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1:20 PM ET, September 6, 2006


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Ruchi Sanghvi /
Facebook Gets a Facelift  —  You've probably noticed that Facebook looks different today.  We've added two cool features: News Feed, which appears on your homepage, and Mini-Feed, which appears in each person's profile.  —  News Feed highlights what's happening in your social circles on Facebook.
Mark Zuckerberg /
Calm down.  Breathe.  We hear you.  —  We've been getting a lot of feedback about Mini-Feed and News Feed.  We think they are great products, but we know that many of you are not immediate fans, and have found them overwhelming and cluttered.  Other people are concerned that non-friends can see too much about them.   The New Facebook Must Be Stopped!
The Smoking Gun:
Hewlett-Packard Targeted Board In Leak Probe  —  Resigned director says company fraudulently obtained phone records  —  In a remarkable bit of corporate cloak and dagger, Hewlett-Packard launched a probe of its own board of directors in a bid to determine who was responsible for a media leak earlier …
Discussion: Scobleizer
David A. Kaplan / Newsweek:
Intrigue in High Places  —  To catch a leaker, Hewlett-Packard's chairwoman spied on the home phone records of its board of directors  —  Paul Sakuma / AP (left); Eric Risberg / AP  —  The confrontation at Hewlett-Packard started innocently enough.  Last January, the online technology …
CNET   Media leaks prompt HP board shake-up
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Six Apart acquires Rojo Networks  — Software/Feed aggregators- Software/Weblog platforms/Six Apart  —  Blogging company Six Apart has acquired online feed aggregator Rojo Networks.  Rojo will be integrated with the Vox blogging tool allowing users to browse updated content and create more blog posts.
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Six Apart Buys Rojo  —  Blogging company Six Apart will soon announce it has purchased Rojo, the web-based feed reader, for undisclosed terms.  —  Six Apart won't be adding an aggregator based on Rojo, but instead incorporating some elements of the technology into its existing products, according to Six Apart CEO Barak Berkowitz.
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Silicon Valley to Receive Free Wi-Fi  —  A consortium of technology companies, including I.B.M. and Cisco Systems, announced plans Tuesday for a vast wireless network that would provide free Internet access to big portions of Silicon Valley and the surrounding region as early as next year.
Associated Press:
European sales of Sony's PlayStation 3 delayed until March  —  TOKYO Sony's upgrade video-game console PlayStation 3 will be delayed until March in Europe, but will go on sale in November as planned in the U.S. and Japan, the executive in charge of the project said Wednesday.
Kyle Orland / Joystiq:
Rumor: Playstation-based cell phone?
Discussion: Engadget and 21talks
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
This Web TV Is for You, Especially if You're a Male Aged 21 to 34  —  IF Anheuser-Busch has its way, it may not be long before consumers start insisting "I want my BTV."  —  That's "BTV" as in Bud TV, an online entertainment network that Anheuser-Busch, the nation's biggest brewer …
Jim Hugunin / Jim Hugunin's Thinking Dynamic:
IronPython 1.0 released today!  —  I'm extremely happy to announce that we have released IronPython 1.0 today!  —  I started work on IronPython almost 3 years ago.  My initial motivation for the project was to understand all of the reports that I read on the web claiming that the Common Language Runtime …
Discussion: Jon's Radio and M-Dollar
Inside Google Desktop:
Results of the Google Desktop Gadget Contest!  —  We received a number of creative submissions for the Google Desktop Gadget Contest.  In fact, because there were so many great gadgets to choose from, we've decided to recognize a few additional standouts.  —  Honorable Mention:
Aaron Radelet / Sprint:
Sprint is First to Offer Full-Length "Pay Per View" Movies on Mobile Phones in U.S.  —  Many recent and classic titles available from Buena Vista VOD, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Universal Pictures through mSpot Partnership  —  Media Contact:  —  703-433-8246
Shankar Gupta / MediaPost Publications:
MSN Adds Behavioral Targeting To Search  —  MSN TUESDAY BEGAN INCORPORATING BEHAVIORAL targeting features into its paid search program, adCenter.  With the new service, advertisers can arrange to have their pay-per-click ads shown to users who MSN has identified as likely purchasers based on their Web-surfing history.
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
The Dark Side of Windows Vista RC1  —  In a recent showcase, I highlighted five things I really like about Windows Vista.  That's a cute list, and certainly, I could easily come up with another 5, or 10, or 20.  And you know, maybe I'll do just that.  But first, I'd like to discuss a number of problems I have with Windows Vista.
Skeptic / Dead2.0:
YouTube's Destiny: IPO, Acquisition, Lawsuit, or Other?  —  There are days when I love watching the blog rumor mill and rampact speculations go nuts.  When someone throws out some neat idea, like YouTube IPOing (Paul Kedrosky seems to get honors for 'first'), it spreads across blogland …
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