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8:35 AM ET, September 16, 2006

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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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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Microsoft announces plans for Zune phone  —  Microsoft plans to release a Zune-based phone sometime in the future, according to Zune's general manager of global marketing, Chris Stephenson.  The phone will be part of Microsoft's plans to expand into the digital music player market …
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Music Player From Microsoft Offers Wireless Song-Sharing  —  Microsoft showed off its Zune media player in public Thursday.  The Zune will compete with the Apple iPod.  —  While the army of silent people wearing white iPod earbuds may indicate otherwise, Microsoft is declaring …
Discussion: TechEffect and Furdlog
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.
Sharon Gaudin / InformationWeek:
Accused VoIP Fraudster Sought As Fugitive  —  The feds issued an arrest warrant for Edwin Pena for violating his bail conditions.  Investigators are searching for the man, who's been missing since last month.  —  Federal authorities say a Miami man facing computer and wire fraud charges …
Discussion: VoIP Blog
Business Week:
Who Is Jonathan Ive?  —  An in-depth look at the man behind Apple's design magic  —  Last spring, an eclectic mix of designers thrilled an auditorium full of their peers at a conference called Radical Craft, put on by the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. Fashion designer …
Discussion: ben barren, MacSlash, digg and Slashdot
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Yahoo Builds Brickhouse Around Talent  —  Yahoo is in the process of setting up an in-house incubator in an attempt to hold onto its expensive talent, sources say.  The project, called Brickhouse, will be led by Flickr founder Caterina Fake.  —  Big companies are no longer the safe havens they were during the tech bust.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
New York courts may keep lawyers from blogging  —  New ethics rules under consideration in New York would redefine the definition of advertisement so broadly that virtually all electronic communications—including e-mails and blogs—would have to carry the word "ADVERTISEMENT" in a large, impossible-to-ignore font.
Discussion: CL&P Blog
Rafat / paidContent.org:
Mixi's IPO Doubles on Day One; $1.9 Billion Valuation  Japan's popular social networking site Mixi debuted on the stock market today, and its shares doubled their IPO price on their first day of trade, with investors saying demand for stock could remain high despite fears it was overvalued.
Discussion: ben barren
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Mixi Founder Becomes a Billionaire
Discussion: Web Publishing Blog
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Hacker Discovers Adobe PDF Back Doors  —  A British security researcher has figured out a way to manipulate legitimate features in Adobe PDF files to open back doors for computer attacks.  —  David Kierznowski, a penetration testing expert specializing in Web application testing …
Discussion: TechSpot and Slashdot
Tom Bramwell / GamesIndustry.biz:
Wii is region-locked - Nintendo UK  —  Also rules out DVD playback module  —  Nintendo UK has admitted that the Wii console is region-locked after all, despite comments from Nintendo of America to the contrary.  —  Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz in London this afternoon, a spokesperson admitted …
Discussion: Engadget, Kotaku, I4U News and Joystiq
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.
blogs.ittoolbox.com:
Offtopic: Latest iPod Upgrade Breaks iPod Car Interfaces?  —  If you're as addicted to your iPod as I am to mine, then you probably saw that on September 12th Apple released iTunes version 7 to the masses.  —  While iTunes 7 is extremely cool (aside from the numerous forum postings …
Business Week:
Chicken Soup For The Aging Brain  —  The disputed idea that mental exercise can turn back time has launched an industry  —  The giant Nintendo store in Manhattan was swarming with silver-haired citizens and their grandchildren.  The elders, gathered on a recent Saturday, weren't there to spoil the kids, however.
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
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: Mickeleh's Take and seattleduck
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Marc / O'Reilly Radar:   Cory tears into Amazon Unbox license
Eugenia Loli-Queru / OSNews:
Top Ten Requests for Future iPod Games  —  For the 5th+ iPod generation Apple has just introduced downloadable games and so far they offer 9 games for $4.99 each.  Looking back in the classic era of computer gaming we remember some real gems that would fit right into the "keep it simple stupid" philosophy of the iPod.
Discussion: PalmAddicts and digg
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
New York Times Reader Launches  —  The next generation Times Reader desktop application, built by NY Times and Microsoft, has just gone live.  At the end of August Read/WriteWeb published exclusive pre-launch screenshots of Times Reader, but now you can download the app and see for yourself.
Discussion: paidContent.org
 
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Wii developer kit shot in the wild, many Luigi-green with envy
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US DOJ sides with Apple in brewing fight with Europe
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Is Steve Jobs the New Lord of the Rings?
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Citizenbay to pay local news contributors
Kris Graft / Next Generation:
Fils-Aime: Wii Hardware Profitable at Launch
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs and GigaOM
Vladimir Cole / Joystiq:
Rational gamers choose subsidized hardware, all else equal [update 1]
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Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
Sling CEO Interviewed, Additional OS Support Revealed
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