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5:35 PM 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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Yuki Noguchi / Washington Post:
Saying It 'Messed Up,' Facebook Modifies Controversial Feature  —  Facebook, a popular Web-based hangout for students, revamped its site last night to let users disable or modify a new feature that had touched off protests from hundreds of thousands of members.
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
H.P. Chairwoman Aims Not to Be the Scapegoat  —  Patricia C. Dunn, Hewlett-Packard's chairwoman, was known as a remarkable saleswoman as she rose to the top of the financial industry.  —  But on Sunday, she will have to sell her board on the idea that she should not be dumped as the scapegoat for the scandal rocking the company.
Discussion: Scobleizer, robhyndman.com and digg
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Jim Kerstetter / CNET News.com:
HP probe snared a third News.com reporter  —  The personal telephone records of a third CNET News.com reporter were targeted during Hewlett-Packard's investigation into boardroom leaks, HP confirmed Friday afternoon.  —  An HP spokesman said reporter Stephen Shankland's records were targeted …
Robert Hof / Business Week:
BW Writers Targeted by HP  —  A trio of BusinessWeek reporters were among the nine journalists whose phone records were sought by HP in a probe about board leaks to the press  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) targeted three BusinessWeek reporters among the nine journalists whose phone records …
Discussion: Zoli's Blog and IR Daily
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
Frank Taylor / Google Earth Blog:
Huge Update to Google Earth and Maps Aerial/Satellite Photos - September 8 and 9  —  [UPDATE: 1545 ET - new areas in blue]  —  The update which came out yesterday for Google Maps (unannounced by Google) was pushed out to Google Earth last night (thanks to several readers who pointed this out).
Discussion: Ogle Earth
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
De-badging your cellphone / PDA with sugar  —  If you're the type who already has, say, a de-badged PSP-controlled Honda Civic in your driveway, you probably dig that clean, smooth look on all your gadgetry.  We can't say we blame you, and even Dell has admitted it doesn't like those goofy stickers defacing your electronic property.
Discussion: Boing Boing, PalmAddicts, digg and Slashdot
Matt Casamassina / IGN:
Splinter Cell Launching with Wii  —  Sam Fisher invades Nintendo's new console.  We've got the exclusive announcement along with first details and screenshots!  —  Not content with a mere seven Wii launch window games, Ubisoft is adding yet another one to the growing list.
Discussion: Kotaku and Joystiq
Matt Martin / GamesIndustry.biz:
Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive to cost £199  —  With 360 bundles planned rather than pre-Christmas price cut  —  The Premium Xbox 360 won't benefit from a price cut this Christmas - but instead a HD-DVD and console package is due, spearheading a marketing drive of console bundles available from November.
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Walkthrough: Running Windows Vista on your Intel Mac with Parallels Desktop  —  I managed to get Vista running on my MacBook Pro in both a copy of Parallels Desktop and Boot Camp, but this post is only going to cover the Parallels side of things; my Boot Camp post is still in the kettle.
Tom's Hardware Guide:
The MythTV Convergence  —  Introduction  —  Technology surrounds and supports us in our everyday lives; it sometimes even assists with routine tasks on the job or at home.  A new crop of ever-more sophisticated devices is becoming increasingly more attuned to and aware of our entertainment …
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
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 …
Chris Pirillo:
Leopard vs. Windows Vista  —  As you can imagine, I've been involved with countless Windows Vista email threads over the past few days.  One of them is with Stardock's own Brad Wardell (a good friend of mine).  He tried to hit me with the classic "I don't pay for service packs" …
Discussion: JD on EP and Slashdot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Check out Blogmusik Before It's Pulled off the Internet  —  Blogmusik.net is a site that lets users search for songs and play them (streaming) immediately via a Flash player that looks like an iPod.  Use does not require registration.  However, if you create an account you can also save songs and create playlists.
Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News:
Graphics card in 24-inch iMac is apparently upgradeable  —  It just gets better and better.  Christophe Laporte, editor-in-chief of MacGeneration, a French language Mac publication and web site, tells Macsimum News, that they've "discovered a little surprise about the new 24-inch iMac" …
Kim Zetter / Wired News:
HP Dragnet Grabbed 9 Reporters  —  He added that "unauthorized disclosure of confidential information is a violation of our standard of conduct.  That's applicable to everyone — including board members and employees.  We investigate any and all violations of those and take appropriate action."
Discussion: siliconvalley.com
 
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Metaverse breached: Second Life customer database hacked
Doug Berger / Gadgetell:
iPod meet BluPod, your new cellphone connecting dongle
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
MSN READYING RELEASE OF YOUTUBE COMPETITOR
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Mobile, Inspired by Dave Winer
Discussion: MobileCrunch and textually.org
Amy Gahran / E-Media Tidbits:
Calif. Supreme Court Taking Dim View of Net Libel Suits
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft now patching for FairUse4WM 1.2
Discussion: Between the Lines
Steve Wiseman / IntelliAdmin.com:
Why windows takes so long to start up.
Discussion: AMCP Tech Blog
Tresa Baldas / LAW.com:
No Happy Ending for Net Movie Renters
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
ASRock to up use of VIA chipsets for Intel-based motherboards
Discussion: TechSpot and The Tech Report
 

 
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Corbin Bolies / The Daily Beast:
Newsmax joins the New York Post's editorial board and other right-leaning outlets criticizing a pair of Florida bills making it easier to sue for defamation

Amelia Pollard / Bloomberg:
Filing: a US court gives Audacy, the second-largest radio broadcaster in the US, approval to exit bankruptcy, slashing ~$1.7B of its debt in a restructuring

Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Sources: Amazon plans to shut its FAST service Freevee in the coming weeks, as part of a broader effort to focus its ad and product efforts on Prime Video

 
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