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11:35 AM ET, September 8, 2006

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Mike / Techdirt:
Amazon's Video Downloads About As Me Too (Read: Not Interesting) As You Can Get  —  It's no secret that Amazon has been preparing its own video download store, and with most people believing that Apple is going to announce their own offering early next week, it looks like Amazon tried …
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Elizabeth M. Gillespie / Associated Press:
Amazon.com Launches TV, Movie Service  —  SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon.com Inc. launched a digital video downloading service Thursday, ending months of speculation that the Internet retailer would be getting into the online TV and movie business.  —  The service, dubbed Amazon Unbox …
Discussion: IP Democracy and GigaOM
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
Amazon "Unbox" Video Downloads Launched  —  Amazon has jut launched their video download service, consisting of both movies ($10 - $15/ea to purchase) and television shows ($2/ea).  Purchased shows can be archived to DVD, but are not playable on set-top boxes.
Bob Sullivan / MSNBC:
HP investigators hacked reporters' phone data  —  'Pretexting' scandal at high-tech firm extends outside board room … CNBC TV  —  Bob Sullivan  —  In an effort to track down the source of information leaks by Hewlett-Packard Co. insiders, private investigators working …
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Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Hewlett-Packard Spied on Writers in Leaks  —  The California attorney general's investigation into the purloining of private phone records by agents of Hewlett-Packard has revealed that the monitoring effort began earlier than previously indicated and included journalists as targets.
Discussion: IR Daily, GrokLaw and SharkJumping
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
WSJ raises questions about Mobius Venture Capital
Discussion: VentureBeat
Zephoria / apophenia:
lonelygirl15  —  Over the last week, i've gotten innumerable emails about lonelygirl15.  Folks were wondering if i was behind it or if i knew who was.  They wanted to know my opinion, if i thought it was fake.  —  I did.  I thought it was fake but i expected that it was a TV or movie organization.
Discussion: Mathew Ingram
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Los Angeles Times:
Mystery Fuels Huge Popularity of Web's Lonelygirl15  —  The videos are a hit on YouTube, but some wonder if the teen's posts are real or a marketing ploy.  —  Lonelygirl15 appears to be an innocent, home-schooled 16-year-old, pouring her heart out for her video camera in the privacy of her bedroom.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited, Coolz0r and Adrants
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia to baptize phones by name rather than number  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia (NOK1V.HE), the world's top handset maker, said on Thursday it will give new phone models a name rather than a number, following the success of rivals with model names like RAZR and "chocolate."
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
SanDisk MP3 seizure order overturned  —  A seizure order that would have barred SanDisk from showing its MP3 devices at a German trade show was overturned this week, allowing the company to display its digital audio players after all.  —  A German prosecutor issued the seizure order for the MP3 players on Friday, Sept. 1.
Bob Sullivan / MSNBC:
FTC fines Xanga for violating kids' privacy  —  $1 million penalty against social networking site is largest under 1998 law  —  Xanga.com, a rival to the popular MySpace.com, allegedly permitted creation of 1.7 million accounts by users who submitted birthdays indicating they were under 13.
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Breaking: Xanga Fined $1 Million For Violating Children's Privacy
Discussion: Newsome.Org
People's Daily Online:
Google's China Office unveiled-1  —  A photo of Google China's new office building.  Google's China Office moved into its permanent office building in Tsinghua Science Park, Beijing, on September 4 after temporarily operation out of Xinhua Insurance Mansion and Tsinghua Science Mansion.
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People's Daily Online:   Google's China Office unveiled-2
Business Wire:
The New York Times Launches New Mobile Site  —  Full Daily Contents of NYTimes.com Now Accessible on Mobile Phones  —  The New York Times Company announced today the launch of a new mobile site, http://mobile.nytimes.com, which provides access to news and information from NYTimes.com via …
Waxy.org:
Sex Baiting Prank on Craigslist Affects Hundreds  —  Recently, a blogger named Simon Owens ran a social experiment on Craigslist.  He wandered into the "Casual Encounters" section of the personal ads where countless men and women were soliticing for no-strings-attached sex and wondered, Is it really that easy?
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Sitelinks: New Name For Those Links Under The Top Listings  —  Last year, people started to notice that Google began showing "subtopic" or "subcategory" links below their listing, if they were the first in a Google search.  Now, Google's finally confirmed the change as a permanent feature and given it a name: sitelinks.
Zephoria / apophenia:
will facebook learn from its mistake?  —  As Fred Stutzman noted, Facebook Broke Its Culture this week.  In an attempt to provide something that would make people's lives easier, they created a privacy trainwreck.  Earlier this week, they unleashed a feature that notified all of your "friends" of EVERY update that you make.
Gizmodo:
Battle-worn Xbox 360 Casemod  —  This Xbox looks like it's straight from the set of the nonexistent Fallout movie.  Post-apocalyptic scratches, dings, and peeled paint make you feel like this Xbox 360 has seen more than just the inside of your home theatre cabinet.
Discussion: Kotaku and digg
Business Wire:
AOL to Launch AIM Phoneline Developer Initiative  —  Will Show Examples of New APIs for Call Personalization, Untethered  —  Devices and Incoming Call Management at Fall VON 2006 (Booth #449)  —  Call for Entries: Open AIM Phoneline Developers' Challenge Invites
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
AIM Phoneline open to developers
AlwaysOn Feed:
The Next Step In Social Networking  —  That's what Fox Interactive president Ross Levinsohn is hoping to achieve with his company's MySpace acquisition.  —  AlwaysOn: What do you think of the phenomenon of being seen and seeing others on the Web?  I think this passion to express yourself on …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Valleywag:
Clip: Dude gets fat air dirtbiking over Google  —  Normally we're not ones for corporate promotion, but it looks like Google put this dirtbike video on their home page a week back.  Another user caught it in the wild.  —  Can't find any coverage or explanation of this stunt, but it beats the hell out of those holiday doodles.
Discussion: InsideGoogle
 
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