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4:30 AM ET, August 10, 2008

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Does Google Have An Organic Growth Problem?  —  Google pulled in $5.37 billion in revenues last quarter, and $1.25 billion in net profits (nearly ten times what Yahoo made last quarter).  Yet behind the consistently amazing financial performance, a few chinks are beginning to appear in Google's armor.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Picking Steve Jobs' Next Moves: iPods, MacBooks Yes, Tablet Maybe, TV Probably Not (AAPL)  —  What's up Steve's sleeve?  Probably nothing radical soon — at least according to Credit Suisse analyst Bill Shope, who launched coverage of Apple (AAPL) this week.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and PC World
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Tape Delay by NBC Faces End Run by Online Fans  —  NBC, which owns the exclusive rights to broadcast the Olympics in the United States, spent most of Friday trying to keep it that way.  —  NBC's decision to delay broadcasting the opening ceremonies by 12 hours sent people across the country …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Defcon: EFF defends MIT students' right to talk; federal court stops speech  —  LAS VEGAS — At the Defcon security conference, the Electronic Frontier Foundation held a press conference saying it is representing the MIT hackers who figured out how to get free rides on the Boston's subways.
Discussion: MacUser and The Register
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Judge orders halt to Defcon speech on subway card hacking  —  LAS VEGAS — A federal judge on Saturday granted the state of Massachusetts' request for an injunction preventing three MIT students from giving a presentation about hacking smartcards used in the Boston subway system.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Goodbye, Passwords.  You Aren't a Good Defense.  —  THE best password is a long, nonsensical string of letters and numbers and punctuation marks, a combination never put together before.  Some admirable people actually do memorize random strings of characters for their passwords …
Discussion: HorsePigCow and OpenID
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Blocked in Italy  —  The Pirate Bay has been “censored” in Italy following an urgent decree from a deputy public prosecutor.  Pirate Bay's IPs and the domain name are inaccessible, as they are blocked by ISPs all over the country.  Whether these blocks will be very effective …
Discussion: Slyck, Mashable! and Digg
Fred Goodman / New York Times:
An Old Rocker Gets Digital  —  WHEN Charles Grimsdale, a British investor, started the Internet music venture OD2 in 1999, he had a hard time persuading large record companies to license their music.  But when he approached the rock musician Peter Gabriel about putting his music catalog online …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Windows broken ... I'm surprised it took this long  —  So, in a stroke, two security researchers (Mark Dowd of IBM and Alexander Sotirov or VMware) at Black Hat have set browser security back 10 years and rendered Vista's security have been rendered useless (PDF of paper here).
Discussion: Brandon Live! and Christopher Null
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Surfing Google may be harmful to your security  —  Defcon A well-known researcher specializing in website security has strongly criticized safety on Google, arguing the world's biggest search engine needlessly puts its millions of users at risk.  —  “Google is and will be and always has been vulnerable …
Discussion: Mashable!
Mr. Besilly / iPhone Savior:
“I Am Rich” Buyer Lashes Out At Media For Calling Her An ‘Idiot’  —  LOS ANGELES, CA - Debbie Norom, who allegedly purchased the $999.99 “I Am Rich” iPhone app, has every right to be angry after several highly visible websites called the eight individuals who bought Armin Heinrich's highly …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone: Trouble in the App Store
Discussion: VoIP Watch and Gadget Lab
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo And Google Now Let You Opt Out Of Ads (Because It's Better Than Letting You Opt In)  —  All of a sudden, Yahoo and Google want to make it easy for you to opt out of their ad targeting on both their sites and across the Web.  Yahoo announced a new one-click opt-out policy today …
Discussion: The Social Times and The Open Road
 
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Researchers Crack Medeco High-Security Locks With Plastic Keys
Discussion: Gizmodo, Slashdot and Boing Boing
Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:
Hackers mull physical attacks on a networked world
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Japan's super-advanced mobile web: Too unique to serve as a global blueprint?
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
TrafficLoader.com to Infect BitTorrent Users with Malware
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T-Mobile's Big Idea: An iPhone-Like App Store For Every Phone
Rob Walker / New York Times:
AntiPod  —  The Zune  —  When the Microsoft Zune digital music player …
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Open source technology is hungry for new college grads
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