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11:45 PM ET, September 20, 2006

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shephard.co.uk:
INFLIGHT ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Panasonic reaches for the Connexion torch  —  JUST when the Inmarsat community was relishing the prospect of an unobstructed run at the passenger broadband market, Panasonic has announced a plan to take up where Connexion by Boeing left off.
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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 …
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: 27B Stroke 6 and GrokLaw
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Al Gore's Current TV Joins With Yahoo for a Video Venture  —  Yahoo said yesterday that it was creating an online video programming venture with Current TV, the media company founded by former Vice President Al Gore.  The service will combine professional and user-generated video clips.
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Yahoo goes Current with Vlogging  —  So you think you think you can vlog, huh?  Newcomers like PodTech and Rocketboom now have a bully in their sandbox, with Yahoo aping online video shows in a new partnership with Current TV launched Tuesday night.  —  Yahoo Current certainly has access to star power …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Showcases Library of Nearly 110 High-Definition Xbox 360 Games at the Tokyo Game Show  —  "Blue Dragon" Leads Holiday Lineup of Games; "Pac-Man" World Championship, Xbox 360 HD DVD Player in Japan and 1080p Support for Xbox 360 unveiled.  —  Today at the Tokyo Game Show 2006 …
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Xbox 360 adds 1080p, HD DVD drive is $170 US for November 17th in Japan
Discussion: HD Beat and Neowin.net
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
SMBs should outsource everything and vendors must adjust  —  Yesterday was EMC day for me.  I spent a pretty good chunk of the day in Bedford, MA at RSA Security (recently acquired by EMC) and then, by pure coincidence, last night, I attended an EMC-hosted dinner at Sauciety …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Nick / Rough Type:   An IT sea change for smaller companies
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Again, The Need For Search Ad Revenue To Stand Alone  —  Has the search bubble popped, given Yahoo's warning yesterday about declining ad revenue?  That warning generated a stock plunge that has hit both Yahoo and Google.  No, it's probably not a search bubble.
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Fred / A VC:
YHOOuch  —  On July 20th, I blogged that I was going to buy Yahoo (YHOO).  I did just that and was up 15% on the trade until yesterday when Terry Semel announced that the Sept quarter is going to be at the low end of the range on revenues and earnings.  The stock is back down below $26, and my 15% gain is up in smoke.
Discussion: Blogging Stocks and Howard Lindzon
Robert McLaws:
Mary Jo Foley: The Exit Interview  —  Alright, I admit it.  I knew what was going on all along.  Mary Jo Foley dropped a bombshell this afternoon, announcing she was leaving MicrosoftWatch to branch out on her own after 11 years at ZiffDavis.  What are her plans for the future?
Jay Rosen:
Journalism goes pro-am  —  Today I am announcing at Comment is free and PressThink, my blog, that Reuters is giving $100,000 to NewAssignment.Net.  That's the experiment I plan to launch next year with others who think there is something to the idea of open source journalism …
Discussion: E-Media Tidbits
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CNET News.com:
Gonzales: ISPs must keep records on users  —  WASHINGTON—Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Tuesday stepped up his efforts to lobby for federal laws requiring Internet providers to keep track of what their customers do online.  —  Gonzales asked senators to adopt "data retention" …
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Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Gonzales Wants ISPs to Save User Data
Discussion: 27B Stroke 6 and digg
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Web 2.0 Winners and Losers  —  A few weeks ago, I implored readers of the Monkey Bites blog to sumbit their votes for the best and worst Web 2.0 sites out there.  —  I asked them to build a list of their own can't-live-without-it and oh-please-make-it-stop destinations.
Discussion: SearchViews, J.D. Amer, Lost Remote and digg
Auren Hoffman / venturebeat.com:
Why I hate Evite  —  (Editor's note: This one resonated with us.  And since Auren's pieces so far have been well liked, we're going with it.)  —  Like some of you, I get a lot of Evites.  In fact, too many.  In the past 8 months alone, I received 228 Evites.  Annually that's 342 Evites - almost one a day!!!
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Dell battery explodes at Yahoo HQ, hundreds evacuate  —  We just got word that a Yahoo employee's laptop went up in flames today at their Mission College campus down in Silicon Valley, causing hundreds of Yahoo employees to be evacuated from an 8-story building.
Discussion: Valleywag and digg
Jonny Evans / Macworld UK:
Apple Support docs address some iTunes 7 bugs  —  Apple has begun publishing tech support documents to address some reported bugs in iTunes 7.  —  The release of the software generated the usual wave of fault reports, mainly (but not exclusively) from Windows users of the application.
Ryan / CyberNet Technology News:
Google Base Gets A Redesign And Loses A Search Box  —  Bookmark This: del.icio.us - Digg it - Furl - reddit - Spurl - Yahoo MyWeb  —  Google Base has revamped their homepage and it doesn't seem that different to me.  In fact, one thing that they did do was remove the search box which really puzzles me.
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, Mathew Ingram and Message
Garrett Smith / Smith On VoIP:
Alarm over IP - Giving VoIP Pure Plays "Triple Play" Potential?  —  Alarm.com has struck another deal with a prominent Voice over IP provider to offer residential security service and Voice over IP service bundles.  Fresh off a deal with Vonage, Alarm.com announced today that SunRocket …
 
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