FryUp: The final apology?

Juha needs help remembering his obscene passwords; is Telecom's Kevin Kenrick off to Sky City and who will be next to go?; and, yes, the SEC has the iJobs in its sights

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— What's the maiden name of your mother's pet?

— The final apology?

— Don't go straight to jail quite yet

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What's the maiden name of your mother's pet?

I'm embarrassed to admit that just about all my passwords are based on obscenities. Can't remember them otherwise, but the problem is, this strategy isn't compatible with things like online banking.

The password hints questions they have never contain questions like:

"What's the rather uncomfortable sexual act involving a good length of duct tape, roller skates and a belt sander?"

Hopeless really. What do you people do to remember passwords?

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The final apology?

Even though Telecom head flack Mark Watts denies consumer COO Kevin Kenrick fell on his sword because of the Yahoo!Xtra fiasco, it's hard to believe anything else happened.

Rumours have it that Kenrick's off to CEO at Sky City, a nicely exalted position indeed. As one source puts it, "Anyone for 500 poker chips for $10?"

It sounds like Doc Reynold's Purge of Old Telecom is in full swing, so expect more heads to roll. Meanwhile BT buddies wanting a spell in relaxed New Zealand are arriving in large numbers at Telecom I hear. That's probably not such a bad thing, looking at how awful things have been.

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Don't go straight to jail quite yet

Is the US SEC noose tightening around The iJobs' neck? That's what we're wondering, after he was served a subpoena to witness in the case against former senior veep Nancy Heinein.

The SEC is suing Heinen, alleging she granted backdated share options to Jobs and other Apple execs. Now that's naughty stuff, but altering the records as well, as SEC says, is worse.

Will Heinen and others finger Jobs in the hearings? Probably not, but the SEC doesn't seem to be populated with Mac Marines, so Jobs could be in for a serious grilling here.

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Prince v YouTube: A violet video vendetta

The artists are revolting, and you can take my meaning however you choose. Popstar legend Prince has threatened to sue YouTube, eBay, and The Pirate Bay for illegally trafficking in his videos. His Purpleness is complaining that YouTube has no problem filtering out porn but seems unable to stop the flood of Prince videos available on the site. (I think the solution is simple: Prince should only do porn.) Prince's handlers — presumably the ones who OK'd his name change to that unpronounceable symbol in the mid-1990s — are touting this as yet another brilliant innovation by the Minneapolis-born artist formerly known to his parents as Rogers Nelson. I dunno. It's been 23 years since Purple Rain and the man is now a Vegas lounge act. I think at this point in his career he'd want the attention more than the cash. (Then again, I just advised him to go into the adult video biz, so what do I know?) Following in Prince's small yet deftly choreographed footsteps, the Village People are also threatening to sue the viral video site after YouTubers posted videos featuring Adolf Hitler goose-stepping his way to "YMCA." Apparently the former leader of the Third Reich is not a gay icon. (Let's see... Cowboy, Cop, Construction Worker, Indian Chief, Sailor, Leather Queen — damn, we forgot the Nazi!) The fact the songwriters are Jewish only adds to the furor, if not the Fuehrer. Sure, artists have the right to protect their work, and nobody sane wants to be associated with mass murdering madmen. But the notion that someone is watching YouTube instead of dropping $20 on a Prince disc is a bit absurd. And done well, video mashups can breathe new life into old and/or stale content. To quote the Princester himself: Honey I know, I know, I know times are changing It's time we all reach out 4 something new That means u 2

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