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8:05 PM ET, September 15, 2006

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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.
Derek Slater / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
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.
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
Discussion: CNNMoney.com
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
Sling CEO Interviewed, Additional OS Support Revealed  —  Blake Krikorian, Sling Media co-founder and CEO, was interviewed by The Guardian.  It's a good read in which he discusses where Sling is, where they intend to go, and the market in general.  Of particular interest is confirmation …
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Charles Ar / Guardian Unlimited:
Blake Krikorian, chief executive of Sling Media, interviewed in full
Discussion: Engadget and CrunchGear
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.
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.
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
Kirk / Medialoper:
Zune's Big Innovation: Viral DRM  —  Now that Microsoft has released some hard facts about Zune we can finally begin to sort out how much of an impact the product might have on the digital music market.  For weeks we've been hearing rumors about how Zune's wireless capabilities will be used …
New York Times:
Reports Say H.P. Relied on Boston Security Unit  —  Hewlett-Packard's search for directors that it suspected had leaked confidential information to the news media relied on an arm of the company's own security force based in Boston, people briefed on the internal investigation said late Thursday.
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 …
Discussion: Techdirt and Lost Remote
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 …
Vladimir Cole / Joystiq:
Rational gamers choose subsidized hardware, all else equal [update 1]  —  The reaction to our post about the Wii being profitable at launch puzzles.  —  If companies like Sony and Microsoft want to subsidize their consoles to the the point that they're losing money on every unit sold …
Discussion: Cathode Tan, Penny-Arcade and Kotaku
GigaOM:
Is Steve Jobs the New Lord of the Rings?  —  The ability to run multiple operating systems simultaneously on the same machine under one supra-operating system or "hypervisor"- all with touch-of-a-key flexibility — has long been the Holy Grail of the computer industry.
Discussion: AMCP Tech Blog
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.
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: Monkey Bites and E-Media Tidbits
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 …
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and Mickeleh's Take
 
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Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
US DOJ sides with Apple in brewing fight with Europe
Discussion: Boing Boing
Eugenia Loli-Queru / OSNews:
Top Ten Requests for Future iPod Games
Discussion: PalmAddicts and digg
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Mixi Founder Becomes a Billionaire
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Citizenbay to pay local news contributors
Kris Graft / Next Generation:
Fils-Aime: Wii Hardware Profitable at Launch
Discussion: GigaOM and Opposable Thumbs
Jemima / paidContent.org:
Social Net Round-up: Vulnerable Social Nets; YouTube; Safety Regulation; Video Chart
Discussion: Monkey Bites
George Ou:
Build a $300 HDTV media extender
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Fliqz raises $1 million...for yet another video site
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Runco's $250,000 Signature Cinema SC-1 projector
Discussion: Gearlog, I4U News and digg
Gizmodo:
Microsoft Zune In Action: Real Video of The UI
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
Delphi SkyFi3 XM Satellite Radio: FOUND!
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Netvibes Five Million Users & Counting
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Microsoft sued over Xbox Live
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Behind Google's German courtroom battle
 

 
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