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4:00 AM ET, April 26, 2008


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Ryan Block / Engadget:
The second-gen iPhone: 3G, GPS, only slightly thicker  —  So we've got it on authority that the second-gen iPhone is already well into testing, and numerous units are floating around in super secret pockets.  A trusted source got a chance to check one out, here's what we've heard.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Department of Homeland Security website hacked!  —  The sophisticated mass infection that's injecting attack code into hundreds of thousands of reputable web pages is growing and has even infiltrated the website of the Department of Homeland Security.  —  While so-called SQL injections are nothing new …
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Hundreds of Thousands of Microsoft Web Servers Hacked  —  Hundreds of thousands of Web sites - including several at the United Nations and in the U.K. government — have been hacked recently and seeded with code that tries to exploit security flaws in Microsoft Windows to install malicious software on visitors' machines.
0x000000 Security:   Massive SQL Injection Attack 600.000++
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
New in Google Docs: Insert Videos, Edit CSS  —  There are so many updates at Google Docs, that you'll need many hours to explore them and start to use them.  —  You can now access your browser's contextual menu by pressing Shift while right-clicking.  This might be useful if you want to search …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Dave Young / Official Google Docs Blog:   Introducing Speaker notes and YouTube videos
Andrew Chang / Official Google Docs Blog:
View your presentations and spreadsheets offline, too
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
A Hostile Bid Could Be Over Fast  —  Microsoft Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell promised Thursday that the software giant will provide an update on its bid for struggling portal Yahoo! next week.  —  Translation: Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people ) Chief Executive Steve Ballmer …
Scott Moritz / Techland:
Yang's power play
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Microsoft's Vista Problem  —  Microsoft keeps insisting that Windows Vista is a winner, but the questions keep mounting — and Thursday's quarterly report only added to the doubts.  —  Revenue from the company's so-called client division — PC operating systems mainly — came in at a bit under $4.03 billion.
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Lenovo To Make Windows XP Available Until 2009
Discussion: Business Technology
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Presdo, The Magical Online Scheduler  —  I want you to stop what you are doing right now and go try Presdo.  It is a deceptively simple online scheduling assistant that is a prime example of what a modern Web app should be.  It only shows you what you need to see at the moment that you need to see it.
Discussion: CPM Advisors
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
Fake Steve Jobs lights up Web 2.0 Expo  —  SAN FRANCISCO—If there's one person in the world of Web 2.0 technology—or tech in general—who hasn't yet been skewered by the infamous blogger Fake Steve Jobs, get ready: He's coming for you.  —  In a frenetic keynote address Friday morning …
Discussion: VentureBeat and broadstuff
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Hardy Heron Makes Linux Worth Another Look  —  If you've flirted with the idea of switching your desktop operating system to Linux but never took the leap, the time is now.  This week's release of Hardy Heron, an Ubuntu release that will be supported until 2011, offers a freer, more productive space for work and play than ever before.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Raising Money: How Much Is It Worth?  —  Twitter isn't just dealing with its well-documented tech problems (both with the service and its personnel).  It's raising a Series C round.  So what's the valuation?  —  Last summer, Twitter raised about $5 million at a $20 million valuation.
Stephen Shankland /
Jonathan Schwartz: A top blogger sees end to blogging  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Sun Chief Executive Jonathan Schwartz rightly gets credit for pioneering the corporate blog as a tool to reach customers, employees, and others.  But pretty soon the novelty of his methods will wear off, he predicted.
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Apple to the Core  —  Apple this week bought a fabless chip company called PA Semiconductor and pundits far and wide are trying to explain the deal with broadly varying ideas, some of which are close but none seem to really understand what the deal is about.  In the short term this acquisition means precisely nothing to Apple users.
AOL Press Releases:
AOL Sites Break Traffic Records in March  —  Programming Channel Redesign and New Launches Produce Six Consecutive Months of Growth; Platform-A Ranked No. 1 Ad Network  —  New York, NY (April 25, 2008) - AOL's programming sites hit an all-time high in March, after growing steadily …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Is AOL heading for a comeback?
Josh Lowensohn /
WordPress founder talks traffic, new features to Web 2.0 crowd  —  You have to hand it to WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg.  At his talk at today's Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, he managed to be the first conference speaker to put up a picture of a LOLcat while actually tying it into what his company is all about.
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
RSS Needs An Easy Button  —  Yesterday, Microsoft Live News Search added RSS feeds site-wide.  This means you can now subscribe to a specific category, such as Business, or subscribe to a specific search term, such as “Mark Zuckerberg.”  Thus, whenever a new story in the Business category …
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Nvidia declares the CPU dead  —  Gutterwatch Fare thee well, Intella, for we did love thee  —  A MISSIVE from a guy called Roy Taylor dropped into our paws, and we were intrigued by its contents.  —  Nvidian boy Roy basically declares that the CPU is dead, and Nvidia's chips do all the real work in a PC.
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Kristin McAllister / Dayton Daily News:
Dayton woman sues man for sending her nude photos
RUMOR: dumping Windows PCs, moving all 4000+ employees to Apple Macs
QuickTime 0day for Vista and XP
Discussion: InformationWeek
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Social Tools for the Office Worker: How to Subvert I.T. and Play at Work
Josh Quittner / Time:
The Photoshop Guys Revealed!
Discussion: Netly News and Valleywag
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Discussion: Shimon Sandler
Mallory Simon / CNN:
Student ‘Twitters’ his way out of Egyptian jail
Discussion: /Message
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Google's pointers on countering Web spam
Hackers warn high street chains
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Lightspeed Funding Turns Facebook Application Into “Serious Business”
Linda Bustos / Get Elastic Ecommerce Blog:
Google Shaking Up URLs in Search Ads?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is Keyword Search About To Hit Its Breaking Point?
Discussion: Hacking Cough and broadstuff