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9:10 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 …
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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?
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 …
Robin Linden / Official Linden Blog:
Urgent Security Announcement  —  On September 6 we discovered evidence that an intruder was able to access the Second Life database through the web servers.  The exploit was shut down on the afternoon of September 6 when we discovered it.  —  Detailed investigation over the last two days confirmed …
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Annalee Newitz / popsci.com:
Your Second Life is Ready
Discussion: TechCrunch and Clickable Culture
Gizmodo:
Toshiba Dual-Screen UMPC PDA E-Book Doohickey  —  It's hard to describe what exactly this device is, but it obviously falls into a lot of categories.  First and foremost, it has two screens, at least one of which is a touchscreen meant to replace the keyboard.  Not much other information is know.
Discussion: Engadget and TeleRead
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
Gizmodo:
GameExpert's PSP Portable Theater: Fancy Way of Saying 'Dock'  —  Companies try to come up with clever names to disguise what their lowly products truly are, so it's with great joy that we present the GameExpert Portable Home Theater for the PSP.  Misleading name aside …
Discussion: Kotaku and The Red Ferret Journal
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 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 …
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.
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
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Quigo Scores ESPN for Sponsored Text Network  —  Sports aficionados catching the latest scores and scandals on ESPN are often served contextually-irrelevant sponsored links hawking hair loss treatments and bankruptcy law services.  That could change this fall when the site switches …
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."
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.
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
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 …
Tom Merritt / Alpha.CNET.com:
My fight with Amazon Unbox  —  I do not recommend you try Amazon Unbox, and here's why.  Yesterday evening I decided to give the video download service a try, especially since it gives you a free $1.99 video.  A nice touch, I thought.  I chose a Star Trek episode called …
Discussion: paidContent.org and SurfBits
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.
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 …
 
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Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
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Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
An apology, and a note on hype
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Facebook 1-2-3  —  Okay Facebook did good.  —  But Facebook also did bad.
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Luca Filigheddu / Thoughts on VoIP, technology:
Firefox VoIP for MacOSX and Linux is out
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Mike / Techdirt:
Has The Free Market Failed The US When It Comes To Broadband?
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AIM Phoneline open to developers
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
A Mac on the cover of Playboy
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
SanDisk MP3 seizure order overturned