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1:30 PM ET, April 20, 2008


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MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
If Twitter Breaks in the Woods and No One Can Tweet About It, Is It Really Broken?  —  I noticed a few people thinking the same thing as me today: is everyone taking a break from Twitter?  People do get burnt out from the web after all and it was a pretty nice weekend day in a lot of cities.
Jonathan Skillings /
Twitter hiccups through a semi-outage  —  The Twitter community may not be paying much heed to your posts this weekend, but it's not your fault.  —  The company behind the messaging service and Web 2.0 darling acknowledged late Saturday that some back-end changes had been failing to show tweets from a number of people.
Discussion: Mashable!
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
When Monetizing ISP Traffic Goes Horribly Wrong  —  In seeking to further monetize Web site traffic on their networks, a number of major Internet service providers may be inadvertently exposing their customers to a greater risk of online attack from identity thieves, according to research released today.
Discussion: InfoWorld, DSLreports, toorcon and WebGuild
Dan Goodin / The Register:
ISP typo pimping exposes users to fraudulent web pages  —  Find out how to eradicate 99.7% of spam  —  ToorCon Comcast, Verizon and at least 70 other internet service providers are putting their customers at serious risk in their quest to make money from mistyped web addresses, security researcher Dan Kaminsky says.
Discussion: Security to the Core
Will Apple open a store in Second Life?  —  On April 17, 2008, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's patent application titled Enhancing Online Shopping Atmosphere .  Apple's patent generally relates to improving the experiences that online-shoppers may have at an online Apple Store, sometime in the future.
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Apple Store To Go Virtual?  That's the theory of MacNN, at least …
Discussion: Geek News Central and Digg
The Social Map Is All About Me  —  Written by Mark Sigal, a digital media and Internet platform entrepreneur who has done eight startups, four of them as a co-founder.  —  Call me a cynic, but there has to be more to the Web 2.0 story than accessorizing my Facebook page with one-dimensional pseudo applications.
Richard Swinburne /
Inside the Eee PC 900  —  I know, we've probably been all Eee'd out for a few months; well, at least until Atom gets here.  But there was this niggling itch to break stuff, and it was sitting there, and this is bit-tech after all...  Where can we find that extra 16GB of SSD storage?
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Struggling to Evade the E-Mail Tsunami  —  E-MAIL has become the bane of some people's professional lives.  Michael Arrington, the founder of TechCrunch, a blog covering new Internet companies, last month stared balefully at his inbox, with 2,433 unread e-mail messages, not counting 721 messages awaiting his attention in Facebook.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Packed House At Y Combinator Startup School  —  Today marked the fourth year of Y Combinator's startup school, and judging by the overflowing auditorium that persisted throughout the event, it was a runaway success.  A crowd of over 650 developers, writers, and entrepreneurs packed Stanford's …
Discussion: Feedonomics
John C Abell / Epicenter:
World Domination, or At Least a Couple of Bucks
Discussion: Gabor's Blog
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
ReadWriteWeb Turns 5  —  On 20 April, 2003, ReadWriteWeb was born.  My first post here was appropriately entitled The Read/Write Web and it began: “The World Wide Web in 2003 is beginning to fulfil the hopes that Tim Berners-Lee had for it over 10 years ago when he created it.”
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Search for Mapped Web Pages in Google Maps  —  Google Maps added the map view available at Google Experimental Search.  Google extracts the most important locations from web pages and lets you see the search results on a map.  To restrict your search to web pages, you need to click on …
Discussion: Google Maps Mania
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft admits it sent Office nag to all WSUS servers  —  Admins, furious, say their Office installs have been falsely fingered as fake  —  Computerworld) System administrators have ripped Microsoft Corp. for pushing a trial anti-piracy program meant for limited distribution …
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
MySpace viral channels: notifications coming April 30, invitations coming late May
Discussion: Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ning Worth Half A Billion Dollars
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Who Did Six Apart Acquire?
Discussion: CNET
Dion Almaer / Ajaxian:
Yahoo! BrowserPlus: The rumour is true
Discussion: Mashable!, Profy.Com and TechCrunch
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