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6:40 AM ET, April 24, 2007


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Howard Mintz / Mercury News:
SEC closes in on ex-Apple lawyer  —  REGULATORS POISED TO ACT IN OPTIONS SCANDAL  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission is expected this week to bring its first legal action in the Apple backdating probe, targeting the company's former top lawyer for her alleged role in rigging options …
May Wong / Associated Press:
SEC to File Suit Against Ex-Apple Lawyer  —  SEC Plans to File Lawsuit Against Former Apple Lawyer, Settles With Former CFO in Options Case  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Securities regulators plan to file civil fraud charges this week against Apple Inc.'s former general counsel and have worked …
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and Cult of Mac
New York Times:   Ex-Officers of Apple Await Suit
EFF: Breaking News:
Viacom Admits Error — Takes Steps to Protect Fair Use on YouTube  —, Brave New Films Dismiss Lawsuit Over Colbert Parody  —  Viacom Endorses Excerpting Video for "Creative, Newsworthy or Transformative Use"  —  San Francisco - Responding to Viacom's willingness to take steps …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:   Viacom: we goofed on Colbert parody takedown notice; case dismissed
Charlene Li / The Groundswell:
Forrester's new Social Technographics report  —  We just released a new report that Josh and I wrote, titled "Social Technographics".  Here's the executive summary: … At the heart of Social Technographics is consumer data that looks at how consumers approach social technologies - not just the adoption of individual technologies.
Olga Kharif / Tech Beat:
Wi-Fi-Sharing Communities Rise Up  —  The Wi-Fi business is about to change, big time.  One indication: A deal between FON and Time Warner Cable.  The cable company agreed to allow its customers to share their bandwidth through FON's global Wi-Fi sharing community, whose users can use each other's Wi-Fi access points for free.
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
10 questions for MacBook hacker Dino Dai Zovi  —  I caught up with security researcher Dino Dai Zovi to discuss his successful hijack of a MacBook Pro machine at last week's CanSecWest conference in Vancouver, Canada.  —  We talk about the specific vulnerability, the motivation for the attack …
DoCoMo's new phones offer motion-sensing game play  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - NTT DoCoMo Inc. (9437.T: Quote, Profile, Research), Japan's biggest wireless operator, on Monday unveiled a new mobile phone equipped with a motion sensor that lets users play games like the popular Nintendo Wii console.
Discussion: Kotaku, Game | Life and CrunchGear
Leelefever / Common Craft:
Video: RSS in Plain English  —  We made this video for our friends (and yours) that haven't yet felt the power of our friend the RSS reader.  We want to convert people... if you know someone who would love RSS and hasn't yet tried it, point them here for 3.5 minutes of RSS in Plain English.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Millions of MySpacers Rejoice: Photobucket Videos are Back  —  Aww, ain't that sweet - Photobucket and MySpace have gotten together and sorted out their problems.  Video embeds are working once more on MySpace pages, and I'm sure Photobucket will be much more careful in future when it comes to rolling out sponsored content.
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Russinovich: Malware will thrive, even with Vista's UAC  —  Despite all the anti-malware roadblocks built into Windows Vista, a senior Microsoft official is lowering the security expectations, warning that viruses, password-stealing Trojans and rootkits will continue to thrive as malware authors adapt to the new operating system.
Discussion: TechSpot News and Slashdot
Anil Dash:
Cats Can Has Grammar  —  If you spend any time at all observing net culture, then you'll have been unable to miss the recent explosion in popularity of lolcats.  This relatively recent phenomenon is the convention of taking pictures of cute animals, most frequently cats, and overlaying absurdist captions on the images.
Discussion: Sour Duck
Announcing Coda 1.0  —  Finally, after a year and half of wanting to tell you, I can now actually tell you...  Coda 1.0 is officially released today!  —  What is Coda?  —  The easiest way to sum it up is this: One Window Web Development.  —  There are a lot of great products out there already …
Jeff Sandquist:
Fred Vogelstein - An Exercise In Radical Transparency  —  Should Fred go to Mix?  —  If you remember a little while back my team and I were part of an experiment in radical transparency with Wired Magazine.  Today begins part two of that same experiment.  It turns out that Fred Vogelstein …
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Presidential debates set for cyberspace  —  NEW YORK - The 2008 presidential contenders may soon be slugging it out in cyberspace, with pioneering online-only debates being planned for early next fall, a new media partnership says.  —  The political blog Huffington Post …
Discussion: MediaShift and Ars Technica
Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
AT&T to aim the iPhone at enterprises  —  The decision baffles analysts, who cite design issues and the inability to write new applications for the OS as reasons they think it's a poor choice  —  AT&T plans to market the iPhone to business users in addition to consumers …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
TV news of the future?  —  Here's a mockup of how TV news may work in the future.  —  How I came up with this view...  I was drinking coffee, watching the morning news when a story about Virginia Tech came on MSNBC.  I really wanted to begin this week without more stories about how they're coping.
Andrew Lipsman / comScore:
comScore Responds to IAB Open Letter  —  RESTON, VA, April 23, 2007 - comScore, a leader in measuring the digital world, today announced the following response to the recent IAB Open Letter:  —  comScore welcomes the objective outlined in the IAB Open Letter of achieving transparency …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch UK:
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FCC Reveals HTC Herald for T-Mobile
Jan Van Boghout / MacRabbit Blog:
CSSEdit 2.5 Out Now!
SAMSUNG Electronics Develops New, Highly Efficient Stacking Process for DRAM
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Mike / Techdirt:
Site Supposedly Sued For Just Linking To A Story That Potentially Libels Someone
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Ten Years of FFXIII
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Some handy Smart Mailboxes
Elinor Mills / CNET
Google rises at Yahoo's expense
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Bring it on, iTunes: Amazon readying DRM-free music service
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Feeling Anti-Social Media? Relax! It's Really Nothing New
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