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10:55 PM ET, August 25, 2006

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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft's Zune aims to be social butterfly  —  update Microsoft's forthcoming Zune player is shooting to be the life of the party, allowing users to create mobile social networks and stream music to nearby friends or strangers, according to a government regulatory filing.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Zune revealed by FCC as "Toshiba 1089"  —  Well, here's a bit of a surprise: a wireless PMP just showed up on the FCC, featuring a 30GB HDD, FM tuner and a strangely familiar 3-inch screen.  And it ain't being manufactured by Microsoft.  Instead it looks like Microsoft got their good pal Toshiba …
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Former Tribe leader Pincus back at helm; pledges "new direction"  —  Mark Pincus has just taken back the helm at San Francisco social networking company, Tribe.  We heard about this months ago, but Mark would never say anything publicly, so we just kept waiting.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is Mark Pincus Back at Tribe?
BBC:
Spammers manipulate stock markets  —  Spam messages that tout stocks and shares can have real effects on the markets, a study suggests.  —  E-mails typically promote penny shares in the hope of convincing people to buy into a company to raise its price.  —  People who respond to the …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
FairUse4WM strips Windows Media DRM!  —  So far as the yet very quiet forums are claiming, a new app called FairUse4WM can be used to strip Windows Media DRM 10 and 11 (i.e. PlaysForSure, but not WM DRM 9).  Yes, yes, we know, we've heard this song and dance before.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The startup sound in Vista ...  I'm on the phone with Steve Ball, group program manager for the Windows Audio Video Excellence team (basically, the team that builds the stuff that plays audio and video in Windows).  —  First, a disclaimer, before I left Microsoft, I got an intimate view …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Get a gig on GigaOM Jobs  —  Paidcontent, the digital media and content publication was one of the first to realize that niche job boards were the future, and introduced its Digital Media Jobs board, when we were rank amateurs in comparison.  Since then vibrant communities like 37Signals …
Discussion: CrunchNotes and PostBubble
Craig Silverman / New York Times:
Public Domain Books, Ready for Your iPod  —  Kara Shallenberg and her 10-year-old son, Henry, exhausted the audiobook collection at their library in Oceanside, Calif., five years ago.  With Henry's appetite for listening still strong, Ms. Shallenberg began to record herself reading his favorite books.
Discussion: dailywireless.org and joegratz.net
John Leyden / The Register:
Fugitive CEO tracked down to Sri Lanka after Skype call  —  A hi-tech chief executive turned fugitive has been tracked down in Sri Lanka by a private investigator after 10 days on the lam.  —  Jacob "Kobi" Alexander, 54, faces fraud charges over a stock options scandal involving the voicemail software firm he founded, Comverse.
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
Google's geeky queen of the search-o-sphere  —  The internet executive is on a constant search for the 'next big thing' - just now she has TV stations worried  —  Marissa Mayer should be spending today programming some LED light strings for an art installation in her home.
Mike / Techdirt:
Rethinking The Music Industry Business Model... Finally Going Mainstream  —  from the can't-stop-the-trend dept  —  For all the complaints we have about the way the RIAA conducts its business, we have always been optimistic that things would get sorted out eventually.
Discussion: Newsome.Org
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Jeff Howe / Wired News:
No Suit Required  —  Terry McBride has an idea.  Another idea.
Discussion: IP Democracy
Evan Brown / InternetCases.com:
Evidence-destroying defendant severely sanctioned in P2P file-sharing case  —  In the case of Arista Records v. Tschirhart, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas has shown little mercy on a defendant accused by record companies of illegal file-sharing.
Discussion: joegratz.net and Slashdot
Skeptic / Dead2.0:
Should VCs fund bloggers' wet dreams?  —  The term "blogging" alone is enough to cause a ruckus in some circles.  Some people think it's a personal thing, others think it's the opposite.  Some are motivated by ego.  Wait, no, all are motivated by ego.  And as I've previously reported …
Discussion: Om Daily
Miles Weiss / Bloomberg:
Google Seeks Fund Rule Exemption to Increase Investment Returns  —  Aug. 24 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., owner of the most widely used Internet search engine, is facing a hurdle other companies would love to confront: how to get better returns from investing its cash hoard without being regulated as a mutual fund.
 
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Johnny Minkley / GamesIndustry.biz:
MS drops price of Xbox 360 Core pack down to £199
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Toshiba first to market with Class 6 SD cards?
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Phill Ryu / The Phill Ryu Blog:
Surfing YouTube with Class
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Robert A. / psp3d:
Hacking Wireless Networks With The PSP
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Mass. to use Microsoft Office in ODF plan
Discussion: TeleRead and Slashdot
logitech.com:
Logitech Mice Deliver Revolution in Personal Computing Navigation
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Is Skype Neglecting Its Developers?
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First Look: PSP Camera, GPS Unit
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Jemima / paidContent.org:
Audiences Demand "Urgency, Utility, Visual Energy And Interaction" [by jemima]
Discussion: Small Initiatives
Rahul Sood / www.rahulsood.com:
Where there's Smoke there's Fire...
Discussion: Marc's Voice and Blog Maverick
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Promoting Alternative Energy Without Being Too Green
Kristan Reed / Eurogamer:
GC: Valve opens up in Leipzig
Economist:
More media, less news
ericsink.com:
How to get people talking about your product
Software News:
Microsoft winds back Office ribbon
Om Malik / GigaOM:
More Tiny Towns Get MuniFied