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5:01 AM ET, September 16, 2006

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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
 
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LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Topix.net Vists up 24% in Past Month
USA Today:
You could create Frito-Lay Bowl ad
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Jim Courtney / Skype Journal:
VON Fall 2006 Tidbits....
Simon Burns / vnunet:
DVD chips 'to kill illegal copying'
Discussion: Techdirt and The Tech Report
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Every Web 2.0 Company On One Page
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
US DOJ sides with Apple in brewing fight with Europe
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Eugenia Loli-Queru / OSNews:
Top Ten Requests for Future iPod Games
Discussion: PalmAddicts and digg
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Citizenbay to pay local news contributors
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Kris Graft / Next Generation:
Fils-Aime: Wii Hardware Profitable at Launch
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Vladimir Cole / Joystiq:
Rational gamers choose subsidized hardware, all else equal [update 1]
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Jemima / paidContent.org:
Social Net Round-up: Vulnerable Social Nets; YouTube; Safety Regulation; Video Chart
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George Ou:
Build a $300 HDTV media extender
Discussion: PVR Wire
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Fliqz raises $1 million...for yet another video site
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Google Personalized Home Page Adds Custom Tabs
Wil / WWdN: In Exile:
Apple gave me back all my lost music, free of charge
 

 
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