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1:40 PM 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 …
Discussion: Apple 2.0, Slashdot and digg
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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 and Channel 9
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 !
Discussion: The Apple Blog, parislemon and digg
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 …
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.
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BBC:
Blackberry reveals failure cause
Discussion: Gadgetell, TechSpot News and Slashdot
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
Miguel de Icaza:
Microsoft Happenings  —  A couple of things.  —  Panel at Microsoft's Mix 07  —  My friend Joshua Allen invited me to participate in an open source panel at Microsoft's Mix 07 conference in Las Vegas.  —  I will be paneling with Rob Conery (he is behind Subsonic, a rising star in the ASP.NET world) …
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
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
Robert Mullins / InfoWorld:
Microsoft hit with patent suit over .Net  —  Vertical Computer Systems is suing Microsoft for allegedly using without permission its patent for a 'method of generating Web sites' as part of the .Net framework  —  Vertical Computer Systems is suing Microsoft for patent infringement related …
Discussion: IMT Blog and Slashdot
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Eric Schmidt Interviewed by John Battelle  —  John Battelle interviewed Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt, at Web 2.0 Expo four days ago.  Eric Schmidt answered questions about Microsoft, the DoubleClick deal, users' privacy, YouTube and the future of Google.  This was the place where Google …
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
BUYYOURFRIENDADRINK UPDATE: IT WORKS!  —  I'd initially been skeptical about BuyYourFriendADrink.com (BYFAD), the Web site that just opened today (see previous coverage) in which you can remotely order drinks for your friends that they can redeem at participating bars by showing the bartender a code in a text message.
Discussion: Download Squad
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
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
How much video content is too much content?  —  This week I've put up tons of videos.  I know there's no way many of you are watching them all, but we're living in a Google World.  What's that?  It's a world where there are billions of little buckets.  The more buckets you put some content into the more traffic will come your way.
Lifehacker:
LH Top 10: Home networking tricks  —  Amazing things happen when you connect a few computers together with cable or wireless signal.  By now you've probably got several connected computers at home, sharing an internet connection, maybe a printer and files between them.
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.
 
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