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10:25 PM ET, September 16, 2006


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Brad Ideas:
Please don't videoblog (vlog)  —  At the blogger panel at Fall VON (repurposed to be both video on the net as well as voice) Vlogger and advocate Dina Kaplan asked bloggers to start vlogging.  It's started a minor debate.  —  My take?  Please don't.
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Mathew Ingram /
Video-blogging isn't for everyone  —  Wise words from my friend Alec Saunders, the CEO of Ottawa-based "presence-based" software company iotum, who writes on his blog about why he doesn't do video clips or do a "vlog" as the kids say.  Apparently vlogger Dina Kaplan of talked Andy Abramson …
Alec / Alec Saunders .LOG:
For Dina Kaplan: Why I Don't Have a VLOG  —  Yesterday, Andy Abramson posted a video blog entry from VON, goaded on by's Dina Kaplan, who asked "Why not video?" at the bloggers panel.  Andy's piece is a roughly one minute segment in the same style that Andy and Ken Rutkowski use on Ken Radio …
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Dina Kaplan and her Fall VON Video Blogging Challenge: "Do a Video Blog"  —'s Dina Kaplan made her presence known within the IP Communications Blogosphere with the simple challenge she presented to us during the Blogging panel at Fall 2006 VON: "Do a Video Blog."
Ryan Block / Engadget:
ThinkPad explodes at LAX, ignites bomb scare  —  In a time when you're not even allowed to say the word "bomb" in an airport (hey, it's for good reason), it's got to be like, really freaking embarrassing to have to run up the jetway at full speed, shoving other passengers out of the way as your flaming laptop explodes on the ground.
Discussion: Gearlog, and digg
Dan Tynan / PC World:
The 25 Worst Web Sites  —  From unforgettable flame-outs to some of the most popular destinations around, no one is safe from our look at the world's dumbest dot-coms and silliest sites.  —  People say hindsight is 20/20.  When it comes to the Web, hindsight is more like X-ray vision …
Benjamin J. Romano / Seattle Times:
Microsoft unveils its wireless answer to iPod: Zune  —  When it comes to discovering new music, a friend's recommendation typically beats what's on the Billboard charts.  —  Microsoft has baked that idea into building a new portable media player that represents its most ambitious effort …
Zune vs. iPod: About the Same Size, Both Stuck in 4:3
Tom Bramwell /
Wii is region-locked - Nintendo UK  —  Also rules out DVD playback module  —  Nintendo UK has admitted that the Wii console is region-locked after all, despite comments from Nintendo of America to the contrary.  —  Speaking to in London this afternoon, a spokesperson admitted …
Discussion: I4U News and Engadget
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
Changing Its Tune  —  The radio industry keeps losing people like Danny C. Costa, a senior at Boston University who grew up listening to radio in New York and New Jersey.  —  For the last few years, Mr. Costa has tuned out radio in favor of Web sites where he can get access to downloads or videos he heard about from friends.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
New York courts may keep lawyers from blogging  —  New ethics rules under consideration in New York would redefine the definition of advertisement so broadly that virtually all electronic communications—including e-mails and blogs—would have to carry the word "ADVERTISEMENT" in a large, impossible-to-ignore font.
Sharon Gaudin / InformationWeek:
Accused VoIP Fraudster Sought As Fugitive  —  The feds issued an arrest warrant for Edwin Pena for violating his bail conditions.  Investigators are searching for the man, who's been missing since last month.  —  Federal authorities say a Miami man facing computer and wire fraud charges …
Kdawson / Slashdot:
MySpace Music Player Hacked  —  from the we-don't-need-no-steenkin'-players dept.  —  Roy van Rijn writes to tell us about a little program called MySpace MP3 Gopher, with which you can download any song from MySpace as an MP3 even if it is marked to disable downloading.
Sam Kennedy /
Seaman 2 Revealed for PS2  —  Sega reveals the PS2 sequel to one of the most bizarre games ever.  —  At a press event in Tokyo this afternoon, Sega revealed the sequel to Seaman, the bizarre Dreamcast game in which you looked after and communicated with a virtual half man, half fish pet.
Smaran / Torrentfreak:
How to run µTorrent in Mac OS X  —  As a x-Windows guy and an ardent BitTorrenter I can confidently say that µTorrent is one of the best BitTorrent clients available for Windows 95 through Vista.  It's lean, takes up very little memory and doesn't need to be installed, you can even run it off a USB pen drive.
Discussion: michael parekh on IT and digg
Ryan Naraine /
Hacker Discovers Adobe PDF Back Doors  —  A British security researcher has figured out a way to manipulate legitimate features in Adobe PDF files to open back doors for computer attacks.  —  David Kierznowski, a penetration testing expert specializing in Web application testing …
Discussion: TechSpot and Slashdot
JJ Hawkins / PVR Wire:
Are CableCards Doomed?  —  Alan Stafford has an informative article up on the PC World staff blog about the state of the CableCard.  —  To recap, "CableCard is the technology created by the United States cable television industry in response to government mandates by the FCC to separate …
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