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4:00 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.
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Don MacAskill / SmugMug Status Updates:
Amazon S3 outage causes SmugMug outage  —  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.
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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 …
Christina Warren / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Pwnage 2.0 released  —  The iPhone Dev Team has just released PwnageTool 2.0, thus bringing jailbreak and non-App Store third-party application support to iPhones/iPod Touches running firmware 2.0.  First-generation iPhones can also be unlocked.  At this time, the iPhone 3G cannot be unlocked or used with BootNeuter.
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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: Engadget and Gizmodo
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Dubious achievement: Hackers ‘jailbreak’ the iPhone 3G  —  Eight days after Apple's new iPhone went on sale, an international team of programmers announced on Saturday that the device had been “pwned” — hacker jargon for “controlled” or “compromised.”  —  The loosely organized group …
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Pwnage jailbreak tool for iPhone OS 2.0 released
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.
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Lonnie Lazar / Cult of Mac:
Microsoft's Windows 95 Architect Is a Happy Mac Convert
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
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 …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
David Smith / Guardian:
The 20-year-old at heart of web's most anarchic and influential site  —  Time magazine calls it the wellspring of net culture and its online pranks are world-famous.  David Smith reports on the man who began the chaotic but powerful 4chan website from home  —  It seemed an ordinary day at Google's offices in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Discussion: metarand
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Startup Job Site Gets Backing From Y Combinator, Relauches As Startuply  —  New Y Combinator startup Startuply launches today.  It's a free job listing service aimed squarely at small startups, which have a lot of trouble getting the attention of new engineering graduates over the noise …
George Raine / San Francisco Chronicle:
More businesses considering ‘wisdom of crowds’  —  We've heard a lot about the “wisdom of crowds” in recent years, mostly in relation to Internet sites that let their readers make key decisions.  —  Digg.com, for instance, is a news site that lets its readers choose which stories are most important.
 
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James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
Who's Going to Fund the Next Steve Jobs?
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
iPhone rants and raves
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Sweeping Panoramas, Courtesy of a Robot
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
The Ghost in Your Machine: IPv6 Gateway to Hackers
Esme Vos / MuniWireless:
Europe leads global Wi-Fi hotspot growth; free Wi-Fi model gaining ground
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MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Microsoft Winning Digital Living Room War on Paper, but Failing …
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KathrynV / DSLreports:
EU Aims To Replace TV with Live BitTorrent Streaming …
Discussion: Download Squad
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pressflip Is A Belly Flop
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Serious YouTube test of copyright law
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
The Wiki-Hacker Strikes Again
 

 
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