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7:05 AM ET, May 30, 2008

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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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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 …
Jim Louderback / Revision3 » blog:
Inside the Attack that Crippled Revision3  —  As many of you know, Revision3's servers were brought down over the Memorial Day weekend by a denial of service attack.  It's an all too common occurrence these days.  But this one wasn't your normal cybercrime - there's a chilling twist at the end.
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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
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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 …
Discussion: Threat Level
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
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 …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Google's Android: How Will it Compare to iPhone?  —  RWW network blog last100 has coverage of the latest Android news coming from Google's I/O conference.  Dan Langendorf writes that “as you would expect from the company that brings you search and Google Maps, Android handles information delivery …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Web Technology Trends for 2008 and Beyond: Update  —  Today I gave a presentation at the XMediaLab event in Wellington New Zealand, entitled: What's Next on the Web?  Web Technology Trends for 2008 and Beyond.  It was an update of a presentation I gave in Sydney in March.
Duncan Riley / The Inquisitr:
Did Alexa Die and No One Notice?  —  The Amazon owned web statistics service Alexa hasn't been updated for 8 days with no comment from the company.  The last date Alexa is showing (at the time of writing) is May 19, with the service usually being two days behind the current date.
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Twitter Closing its $15 Million Round With Spark; Bit Less Than $100M Valuation  —  As has been reported and rumored for the last month or so, the much-hyped mobile messaging and community service Twitter is in the process of closing its $15 million round, and the investor is Spark Capital, we have confirmed through sources.
Discussion: Texas Startup Blog
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail Labs?  —  Google pre-announced a mysterious new feature for Gmail.  “On Thursday, June 5th we're going to be launching a new Gmail feature that we like to think of as a next evolution of 20% time.  It's a change in our development process and in the way users will be able to influence Gmail's design.”
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.
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How Many Friends is Too Many?  —  Offline, I have a network …
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Why Apple must fix Safari ‘carpet bombing’ flaw immediately
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Dell delivers: Is a turnaround in sight?
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