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4:35 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: GrokLaw and 27B Stroke 6
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
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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 …
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
SMBs should outsource everything and vendors must adjust  —  Yesterday was EMC day for me.  I spent a pretty good chunk of the day in Bedford, MA at RSA Security (recently acquired by EMC) and then, by pure coincidence, last night, I attended an EMC-hosted dinner at Sauciety …
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Nick / Rough Type:
An IT sea change for smaller companies  —  David Berlind, fresh from a dinner hosted by storage giant EMC, thinks the time has come for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to stop rolling their own information technology: "Call me crazy.  But it seems to me that the [IT] …
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Mark Lewis kicks off EMC's entrance into the CxO blogosphere
Discussion: Mark's Blog and Web Strategy
CNET News.com:
Gonzales: ISPs must keep records on users  —  WASHINGTON—Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Tuesday stepped up his efforts to lobby for federal laws requiring Internet providers to keep track of what their customers do online.  —  Gonzales asked senators to adopt "data retention" …
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Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Gonzales Wants ISPs to Save User Data
Discussion: 27B Stroke 6 and digg
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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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!!!
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: SearchViews, J.D. Amer and Lost Remote
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yaho-ouch!  —  GigaTeam was visiting GooglePlex today, meeting with a few executives.  If there was anyone at Google who was worrying about an online advertising slowdown, we did not run into them!  Jokes aside, the sharp decline in Yahoo's stock, about 13% for the day …
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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 …
Matt McAlister:
Challenging why (and how) people tag things  —  One of the more interesting hacks at Yahoo! Hack Day last week was a game that challenged the notion of tagging.  —  How effective is tagging for recall?  Can you remember what you tagged any given item?  This question gets right to an important issue.
Discussion: Earthling, Smart Mobs and Dead2.0
Kirk / Medialoper:
The DRM Virus Is Spreading - A Pandemic May Be Near  —  Last week we were startled to learn about Zune's viral DRM system.  As it turns out, the whole thing may have been a miscommunication on the part of Microsoft's Zune Insider.  But that doesn't mean that Zune isn't responsible for spreading the DRM virus.
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.
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.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Stunning photo site, Zooomr, releases Zmail & much more  —  Zooomr, the photo start-up that has galloped ahead of everyone else in offering edgy photo tagging and sharing techniques, is about to release its latest feature: Zmail.  —  Zmail, an internal messaging system for the site …
Jonny Evans / Macworld UK:
Apple Support docs address some iTunes 7 bugs  —  Apple has begun publishing tech support documents to address some reported bugs in iTunes 7.  —  The release of the software generated the usual wave of fault reports, mainly (but not exclusively) from Windows users of the application.
 
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HP and Apple's toxic laptops exposed
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People's Daily Online:
Microsoft opens search market with China Telecom
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
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Yahoo! Launches Better Video Content
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Napster hangs "for sale" sign in front window
Official Google Base Blog:
Redesign of the Google Base homepage
Nik Cubrilovic:
Dead 2.0 Outed