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11:30 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 [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.
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
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: CrunchGear and FierceVoIP
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
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, MacRumors.com.  —  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
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David Carr / New York Times:
Hey, Friend, Do I Know You?  —  Not that long ago, I needed some advice on the book business and thought to ask my friend Buzz Bissinger, the author of “Friday Night Lights” and “A Prayer for the City.”  The only sticking point was, we'd never met.  —  Although he used to be a reporter, we are not what I would call peers.
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 …
Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
Exclusive: Twhirl gets pushy with Identi.ca  —  The next update of Twhirl will get support for yet another nanoblogging service, Identi.ca, 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.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook Releases New Design  —  Facebook has been testing out the new profile design for the first 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 www.new.facebook.com.
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Ahh, Remember Your First Cellphone?  —  Teenage boys and teenage girls acquire cellphones differently, according to a recent study by MultiMedia Intelligence, a market research firm.  —  The likelihood that teenagers will have cellphones increases with age for both boys and girls.
KathrynV / DSLreports:
Rogers Uses Deep Packet Inspection for DNS Redirection - Is hijacking websites for advertising a violation of net neutrality?  —  At the end of 2007, we saw a surge in the amount of content that ISPs were injecting into websites in order to gain additional revenue for themselves.
 
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Android losing its mojo fast
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Greg Jarboe / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Is YouTube about to pass Yahoo in expanded searches?
David Risley:
Tech Blogging - Too Crowded? Too Hateful? No, Just Changing.
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Statbot comes back from the Dead - Thomas Hawk's Camera usage stats
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
StudiVZ Won't Comment On Facebook Lawsuit, But Will Talk Smack In General
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iPhone Reconciliation  —  It's amusing to see a bunch of people …
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More businesses considering ‘wisdom of crowds’
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Gordon Brown aide a victim of honeytrap operation by Chinese agents
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
The Internet—a private eye's best friend
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Windows 95 Lead Architect Is a Mac Convert, Launches First iPhone App
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