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11:30 AM ET, August 18, 2007


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Brad Fitzpatrick /
Thoughts on the Social Graph  —  I've been thinking a lot about the social graph for awhile now: aggregating the graph, decentralization, social network portability, etc.  —  If you've seen me at any conference recently, I probably talked your ear off about it.
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Google Working on Social Network Aggregator  —  Brad Fitzpatrick, the founder of LiveJournal, who recently left Six Apart for Google has published notes on what he's going to be working on moving forward.  It is an interesting read entitled Brad's Thoughts on the Social Graph which contains the following excerpts
Los Angeles Times:
It's not journalism  —  Google's latest effort highlights the difference between what it does and what newspapers and magazines do.  —  Many publishers consider the Internet, and Google in particular, a greater threat to their livelihoods than Osama bin Laden.
Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
The L.A. Times tells its readers: 'Shut up'  —  Commentary: A Times editorial attacks the concept of reader comments on news stories, declaring Google a greater threat "than Osama bin Laden."  —  The Los Angeles Times this morning insulted its readers in a stunning editorial that compared Google …
Parks Associates Newsroom:
Gaming Remains the Most Popular Online Entertainment Activity  —  Playing games is still a more popular online activity in the U.S. than watching short video clips or visiting social networking websites, according to Casual Gaming Market Update, a new report from Parks Associates.
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RSnake / web application security lab:
XSS Hole In Google Apps Is "Expected Behavior"  —  You know, just when I think I'm being a super nice guy, and I go out of my way to go through responsible disclosure, I am slapped in the face with the exact reason why I don't think responsible disclosure works for some companies.
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:   Google Gadgets can be misused by phishers
Houston Chronicle:
Earthlink's Wi-Fi delays put project in question  —  Months after the City Council approved a contract to allow EarthLink Inc. to blanket Houston with a wireless network, the build-out still has not begun.  —  The delay is prompting concern that the company, which publicly has said it is rethinking …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Jim Louderback / PC Magazine:
Passing the Torch  —  Our fearless leader is handing over the reigns of PC Mag.  —  After five years at Ziff Davis Media and nearly 16 years in editorial content—the last two at the helm of this terrific magazine—I've decided to try something new.  I've jumped over to become CEO of Revision3 …
Austin Modine / The Register:
RIAA gets some class  —  The RIAA has been slapped by a class action lawsuit, filed by Tanya Anderson, a single mom from Oregon who claims the organization's goons impersonated her 10-year-old daughter's grandmother over the phone to extract evidence.  —  Charges filed against the RIAA include …
Discussion: TechSpot News
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Second lawsuit filed over iPhone battery replacement  —  Suit questions whether Apple kept battery information from early buyers to boost sales  —  A second class-action lawsuit argues that Apple Inc. and AT&T Inc. failed to tell early buyers of the iPhone that annual fees of more than $100 …
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
iPhone battery lawsuit x2: west coast style
Villu Arak / Heartbeat:
Update at midnight GMT  —  We are pleased to announce that the situation continues to improve.  The sign-on problems have been resolved.  Skype presence and chat may still take a few more hours to be fully operational.  We know what our faithful users have been going through and we thank you for your patience and kind support.
Discussion: SMS Text News
Matthew Elliott / CNET
First quad-core laptop hits U.S.  —  Nevermind there's little to no software that can take advantage of four processing cores, Xtreme Notebooks has released the first quad-core laptop in the U.S. With no mobile quad-core parts in existence, the Xtreme 917V Accelerator turns to desktop CPUs …
Discussion: CNET
Jan Miksovsky / flow|state:
OpenID: Great idea, bewildering consumer experience  —  A while back I tried signing up for an OpenID, an "open, decentralized, free framework for user-centric digital identity."  The basic idea is that, instead of needing to choose a user name and password for every site you visit …
Discussion: Web Strategy
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Lawsuit Challenges Google's Keyword Ads  —  Google and other search engines have been on the receiving end of a dozen or so lawsuits challenging a common practice in search advertising: the use of someone's trademark, say Mercedes Benz, to show an ad for a competitor, say a BMW dealer.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Five Quick Suggestions to Improve Twitter  —  After the positive feedback on the previous Five Quick Suggestions for TechMeme and PodTech, today we take a look at Twitter.  So without further ado, here are my "Five Quick Suggestions for Improving Twitter."  —  Suggestion #1 - Groups
[Full-disclosure] Skype Network Remote DoS Exploit  — From: "Valery Marchuk" <tecklord@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>  —  Hi all!  —  On forum an exploit code was published by an anonymous user.  —  Reportedly it must have caused Skype massive disconnections today.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
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Sourcefire Catches ClamAV
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Dominos launches Pizza by TXT - obesity to go through the roof
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Liberties Advocates Fear Abuse of Satellite Images
Smashing Magazine:
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Comcast Throttles BitTorrent Traffic, Seeding Impossible