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2:25 PM ET, September 22, 2006

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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  —  Om broke the news about Adobe's secret VoIP start-up project.  I knew about Adobe's top-secret VoIP plans since June of this year.  I interviewed Adobe's <[edit] name withheld per request> back in June and got some interesting insights into Adobe's plans for adding VoIP …
Discussion: VoIP Watch and JD on EP
Alec / Alec Saunders .LOG:   "Just" Add Voice
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 …
Discussion: Blogspotting and Dan Blank
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Reuters:
Microsoft mulls free Web-based business software  —  SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. said on Thursday it may offer a free, advertising-supported version of its basic word processing and spreadsheet software, in an apparent bid to fend off a nascent challenge from Google Inc. in the business software market.
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.
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 …
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, Slashdot and digg
Larry Angell / iLounge:
Apple quietly updates U2 iPod, lowers price  —  Almost lost in last week's new iPod announcements was the iPod U2 Special Edition.  In the days following Apple's special event, the company has quietly updated the black-and-red model to bring it in line with the current "enhanced" fifth-generation (5G) iPod.
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Inconvenience of two-factor security pushes banks to "single factor plus" for online banking  —  For the nation's banking industry, the clock is ticking.  By Dec 31, banks and financial institutions had better move to something more than just user ID and password-level security …
 
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The Wii Calculator  —  Every time a new console comes out …
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Where in the World Are Our Beta Testers?
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Researchers create a 1,000 page-per-minute printer
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Mike / Techdirt:
Google Hoping Someone In Belgium Recognizes How The Internet Works
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New Apple patch plugs Wi-Fi hijack flaws
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