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2:40 AM ET, August 13, 2007

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Giorgio / hackademix.net:
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: IT and Errata Security
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
'Hackers' deface UN site  —  Some sections still offline hours after Turkish trios uses SQL injection attack  —  "Hackers" defaced the United Nations' Web site early Sunday with messages accusing the U.S. and Israel of killing children.  As of late afternoon, some sections …
BBC:   UN's website breached by hackers
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 Pligg.com up for bidding.  You can read more at the following links Mashable & Tech Crunch  —  Let me elaborate on what this means.
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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 …
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Microsoft Disputes FCC's Rejection of Web Devices That Use TV Airwaves  —  Today Microsoft plans to try to convince regulators that it can connect consumers to high-speed Internet over unused television airwaves without interfering with existing broadcasts.  —  In a document that it plans …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
NBC Making a Clean Start in a House of Mixed Media  —  After it bought the Web site iVillage.com last year for $600 million, NBC Universal bragged that it had landed a digital darling.  The women-focused Internet business was a perfect fit with the "Today" show, executives said, and would turbo-charge their online efforts.
Discussion: Lost Remote
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
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Google selleth then taketh away, proving the need for DRM circumvention  —  It's not often that Google kills off one of its services, especially one which was announced with much fanfare at a big mainstream event like CES 2006.  Yet Google Video's commercial aspirations have indeed been terminated …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
SpikeTV—'Powered By iFilm'—Relaunches  —  Will the iFilm brand survive?  The question Rafat asked last March after breaking the news that MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA) was merging 2005 acquisition online video site iFILM with SpikeTV.com, the online home for the young-male-oriented Spike network.
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
Discussion: GigaOM and mocoNews.net
Andrew Murray-Watson / The Independent:
Internet groups warn BBC over iPlayer plans  —  ISPs fear that introduction of web broadcasts will overload their networks as users download 'catch-up' TV  —  Some of the largest broadband providers in the UK are threatening to "pull the plug" from the BBC's new iPlayer unless …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Ricky Cadden / Symbian-Guru.com:
First Live Pics of the US 3G N95 - In Mocha!  —  We all remember the news the other day, correct?  About the US 3G N95 having a bigger battery, more RAM, and coming in black?  Good, then you also remember that they redesigned the back of it to fit this montrous battery …
Discussion: Matt Croydon and Darla Mack
Louise Story / New York Times:
A Variation on the DVR, Without Ad Skipping  —  In a move that is certain to delight advertisers, Time Warner Cable is about to offer its customers a free recording feature for their televisions — one that will not allow them to zap through the commercials.
Eric Sylvers / New York Times:
Dutch Company Bets on Interactivity to Make G.P.S. Devices More Useful in the U.S.  —  If you have ever been lost on the tiny, twisting, one-way back streets of Prague, Brussels or Milan, you have a pretty good idea why navigation devices that use the Global Positioning System are vastly more popular in Europe than in the United States.
 
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