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4:20 PM ET, September 22, 2006


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Business Week:
Click Fraud  —  The dark side of online advertising  —  Martin Fleischmann put his faith in online advertising.  He used it to build his Atlanta company,, which offers consumers rate quotes and other information on insurance and mortgages.  Last year he paid Yahoo! Inc. …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
BusinessWeek Publishes Big Investigation on Click Fraud  —  Click Fraud, the practice of generating automatic clicks on search ads, is becoming a significant threat to search engine advertising, according to a BusinessWeek cover story.  The article exposes how Google and Yahoo are passively profiting …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
BusinessWeek's Good Look At Click Fraud  —  Via Micropersuasion, Click Fraud is a BusinessWeek cover story on, well, click fraud.  What's new from stories we've already read and read and read about click fraud before?  Lots, ranging from a new advertiser pressure group …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Flash In The VoIP Pan  —  Adobe Systems, the San Jose, California-based software giant, has been the real catalyst for the ongoing online video boom, thanks to the near ubiquitous Flash software that plays back everything from stupid pet tricks to the amazing theatrics of LonelyGirl15.
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Adobe Flash goes VoIP
Discussion: VoIP Watch and JD on EP
Alec / Alec Saunders .LOG:
"Just" Add Voice
Discussion: Skype Journal
Associated Press:
Premarket Movers: TiVo Gains on Report  —  Traders Boost TiVo Shares on Report of Talks With Amazon; Epix Pharma Sinks on Failed Study  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of digital video recording pioneer TiVo Inc. gained in premarket trading Friday on a report it is in discussions with Inc …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Will Tivo box the Amazon Unbox?
Discussion: PVRblog
Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
1,100 Laptops Missing From Commerce Dept.  —  More than 1,100 laptop computers have vanished from the Department of Commerce since 2001, including nearly 250 from the Census Bureau containing such personal information as names, incomes and Social Security numbers, federal officials said yesterday.
Douglass K. Daniel / ABCNEWS:
Census Bureau Loses Hundreds of Laptops  —  Hundreds of Laptop Computers Used by Survey Takers Lost or Stolen From Census Bureau  —  The Census Bureau collects the most personal information about Americans, from how much money they earn and where they spend it to how they live and die.
Discussion: Techdirt and 27B Stroke 6
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
MTV Will Acquire Maker of Music-Oriented Games  —  MTV, the cable TV channel some critics have accused of straying too far from its musical roots, is to acquire Harmonix Music Systems, a maker of music-oriented video games, for $175 million in cash.  —  Harmonix's main product, Guitar Hero …
TGS: Sony Q&A Reveals HDMI Changes, Japanese Price Drop  —  At a press conference kicking off the 2006 Tokyo Game Show, Sony Ken Kutaragi has revealed several specifics about the PlayStation 3's plans, both in a heady keynote speech and in a post-keynote Q&A with a Nikkei BP representative.
Vladimir Cole / Joystiq:
Sony's trainwreck of a keynote [update 1]
Discussion: Kotaku
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Facebook, a social site, has a suitor  —  Mark Zuckerberg is a member of the Google generation, one too young to remember all the ambitions dashed and fortunes lost when the last dot-com boom ended.  —  That may be one reason Zuckerberg, the 22-year-old founder of Facebook …
Teeny Linux PCs proliferate  —  A small company has begun building its line of tiny, gumstick-sized single-board computers (SBCs) into miniscule packaged PCs that displace around 68 cc of volume and come with Linux pre-installed.  Suggested apps for the teeny "Netstix" Linux PCs include webservers …
Discussion: TeleRead, The Raw Feed, Slashdot and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Mysterious Paypal Secure Storage  —  PayPal is preparing a new feature on a select range of users that allows them to securely store files with the payments provider.  The new service, called DropBox, creates a secure storage area that is associated with the account.
Ryan Naraine /
Zero-Day Response Team Launches with Emergency IE Patch  —  A high-profile group of computer security professionals scattered around the globe has created a third-party patch for the critical VML vulnerability as part of a broader effort to provide an emergency response system for zero-day malware attacks.
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Marketing on Google: It's Not Just Text Anymore  —  Just as Madison Avenue once helped convince consumers that orange juice is "not just for breakfast anymore," Google is turning to Madison Avenue to help convince marketers that Google is not just for text advertisements in tiny type …
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The Wii Calculator  —  Every time a new console comes out …
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 Earlier Items: 
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NYT Tech Guys Wii-ly Clueless
Discussion: Go Nintendo and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MeeVee Overhauls Site. I Want More.
Discussion: and Mashable!
Larry Angell / iLounge:
Apple quietly updates U2 iPod, lowers price
Euan Semple / The Obvious?:
Richard Sambrook blogging in the wild
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Inconvenience of two-factor security pushes banks to "single …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
The pundits are wrong: Vista is moving full-steam ahead
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and M-Dollar
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
Logitech's FreePulse Bluetooth headset leaked
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
Guy Kawasaki / Signum sine tinnitu:
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