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1:30 AM ET, April 21, 2007

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Bob Caswell / Computers.net:
Social Networking Dethroning Sex in Terms of Online Traffic  —  The Economist (subscription required) has an interesting piece on sex and the Internet, which revolves around the graph pictured to the right.  While the online porn industry was valued at $1 billion back in 2002 …
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com and Joe Duck
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BBC:
Blackberry reveals failure cause  —  The maker of the Blackberry wireless e-mail device says an insufficiently tested software upgrade was the cause of this week's network failure.  —  Blackberry's US and North American users lost their service on Tuesday and Wednesday as a result of the problem.
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Ian Austen / New York Times:
R.I.M. Offers a Reason for BlackBerry Failure  —  The installation of an insufficiently tested piece of software set off a chain reaction that eventually cut off BlackBerry service to more than five million users in North America users, the devices' maker said late Thursday.
Valleywag:
PODCASTING: Battle over — and Apple won  —  Can we officially declare the end of the podcasting boom?  Sure, internet users will continue to subscribe to audio files, the experience will become ever more like interactive radio, and existing broadcasters will supply their programs in chunks — just like the visionaries predicted.
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
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Ron Nixon / New York Times:
U.S. Database Exposes Social Security Numbers  —  The Social Security numbers of tens of thousands of people who received loans or other financial assistance from two Agriculture Department programs were disclosed for years in a publicly available database, raising concerns about identity theft and other privacy violations.
Discussion: Techdirt and Boing Boing
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CanSecWest Vancouver 2007  —  Register Conference Dojo Speakers Agenda Past Events Hotel & Travel Contact  —  CanSecWest 2007  —  The eighth annual CanSecWest conference will be held April 18-20 2007, a t the Mariott Renaissance Harboursider hotel in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Hot Off The Matasano SMS Queue: CanSec Macbook Challenge Won
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Amazon Sues Alexaholic...Everyone Loses  —  Alan Graham published a great account of my discussion with Jeff Bezos about Alexaholic (now Statsaholic at the Web 2.0 Expo on Monday.  Entitled Amazon sues Alexaholic...Everyone Loses, Alan's blog entry does a good job of summarizing the the conversation …
AppleInsider:
Target stores to pick up Apple TV  —  Big-box retailer Target is poised to become the next third-party retailer to market Apple Inc.'s new Apple TV device at its brick-and-mortar retail stores, AppleInsider has learned.  —  The bullseye-themed shop will join Best Buy, which agreed to cary …
Kelly Yamanouchi / Denver Post:
Southwest reaching for Wi-Fi in sky  —  Southwest Airlines is exploring how to put Wi-Fi Internet service on its airplanes, as the no-frills carrier seeks to add some frills.  —  Southwest plans to outfit a few planes with in-cabin wireless Internet service that would "allow for e-mail …
Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Myth crushed as hacker shows Mac break-in  —  Dino Di Zovie was able to remotely break into a Mac as part of a contest designed to illustrate security flaws in OS X  —  A hacker managed to break into a Mac and win a $10,000 prize as part of a contest started at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver.
Discussion: Neowin.net
alarm:clock:
Podcast Advertising Firm PodBridge Raises $8.5M More  —  By most accounts podcast advertising has been very disappointing.  There is just not enough podcast listeners for advertisers to scale as they can with Adsense or other buys.  But a couple of research groups keep publishing glowing reports about the future.
Winda Benedetti / MSNBC:
Were video games to blame for massacre?  —  Pundits rushed to judge industry, gamers in the wake of shooting  —  Jack Thompson, a Florida attorney and opponent of violent video games, said Va. Tech gunman Cho Seung-Hui played 'Counter-Strike,' Valve Software's popular multiplayer game.
Discussion: Game | Life, Kotaku, PE HUB, Neowin.net and digg
BBC:
Users force Dell to resurrect XP  —  Responding to customer demand Dell has restarted selling new PCs with Windows XP installed on them.  —  The decision reverses a policy begun in January that meant Windows Vista was the only operating system available on almost all new home machines.
Cathryn Atkinson / Globe and Mail:
Internet hosts should be made to pay for libellous statements, suit contends  —  The hosts of the speed-of-light world of Internet blogs and interactive websites that publish anonymous commentary should be forced to pay when reputations are damaged, says a former Green Party staff member who is suing three such sites.
Discussion: WebProNews
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Mike / Techdirt:
Google, Wikipedia Sued By Politician Confused About How The Internet Works
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