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11:30 AM 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  —  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
Charles Duhigg / Los Angeles Times:
Music chief faults social Web sites
Discussion: Digital Music News and Coolfer
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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BBC:
Falls bring Segway scooter recall
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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 …
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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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.
Chris Kohler / Game|Life:
Region-Free Wii  —  The Wii will be region-free, or at least it should be.  —  That's the word from Wired News' Joel Johnson, who found Nintendo's VP of marketing Perrin Kaplan at the recent New York City press event and got her to reveal that, like the Nintendo DS, Nintendo's Wii games will work on any console regardless of region.
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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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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 and digg
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Testing Removing Top Blue Ads Based on User Behavior  —  A WebmasterWorld thread reports that the top blue AdWords ads have been removed from the Google search results page.  But in fact, it seems to be a user by user setting.  Some users will see the top blue ads and some users will not.
 
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