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11:30 AM ET, September 20, 2006

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New York Times:
H.P. Is Said to Have Studied Spying on Newsrooms  —  Hewlett-Packard conducted feasibility studies on planting spies in news bureaus of two major publications as part of an investigation of leaks from its board, an individual briefed on the company's review of the operation said yesterday.
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Washington Post:
Extensive Spying Found At HP  —  Feb. Report Sent to 4 Senior Executives  —  The Hewlett-Packard Co. spying effort that has sparked criminal investigations was wide-ranging and included physical surveillance, photographs and spyware sent via e-mail, and it also targeted wives and other relatives …
Discussion: GrokLaw
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Advisory (925568)  —  Vulnerability in Vector Markup Language Could Allow Remote Code Execution  —  Microsoft has confirmed new public reports of a vulnerability in the Microsoft Windows implementation of Vector Markup Language (VML) Microsoft is also aware of the public release …
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Jesper / Jesper's Blog:
BLOCK VML ZERO-DAY VULN ON A DOMAIN
Discussion: George Ou
Official Google Base Blog:
Redesign of the Google Base homepage  —  by Ellen Beldner, User Experience Designer  —  As part of our ongoing effort to make Google Base easier to use, we launched a redesign of the Base homepage today.  This doesn't change any functionality, but will make Base easier to understand.
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:   Google Base focuses on usability
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Amazing X-Ray Glasses from Sprint!  —  Over the last six months, Sprint has been trying to get bloggers (like me) to write about their new Power Vision Network by sending us free phones and letting us download music and movies and use the phones for free.  —  That's rather nice of them …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Don't send bloggers stuff for free unless it's good
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Panasonic May Relaunch Connexion  —  Connexion is shutting down, but Panasonic's avionics division may step in: This is not a sale of assets, but rather Panasonic Avionics Corporation may use Connexion by Boeing's general approach in a way that would allow airlines that have already deployed Connexion …
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Mike / Techdirt:
Panasonic Coming To The Rescue For In-Flight Internet?
Discussion: Engadget
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Yahoo! Launches Better Video Content  —  On a day that saw it's stock take a hit, Yahoo! has teamed up with Current TV to launch Yahoo! Current Network, a video site with a mix of profesional and user submitted videos arranged in channels.  Current TV is a cable and sattelite channel backed …
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Joe Garofoli / The Technology Chronicles:
Yahoo hooks up with Current TV  —  We finally learned the secret project that Madeleine Smithberg, Emmy Award-winning co-creator of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" was working on for San Francisco-based Current TV, the Al Gore-founded network and Web site.
Discussion: Boing Boing and Lost Remote
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Napster hangs "for sale" sign in front window  —  Napster is evaluating the possibility of a sale by hiring of an investment bank.  Citing "recent third party interest," the company has asked UBS Investment Bank to explore strategic partnerships or an outright sale of the company.
Gary Gentile / Associated Press:
Disney Sells Films Through iTunes Store  —  Walt Disney Sells 125,000 Digital Copies of Films Through iTunes Store in Less Than a Week  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. has sold 125,000 digital copies of films through Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes store in less than a week …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yaho-ouch!  —  GigaTeam was visiting GooglePlex today, meeting with a few executives.  If there was anyone at Google who was worrying about an online advertising slowdown, we did not run into them!  Jokes aside, the sharp decline in Yahoo's stock, about 13% for the day …
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google's Internal Subdomains  —  As many of you will already know, I like to investigate new Google subdomains to try and guess what they might be working on next.  Having already compiled a list of Google's publicly accessible subdomains (which is no doubt still incomplete) …
Discussion: Googling Google
Kotaku:
TGS06: Live Blogging Xbox 360 Media Briefing  —  And our 2006 Tokyo Game Show coverage officially kicks off this afternoon with Microsoft Japan's Media Briefing at Shibuya's super swish Cerulean Tower hotel.  Press continue to filter in, and we've got our seats front and center (well, not center center, but centerish).
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Solaria raises $22M to lower cost of solar cell manufacturing  —  Solaria, a Fremont start-up that offers a way for solar cell manufacturers to lower costs by using less silicon, said it has raised $22 million in a second round of funding.  —  The funding comes from Q-Cells …
Discussion: VC Circle and alarm:clock
Gizmodo:
Sony Intros HVR-V1U HDV Pro Camcorder, Filmmakers Ogle Its 24p-ness  —  Sony's HVR-V1U HDV camcorder was on display at a special touchy-feely roll-out event in New York this afternoon, and Gizmodo was there for a quick hands-on.  Sony presented a refined HDV camcorder that mid-level video production pros …
Discussion: HDBlog.net and MobileWhack.com
Fred / A VC:
Positively 10th Street RIP  —  It was a good run.  But it ended in apathy and rebellion (from the kids).  —  We had a lot of fun doing it and I hope those of you who checked in now and then enjoyed listening.  —  Here's where I come out on podcasting:  —  It's a fun thing to do for a while.
Discussion: Dan Blank and Newsome.Org
 
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AppleInsider:
Apple broadens Leopard distribution, iTunes update soon
Mike / Techdirt:
Maybe If We're Cheap Enough, No One Will Notice We're Breaking …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Rupert Murdoch: MySpace Video Bigger than YouTube in 60 Days
Discussion: GigaOM, CNNMoney.com and DealBook
Paul Miller / Engadget:
ViaMichelin's Navigation X-980T GPS gets by the FCC
Discussion: InstaGPS and MobileWhack.com
Loren / Incremental Blogger:
How to make the Tablet PC even better
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zillow Adds User Generated Home Information
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Dead 2.0 Outed
Reuters:
AOL gains more new customers after going free
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Eventful Demands $7.5 Million - and Gets It
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Yahoo! stock plummets as CEO says ad sales are slowing
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Yahoo tests 'Right' to MP3 downloads
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