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12:15 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?  —  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.
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.
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.
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.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Qik gets slick with public beta, new features  —  It's public beta time for Qik, the mobile live-video service that's captured the hearts of Web 2.0 bigwigs like Jason Calacanis and Kevin Rose.  The service has been in private beta since late last year.  —  Along with its debut to the masses …
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.
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  —  New Homepage
Discussion: Inside Facebook
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.
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.  Earlier that week, her high-flying beauty products company,, was supposed to have its IPO.  Instead, facing the implosion of the dot-coms …
Discussion: CNET
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
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 …
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
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Dubious achievement: Hackers ‘jailbreak’ the iPhone 3G
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Russell Beattie / Russell Beattie's Weblog:
iPhone Reconciliation  —  It's amusing to see a bunch of people …
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
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
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The Internet—a private eye's best friend
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Windows 95 Lead Architect Is a Mac Convert, Launches First iPhone App
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