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10:40 AM ET, August 26, 2006


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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.
Report: Fugitive top hi-tech exec tracked down in Sri Lanka  —  The founder of Israeli hi-tech giant Comverse, who fled the United States ten days ago, was tracked down in Sri Lanka by an Israeli private investigator, the Ma'ariv daily newspaper reported on Thursday.
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Fugitive exec nabbed after Skype call  —  Kobi Alexander, the founder of Comverse, was nabbed in Negombo, Sri Lanka yesterday by a private investigator.  He is wanted by the US government in connection with financial fraud charges.  He is accused of profiting from some very shady stock-option deals …
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Matthew Broersma /
Windows Vista the last of its kind  —  Vista will be the last version of Windows that exists in its current, monolithic form, according to Gartner.  —  Instead, the research firm predicts, Microsoft will be forced to migrate Windows to a modular architecture tied together through hardware-supported virtualisation.
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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 …
Jeff Howe / Wired News:
No Suit Required  —  Terry McBride has a maverick approach to music management: Take care of the fans and the bands, and the business will take care of itself.  —  Terry McBride has an idea.  Another idea.  A good - no, a great idea.  McBride, CEO of Nettwerk Music Group …
Mike / Techdirt:
Rethinking The Music Industry Business Model... Finally Going Mainstream
Discussion: Newsome.Org
Scott Carlson / Chronicle of Higher Education:
U. of California Will Provide Up to 3,000 Books a Day to Google for Scanning, Contract States  —  A mere two months after the University of California begins its book-digitization project with Google, the university may provide the search company with a whopping 3,000 books a day for scanning.
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Windows Live breaks into Alexa Top 10  —  Despite all the broohaha over whether Spaces is the biggest blog service on the planet, it's apparent that Windows Live is making an impact on the Web.  After being around for less than a year, Alexa now ranks (and all its sub-domains) as the 10th biggest property on the Web.
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.
Fred / A VC:
Call Me Converted  —  For the past three years I have been blogging actively but not using a feedreader actively.  Sure I've used plenty of feedreaders.  I've basically tried them all.  I've been regularly subscribing to feeds in newsgator online and bloglines, largely to database blogs I like.
Robert A. / psp3d:
Hacking Wireless Networks With The PSP  —  Hacking Wireless Networks With The PSP  —  Hacking Wireless Networks With The PSP  —  Is the PSP spurring a new generation of safety concerns?  —  One doesn't often associate a child bearing a portable gaming console as a potential hacker, or, worse, a terrorist.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Mark Pincus Rejoins His Tribe  —  Mark Pincus, founder of the struggling San Francisco-based social network Tribe, has reprised the role of CEO.  He posted a message on the site earlier today: "hey, this is an informal announcement that as of today jan and the board are gone. i've taken …
Tribe update #1: Yes, Virginia, there is a takeover.
Official Google Blog:
We love you, webmasters  —  We always aim to offer our users relevant and helpful results, and webmasters provide the great content that we point to.  Unfortunately — though we've had the pleasure of chatting with many of you in a variety of forums, around the blogosphere …
Lexus Self Parking Car Video and Review  —  Lexus invited Gizmodo along for a ride in the new LS 460 L super rich guy sedan.  The thing is packed to the gills with tech.  In fact, I'd call it the most geeked-out car evar, next to the Tesla.  —  But even the Tesla car can't park itself.
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
MICROSOFT CAVES ON RIBBON COMPLAINTS  —  In what is a bit of an unfortunate decision, Microsoft has announced it is modifying the way the Ribbon in Office 2007 performs, giving into complaints from users that the Ribbon was taking up too much screen space.  This despite the fact …
Smith / Z-List Local Celebrity:
A magazine for friends.  —  click for the larger version  —  MySpace weighs up spin-off magazine  —  Mark Sweney  —  Friday August 25, 2006  —  News Corporation is considering a spin-off print magazine for fans of its social networking website MySpace.
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Welcome to the staff of MySpace magazine. Don't buy a house.
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