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11:05 PM ET, September 23, 2006

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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Apple to trademark Podcast? (or "How to fight the good fight")  —  In perhaps the worst trademark enforcement decision—ummm—ever, it seems Apple is trying to get people to NOT use the term Podcast/Podcasting in the names of their companies.  Podcasting for those of my readers who are non-technical, is best defined two ways:
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Leo Laporte / TWiT.TV:
A Cast By Any Other Name...  According to Wired News's Listening Post blog, Apple has sent a cease and desist letter to Podcast Ready claiming that the terms "Podcast Ready" and "myPodder" infringe on Apple's trademarks, and that they cause confusion among consumers.
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
With a Rebtel Yell, Swedish Startup Raises $20 Million  —  I got a call this morning on my cell phone, which showed a local New York number with a 646 area code.  But it wasn't a local call at all.  On the other end was Hjalmar Winbladh, CEO of Swedish mobile VoIP startup Rebtel.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
VOIP - The Details Kill The Fun  —  A bunch of VOIP services have launched to help people make cheaper calls from normal phones.  None of them are compelling for the mass market.  —  VOIP is great when you initiate calls from VOIP phones or software (Skype, Vonage, etc.).
Discussion: Naked Conversations
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Some VoIP services surpass traditional phones  —  A large-scale VoIP study from Keynote Systems concludes that VoIP audio quality is improving, and in some cases exceeds that of the traditional phone network—so long as you're making calls within the US.  More than 100,000 people a month …
Tim Arango / New York Post:
RETAIL-IATION  —  WAL-MART WARNS STUDIOS OVER  —  DVD DOWNLOADS  —  Worried about its massive DVD sales, retail behemoth Wal-Mart has told some of Hollywood's biggest players it will retaliate against them for selling movies on Apple's iTunes.  —  Last year when Disney announced …
Rob Hyndman / robhyndman.com:
The HP Saga: Dunn is Indeed Done; Hunsaker Sacked  —  The WSJ and NYT have now issued their first pieces (AP here) after the news flashes that followed HP CEO Hurd's press conference today (audio).  HP Chair Patricia Dunn is resigning as Chair and from the Board effective immediately, at the request of the Board.
Discussion: Valleywag and SharkJumping
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Grace Wong / CNNMoney.com:
HP's Dunn resigns from board
Discussion: CrunchGear and Alec Saunders .LOG
Esther Dyson / Release 0.9:
Click fraud - here we go again  —  Yet another piece on click fraud, this time from Businessweek - which of course is an "old medium" itself.  What amazes me is the elephant in the room: This is not an intractable problem.  (Ask me about intractable: I just came back from the Middle East!)
allAfrica.com:
Namibia: Five in Court Over VOIP Calls  —  Christof Maletsky  —  THE case in which five foreign nationals are accused of operating illegal Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services at Walvis Bay has been postponed to October this year.  —  Shen Yuefei (37) and Qipin Huang (36) …
Discussion: Webtown, Skype Journal and VoIP Now
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Mike / Techdirt:
Put Down The VoIP Phone, And Come Out With Your Hands Up
VoIP News:   Five Arrested For Selling VoIP
Rich Miller / Netcraft:
HostGator: cPanel Security Hole Exploited in Mass Hack  —  HostGator says hackers compromised its servers using a previously unknown security hole in cPanel, the control panel software that is widely used by hosting providers.  "I can tell you with all accuracy that this is definitely due …
Discussion: Slashdot
Valleywag:
Yahoo pulls a Scrooge with forced unpaid holiday vacation  —  Several Yahoos confided their frustration to me when the company sent an all-hands memo this week, forcing all employees to take the Christmas-to-New-Year week off, either unpaid or using their allotted vacation days.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
DRM is old and busted, according to BitTorrent cofounder  —  BitTorrent cofounder Ashwin Navin believes that DRM is not the answer to legal online video services despite his company's getting ready to launch its own DRM-based movie service in the near future.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
New fitness center targets teens with games  —  Walk through the malls and high school halls in America, and you'll quickly notice that kids in the US could use a few good workouts.  A new fitness center opening this Saturday hopes to lure kids in with a combination of a "fitness arcade," …
Discussion: Engadget and CrunchGear
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
The Internet Address Book - Social Networks in One Place  —  The Internet Address Book, which launched this week, is a new service from the Netherlands that brings together all your online identities in one place - social networking URLs, instant messaging IDs and web addresses.
Discussion: engtech
Wall Street Journal:
Cablevision Gave Backdated Grant To Dead Official  —  Cablevision Systems Corp. awarded options to a vice chairman after his 1999 death but backdated them, making it appear the grant was awarded when he still was alive, according to a company filing and people familiar with the matter.
 
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Palm confirms low-end Treo, "680" device rumored
Discussion: Mike Rowehl and CrunchGear
David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:
One Web Day - Invitation, Celebration, Gratitudination
Discussion: Listics
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Boy Genius drops shots of the BlackBerry 8800!
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and digg
Voipgirl / TheVOIPGirl.com:
VOIP Services for Canadians
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
James Ransom-Wiley / Joystiq:
Metal Slug rolling onto XBLA
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Belgium Publishes Ruling
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Google Talk with MSN Messenger contacts
Discussion: VoIP Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Blake Snow / Joystiq:
Sony: Nintendo is losing audience, not expanding it
Nwhite / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Interim Windows Vista Build 5728 Released Today
Nwhite / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Update on Ability to Mute the Windows Vista Start-up Sound
Discussion: TechBlog and MSTechToday
Ethan / ...My heart's in Accra:
Holiday in Harare: part 4 - Zimbabwe's Internet under threat
Reuters:
Publishers aim for some control of search results
Forbes:
#1 William Henry Gates III
Discussion: Valleywag