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9:05 AM ET, April 21, 2007

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Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
MacBook hacked in contest at security event  —  update VANCOUVER, B.C.—Shane Macaulay just got himself a free MacBook.  —  Macaulay, a software engineer, was able to hack into a MacBook through a zero-day security hole in Apple's Safari browser.  The computer was one of two offered as a prize in the …
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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
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.
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.
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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:
Oh Valleywag
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CanSecWest Applied Security Conference:
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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Thomas Ptacek / Matasano Chargen:
Hot Off The Matasano SMS Queue: CanSec Macbook Challenge Won
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 …
Jbrjake / HandBrake:
HandBrake 0.8.5b1 Released  —  "I don't want to go on the cart!  I feel fine.  I... feel... happy!"  —  After a 14-month hiatus, a brand new development team, a project forked then unforked, and literally hundreds of revisions...  We are pleased to announce the release of HandBrake 0.8.5b1 !
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Tom / New Scientist Technology Blog:
Seeing through walls  —  Have you considered that someone could be reading what's on your monitor from a few rooms away?  It's unlikely, but possible, as work by Cambridge University computer security researcher Markus Kuhn shows.  —  A radio antenna and radio receiver - equipment totalling less than £1000 - is all you need.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
AMD gooses Opteron to 3 gigahertz  —  Advanced Micro Devices has begun quietly selling new 3GHz versions of its dual-core Opteron server processor.  —  The new "special edition" models, the 2222 SE and 8222 SE, feature higher performance but consume up to 120 watts compared with 95 watts …
Discussion: Neowin.net and Slashdot
MediaShift:
VIRGINIA TECH SHOOTING Can Media Get Beyond Reactive Response to Tragedy?  —  I was horrified to hear about the mass-killings at Virginia Tech on Monday, but didn't want to add my voice to the many who were writing the same thing about it.  Luckily, Boston-based software engineer Jon Garfunkel …
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 …
Mac OS X Downloads / Apple:
iPod + iTunes  —  The latest iTunes and iPod software for Mac and Windows.  —  Download  —  Security Update 2007-004 (10.3.9 Server)  —  Security Update 2007-004 is recommended for all servers and improves the security of the following components.  —  54.1MB  —  Security Update 2007-004 (10.3.9 Client)
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