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6:30 PM ET, September 8, 2006

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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
HP chairman: Use of pretexting 'embarrassing'  —  update The "pretexting" technique used in a Hewlett-Packard investigation of board members and reporters has been an embarrassment for the company, Chairman Patricia Dunn said Friday.  —  "I am not happy that the way this investigation …
Discussion: Techdirt and B2Day
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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.
Financial Times:   HP probe obtained reporters' records
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?
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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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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Mike / Techdirt:   Zango Wins Lawsuit, Dismisses Users Who Can't Uninstall Its App …
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.
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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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
Discussion: CrunchGear
Owen Thomas / Business 2.0:
A reality check for Vista  —  A day late and a dollar short, the software giant's new Vista operating system won't have anyone standing on line to buy the first copy.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) — Judging by the grief that Microsoft is getting over delays in the release of Windows Vista …
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."
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Answerbag bets the farm on widgets and an API  —  Online question and answer service Answerbag has released a new widget feature tonight and says it will out-do the Yahoo! Answers API in coming weeks.  Q and A services are getting big, largely because search engines are unable to offer …
Discussion: Dead2.0
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Windows Live QnA:   Show off your QnA Flair on Windows Live Spaces!
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: dailywireless.org and Slashdot
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 …
Randy Charles Morin / The RSS Blog:
Splice Music  —  Splice is an online music publishing community that uses the Creative Commons license to encourage users to share their creations.  Today, I'm interviewing Wendell Davis III of Splice.  —  http://www.splicemusic.com/  —  Q: Wendell, congrats on the release of Splice.
Discussion: Mashable! and Coolz0r
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
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.
Maxconsole:
EXCLUSIVE: Preview of Upcoming Xbox 360 Dashboard Update, Homebrew Get Ready, PS3 Look Out  —  Ladies and gentleman, we're delighted to present to you the worlds first screens to public knowledge of the Xbox 360 Autumn (Fall) dashboard update.  The new update offers some truly brand unique features …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Joystiq
Donna Bogatin / Digital Micro-Markets:
Google wants $10 billion local online ad spend  —  Google is taking its mission to monetize "all the world's information" to your neighborhood.  Google laid down a local gauntlet today targeting the $10 billion in advertising local businesses are projected to spend online by 2010.
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 and JasonKolb.com
Luca Filigheddu / Thoughts on VoIP, technology:
Firefox VoIP for MacOSX and Linux is out  —  After my popular post about the Mozilla VoIP extensions by Abbeynet Labs (over 15.000 unique visitors in one day...), I received hundred emails asking for Mac and Linux versions of the Firefox and Thunderbird VoIP extensions.
 
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Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Quigo Scores ESPN for Sponsored Text Network
Staci / paidContent.org:
Amazon Unbox Video: First Look
Guy Kawasaki / Signum sine tinnitu:
"Why Smart People Do Dumb Things" (Like Not Backup Their Hard Disk)
Discussion: Joe Duck, Lifehacker and digg
Dave Burstein / ISP-Planet:
DSL Prime: China as Number One
Mike / Techdirt:
Has The Free Market Failed The US When It Comes To Broadband?
 Earlier Items: 
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
AIM Phoneline open to developers
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
RH Donnelley Buys Search Firm LocalLaunch
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
WSJ raises questions about Mobius Venture Capital
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
SanDisk MP3 seizure order overturned