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4:55 AM ET, September 9, 2006

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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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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".
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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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
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
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
Mike / Techdirt:
Zango Wins Lawsuit, Dismisses Users Who Can't Uninstall Its App As 'Background Noise'  —  Adware firm Zango, which recently changed its name from 180solutions is doing a bit of gloating today after a court dismissed the class action lawsuit that was filed against the company a year ago.
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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
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
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
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?
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
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
Retailers Told to Suspend SIRIUS Stiletto Pre-Orders  —  This page on TSS-Radio has indicated that SIRIUS has asked their Authorized Retailers to suspend pre-order of the anticipated SIRIUS Stiletto.  Further investigation shows that Crutchfield has also pulled down their Stiletto pre-order page …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Gadgetell
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 …
 
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Kim Zetter / Wired News:
HP Dragnet Grabbed 9 Reporters
Amy Gahran / E-Media Tidbits:
Calif. Supreme Court Taking Dim View of Net Libel Suits
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Installing Vista RC1 in VMWare Workstation
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
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Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
An apology, and a note on hype
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 Earlier Items: 
The Ask.com Blog:
Ready Reference for Hurricane Season
New York Times:
Arrest of Second Major Online Gambling Figure Is a First for State Officials
Discussion: ReveNews and Techdirt
Donna Bogatin / Digital Micro-Markets:
Google wants $10 billion local online ad spend
Luca Filigheddu / Thoughts on VoIP, technology:
Firefox VoIP for MacOSX and Linux is out
Associated Press:
Windows HS: Microsoft designs a school system
Discussion: dailywireless.org and Slashdot