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5:25 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, MostChoice.com, which offers consumers rate quotes and other information on insurance and mortgages.  Last year he paid Yahoo! Inc. …
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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
Tim Arango / New York Post:
AMAZON AND TIVO GET IN MOVIE BIZ  —  Apple has made clear its ambition of taking over the living room.  Now Amazon is looking for a seat on the couch.  —  Amazon, the giant online retailer that recently launched a digital video downloading service that competes with Apple's iTunes …
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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 Amazon.com Inc …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Will Tivo box the Amazon Unbox?
Discussion: PVRblog
Paul Miller / Engadget:   Amazon working with TiVo for Unbox integration?
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.
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VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Adobe Flash goes VoIP
Discussion: VoIP Watch and JD on EP
Alec / Alec Saunders .LOG:
"Just" Add Voice
Discussion: Skype Journal
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.
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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 …
Gamasutra:
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.
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Vladimir Cole / Joystiq:
Sony's trainwreck of a keynote [update 1]
Discussion: Kotaku
LinuxDevices.com:
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
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
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.
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 …
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.
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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New York Times:
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Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
Alan Cox's ThinkPad battery explodes
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RawmeatCowboy / Go Nintendo:
Mark Rein on Wii once again
Discussion: Joystiq and Blue's News
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Approver, a simple way to collaborate online
Discussion: Web Strategy
Gizmodo:
Lowbie Palm Treo 680 Confirmed
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
HP probe dug deep on CNET reporter, family
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Kotaku:
The Wii Calculator  —  Every time a new console comes out …
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and digg
Nwhite / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Where in the World Are Our Beta Testers?
Discussion: Under The Stairs
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MeeVee Overhauls Site. I Want More.
Discussion: duncanriley.com and Mashable!
Larry Angell / iLounge:
Apple quietly updates U2 iPod, lowers price
Jenstar / JenSense:
AdSense adds a new 200x200 ad unit size
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
The pundits are wrong: Vista is moving full-steam ahead
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and M-Dollar
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Reuters:
Microsoft mulls free Web-based business software
 

 
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