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6:05 PM ET, September 11, 2006

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USA Today:
HP's Dunn defends actions in emergency board meeting  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Chairwoman Patricia Dunn battled for her job Sunday over her role in an internal probe that plunged the tech giant into a scandal being investigated by law-enforcement authorities.
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Valleywag:
What News Corp doesn't want you to know about MySpace: Condensed edition  —  After News Corp. threatened to sue his publisher if they published his MySpace exposé, journalism student Trent Lapinski sold his story to Valleywag.  Below is the condensed version; the full version will follow later today.
Discussion: Mathew Ingram
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Nisan Gabbay / Startup Review:
MySpace Case Study: Not a purely viral start  —  Why profiled on Startup-Review.com  —  In less than 3 years time, MySpace has become one of the top 5 most visited sites in the US, racking up 48 million unique visitors and 27.4B page views in June 2006.  While it will probably never come close …
John Markoff / New York Times:
How Will Apple's Marketing Maestro Marry the Computer and the Home TV?  —  Has Apple Computer's chief executive, Steven P. Jobs, found a way to connect the PC to the TV?  —  With an enticing invitation proclaiming "It's Showtime," Mr. Jobs last week touched off speculation about how far Apple …
Fred Stutzman / Unit Structures:
Facebook No Longer Exclusive » Facebook No Longer Exclusive  —  Published Monday, September 11, 2006.  —  According to Advertising Age, Facebook will soon open its doors to the world - allowing all individuals, regardless of affiliation, to join.  Coming on the heels of the botched feeds launch …
Discussion: Screenwerk and E-consultancy
Robert Andrews / Wired News:
9/11: Birth of the Blog  —  When the world changed on Sept. 11, 2001, the web changed with it.  —  While phone networks and big news sites struggled to cope with heavy traffic, many survivors and spectators turned to online journals to share feelings, get information or detail their whereabouts.
Isabelle Kassam / Independent:
Insurers get in tune with the iPod generation  —  Come loss or theft, you'll soon be able to claim for the music downloaded on to your gadgets  —  For millions of consumers, music downloads are replacing CDs and - for those dinosaurs who just can't let go - vinyl as the way they like to listen to tracks by their favourite bands.
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Like Shopping?  Social Networking?  Try Social Shopping  —  FOR most small businesses, competing on the Web is hardly easier than competing offline, where gigantic retailers with huge marketing budgets dominate.  But for Amenity Home, a start-up in Los Angeles with three products …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ramblings on ThisNext  —  A handful of startups are groping around …
Business 2.0:
Suddenly everything's coming up widgets  —  Breaking down the Web into small, portable pieces is the smart trend that everyone from Nokia to Google is betting on.  —  (Business 2.0) — Ed Anuff spent nearly eight years building portals for large corporations.
New York Times:
Group Nears Record Deal for Chip Maker  —  A consortium of investment firms was near a deal late last night to acquire Freescale Semiconductor, a former unit of Motorola, for more than $16 billion, according to people briefed on the negotiations.  The deal, if completed …
Tom's Hardware Guide:
Intel's Core 2 Quadro Kentsfield: Four Cores on a Rampage  —  Four On The Floor: Intel's Core 2 Quadro  —  There is a fascinating element to this combination of multiple processing cores, a fast architecture and even more performance: The new Core 2 Quadro processors are out to beat …
Discussion: Download Squad
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Amazon Kindle: meet Amazon's e-book reader  —  Oh, come now, like you thought the world's largest book retailer (online) — which just started peddling digital video under the Unbox brand — wasn't going to go head to head with Sony's Reader on an e-book device and service?
Phil Bradley / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Interesting Items Module: Recommend Searches, Pages & Gadgets  —  Google has added an Interesting items for you module to the personalized home page interface as noted in the Google Operating System blog.  Google works with your own searches and attempts to find other things that will be of interest to you.
Discussion: Geeking with Greg and digg
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Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
NBC aims at surge in digital activities  —  NBC Universal is planning a rapid acceleration of its digital activities in the hope of increasing online revenues five-fold by 2009.  —  The plans will centre on a redesign of iVillage, the women's website bought for $600m in March …
Gizmodo:
True Video iPod on the Menu for Apple Event?  —  Zomg!  Tuaw has what appears to be a camerphone shot of a banner featuring some kind of fullscreen video iPod.  The shot was supposedly taken by am employee at the Yerba Buena Cener for the Arts in San Francisco—the same theatre that will be hosting the …
Gizmodo:
Toshiba Creates Three-Layered Disc  —  Toshiba has been tinkering with the HD DVD and DVD disc formats, putting together a hybrid format with three layers that contain both formats.  The DVD section will be playable on conventional DVD players, and with a firmware update, standard HD DVD players can play both formats.
Discussion: New Launches, CrunchGear and Slashdot
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Fall VoN is On  —  In a few hours from now, most of in not all of us with interest in Voice over the Internet, will be jetting our way to Red Sox Nation, aka Boston for the Fall edition of Jeff Pulver's VoN.  Some of us will wear Hawaiian shirts on Tuesday to celebrate Jeff Pulver's birthday.
USA Today:
Gas-line broadband a pipe dream?  —  So intense is the drive to deliver high-speed Internet service to American homes that entrepreneurs have seemingly tapped every conceivable pathway: fiber-optic cable, the air, even power lines.  —  Now the relentless pursuit for faster …
John Naughton / Observer:
Why Vista will mean the end of the Microsoft monolith  —  Well, the long wait is nearly over.  Microsoft's elephantine parturition has produced an heir.  Last week the company distributed 'Release Candidate 1' (RC1) of Vista, the new incarnation of Windows, to about 5 million favoured customers.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Video Shows Views  —  Nice - Google Video now shows the number of views for each video, e.g. 484 for this unpopular video I uploaded or over half a million for this popular video.  This is strategic information competitors in this field might be interested too, but most of all …
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Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Video Shows the Number of Views
Discussion: InsideGoogle
 
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Marketing Services Is the Future of Media
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Cortina Systems announces whopping round, puchases Intel biz for $115M
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
EU takes over German antitrust inquiry into Intel
Discussion: Neowin.net and The Tech Report
Chris Pirillo:
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 Earlier Items: 
Gizmodo:
Brando Mini Bluetooth Keyboard: Slightly Larger than Tiny
Mike / Techdirt:
Germany Trying To Shut Down Anonymous Servers?
Discussion: IT, life and me
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
Doing it for free  —  I was reading John Hammond's biography entry …
New York Times:
An Industry Is Based on a Simple Masquerade
Discussion: Valleywag and Payments News
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Ben Heckendorn's Xbox 360 laptop: best mod ever?
Steven Levy / Newsweek:
Living a Virtual Life