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7:50 PM ET, March 29, 2008


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Matt / WordPress:
WordPress 2.5  —  WordPress 2.5, the culmination of six months of work by the WordPress community, people just like you.  The improvements in 2.5 are numerous, and almost entirely a result of your feedback: multi-file uploading, one-click plugin upgrades, built-in galleries, customizable dashboard …
Dave Altavilla / News:
Asus Eee PC Desktop, Eee Box Unveiled  —  The scoop wire was running late tonight and these shots of Asus' upcoming Eee Desktop made their way to our inbox just now, so we thought we'd give you the digital relay on the skinny... literally.  Though it's hard to get a sense of size here, this thing is obviously svelte.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ex-Googlers Launching Startups To Attack Mother Ship  —  Wired is compiling a list of ex-Googler exploits, many of which appear to be targeting the former-upstart-turned-industry- incumbent.  No one else in the industry has been able to compete with Google (GOOG), so it may be that Google's fiercest disruptors will come from within.
Kevin Poulsen / Wired News:
Hackers Assault Epilepsy Patients via Computer  —  Internet griefers descended on an epilepsy support message board last weekend and used JavaScript code and flashing computer animation to trigger migraine headaches and seizures in some users.  —  The nonprofit Epilepsy Foundation …
Fred / A VC:
Where My Traffic Comes From  —  Every once in a while I like to show some analytics about this blog.  —  I get the sense that the sources of traffic to this blog have been changing recently.  Let's start by comparing the high level sources of traffic to this blog in the first quarter of 2007 vs the first quarter of 2008:
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Newspapers are f'ed  —  Newspaper ad revenues have taken their worst drop in almost 60 years - worse even than 2001.  E&P reports: … Is that called whistling in the wind?  Or pissing in it?  Man, that's denial.  —  Yes, some of this is as a result of the economic downturn …
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
If the news is important it will find me  —  I first read this statement on techmeme, which took me to Mathew Ingrams Blog, which revealed that the line came from a college student who was part of an Intelligence Group focus group.  The words have stuck with me ever since.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's New Rock Star Retention Program  —  Yahoo, in the midst of a fight to remain independent, is granting “golden handcuff” stock options to key employees.  The stock options are given to “key contributors” among the rank and file - senior executives are not eligible.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Adobe AIR Desktop App For FriendFeed Coming  —  FriendFeed released their API just a few days ago, but third party developers are already scrambling to build on top of the service.  —  We just heard that Howard/Baines will be releasing an Adobe AIR application for FriendFeed in the next week or so.
Zero Day Initiative / DVLabs:
PWN to OWN: Final Day (and another winner!)  —  The third and final day of the PWN to OWN contest at the CanSecWest security conference begins today, March 28th at 12:30pm local time (PST) in Vancouver.  Yesterday, on day two of the contest, the MacBook Air was successfully compromised …
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
How To Hack Facebook In 51 Seconds  —  So Byron Ng isn't a real Facebook hacker.  But apparently it isn't hard to become one, if you've got any technical skills at all.  Hacking Facebook is a cottage industry, with hundreds or thousands of unpaid workers beavering away.
Discussion: All Facebook
Rain Anderson / That VideoGame Blog:
Consoles to “die out” in the next 5 to 10 years … The man who set up and ran the European Xbox business for Microsoft, Sandy Duncan, believes that consoles as we know them today will “die out” in the next 5 to 10 years.  —  “The industry is fundamentally driven by technology.
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Stephen Lawson / IDG News Service:
AT&T Readies MediaFLO Mobile TV
Discussion: DSLreports
Nathan McFeters / Zero Day:
Black Hat Europe, Day 2: The day that wasn't and Black Hat Europe …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is VON Creator PulverMedia Dot Gone?
Josh / Redeye VC:
I Don't Know...  I don't know.  —  Why is it so hard for people …
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 Earlier Items: 
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Rep. Berman: Pro-IP bill will become law in 2008
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
VeriSign ups cost of .com, .net domains second year in a row
Discussion: Slashdot
Cade Metz / The Register:
Adobe to remove Photoshop pic pimping clause
Discussion: The Apple Core and Compiler
Reggie / Internet Tablet Talk:
The Nokia N810 - WiMAX Edition