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8:35 PM ET, July 20, 2008


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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Amazon S3 Down  —  Amazon's S3 storage service appears to be down.  CenterNetworks images are broken because of it and I had to move the style sheet back so the site at least renders correctly.  Sites like Twitter have massive broken images currently because Amazon S3 is down.
Don MacAskill / SmugMug Status Updates:
Amazon S3 outage causes SmugMug outage [UPDATED: 1:20pm PST]  —  Amazon's S3 service, SmugMug's primary storage provider, is currently experiencing problems.  As a result, a large portion of the photos and videos stored on SmugMug are currently offline.  —  Historically, Amazon has been very stable.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
More Amazon S3 Downtime: How Much is Too Much?  —  Today's big news is that Amazon's S3 online storage service has experienced significant downtime.  Allen Stern, who hosts his blog's images on S3, reported that the downtime lasted 3.5 over 6 hours.  Startups that use S3 for their storage, such as SmugMug, have also reported problems.
Paul Graham / Y Combinator:
Startup Ideas We'd Like to Fund  —  When we read Y Combinator applications there are always ideas we're hoping to see.  In the past we've never said publicly what they are.  If we say we're looking for x, we'll get applications proposing x, certainly.  But then it actually becomes harder to judge them …
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Uber-Hacker Kevin Mitnick Signs Tell-All Book Deal  —  Kevin Mitnick is going to tell his side of the story.  And he's going to get paid for it.  —  Speaking to an adoring crowd of 800 at the Hackers On Planet Earth conference, Mitnick, once described as the “most wanted computer hacker in the world …
Discussion: FierceVoIP and CrunchGear
Elinor Mills / CNET
Social Engineering 101: Mitnick and other hackers show how it's done  —  NEW YORK — Kevin Mitnick knows that the weakest link in any security system is the person holding the information.  —  As a young fugitive hacker, he went to jail for breaking into computer networks …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
My Son, the Blogger: An M.D. Trades Medicine for Apple Rumors  —  For eight years, Arnold Kim has been trading gossip, rumor and facts about Apple, the notoriously secretive computer company, on his Web site,  —  It had been a hobby — albeit a time-consuming one — while Dr. Kim earned his medical degree.
iPhone Hacks:
Step-by-Step Guide to Pwn first generation iPhone running firmware 2.0 using Windows  —  The iPhone Dev Team released their Pwnage Tool 2. to jailbreak and unlock the first generation (original) iPhone running iPhone firmware 2. yesterday, but only Mac users could use the tool as they are yet …
Discussion: Elliott C. Back, Engadget and Gizmodo
Russell Beattie / Russell Beattie's Weblog:
iPhone Reconciliation  —  It's amusing to see a bunch of people in the tech community having trouble reconciling their love for the iPhone vs. how closed and proprietary it is.  It's a real conundrum... The iPhone 3G is the best mobile phone there is, bar none, in both functionality and usability.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
iPhone rants and raves
Times of London:
Gordon Brown aide a victim of honeytrap operation by Chinese agents  —  A top aide to Gordon Brown has been a suspected victim of a “honeytrap” operation by Chinese intelligence agents.  —  The aide, a senior Downing Street adviser who was with the prime minister on a trip to China earlier this year …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Windows 95 Lead Architect Is a Mac Convert, Launches First iPhone App  —  After he left Microsoft, Satoshi Nakajima, the lead architect of Windows 95 and a “defining force” in the creation of Internet Explorer 3.0, wanted to understand why people were so into Apple.
Lonnie Lazar / Cult of Mac:
Microsoft's Windows 95 Architect Is a Happy Mac Convert
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Yuvi / The StatBot:
Statbot comes back from the Dead - Thomas Hawk's Camera usage stats  —  The month or so has been silent - I've been running around places, trying to figure out which college is better, being sad, etc.  It's all over now.  And thanks to Phil for writing a post to help me get off my ass …
Elinor Mills / CNET
The Internet—a private eye's best friend  —  NEW YORK—For private investigator Steven Rambam, the Internet is his most valuable tool in helping to find missing persons, cheating husbands, and your competitor's dirty secrets.  —  But while the intelligence business is booming …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: All Facebook and Mashable!
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David Smith / Guardian:
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