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8:25 AM ET, September 9, 2006

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Mark Zuckerberg / blog.facebook.com:
An Open Letter from Mark Zuckerberg:  —  We really messed this one up.  When we launched News Feed and Mini-Feed we were trying to provide you with a stream of information about your social world.  Instead, we did a bad job of explaining what the new features were and an even worse job of giving you control of them.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Retreats in Face of Student Revolt
Discussion: ContentBlogger and Somewhat Frank
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Facebook 1-2-3  —  Okay Facebook did good.  —  But Facebook also did bad.
Discussion: Netscape.com
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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Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Playing Truth or Dare with HP's Patricia Dunn  —  This embarrassing HP episode just keeps getting worse.  Now we have HP chair Patricia Dunn being interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, and saying the following:  — She has no plans to resign, as several board members have urged her to "hang in there" and not step down
Wall Street Journal:
H-P Scandal Puts Chairman, Lawyer in Awkward Light  —  Investigators Suspect Crimes  —  Were Committed in Effort  —  To Trace Boardroom Leaks  —  By STEVE STECKLOW and CHARLES FORELLE in Boston, JOHN R. WILKE in Washington and REBECCA BUCKMAN in San Francisco
David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
Patricia Dunn should resign as chairman of HP
Discussion: Slashdot
Financial Times:
HP probe obtained reporters' records
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: Clickable Culture
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 …
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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Mobile, Inspired by Dave Winer
Discussion: MobileCrunch and textually.org
Kcamp-Voip / Realtime-VoIP:
Abbeynet extends to MacOSX and Linux  —  One of the VoIP bloggers I've been paying more and more attention to is Luca Filigheddu.  Luca's the CEO - ICT Operations at Abbeynet - www.abbeynet.com.  He's added some great insights into numerous discussions I've been following …
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 …
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
Ben Parfitt / MCV:
£149 Wii set for November  —  There's still a week to go until Nintendo officially announces the details of the Wii launch - but MCV can reveal that the new console will hit retail by November 24th, it will be priced at £149 and stock will be plentiful.
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
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
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
HP has major ethical problem, day 3  —  Let's check in with Google News.  Nope, ethical problem still there.  —  John Furrier, my new boss, used to work at Hewlett Packard.  Last night he was telling me how much he loved Hewlett Packard (he hates the new name, which was shortened to "HP".
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
Steve Wiseman / IntelliAdmin.com:
Why windows takes so long to start up.  —  Most of us have had a brand new computer at one time.  It's a great feeling.  You boot up windows and within 30 seconds you are surfing the net, checking your email, or playing your favorite game. 10 months down the road things aren't so nice anymore.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft now patching for FairUse4WM 1.2  —  As the war wages on between Microsoft's Consumer Media Technology group and the creators of FairUse4WM, so continues the march of memos and software updates being passed around to Redmond's partners in the business who are making use of the ailing PlaysForSure DRM scheme.
Discussion: Between the Lines
 
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