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1:40 AM ET, July 21, 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.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
More Amazon S3 Downtime: How Much is Too Much?
Rafe Needleman / CNET
Exclusive: Twhirl gets pushy with  —  The next update of Twhirl will get support for yet another nanoblogging service,, and on that platform Twhirl will feature a communication method that Twitter users have been asking for: push updates.  —  Read to end of story for the download link and instructions.
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Hello Goodbye  —  Something just happened and I think it may be important.  While not everything has been put in place, it appears the necessary ingredients for a conversational platform - correction, open conversational platform - have been added to the mix.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Qik launches public beta.  New phones, new carriers and new features abound  —  Live video-streaming site Qik has garnered a lot of buzz for its alpha release.  This is no doubt thanks to prominent bloggers and tech elites that use the service including Robert Scoble, Jason Calacanis and Kevin Rose.
Discussion: Feeds, NewTeeVee and TechCrunch
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Qik gets slick with public beta, new features
Discussion: Beet.TV
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
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.
Discussion: Social Media
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
iLike launches ad platform, pushes play on Rhapsody deal  —  iLike, the social music service that rose to popularity with the launch of Facebook's developer platform last year, is getting bigger.  The company announced that membership has surpassed 30 million users, and that it'll soon …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
OpenDNS Makes $20k/day Filtering Phishing And Porn Sites  —  OpenDNS, a San Francisco based startup founded by Minor Ventures and David Ulevitch, first launched in mid-2006 as a free tool to speed up web surfing and protect users from phishing and other malware sites.  —  OpenDNS isn't exactly a sexy service.
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
Eight years after collapsed, a founder returns to the game  —  Friday, October 20th, 2000 was not a great day for Mariam Naficy., her high-flying beauty products company, faced the implosion of the dot-coms and an over-stretched budget and shut down, firing 164 people and liquidating its assets.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook Releases New Design  —  Facebook has been testing out the new profile design for the past five months but for the first time ever, they have released the new full site design (pictured below).  You can access the new site by visiting  —  New Homepage
1938 Media:
Tech Is Boring Me  —  It's time for me to expand.  I love tech, but it's not the only thing that interests me.
Discussion: Coop's Corner
David Risley:   Tech Blogging - Too Crowded? Too Hateful? No, Just Changing.
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
CherryPal PC Offers Subscription-free Cloud Computing That Runs Off Two Watts of Power  —  CherryPal's cloud-based computer is unique because it offers the technology without subscription costs, and only draws two watts of power.  The machine has no moving parts, and uses hardware encrpytion …
Discussion: Crave and TG Daily
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Fallon Will Start ‘Late Night’ on the Web  —  LOS ANGELES — With a new round of shake-ups in late-night television set to begin next year, Lorne Michaels has decided to try to get a jump on things by starting NBC's next edition of “Late Night,” with its new host Jimmy Fallon, as a nightly entry on the Internet.
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Ubisoft DRM snafu reminds us what's wrong with PC gaming
Adam Stevenson / Ars Technica:
New “telescopic pixel” displays could outperform LCD, plasma
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Ahh, Remember Your First Cellphone?
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Android losing its mojo fast
Discussion: Digg
KathrynV / DSLreports:
Rogers Uses Deep Packet Inspection for DNS Redirection …
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 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
StudiVZ Won't Comment On Facebook Lawsuit, But Will Talk Smack In General
Russell Beattie / Russell Beattie's Weblog:
iPhone Reconciliation  —  It's amusing to see a bunch of people …
George Raine / San Francisco Chronicle:
More businesses considering ‘wisdom of crowds’
Times of London:
Gordon Brown aide a victim of honeytrap operation by Chinese agents
Elinor Mills / CNET
The Internet—a private eye's best friend
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Windows 95 Lead Architect Is a Mac Convert, Launches First iPhone App