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6:45 PM ET, September 15, 2006

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Derek Slater / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Microsoft's Zune Won't Play Protected Windows Media  —  In yesterday's announcement of the new Zune media player and Zune Marketplace.  Microsoft (and many press reports) glossed over a remarkable misfeature that should demonstrate once and for all how DRM and the DMCA harm legitimate customers.
Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
Sources: Apple phone on track for early '07  —  Apple is working at a feverish pace to finish up its initial foray into the cellular phone market, but reliable sources report the new device will not be announced until Macworld Expo San Francisco in January 2007.
Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Universal Music chief blasts YouTube, MySpace over copyrights  —  LOS ANGELES - Universal Music Group CEO Doug Morris said the wildly popular Web sites YouTube and MySpace are violating copyright laws by allowing users to post music videos and other content involving Universal artists.
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Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Universal Music pressuring YouTube, MySpace
Jay Greene / Business Week:
Coming Zune: Microsoft's Music Player  —  In spite of new features like Wi-Fi and sharing, don't expect Microsoft's new player to clobber the iPod in the near future  —  When it comes to digital music, there's a lot that puts Apple (AAPL) ahead of the pack.  Microsoft (MSFT) plans to use people-power to narrow that lead.
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Gizmodo:
Giz Interview: J Allard Calls iPod the Pong of Digital Audio (Snap!)
Associated Press:
Segway Recalls Scooters for Injury Risk  —  Segway Inc. is recalling all 23,500 of the self-balancing scooters it has shipped to date because of a software glitch that can make its wheels unexpectedly reverse direction, causing riders to fall off.  —  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission …
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Ryan Blitstein / Mercury News:
Rider safety issues drive Segway recall of scooters
Discussion: CNNMoney.com
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
Sling CEO Interviewed, Additional OS Support Revealed  —  Blake Krikorian, Sling Media co-founder and CEO, was interviewed by The Guardian.  It's a good read in which he discusses where Sling is, where they intend to go, and the market in general.  Of particular interest is confirmation …
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Charles Ar / Guardian Unlimited:
Blake Krikorian, chief executive of Sling Media, interviewed in full
Discussion: Engadget and CrunchGear
Ejfarraro / software.dev:
Phising Exploit Discovered in 'Google Public Search Service'  —  If any DIGGers read this, the reason I linked to this blog is because as far as I can tell, I'm the only person to ever come across this; there isn't any other site to link to.  —  DIGG this article
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Spam fighter hit with $11 million judgment  —  The manager of a popular blacklist used to block spam was hit with a multimillion-dollar judgment on Wednesday, but the order may not be enforceable.  —  The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has ordered Spamhaus …
New York Times:
Reports Say H.P. Relied on Boston Security Unit  —  Hewlett-Packard's search for directors that it suspected had leaked confidential information to the news media relied on an arm of the company's own security force based in Boston, people briefed on the internal investigation said late Thursday.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Delphi's SkyFi3: the first portable XM radio and MP3 player with removable storage  —  With production back in full swing, Delphi looks set to drop the SkyFi3 into the XM Satellite Radio mix.  While not officially announced, you can find the portable unit with car kit up on JJI Electronics website (and others) ready for pre-order.
Wil / WWdN: In Exile:
Apple gave me back all my lost music, free of charge  —  Earlier today, when my iPod and my upgraded iTunes 7 got together and decided that my purchased music would really be happier living on a farm upstate with other m4p's, I did whatever I could to convince the music to come back.
RFID Lowdown:
33 Ways RFID Has Invaded Your Life  —  Imagine this... robbing a bank is no longer a lucrative option, because every dollar in the bank has an embedded RFID chip that can be tracked anywhere on the globe... or, the RFID chip embedded in your hand interacts with and leads you to the right smart shelves …
Discussion: The RFID Weblog and RFID Gazette
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Yahoo Throws Down Classifieds Gauntlet with New Division  —  As local search, online classifieds, and Web business directories continue what seems to be an inevitable merger, Yahoo has planted a stake firmly at the crossroads.  The firm announced today a new classifieds and listings division …
Discussion: E-Media Tidbits
Jill Goldsmith / Variety:
Rupe looks to release bird  —  Murdoch considering DirecTV sale to Liberty  —  In a splattering blow to the satellite biz, Rupert Murdoch supposedly dubbed DirecTV a "turd bird" and is considering selling News Corp.'s controlling stake to Liberty Media.  —  FCC chairman Kevin Martin …
Discussion: Lost Remote
Kris Graft / Next Generation:
Fils-Aime: Wii Hardware Profitable at Launch  —  Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime says Wii hardware will be profitable from the start.  —  Typically, videogame console manufacturers sell their hardware at a loss, making up for losses through accessory and game sales.
Discussion: GigaOM and Opposable Thumbs
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Netvibes Five Million Users & Counting  —  The upside of conferences such as The Future of Web Apps confab (currently underway in San Francisco) is that you run into folks you never expect.  Today, I ran into Tariq Krim, chief executive officer and founder of Paris-based Netvibes.
Gizmodo:
Microsoft Zune In Action: Real Video of The UI  —  Here's a video of the Zune in action.  You can see the the textured/stylized backgrounds with the white text on it, the huge album art—we love that—the browsing, and video playback.  The videos are viewed horizontally, so you'll have to turn your Zune sideways.
 
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Citizenbay to pay local news contributors
Christophe Schmidt / Agence France Presse:
'Chatbot' king George looks for human friends on the internet
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Social Net Round-up: Vulnerable Social Nets; YouTube; Safety Regulation; Video Chart
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
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Matthew Broersma / CNET News.com:
Study: Vista could create 50,000 jobs in Europe
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
AOL Vice Chairman to Give Up Division Presidency at Year-End
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Microsoft sued over Xbox Live
Tom Abate / The Technology Chronicles:
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