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1:55 AM ET, September 8, 2006

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CNET News.com:
Reporters' records hacked in HP probe  —  update Two CNET News.com reporters' personal telephone records were accessed by a contractor hired by Hewlett-Packard to uncover the source of boardroom leaks to the media, according to the California attorney general's office.
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Bob Sullivan / MSNBC:
HP investigators hacked reporters' phone data  —  'Pretexting' scandal at high-tech firm extends outside board room … CNBC TV  —  Bob Sullivan  —  In an effort to track down the source of information leaks by Hewlett-Packard Co. insiders, private investigators working …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Amazon Unbox goes live  —  Amazon's movie download site, called Unbox, appears to have gone live today.  There's no link yet on the front page of Amazon, but the direct link at unbox.com works.  We covered early previews of the site last month.  Shows may be purchased or rented.
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Mike / Techdirt:
Amazon's Video Downloads About As Me Too (Read: Not Interesting) As You Can Get  —  It's no secret that Amazon has been preparing its own video download store, and with most people believing that Apple is going to announce their own offering early next week, it looks like Amazon tried …
Discussion: paidContent.org, GigaOM and Wonderland
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
Quickest Patch Ever  —  If you really want to see Microsoft scramble to patch a hole in its software, don't look to vulnerabilities that impact countless Internet Explorer users or give intruders control of thousands of Windows machines.  Just crack Redmond's DRM.  —  Security patches used to be rare.
Wall Street Journal:
New Facebook Features Have Members in an Uproar  —  Facebook.com, the popular social-networking Web site for students, is suddenly getting the cold shoulder on campus.  —  On Tuesday, in an effort to make it easier for users to keep track of their friends, the fast-growing site rolled out two new features …
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Washington Post:
In Online Social Club, Sharing Is the Point Until It Goes Too Far
Discussion: Lost Remote
Bob Sullivan / MSNBC:
FTC fines Xanga for violating kids' privacy  —  $1 million penalty against social networking site is largest under 1998 law  —  Xanga.com, a rival to the popular MySpace.com, allegedly permitted creation of 1.7 million accounts by users who submitted birthdays indicating they were under 13.
Business Wire:
AOL to Launch AIM Phoneline Developer Initiative  —  Will Show Examples of New APIs for Call Personalization, Untethered  —  Devices and Incoming Call Management at Fall VON 2006 (Booth #449)  —  Call for Entries: Open AIM Phoneline Developers' Challenge Invites
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Discussion: Webified Desktop Apps  —  Already there's some great discussion happening regarding Ebrahim Ezzy's post on Read/WriteWeb entitled Webified Desktop Apps vs Browser-based Apps.  As I noted in the intro to that post, in some ways Ebrahim's views contradict my own.
Discussion: JD on EP
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Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Rich Internet Applications are the bridge between the web and the desktop
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Yuriko Nakao / Newsweek:
Such Were the Joys  —  How do I love thee, Vodafone 905SH?  Let me count the ways.  —  The Vodafone 905SH  —  We're back from a summer in Japan, with fond memories of new friends, shopping bags full of cheap plastic Gundam action figures and several bottles of fine sake.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, Read/WriteWeb and digg
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Treemo Launching Today: New Mobile Content Network Opens Public Beta  —  Treemo, a new mobile content network with a socially responsible twist has officially come online with their public beta.  —  Much like Mobango which I profiled in early August, Treemo lets you upload music or ringtones …
MacNN:
Apple files Multi-functional hand-held device patent application  —  On September 7, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's patent application titled "Multi-functional hand-held device" originally filed in March 2006.  —  In light of Apple's September 12th "Showtime" media event …
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Veni, Vidi, Wiki  —  Wikipedia has edited its way into the big time.  —  The massive user-driven site is now the biggest encyclopedia in the world.  The mainstream media covers it extensively.  It was recently lampooned by The Onion and Comedy Central.  Soon, Wikipedia may also become familiar …
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Ryan Singel / Wired News:
The Wiki That Edited Me  —  Journalists love to complain …
Discussion: rexblog
John Gartner / Marketing Blog Bent …:
Digg's Kevin Rose on Recent Indiggnation: Fact vs. Fiction  —  We (Jason, Evan and John) had a conference call with Kevin Rose (President)and Jay Adelson (CEO) of Digg to give them an opportunity to respond to speculation from Evan and others about how a small number of users are controlling placement of stories on Digg's home page.
ongoing:
JRuby Love  —  Charles Nutter and Thomas Enebo, better known as "The JRuby Guys", are joining Sun this month.  Yes, I helped make this happen, and for once, you're going to be getting the Sun PR party line, because I wrote most of it. … Jacki DeCoster, one of our PR people …
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Magazines Going to the Web to Get Students to Read  —  COLLEGE students are famous for their transient ways, moving frequently and rarely leaving a permanent mailing address for magazine publishers to send subscription solicitations to.  —  For now, some magazine publishers are settling for their e-mail address.
David Pogue / New York Times:
In a Sea of Cellphones, a Pearl  —  EVERYONE knows that the perfect cellphone doesn't exist, and it's mostly because of physics.  You know: You can't have a huge screen on a tiny phone, or a fat battery on a slim phone, or top-of-the-line construction at a rock-bottom price.
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Vista audio enhancements revealed  —  Much of the hype surrounding Windows Vista has been concerned with its graphics: the new, DirectX-powered Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) graphics engine, and the translucent Aero Glass visual themes laid on top of it.
Discussion: HD Beat, PVR Wire and InsideMicrosoft
 
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Yahoo! Go for TV puts more Yahoo! properties on your TV
Kotaku:
Wii Chip Production Started 3 Weeks Ago
Discussion: Gizmodo, Go Nintendo and Slashdot
Staci / paidContent.org:
New York Times Launches Mobile Site; Microsoft Advertising On It
Discussion: rexblog
Stace / Unwired View:
Apple Cube reborn
Aija Lulle / Agence France Presse:
Latvians clutch sides and cry 'fowl' over Microsoft Vista
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
How steep will the cost of HP's dysfunctional family be?
Discussion: Scobleizer
Chanpory / LifeClever ;:
How to dress like a Mac  —  I love Apple's latest television ads …
 Earlier Items: 
David Lawsky / Reuters:
Microsoft hints at delay of Vista in Europe
John P. Falcone / Alpha.CNET.com:
Sony STR-DA5200ES: PlayStation interface comes to home theater
Discussion: Gizmodo, HD Beat and PSP Fanboy
BBC:
Fastest supercomputer to be built
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
iMac, mini drop before Showtime - why?
Carlo / Techdirt:
Theatergoers Want Mobile Phones Jammed
Discussion: Newsome.Org and CrunchGear