1 RURAL HIGH-SPEED GETS A LITTLE LONGER “Some 8,000 rural internet users who were going to lose their SaskTel high-speed service have been granted a reprieve,” writes CBC Sask.

2 THE GREAT ITALY/GERMANY FRIENDSHIP CONTINUES I’m sure German chancellor Angela Merkel’s fondness for past and perhaps future Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi was just mended when she heard him talking about how Italy should leave the Euro. Needless to say, she doesn’t think it’s a good idea.

3 TODD AKIN UPDATE Now that he of the “legitimate rape” controversy take his name off the ballot, his opponent, Democrat Claire McCaskill, is free to rip into him with no fears of him swapping out for another Republican candidate. The Fix talks about what the larger impact of Akin might be for the Republican Party.

4 FRANCE’S DEFICIT SOLUTION The Associated Press, via the New York Times, writes:

The French government presented a budget Friday that was heavy on taxes — including a controversial 75 percent income rate on high earners — but which critics said lacked fundamental reforms that could jumpstart economic growth.

5 DIS-MAP-STER You know things are bad when a CEO is suggesting you use MapQuest. Apple’s Tim Cook admitted this morning that their own map software hasn’t worked out as planned. NPR quotes Steve Henn:

“The maps misplaced the Huey P. Long Bridge in New Orleans, they erased Stratford-upon-Avon from the British countryside, and in aerial views of Las Vegas, it appears as if the city may be melting,” he said.

6 TODAY’S CONCERT NEWS Well, today’s concert news other BreakOut West, the big music festival happening in town right now and which we’ll be covering up and down her on the Dog Blog. But if you’re more interested in looking further down the road, it was announced today that Big John Bates will be playing a Halloween show at the Artful Dodger.