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11:10 AM ET, September 9, 2006

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Mark Zuckerberg / blog.facebook.com:
An Open Letter from Mark Zuckerberg:  —  We really messed this one up.  When we launched News Feed and Mini-Feed we were trying to provide you with a stream of information about your social world.  Instead, we did a bad job of explaining what the new features were and an even worse job of giving you control of them.
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Yuki Noguchi / Washington Post:
Saying It 'Messed Up,' Facebook Modifies Controversial Feature  —  Facebook, a popular Web-based hangout for students, revamped its site last night to let users disable or modify a new feature that had touched off protests from hundreds of thousands of members.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Retreats in Face of Student Revolt
Discussion: Somewhat Frank and ContentBlogger
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
H.P. Chairwoman Aims Not to Be the Scapegoat  —  Patricia C. Dunn, Hewlett-Packard's chairwoman, was known as a remarkable saleswoman as she rose to the top of the financial industry.  —  But on Sunday, she will have to sell her board on the idea that she should not be dumped as the scapegoat for the scandal rocking the company.
Discussion: robhyndman.com and digg
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
HP chairman: Use of pretexting 'embarrassing'  —  update The "pretexting" technique used in a Hewlett-Packard investigation of board members and reporters has been an embarrassment for the company, Chairman Patricia Dunn said Friday.  —  "I am not happy that the way this investigation …
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Playing Truth or Dare with HP's Patricia Dunn  —  This embarrassing HP episode just keeps getting worse.  Now we have HP chair Patricia Dunn being interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, and saying the following:  — She has no plans to resign, as several board members have urged her to "hang in there" and not step down
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
HP has major ethical problem, day 3  —  Let's check in with Google News.  Nope, ethical problem still there.  —  John Furrier, my new boss, used to work at Hewlett Packard.  Last night he was telling me how much he loved Hewlett Packard (he hates the new name, which was shortened to "HP".
Robin Linden / Official Linden Blog:
Urgent Security Announcement  —  On September 6 we discovered evidence that an intruder was able to access the Second Life database through the web servers.  The exploit was shut down on the afternoon of September 6 when we discovered it.  —  Detailed investigation over the last two days confirmed …
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Annalee Newitz / popsci.com:
Your Second Life is Ready
Discussion: Clickable Culture
Tresa Baldas / LAW.com:
No Happy Ending for Net Movie Renters  —  A legal clash between Blockbuster Inc. and Netflix Inc. has triggered a patent debate over who has the right to offer DVD-rental services over the Internet.  —  The litigation presents a crucial question: Is the concept of renting movies over the Internet …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
De-badging your cellphone / PDA with sugar  —  If you're the type who already has, say, a de-badged PSP-controlled Honda Civic in your driveway, you probably dig that clean, smooth look on all your gadgetry.  We can't say we blame you, and even Dell has admitted it doesn't like those goofy stickers defacing your electronic property.
Discussion: PalmAddicts, digg and Slashdot
Kcamp-Voip / Realtime-VoIP:
Abbeynet extends to MacOSX and Linux  —  One of the VoIP bloggers I've been paying more and more attention to is Luca Filigheddu.  Luca's the CEO - ICT Operations at Abbeynet - www.abbeynet.com.  He's added some great insights into numerous discussions I've been following …
Wave Broadcast:
Official Digg Compatible Site For Mobile Devices  —  So... I stumbled upon http://www.diggriver.com yesterday doing some random whois... It seems as if Digg is planning on starting to support mobile devices due to several user made mobile pages for cell phones, pdas, and oither devices …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Mobile, Inspired by Dave Winer
Discussion: MobileCrunch and textually.org
Matt Casamassina / IGN:
Splinter Cell Launching with Wii  —  Sam Fisher invades Nintendo's new console.  We've got the exclusive announcement along with first details and screenshots!  —  Not content with a mere seven Wii launch window games, Ubisoft is adding yet another one to the growing list.
Discussion: Kotaku and Joystiq
Gizmodo:
Toshiba Dual-Screen UMPC PDA E-Book Doohickey  —  It's hard to describe what exactly this device is, but it obviously falls into a lot of categories.  First and foremost, it has two screens, at least one of which is a touchscreen meant to replace the keyboard.  Not much other information is know.
Discussion: TeleRead and Engadget
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
ASRock to up use of VIA chipsets for Intel-based motherboards  —  ASRock, an Asustek Computer subsidiary focusing on entry-level motherboards, will significantly increase the adoption of integrated graphics processor (IGP) chipsets from VIA Technologies for Intel-based motherboards while lowering …
Discussion: TechSpot and The Tech Report
Ben Parfitt / MCV:
£149 Wii set for November  —  There's still a week to go until Nintendo officially announces the details of the Wii launch - but MCV can reveal that the new console will hit retail by November 24th, it will be priced at £149 and stock will be plentiful.
Steve Wiseman / IntelliAdmin.com:
Why windows takes so long to start up.  —  Most of us have had a brand new computer at one time.  It's a great feeling.  You boot up windows and within 30 seconds you are surfing the net, checking your email, or playing your favorite game. 10 months down the road things aren't so nice anymore.
Owen Thomas / Business 2.0:
A reality check for Vista  —  A day late and a dollar short, the software giant's new Vista operating system won't have anyone standing on line to buy the first copy.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) — Judging by the grief that Microsoft is getting over delays in the release of Windows Vista …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft now patching for FairUse4WM 1.2  —  As the war wages on between Microsoft's Consumer Media Technology group and the creators of FairUse4WM, so continues the march of memos and software updates being passed around to Redmond's partners in the business who are making use of the ailing PlaysForSure DRM scheme.
Discussion: Between the Lines
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Check out Blogmusik Before It's Pulled off the Internet
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Popular Blogs  —  The biggest blogs in the blogosphere …
Doug Berger / Gadgetell:
iPod meet BluPod, your new cellphone connecting dongle
Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News:
Graphics card in 24-inch iMac is apparently upgradeable
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
MSN READYING RELEASE OF YOUTUBE COMPETITOR
Kim Zetter / Wired News:
HP Dragnet Grabbed 9 Reporters
Amy Gahran / E-Media Tidbits:
Calif. Supreme Court Taking Dim View of Net Libel Suits
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My fight with Amazon Unbox
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Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Installing Vista RC1 in VMWare Workstation
Gizmodo:
GameExpert's PSP Portable Theater: Fancy Way of Saying 'Dock'
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
Retailers Told to Suspend SIRIUS Stiletto Pre-Orders
Maxconsole:
EXCLUSIVE: Preview of Upcoming Xbox 360 Dashboard Update …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Joystiq
Plesstv / Beet.TV:
SCOBLE WATCH: Countdown to His Vlog Launch......Facebook Says No …
Discussion: Scobleizer
Mike / Techdirt:
Zango Wins Lawsuit, Dismisses Users Who Can't Uninstall Its App …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Answerbag bets the farm on widgets and an API
Discussion: Dead2.0
Business Week:
YouTube: Waiting For The Payoff