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9:10 AM ET, September 17, 2006


 Top Items: 
iPod fans 'shunning iTunes store'  —  Despite the success of Apple iTunes, few people stock their iPod with tracks from the online store, reports a study.  —  The Jupiter Research report reveals that, on average, only 20 of the tracks on a iPod will be from the iTunes shop.
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.
Parija Bhatnagar /
Wal-Mart moves on digital movie downloads  —  The No. 1 retailer is believed to be pushing to launch its own digital movie service later this year.  —  NEW YORK ( — Wal-Mart, which has been eyeing the downloadable movie waters for some time, is now preparing to dive in.
Discussion: Engadget
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Walmart preparing to offer movie downloads  —  Reports are coming out that Walmart is gearing up to offer movie downloads in the coming months.  The impact of the move on pricing could be big; Walmart sells almost half of the physical DVDs bought in the US and the company could be a major player …
Ben Drawbaugh / HD Beat:
Why you shouldn't order your Series3 from  —  If your like us and you just can't wait to get your hands on a Series3, you might want to avoid and try your local big box store instead.  We ordered one 15 minutes after the official launch and have yet to receive it despite paying next day shipping.
Discussion: PVRblog and PVR Wire
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.
Wikipedia: Resistance is Absent  —  What happened was, I went to check out the new Microsoft search engine at (it's not bad), and I started by looking for myself.  I was kind of surprised when my Wikipedia entry came in ahead of ongoing.  (Wikipedia's #2 at Google and Yahoo.)
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and Labnotes
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
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
New York Times:
Zeroing In on Sources H.P. Used  —  Prosecutors looking into the internal spying operation at Hewlett-Packard are beginning to link together a chain of investigators from the company down to the detective agencies that may have been involved in obtaining the phone records of its directors and a number of journalists.
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
Minox DC1011, now gold-plated for the casino set  —  Somewhere, we imagine that there has to be a warehouse (or at least a small storeroom) full of gilded inventory, guarded by a very sad man wondering where his business model went wrong.  Still, that hasn't stopped low-end Chinese equipment outfitter Minox …
Frank Gruber / Somewhat Frank:
GO2WEB20.NET WEB 2.0 DIRECTORY LAUNCHED  —  I am pleased to announce that has been officially unveiled by Orli Yakuel, a talented Israel-based web 2.0 blogger, enthusiast and friend.  The site offers visually driven directory to companies and applications of web 2.0 glory.
Discussion: Logic+Emotion, Go2web2 and digg
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Guitar Hero II's final boss revealed, all 11 solos of it  —  In the latest issue of EGM, Guitar Hero's resident axman, Marcus Henderson, revealed that we would know the identity of Guitar Hero II's final boss "when it arrives."  He gushed, "This is a major, major guitar ass-kicker.
Discussion: digg
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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