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11:20 PM ET, August 12, 2007


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Giorgio /
United Nations VS SQL Injections  —  The United Nations web site* has been defaced this morning.  (screenshot)  —  *15:20 UTC update: this link now says "temporarily unavailable due to scheduled(!) maintenance", but the other ones should still work.  —  The speeches of the Secretary …
Discussion: Computerworld, IT and Errata Security
UN's website breached by hackers  —  Hackers have attacked the United Nations official website, forcing some sections to be taken offline.  —  Slogans accusing the US and Israel of killing children appeared on the pages reserved for statements from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
Facebook Secrets:
Facebook Home Page Code  —  include_once $_SERVER['PHP_ROOT'].'/html/ init.php';  —  include_once $_SERVER['PHP_ROOT'].'/lib/home.php';&n bsp; —  include_once $_SERVER['PHP_ROOT'].'/lib/requests.php ';  —  include_once $_SERVER['PHP_ROOT'].'/lib/feed/ newsfeed.php';  —  include_once $_SERVER['PHP_ROOT'].'/lib/poke.php';
Valleywag:   Breakdowns: Why does Facebook want to hide its source code?
Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order:
Learning from Facebook: Preventing PHP Leakage
Discussion: Feld Thoughts
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:
Facebook Hacked! (Or Rather, The Door Was Left Unlocked)
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Chuck Roast / Pligg Blog:
Pligg Opens Negotiations For Possible Sale  —  As some of you may have noticed, Pligg is going through some changes.  Recently, the administration has decided to open up for bidding.  You can read more at the following links Mashable & Tech Crunch  —  Let me elaborate on what this means.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Pligg, The Open Source Digg Clone, Put Up For Sale
Steven Levy / Newsweek:
Facebook Grows Up  —  At 19, Mark Zuckerberg came up with a new way for college kids to connect—and started an online revolution.  Now 23, he's trying to build out his business without losing its cool.  —  On Tuesday, July 31, Shara Karasic's world came to a temporary halt.  Facebook was down.
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
How To Leak Your Own TV Show On The Net  —  Want to give your new TV show a big promotional push?  Forget about those promo DVDs in Entertainment Weekly, nobody watches them.  P2P is where it's at for a new generation of TV viewers.  At least that appears to have been the rationale …
Valeria Maltoni / Conversation Agent:
Meet the (New Media) Editor — Tony Hung, The Blog Herald  —  Have you found that writing articles for print publications is quite onerous?  For example Marketing News has a very rigid set of guidelines one must follow and a lengthy process to be approved.  Yet the magazine's content is often not very original.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
SlingPlayer Mobile for Symbian in private beta  —  Windows Mobile and Palm devices won't be having all the placeshifting fun for much longer.  Though carrier Hutchison 3 has had its own version for some time through its X-Series line, a generic, widely available SlingPlayer Mobile for Symbian …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Google, Microsoft and Apple building online storage havens: you win  —  Cloud computing is still far off, but Microsoft and Google are both eagerly working on "cloud storage" solutions in the hopes that you'll start keeping more and more of your data on their servers, keeping you coming back to their services …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is Glam A Sham?  —  Glam Media, which is mostly an ad network but also owns a group of sites focused on women, is actively attempting to raise $200 million in a private round of financing.  The company previously raised $18.5 million in December 2006.  —  The company has hired Allen & Company …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Enacting a High-Tech Plan to Track People  —  At least 20,000 police surveillance cameras are being installed along streets here in southern China and will soon be guided by sophisticated computer software from an American-financed company to recognize automatically the faces of police suspects and detect unusual activity.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Note to HP: Open Your Garage for next weekend's BarCamp  —  Next week is a huge event in Silicon Valley.  August 18-19.  BarCampBlock.  They are closing an entire block in Palo Alto to celebrate the birthday of BarCamps worldwide.  The first BarCamp was started at SocialText's offices …
Burke Hansen / The Register:
Deceased Malayan hit with $218 trillion mobile bill  —  Roaming in the valley of the shadow of death  —  What otherworldly ectoplasms lurk in the oblivion of such an unholy place as accounts receivable?  —  A Malaysian man who paid off a $23 wireless bill and disconnected his late father's cell phone …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Pack Adds StarOffice  —  Google Pack, the collection of applications recommended by Google, includes a new software: StarOffice, an office suite developed by Sun.  In 2000 Sun released StarOffice's source code, which became the foundation of, an open source project sponsored by Sun.
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