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7:40 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, GrokLaw, 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
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.
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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Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
Microsoft's High-Tech School Opens in Philly  —  The school bell rung for the first time Thursday at the School of the Future, a joint project between the School District of Philadelphia and Microsoft.  The two groups say the school is the most advanced high school in the nation, with technology deeply integrated into the curriculum.
Discussion: Download Squad
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
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
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.
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.
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 and digg
 
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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
Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News:
Graphics card in 24-inch iMac is apparently upgradeable
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
MSN READYING RELEASE OF YOUTUBE COMPETITOR
Kim Zetter / Wired News:
HP Dragnet Grabbed 9 Reporters
Discussion: siliconvalley.com
 Earlier Items: 
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
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: JD on EP and AMCP Tech Blog
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
ASRock to up use of VIA chipsets for Intel-based motherboards
Discussion: The Tech Report and TechSpot