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12:25 AM ET, September 9, 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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Financial Times:   HP probe obtained reporters' records
Tresa Baldas / LAW.com:
No Happy Ending for Net Movie Renters  —  A legal clash between Blockbuster Inc. and Netflix Inc. has triggered a patent debate over who has the right to offer DVD-rental services over the Internet.  —  The litigation presents a crucial question: Is the concept of renting movies over the Internet …
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 …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Portrait of a Startup: Slim Devices  —  Like its devices, network digital music device maker Slim Devices is moving up in the world.  The company has just moved to slick new digs in Mountain View, right next to AOL and VeriSign.  Though not exactly Fifth Avenue, it's a definite upgrade …
Discussion: CrunchGear
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John Biggs / New York Times:
For the High-End Ear, a Wireless Music System With Fidelity and Features
Discussion: VentureBeat
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
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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 …
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
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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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
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 …
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 …
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
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
ASRock to up use of VIA chipsets for Intel-based motherboards  —  ASRock, an Asustek Computer subsidiary focusing on entry-level motherboards, will significantly increase the adoption of integrated graphics processor (IGP) chipsets from VIA Technologies for Intel-based motherboards while lowering …
Discussion: TechSpot and The Tech Report
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
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 …
Wave Broadcast:
Official Digg Compatible Site For Mobile Devices  —  So... I stumbled upon http://www.diggriver.com yesterday doing some random whois... It seems as if Digg is planning on starting to support mobile devices due to several user made mobile pages for cell phones, pdas, and oither devices …
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.
 
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft now patching for FairUse4WM 1.2
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