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5:30 PM ET, September 8, 2006

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Waxy.org:
Sex Baiting Prank on Craigslist Affects Hundreds  —  Recently, a blogger named Simon Owens ran a social experiment on Craigslist.  He wandered into the "Casual Encounters" section of the personal ads where countless men and women were soliticing for no-strings-attached sex and wondered, Is it really that easy?
Los Angeles Times:
Mystery Fuels Huge Popularity of Web's Lonelygirl15  —  The videos are a hit on YouTube, but some wonder if the teen's posts are real or a marketing ploy.  —  Lonelygirl15 appears to be an innocent, home-schooled 16-year-old, pouring her heart out for her video camera in the privacy of her bedroom.
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Zephoria / apophenia:
lonelygirl15  —  Over the last week, i've gotten innumerable emails about lonelygirl15.  Folks were wondering if i was behind it or if i knew who was.  They wanted to know my opinion, if i thought it was fake.  —  I did.  I thought it was fake but i expected that it was a TV or movie organization.
Discussion: Valleywag, MediaShift and Mathew Ingram
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Hewlett-Packard Spied on Writers in Leaks  —  The California attorney general's investigation into the purloining of private phone records by agents of Hewlett-Packard has revealed that the monitoring effort began earlier than previously indicated and included journalists as targets.
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Financial Times:
HP probe obtained reporters' records  —  Hewlett-Packard on Thursday admitted that private investigators hired by its board had surreptitiously acquired the phone records of several journalists in an attempt to ferret out a suspected boardroom leaker.  —  The news came as Bill Lockyer …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Facebook 1-2-3  —  Okay Facebook did good.  —  But Facebook also did bad.  —  Good: Bring innovative new feature to users at no charge, and not in response to competitive pressure.  —  Bad: The users had no control over the new feature.  —  Let me explain.
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia to baptize phones by name rather than number  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia (NOK1V.HE), the world's top handset maker, said on Thursday it will give new phone models a name rather than a number, following the success of rivals with model names like RAZR and "chocolate."
John Biggs / New York Times:
For the High-End Ear, a Wireless Music System With Fidelity and Features  —  Audiophiles have been feeling left out when it comes to wireless digital music systems.  Many systems transfer music with some fidelity, but few well enough to please a connoisseur's delicate ear.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Portrait of a Startup: Slim Devices
Discussion: CrunchGear
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
An apology, and a note on hype  —  Yesterday afternoon, we ran a post that generated an immense (and unexpected) amount of interest and speculation.  Instead of defusing the prolonged PR tease that Nintendo has been escalating for the past year, we contributed to it.
Discussion: Cathode Tan
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Windows Live QnA:
Show off your QnA Flair on Windows Live Spaces!  —  There are two things you need to do, in order to show off your Windows Live QnA smarts on Windows Live Spaces:  — Make sure you are indicating questions or answers to be picked up by the modules  — Make sure your space is setup to capture your QnA content within its modules
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Answerbag bets the farm on widgets and an API
Discussion: Dead2.0
Business Wire:
The New York Times Launches New Mobile Site  —  Full Daily Contents of NYTimes.com Now Accessible on Mobile Phones  —  The New York Times Company announced today the launch of a new mobile site, http://mobile.nytimes.com, which provides access to news and information from NYTimes.com via …
Associated Press:
Windows HS: Microsoft designs a school system  —  PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (AP) — Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has famously called high schools "obsolete" and warned about their effect on U.S. competitiveness.  Now, his company has a chance to prove that it can help fix the woes of public education.
Discussion: dailywireless.org and Slashdot
Kotaku:
Wii Rumble Not Dead After All  —  Another Non Wii Story  —  Hmmm, either MCV is jumping the gun with this lede or just didn't do a good job of conveying what they do or don't know through sources: … Wow, it sounds like MCV has the scoop, but two paragraphs in they use the choice word …
Randy Charles Morin / The RSS Blog:
Splice Music  —  Splice is an online music publishing community that uses the Creative Commons license to encourage users to share their creations.  Today, I'm interviewing Wendell Davis III of Splice.  —  http://www.splicemusic.com/  —  Q: Wendell, congrats on the release of Splice.
Discussion: Mashable! and Coolz0r
Business Week:
YouTube: Waiting For The Payoff  —  The video-sharing Web site is a runaway success — everywhere but on the bottom line  —  YouTube Inc. is the Internet company to beat these days.  Wowed by its meteoric rise — the 19-month-old site dishes up 100 million daily videos …
Discussion: Clickety Clack and Slashdot
John Blau / Network World:
PC hard disk system warns of tsunamis  —  Governments seeking inexpensive technology to warn of tsunamis could be interested in a free software application that monitors vibrations in the hard disks of computers in an attempt to detect the undersea earthquakes that cause tsunamis.
Donna Bogatin / Digital Micro-Markets:
Google wants $10 billion local online ad spend  —  Google is taking its mission to monetize "all the world's information" to your neighborhood.  Google laid down a local gauntlet today targeting the $10 billion in advertising local businesses are projected to spend online by 2010.
Mike / Techdirt:
Has The Free Market Failed The US When It Comes To Broadband?  —  from the something-to-think-about dept  —  As the network neutrality debate has gone on and on, there are some aspects that are very troubling.  The tech world is notorious for having what's basically a libertarian/free market approach …
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
Zango Spyware Suit Dismissed  —  A lawsuit seeking class action status filed against Zango, formerly 180solutions, has been dismissed by a Chicago court after plaintiffs voluntarily dropped the case.  In a separate spyware case, the Federal Trade Commission won a settlement against Enternet Media.
AlwaysOn Feed:
The Next Step In Social Networking  —  That's what Fox Interactive president Ross Levinsohn is hoping to achieve with his company's MySpace acquisition.  —  AlwaysOn: What do you think of the phenomenon of being seen and seeing others on the Web?  I think this passion to express yourself on …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
 
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Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
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WSJ raises questions about Mobius Venture Capital
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Live Documents is Powerful Stuff
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Breaking: Xanga Fined $1 Million For Violating Children's Privacy
Gizmodo:
Miglia Dialog Phone: Wireless VoIP for Mac and PC
Discussion: VoIP Blog, Ubergizmo and CrunchGear
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
SanDisk MP3 seizure order overturned