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12:20 PM ET, September 15, 2006

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Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Universal Music pressuring YouTube, MySpace  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Universal Music Group, the world's biggest record company, is stepping up pressure against popular online sites YouTube and MySpace, accusing them of infringing the copyrights of its artists' music videos.
Tim Arango / New York Post:
TARGET: YOUTUBE  —  UNIVERSAL MUSIC WARNS WEB VIDEO SWAPPER  —  Universal Music chief Doug Morris launched a loud salvo at YouTube, warning the upstart Internet firm that it could come into the legal crosshairs of the world's largest music company.  —  YouTube, the prolific swapper of videos online …
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Mike / Techdirt:   Universal Music Publicly Threatens To Sue YouTube, MySpace
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Evan Williams: How Odeo Screwed Up  —  Public hindsight about startups' missteps generally comes after a good amount of "traveling in Europe with my fiancée" or whatever it is that failed CEOs do.  However, Evan Williams just gave a refreshing talk about the dangers of combining money …
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Ejfarraro / software.dev:
Phising Exploit Discovered in 'Google Public Search Service'  —  If any DIGGers read this, the reason I linked to this blog is because as far as I can tell, I'm the only person to ever come across this; there isn't any other site to link to.  —  DIGG this article
Associated Press:
Segway Recalls Scooters for Injury Risk  —  Segway Inc. is recalling all 23,500 of the self-balancing scooters it has shipped to date because of a software glitch that can make its wheels unexpectedly reverse direction, causing riders to fall off.  —  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission …
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BBC:
Falls bring Segway scooter recall
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Tom Abate / The Technology Chronicles:
PC Forum's demise marks the end of an era  —  Call it a sign of the times, but what is arguably the longest running elite high-tech conference became a thing of the past.  Technolgy guru Esther Dyson has quietly put out the word that the 2006 PC Forum, held in March in Carlsbad, California, would be the last.
Jill Goldsmith / Variety:
Rupe looks to release bird  —  Murdoch considering DirecTV sale to Liberty  —  In a splattering blow to the satellite biz, Rupert Murdoch supposedly dubbed DirecTV a "turd bird" and is considering selling News Corp.'s controlling stake to Liberty Media.  —  FCC chairman Kevin Martin …
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Michael Gartenberg:
Today's Zune News - First Take  —  Well, we heard from Apple earlier this week (but don't think that's the last word.  Last year Apple followed up the Nano announcement with the 5G iPods just a few weeks later) and now it's Microsoft's turn.  I spent some time recently with the Zune …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Microsoft Zune: Interview, Bryan Lee, Corporate VP/CFO, Entertainment …
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
Delphi SkyFi3 XM Satellite Radio: FOUND!  —  While XM Satellite Radio hasn't officially announced the new Delphi SkyFi3 it seems that the peeps over at [JJI Electronics have a pre-order page up] already with some very juicy info and pics.  Here's the info that we know so far:
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Delphi's SkyFi3: the first portable XM radio and MP3 player with removable storage
Discussion: CrunchGear and Ubergizmo
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Spam fighter hit with $11 million judgment  —  The manager of a popular blacklist used to block spam was hit with a multimillion-dollar judgment on Wednesday, but the order may not be enforceable.  —  The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has ordered Spamhaus …
Chron.Com / TechBlog:
Zune ain't got no alibi  —  As you have probably heard by now, Microsoft spoke out on Zune yesterday.  Most of what we previously learned through leaks, rumors, and FCC filings was confirmed: Zune will be built by Toshiba.  It's a 30GB device with an FM tuner, WiFi, and a three-inch screen.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Microsoft sued over Xbox Live  —  Wrap your head around this bit of legal maneuvering: Paltalk, a company based in New York (but incorporated in Delaware), sues Washington-based Microsoft in an East Texas court.  Why would the Eastern District of Texas have jurisdiction over such dispute?
Discussion: Engadget, 21talks and digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Netvibes Five Million Users & Counting  —  The upside of conferences such as The Future of Web Apps confab (currently underway in San Francisco) is that you run into folks you never expect.  Today, I ran into Tariq Krim, chief executive officer and founder of Paris-based Netvibes.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Matthew Broersma / CNET News.com:
Study: Vista could create 50,000 jobs in Europe  —  The launch of Windows Vista will create more than 50,000 technology jobs in six large European countries and will lead to a flood of economic benefits for companies there, according to a Microsoft-funded IDC study.
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Yahoo Throws Down Classifieds Gauntlet with New Division  —  As local search, online classifieds, and Web business directories continue what seems to be an inevitable merger, Yahoo has planted a stake firmly at the crossroads.  The firm announced today a new classifieds and listings division …
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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
AOL Vice Chairman to Give Up Division Presidency at Year-End  —  Ted Leonsis, the boisterous entrepreneur turned sports mogul who has been a top leader of AOL for 13 years, will give up his management responsibilities at the end of the year.  —  Mr. Leonsis will give up the title of president …
Gizmodo:
Microsoft Zune In Action: Real Video of The UI  —  Here's a video of the Zune in action.  You can see the the textured/stylized backgrounds with the white text on it, the huge album art—we love that—the browsing, and video playback.  The videos are viewed horizontally, so you'll have to turn your Zune sideways.
 
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