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9:30 PM ET, August 12, 2007

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BBC:
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.
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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: Computerworld, IT and Errata Security
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';
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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)
Discussion: Mark Evans
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 OpenOffice.org, an open source project sponsored by Sun.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Guerin Lee Green / North Denver News:
Editor's Note  —  Strangely, while many readers have grasped that "Surgically alters thumbs" represents satirical social commentary, many on the internet, alas, have not.  —  Careful reading of the piece makes it clear to any critical consumer of information that the piece is pure humor and not news or reported as fact.
Nandini Lakshman / Business Week:
Nokia's Global Design Sense  —  Design Director Antti Kujala talks about how Nokia's localized studios can create products that reflect the needs and aspirations of emerging markets  —  Nokia (NOK) is looking to add 2 billion new users by the end of the decade by reaching out to emerging markets …
Discussion: WeBreakStuff
Hugo Ortega / GottaBeMobile.com:
Hardware InkShow: Fujitsu U1010  —  I've pushed the envelope and burnt the candle at both ends this week to bring you, yesterday's "The Shift" video, and today's video of what we lovingly term The Stormtrooper!  Both were promised and as such both were delivered.
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
I Forgot How to Write !  —  I was sitting in a meeting the other day and decided I needed to take some notes .  My memory isn't the worlds best, so if I think there is something worth memorializing, I will take notes.  —  Typically I will just use my PDA or Laptop .  I can touch type pretty fast.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Days of Our Lives, the blogosphere edition  —  I guess it wouldn't be a weekend without some kind of pissing match or emotional upheaval in the [schoolyard] blogosphere, and the current candidate is a high-profile sparring exercise involving Jason "Mahalo" Calacanis and Dave "I invented RSS" Winer.
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