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6:15 PM ET, September 15, 2006

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Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Universal Music chief blasts YouTube, MySpace over copyrights  —  LOS ANGELES - Universal Music Group CEO Doug Morris said the wildly popular Web sites YouTube and MySpace are violating copyright laws by allowing users to post music videos and other content involving Universal artists.
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Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Universal Music pressuring YouTube, MySpace
Mike / Techdirt:   Universal Music Publicly Threatens To Sue YouTube, MySpace
Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
Sources: Apple phone on track for early '07  —  Apple is working at a feverish pace to finish up its initial foray into the cellular phone market, but reliable sources report the new device will not be announced until Macworld Expo San Francisco in January 2007.
Jay Greene / Business Week:
Coming Zune: Microsoft's Music Player  —  In spite of new features like Wi-Fi and sharing, don't expect Microsoft's new player to clobber the iPod in the near future  —  When it comes to digital music, there's a lot that puts Apple (AAPL) ahead of the pack.  Microsoft (MSFT) plans to use people-power to narrow that lead.
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Gizmodo:
Giz Interview: J Allard Calls iPod the Pong of Digital Audio (Snap!)
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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Ryan Blitstein / Mercury News:
Rider safety issues drive Segway recall of scooters
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Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Personalized Home Page Adds Custom Tabs  —  Google has added a feature to the Google Personalized Home Page that allows you to add a number of customized tabs to your home page.  I don't use Google Personalized Home page much at all, but I can see how this can be extremely helpful …
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Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Personalized Home Tabs
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Amazon Unbox to customers: Eat s**t and die  —  Cory Doctorow: Amazon's new video-on-demand store may sound like a good idea, but once you take a look at the "agreement" you enter into by giving them your money, that changes.  The Amazon terms-of-service are among the worst I've ever seen …
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Marc / O'Reilly Radar:   Cory tears into Amazon Unbox license
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
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Delphi's SkyFi3: the first portable XM radio and MP3 player with removable storage  —  With production back in full swing, Delphi looks set to drop the SkyFi3 into the XM Satellite Radio mix.  While not officially announced, you can find the portable unit with car kit up on JJI Electronics website (and others) ready for pre-order.
Wil / WWdN: In Exile:
Apple gave me back all my lost music, free of charge  —  Earlier today, when my iPod and my upgraded iTunes 7 got together and decided that my purchased music would really be happier living on a farm upstate with other m4p's, I did whatever I could to convince the music to come back.
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 …
Derek Slater / A Copyfighter's Musings:
Microsoft's Zune Won't Play Protected Windows Media  —  In yesterday's announcement of the new Zune media player and Zune Marketplace.  Microsoft (and many press reports) glossed over a remarkable misfeature that should demonstrate once and for all how DRM and the DMCA harm legitimate customers.
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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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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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.
Kris Graft / Next Generation:
Fils-Aime: Wii Hardware Profitable at Launch  —  Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime says Wii hardware will be profitable from the start.  —  Typically, videogame console manufacturers sell their hardware at a loss, making up for losses through accessory and game sales.
Discussion: GigaOM and Opposable Thumbs
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.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Runco's $250,000 Signature Cinema SC-1 projector  —  We knew Runco was getting ready to unleash a smattering of new projectors, but its Signature Cinema SC-1 packs a spec list (and pricetag) that deserves some special attention.  While 1080p projectors are becoming a tad more common …
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