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6:10 AM ET, August 6, 2007

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Brad Stone / New York Times:
'Fake Steve' Blogger Comes Clean  —  For the last 14 months, high-tech insiders have been eating up the work of an anonymous blogger who assumed the persona of Steven P. Jobs, Apple's chief executive and one of the world's most famous businessmen.  —  The mysterious writer has used his blog …
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Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Damn, I am so busted, yo  —  Well it had to happen.  Honestly I can't believe it's taken this long.  But as you may have heard, I've been busted by a newspaper reporter.  My cover has been blown.  Guy named Brad Stone, who works for the New York Times.  Have you heard of him?
Forbes:
Fake Steve Jobs Comes To Forbes.com  —  "The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs," a satirical blog about Apple's iconic chief executive and purporting to be penned by him, will be published in association with Forbes.com starting Aug. 6.  —  "From Jonathan Swift to Jon Stewart …
Discussion: The Blog Herald and Churbuck.com
BBC:
Fake Steve Jobs blogger unmasked  —  The anonymous writer of a prominent blog which lampoons Apple boss Steve Jobs has been unmasked.  —  The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs, in which the writer pretended to be the Apple chief executive, has become a must-read for technology watchers.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
The Trial of Fake Steve Jobs
Discussion: Inquirer and Valleywag
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Fake Fake Steve Jobs On Forbes.com
Discussion: Scobleizer and WinBeta
Valleywag:   Investigations: Forbes editor Daniel Lyons is Fake Steve Jobs
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Photosynth Covers Shuttle Endeavour Pre-Launch  —  I'm a big fan of all the 3D imaging tools in development around the net.  Microsoft's Photosynth project is clearly the most ambitious - it takes thousands of photographs of a geographic area and constructs a 3D model that the viewer can "fly" around and view.
Discussion: Brandon LeBlanc
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Elizabeth Montalbano / PC World:
Microsoft, NASA Team on Shuttle Photos
Discussion: CNET News.com
Steve Safran / Lost Remote:
Guy live-Twitter's wife's childbirth, lives to tell about it  —  Rex points us to what has to be a first in Twitter-land.  Twitter user taulpaul (real name Paul Saarinen) live-Twittered his wife, Annemarie, giving birth.  Cool idea - breaking news for your friends who are dying to know the latest.
Discussion: Mashable!, Scobleizer and seattleduck
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Wibrain's B1 UMPC: hideous, yet strangely appealing  —  Ok, it's ugly as sin (and pretty thick, to boot), but we have to give props to Wibrain's new B1 UMPC.  Besides coming equipped with a Via C7m CPU up to 1.6GHz, 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, a VGA camera, HSDPA, and a full QWERTY keyboard and trackpad …
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
John Markoff / New York Times:
I.B.M. Near Supercomputer Contract  —  The National Science Foundation is planning to award I.B.M. a contract to build the world's fastest supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, according to documents …
Dion Almaer / Ajaxian:
Richer Ajax support for Facebook  —  Mock Ajax?  Huh.  That is what I thought when I first read the documentation on building Facebook applications.  It was a little sad to see that your choice was either to use the "mock ajax" calls, or to jump into iframe land and do everything on your server …
Rodney Rumford / FaceReviews.com:
Facebook is a Niche Market  —  So I did a video the other day about what makes a successful facebook app.  Someone on facebook (not this blog) commented that Facebook applications are for a niche within a niche within a niche.  You know what?  He is absolutely correct.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Survey says: only DRM-free music is worth paying for  —  One of the largest surveys of music consumers to closely examine the question of Digital Rights Management (DRM) has an important two-part message for the music industry.  The first is that DRM is definitely turning consumers off music sales …
Discussion: broadstuff
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Is Blogging Ready For a Unionized Workforce?  —  According to the Wall Street Journal, a coalition of left-wing bloggers is trying to form a labor union that they hope will help them receive health insurance, conduct collective bargaining and set professional standards.
Discussion: Telegraphik and MediaVidea
Mary Brandel / Computerworld:
New Rules  —  In the course of a recent study on women in IT, Women in Technology International and Compel Ltd., a management consulting and research firm, spoke with 16 women CIOs about their career tracks.  Because of the similarity among these women's experiences, the authors summarized seven …
Computerworld:
Sensitive Data Leaking Onto P2P Networks  —  Government, businesses hit by inadvertent disclosures.  —  Jaikumar Vijayan Today's Top Stories or Other Security Stories  —  Corporate and government documents containing confidential — and sometimes classified …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Virtual World Hangouts: So Many To Choose From  —  The avatars roaming many online virtual communities may be cartoonish and their activities inconsequential, but the recent sale of Club Penguin to Disney for $350 million (with $350 million in earn out) demonstrates that the business …
Discussion: WinExtra
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GigaOM:
Did Club Penguin Sell-Up or Sell-Out?
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Debunk: punk kid tries to dupe gadget blogs with phony Apple rumor  —  We're sure there's a broad swath of our readers who think every Apple-related rumor is patently untrue (which, let's be fair, isn't the case by a long shot), and an even larger number of people who think the mere act of writing them up is idiocy.
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Rumor: Apple to update iMacs, MacBooks, and *gasp* Mac mini on Tuesday (Updated)
Discussion: Gizmodo
Harry McCracken / PC World: Techlog:
I Went Undercover With Dateline, Too  —  As my colleague Erik Larkin (along with half the Web) has reported, Friday wasn't a great day for Dateline NBC associate producer Michelle Madigan—her secret videotaping at hacker conference DEF CON in Las Vegas went really, really badly, and she was forced to flee the event.
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Only at DEFCON: Dateline NBC nailed, trying to nail Feds, hackers
Discussion: TechWag
 
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