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2:40 PM ET, September 20, 2006

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New York Times:
H.P. Is Said to Have Studied Spying on Newsrooms  —  Hewlett-Packard conducted feasibility studies on planting spies in news bureaus of two major publications as part of an investigation of leaks from its board, an individual briefed on the company's review of the operation said yesterday.
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Washington Post:
Extensive Spying Found At HP  —  Feb. Report Sent to 4 Senior Executives  —  The Hewlett-Packard Co. spying effort that has sparked criminal investigations was wide-ranging and included physical surveillance, photographs and spyware sent via e-mail, and it also targeted wives and other relatives …
Discussion: 27B Stroke 6 and GrokLaw
Microsoft:
Microsoft Showcases Library of Nearly 110 High-Definition Xbox 360 Games at the Tokyo Game Show  —  "Blue Dragon" Leads Holiday Lineup of Games; "Pac-Man" World Championship, Xbox 360 HD DVD Player in Japan and 1080p Support for Xbox 360 unveiled.  —  Today at the Tokyo Game Show 2006 …
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Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
TGS: Xbox 360 to add 1080p support, PS3 to lose bullet point
Kotaku:
TGS06: Live Blogging Xbox 360 Media Briefing
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Shane Kim Talks 360 1080p Game Output
Discussion: Joystiq, Gizmodo and Alpha.CNET.com
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Panasonic May Relaunch Connexion  —  Connexion is shutting down, but Panasonic's avionics division may step in: This is not a sale of assets, but rather Panasonic Avionics Corporation may use Connexion by Boeing's general approach in a way that would allow airlines that have already deployed Connexion …
Discussion: inFlightHQ
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shephard.co.uk:
INFLIGHT ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Panasonic reaches for the Connexion torch  —  JUST when the Inmarsat community was relishing the prospect of an unobstructed run at the passenger broadband market, Panasonic has announced a plan to take up where Connexion by Boeing left off.
Discussion: Engadget and Frank Barnako
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Yahoo! Launches Better Video Content  —  On a day that saw it's stock take a hit, Yahoo! has teamed up with Current TV to launch Yahoo! Current Network, a video site with a mix of profesional and user submitted videos arranged in channels.  Current TV is a cable and sattelite channel backed …
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Mark Frauenfelder / Boing Boing:
BB exclusive: Al Gore on launch of Yahoo Current TV
Discussion: Blogging Stocks and Ypulse
Rafat / paidContent.org:
Yahoo's Next Attempt At Social Media: Yahoo Current Network …
Discussion: ContentBlogger
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Again, The Need For Search Ad Revenue To Stand Alone  —  Has the search bubble popped, given Yahoo's warning yesterday about declining ad revenue?  That warning generated a stock plunge that has hit both Yahoo and Google.  No, it's probably not a search bubble.
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Michael Calore / Wired News:
Web 2.0 Winners and Losers  —  A few weeks ago, I implored readers of the Monkey Bites blog to sumbit their votes for the best and worst Web 2.0 sites out there.  —  I asked them to build a list of their own can't-live-without-it and oh-please-make-it-stop destinations.
Discussion: J.D. Amer and Lost Remote
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Advisory (925568)  —  Vulnerability in Vector Markup Language Could Allow Remote Code Execution  —  Microsoft has confirmed new public reports of a vulnerability in the Microsoft Windows implementation of Vector Markup Language (VML) Microsoft is also aware of the public release …
Fred / A VC:
Positively 10th Street RIP  —  It was a good run.  But it ended in apathy and rebellion (from the kids).  —  We had a lot of fun doing it and I hope those of you who checked in now and then enjoyed listening.  —  Here's where I come out on podcasting:  —  It's a fun thing to do for a while.
Auren Hoffman / venturebeat.com:
Why I hate Evite  —  (Editor's note: This one resonated with us.  And since Auren's pieces so far have been well liked, we're going with it.)  —  Like some of you, I get a lot of Evites.  In fact, too many.  In the past 8 months alone, I received 228 Evites.  Annually that's 342 Evites - almost one a day!!!
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's … and Valleywag
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
Editing Horizontally: Thanks to Reuters, NewAssignment.Net Can Hire Someone  —  They're giving us $100,000.  That will underwrite the costs of hiring our first editor, which is going to be a fun job.  —  Today I am announcing at Comment is Free and PressThink that Reuters is giving $100,000 to NewAssignment.Net.
Discussion: Jay Rosen and Tech_Space
Business 2.0:
Web users feel the 'vibes'  —  New customizable start page, Netvibes, takes on Internet Web portal giants like My Yahoo.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) — The Disruptor: Netvibes  —  The Innovation: Highly customizable Web start pages  —  The Disrupted: My Yahoo and other leading personalized portal pages
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Napster hangs "for sale" sign in front window  —  Napster is evaluating the possibility of a sale by hiring of an investment bank.  Citing "recent third party interest," the company has asked UBS Investment Bank to explore strategic partnerships or an outright sale of the company.
Official Google Base Blog:
Redesign of the Google Base homepage  —  by Ellen Beldner, User Experience Designer  —  As part of our ongoing effort to make Google Base easier to use, we launched a redesign of the Base homepage today.  This doesn't change any functionality, but will make Base easier to understand.
 
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Motorola:
Motorola to Expand Enterprise Capabilities Through Acquisition …
Reuters:
YouTube teams with Cingular, ABC for talent hunt
Discussion: Mashable! and paidContent.org
Ryan / CyberNet Technology News:
Download The First Release Candidate Of Firefox 2 RC1
Discussion: PaulStamatiou.com and digg
greenpeace.org:
HP and Apple's toxic laptops exposed
Business 2.0:
Goodbye Wi-Fi: wireless signals get maximized
Matt McAlister:
Challenging why (and how) people tag things
Discussion: Dead2.0 and Smart Mobs
People's Daily Online:
Microsoft opens search market with China Telecom
Jonny Evans / Macworld UK:
Apple Support docs address some iTunes 7 bugs
 Earlier Items: 
Kirk / Medialoper:
The DRM Virus Is Spreading - A Pandemic May Be Near
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Refuting Diebold's Response
AppleInsider:
Apple broadens Leopard distribution, iTunes update soon
Discussion: Engadget
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google's Internal Subdomains
Discussion: Googling Google
Gizmodo:
Sony Intros HVR-V1U HDV Pro Camcorder, Filmmakers Ogle Its 24p-ness
Discussion: HDBlog.net and MobileWhack.com
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Solaria raises $22M to lower cost of solar cell manufacturing
Discussion: VC Circle and alarm:clock
Nik Cubrilovic:
Dead 2.0 Outed
Gary Gentile / Associated Press:
Disney Sells Films Through iTunes Store