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1:20 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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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".
siliconvalley.com:
California AG says charges likely in HP snooping case  —  California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said Thursday that his office is likely to file criminal charges in the phone-record snooping scandal that has rocked Hewlett-Packard and its boardroom.  —  The attorney general …
Discussion: IP Democracy and Wired News
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 …
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
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?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Retreats in Face of Student Revolt  —  If aren't familiar with the recent controversial changes at Facebook, read our posts here and here.  —  Two new related products were launched, News Feed and Mini Feed, which give Facebook users a quick view of what they and their friends are up to …
Discussion: Download Squad and Somewhat Frank
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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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Staci / paidContent.org:   Amazon Unbox Video: First Look
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
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:
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
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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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 …
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
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
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 …
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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Los Angeles Times:
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft now patching for FairUse4WM 1.2
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Steve Wiseman / IntelliAdmin.com:
Why windows takes so long to start up.
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Installing Vista RC1 in VMWare Workstation
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Plesstv / Beet.TV:
SCOBLE WATCH: Countdown to His Vlog Launch......Facebook Says No …
Discussion: Scobleizer
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Answerbag bets the farm on widgets and an API
Discussion: Dead2.0
Kotaku:
Wii Rumble Not Dead After All
Luca Filigheddu / Thoughts on VoIP, technology:
Firefox VoIP for MacOSX and Linux is out
Guy Kawasaki / Signum sine tinnitu:
"Why Smart People Do Dumb Things" (Like Not Backup Their Hard Disk)