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6:00 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 …
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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 !
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Women in Computer Science  —  In a recent NY Times article entitled Computer Science Takes Steps to Bring Women to the Fold, Cornelia Dean points out that the number of women in computer science has been on the decline since 1985: … The article details efforts at a number of universities …
Valleywag:
MODERN AND AWKWARD: The six things you can't say in Silicon Valley  —  NICK DOUGLAS — God, these people are uptight!  The recent tiffs over some startupper dissing the women of Microsoft and another startupper's wandering wifi sniffer reminded me one of the reasons this culture bores me to tears …
Discussion: digg
GamePolitics.com:
Jacklash??  Mainstream Media Skepticism of Thompson Game Violence Claims  —  Call it a media Jacklash.  —  Perhaps surprisingly, mainstream media outlets are pushing back against game-hatin' attorney Jack Thompson's claims that a video game provoked Monday's horrific Virginia Tech rampage.
Discussion: Joystiq, Cathode Tan and MSNBC
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
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
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
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 …
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) …
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 …
Dick / Ask the Wizard:
You Always Start the Last Company  —  There is an old saying that the Military always fights the last war, and I think the same holds true in many respects for entrepreneurs.  Armed with "lessons learned" from the last endeavor, successful or not, entrepreneurs dive into the next effort reminding themselves …
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.
Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
I'd rather be Microsoft than Yahoo  —  Paul Graham recently proclaimed Microsoft is dead.  Time will tell, but at this very moment I'd rather be Microsoft than Yahoo.  —  Microsoft is still a leader.  They rule the OS space, they rule the corporate desktop.  They remain influential in many areas.
 
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Times Co., Gannett and Tribune Co. Report Declines
CanSecWest Applied Security Conference:
CanSecWest Vancouver 2007  —  Register Conference Dojo Speakers …
AppleInsider:
Target stores to pick up Apple TV
Tom / New Scientist Technology Blog:
Seeing through walls
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
U.S. Database Exposes Social Security Numbers
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