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7:30 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. …
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 …
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
Steve / Ideas are Worthless Unless Acted Upon:   TiVo looking to UnBox to the TV
New York Times:
Hewlett Chairwoman Dunn Resigns  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — Hewlett-Packard Co. Chairwoman Patricia Dunn resigned Friday, effective immediately, in the wake of the company's ill-fated investigation of boardroom media leaks.  —  Announcing the resignation, H.P. Chief Executive Mark Hurd called …
Discussion: Valleywag and JD on EP
David Berlind / Between the Lines:   HP press conference: Inventory of gory details, Hurd "clean," Dunn steps down
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
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.
Hans Greimel / Associated Press:
Sony Cuts Price of PlayStation 3 to $410
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
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 …
Eric Miraglia / Yahoo! User Interface Blog:
Yahoo! Developer Day Sept. 29: Speaker & Workshop Schedule  —  Yahoo! is abuzz with excitement about the upcoming Developer Day/Hack Day, open to the public (request an invitation here), next Friday and Saturday (9/29-9/30).  Rumors have leaked about mind-bendingly cool musical guests …
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 /
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MeeVee Overhauls Site.  I Want More.  —  MeeVee, an online TV listings and search provider, recently covered here, launched a redesigned site today with several new features.  The new version combines the TV listings grid and watch list functionality into a single user interface allowing users to create a personalized TV guide.
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 …
BL Ochman / B.L. Ochman's weblog:
Where Is Online Going?  Offline  —  As more and more of our lives get locked up in the various electronic boxes we're all attached to all day, we can get along with less and less human contact.  But people love to meet other people with whom they share ideas and interests and talk face to face.
Discussion: Dan Blank and WebMetricsGuru
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 …
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.
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