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4:10 PM ET, September 8, 2006

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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?
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Financial Times:   HP probe obtained reporters' records
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Facebook 1-2-3  —  Okay Facebook did good.  —  But Facebook also did bad.  —  Good: Bring innovative new feature to users at no charge, and not in response to competitive pressure.  —  Bad: The users had no control over the new feature.  —  Let me explain.
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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.
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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
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."
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 …
John Biggs / New York Times:
For the High-End Ear, a Wireless Music System With Fidelity and Features  —  Audiophiles have been feeling left out when it comes to wireless digital music systems.  Many systems transfer music with some fidelity, but few well enough to please a connoisseur's delicate ear.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Portrait of a Startup: Slim Devices
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Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
An apology, and a note on hype  —  Yesterday afternoon, we ran a post that generated an immense (and unexpected) amount of interest and speculation.  Instead of defusing the prolonged PR tease that Nintendo has been escalating for the past year, we contributed to it.
Discussion: Cathode Tan
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Staci / paidContent.org:
Amazon Unbox Video: First Look  —  It took seconds to make my first Amazon Unbox Video purchase with Amazon One-Click and 90 minutes to download the 45-minute, 1.03G season finale of "NUMB3Rs" from CBS.  Luckily, the next part of my test — transferring the 208M portable version to my Creative Zen Vision …
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Elizabeth M. Gillespie / Associated Press:
Amazon.com Launches TV, Movie Service
Kotaku:
Wii Rumble Not Dead After All  —  Another Non Wii Story  —  Hmmm, either MCV is jumping the gun with this lede or just didn't do a good job of conveying what they do or don't know through sources: … Wow, it sounds like MCV has the scoop, but two paragraphs in they use the choice word …
John Blau / Network World:
PC hard disk system warns of tsunamis  —  Governments seeking inexpensive technology to warn of tsunamis could be interested in a free software application that monitors vibrations in the hard disks of computers in an attempt to detect the undersea earthquakes that cause tsunamis.
Associated Press:
Windows HS: Microsoft designs a school system  —  PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (AP) — Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has famously called high schools "obsolete" and warned about their effect on U.S. competitiveness.  Now, his company has a chance to prove that it can help fix the woes of public education.
Discussion: Slashdot
Business Week:
YouTube: Waiting For The Payoff  —  The video-sharing Web site is a runaway success — everywhere but on the bottom line  —  YouTube Inc. is the Internet company to beat these days.  Wowed by its meteoric rise — the 19-month-old site dishes up 100 million daily videos …
Discussion: Clickety Clack and Slashdot
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.
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
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
RH Donnelley Buys Search Firm LocalLaunch  —  In an effort to build out its search capabilities, yellow pages publisher RH Donnelley Corporation has grabbed local search marketing consulting firm LocalLaunch.  The buy, announced yesterday, augments RH Donnelley's search marketing staff …
Mike / Techdirt:
Has The Free Market Failed The US When It Comes To Broadband?  —  from the something-to-think-about dept  —  As the network neutrality debate has gone on and on, there are some aspects that are very troubling.  The tech world is notorious for having what's basically a libertarian/free market approach …
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
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.
Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
Zango Spyware Suit Dismissed  —  A lawsuit seeking class action status filed against Zango, formerly 180solutions, has been dismissed by a Chicago court after plaintiffs voluntarily dropped the case.  In a separate spyware case, the Federal Trade Commission won a settlement against Enternet Media.
 
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