apple Bottom, who had absolutely zero tolerance for anything resembling homophobia directed at her 5-year-old son, whose big wish this Halloween was to dress in the guise of a cartoon girl.

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As the U.S. House saddles up to decide on the latest health care bill, check out The New York Times' coverage of the vote in all its live-blogging, a-critical glory.

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Giving the Drudge Report and Free Republic a little competition in the conservative Web space, former CNN pundit (see: "Crossfire") and bow-tie enthusiast Tucker Carlson has launched his own site, the Daily Caller. That's "the DC" for short -- snappy, Mr. Carlson!

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Twitter, the superstar microblogging service that media outlets like CNN are flocking to as they struggle for Web credibility, has hit a roadblock in its steady march to global popularity. A company attempt to trademark the word tweet, describing an individual blog post, has been rejected by the U.S. patent office.

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It's not entirely clear how the White House joining the cyber-ranks of MySpace, Facebook and Twitter will serve to make the American government more "transparent" and "efficient," but perhaps micro-blogging will save our democracy or maybe we'll get to hear about what Joe Biden had for lunch.

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