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2:50 PM ET, September 9, 2006


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Mark Zuckerberg /
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.
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: Scobleizer, and digg
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
Chris Pirillo:
Leopard vs. Windows Vista  —  As you can imagine, I've been involved with countless Windows Vista email threads over the past few days.  One of them is with Stardock's own Brad Wardell (a good friend of mine).  He tried to hit me with the classic "I don't pay for service packs" …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Vista Mythbusters #3: Will Microsoft dump XP to push Vista?  —  This is the third in my series on Vista myths (the series introduction is here).  —  In the Talkback section of many Vista posts, I read lots of speculation from conspiracy theorists who are convinced that Microsoft is plotting …
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Metaverse breached: Second Life customer database hacked
Annalee Newitz /
Your Second Life is Ready
Discussion: Clickable Culture
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
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
Matt Martin /
Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive to cost £199  —  With 360 bundles planned rather than pre-Christmas price cut  —  The Premium Xbox 360 won't benefit from a price cut this Christmas - but instead a HD-DVD and console package is due, spearheading a marketing drive of console bundles available from November.
Jim Kerstetter / CNET
HP probe snared a third reporter  —  The personal telephone records of a third CNET reporter were targeted during Hewlett-Packard's investigation into boardroom leaks, HP confirmed Friday afternoon.  —  An HP spokesman said reporter Stephen Shankland's records were targeted …
Tom's Hardware Guide:
The MythTV Convergence  —  Introduction  —  Technology surrounds and supports us in our everyday lives; it sometimes even assists with routine tasks on the job or at home.  A new crop of ever-more sophisticated devices is becoming increasingly more attuned to and aware of our entertainment …
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
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 -  He's added some great insights into numerous discussions I've been following …
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.
Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News:
Graphics card in 24-inch iMac is apparently upgradeable  —  It just gets better and better.  Christophe Laporte, editor-in-chief of MacGeneration, a French language Mac publication and web site, tells Macsimum News, that they've "discovered a little surprise about the new 24-inch iMac" …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Check out Blogmusik Before It's Pulled off the Internet  — is a site that lets users search for songs and play them (streaming) immediately via a Flash player that looks like an iPod.  Use does not require registration.  However, if you create an account you can also save songs and create playlists.
Discussion: Go2web2 and Sharpshoot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Mobile, Inspired by Dave Winer  —  Digg launched a bunch of mobile friendly sites today, all accessbile at  Technology stories, for example, can be viewed here.  All graphics and other unnecessary information has been completely stripped off this data …
Discussion: MobileCrunch and
Kim Zetter / Wired News:
HP Dragnet Grabbed 9 Reporters  —  He added that "unauthorized disclosure of confidential information is a violation of our standard of conduct.  That's applicable to everyone — including board members and employees.  We investigate any and all violations of those and take appropriate action."
Discussion: and IP Democracy
Doug Berger / Gadgetell:
iPod meet BluPod, your new cellphone connecting dongle  —  At iFA 2006 in Berlin this past week, Zenocom introduced their new product called BluPod.  The BluPod is an iPod dongle that connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to your cellphone - and displays call information on your iPod's screen.
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and The Wireless Blog
Steve Wiseman /
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.
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Calif. Supreme Court Taking Dim View of Net Libel Suits
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft now patching for FairUse4WM 1.2
Discussion: Between the Lines
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No Happy Ending for Net Movie Renters
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
ASRock to up use of VIA chipsets for Intel-based motherboards
Discussion: TechSpot and The Tech Report
Tom Merritt /
My fight with Amazon Unbox
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