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10:05 AM ET, May 30, 2008

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Twitter Technology Blog:
You've Got Q's, We've Got A's  —  We had a lot of feedback on our architecture update.  In the spirit of continued openness and transparency, I'd like to address a number of the questions that came up in the comments on that post.  —  Donnie asks if we're making a slow exodus from Ruby …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter: Don't blame Ruby, blame Scoble  —  Micro-messaging site Twitter has gone from zero to transparent in a hurry.  That is to say, it has gone from keeping users in the dark during its downtime to explaining the problems it is having in detail.  Tonight, developer Alex Payne wrote a Q …
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Did China's Hackers Shut Off the Lights?  —  Hackers working on behalf of China's People's Liberation Army have penetrated networks controlling electric power grids in the United States, computer security experts believe.  And that may have precipitated a massive blackout on the east coast in 2003 …
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Ted Bridis / Associated Press:
US probes whether laptop copied on China trip  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. authorities are investigating whether Chinese officials secretly copied the contents of a government laptop computer during a visit to China by Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez and used the information to try to hack …
Discussion: CNET News.com
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
China's cyber-militia behind U.S. blackouts?
Discussion: Threat Level
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Shooting 3G iPhone Commercial at 5th Avenue Apple Store?  [Updatedx5]  —  Apple's 24-hour flagship 5th Avenue retail store in Manhattan is in the process of shutting down for the night.  An unusual move for the 24-hour store.  Apple's retail page reflects the temporary shutdown:
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
New iPhone Is Already Here  —  The launch of the next-generation iPhone promises to be Steve Jobs' greatest stunt yet.  —  Apple (nasdaq: AAPL - news - people ), Jobs' secretive computer and gadget company, has been quietly positioning millions of units of a mysterious new product …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Glenn Derene / Popular Mechanics:
iPhone Nano, GPS Are More Important to Apple Than 3G: Analysis
Discussion: Gizmodo and Digg
Cade Metz / The Register:
Android to offer iPhone-like App Store  —  Google I/O Google will offer an iPhone-like app store for Android, giving developers a central means of distributing applications on its soon-to-be-open-source mobile platform.  At least, it looks that way.  —  Speaking at the Google …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google spotlights data center inner workings  —  SAN FRANCISCO—The inner workings of Google just became a little less secret.  —  The search colossus has shed only occasional light on its data center operations, but on Wednesday, Google fellow Jeff Dean turned a spotlight on some parts of the operation.
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
MediaGuardian / PDA:
Budget-busting bbc.co.uk threatens digital revolution, says Telegraph chief  —  PDA invited Edward Roussel, digital editor of the Telegraph Media Group, to comment on the findings of the bbc.co.uk review.  —  Edward Roussell  —  There was something comforting and reassuring …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's grand plan to eliminate phone numbers  —  I've been puzzling over transcripts of a couple of recent speeches by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates where he discussed his vision for the end of phone numbers.  But it wasn't until today, when I learned more about Microsoft's “Echoes” …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Naveen Jain's Latest Scam: Intelius  —  When serial entrepreneur Naveen Jain left the company he founded, InfoSpace, in disgrace in late 2002, a lot of people thought he would never be trusted by the financial markets again (see this three part series from the Seattle Times that talks extensively …
Forbes:
GooTube  —  Google is turning YouTube into its own kind of data gold mine.  So what if a few founding employees wind up in the dust?  —  Google (nasdaq: GOOG - news - people ) drew sneers when it paid $1.65 billion for YouTube in November 2006.  Only 63 people worked at this little video distributor …
Discussion: WatchingTV Online
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Sources: Apple planning biggest back-to-school promo yet  —  Apple as early as Monday is expected to announce its 2008 back-to-school promotion, which will encourage students to purchase a new Mac through some of the biggest incentives in the company's history, AppleInsider has learned.
Pat Phelan / Telecomms Disruptor:
MAXroam saves its customers a million dollars.  —  Well I hope I wont be hanging of a Spanish balcony trying to do a TC50 interview with Michael Arrington this year.  —  I cant believe its nine months since we nervously launched MAXroam in San Francisco.  —  Its been a wild ride but its turned out amazingly good.
Jui Chakravorty Das / Reuters:
NBC's Weather Channel bid is half equity: source  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - A consortium including NBC Universal and Blackstone Group (BX.N: Quote, Profile, Research) bidding for the Weather Channel is offering about $1.8 billion in equity for their bid, or roughly half the total offer, a source familiar with the matter said.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
MediaDefender Behind the Attack on Revision3  —  MediaDefender is a company that acts on behalf of other media companies to muck up P2P and file sharing networks.  They're the ones seeding BitTorrent with fake files - a tactic they hope will make filesharing appear to be too much of a hassle and therefore not worth the effort.
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Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Comcast Hijackers Say They Warned the Company First
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David Card / JupiterResearch:
No Way to Build an Operating System
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Procter & Gamble, et al, Changing The Way They Buy Ads, “Wreaking …
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John Paczkowski / D6 Highlights:
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Is Google Violating a California Privacy Law?
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Now There are Two: Brazil Appeals OOXML Adoption
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Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Weighs Free-Internet Plan
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple patches 40 Mac OS X security bugs
PC World:
Web 2.0 Sites a Thriving Marketplace for Malware
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Web Technology Trends for 2008 and Beyond: Update
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Intel intros 32Gb flash chips, targets solid-state drives
Duncan Riley / The Inquisitr:
Did Alexa Die and No One Notice?
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail Labs?  —  Google pre-announced a mysterious new feature for Gmail.
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Twitter Closing its $15 Million Round With Spark; Bit Less Than $100M Valuation
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