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6:50 PM ET, September 18, 2008

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Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Alleged 1st-person tale of Palin e-mail hack comes and goes  —  With news of Alaska Governor and Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin's personal Yahoo e-mail account being hacked coming to light yesterday, details on how the hack may have taken place may be emerging.
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Palin E-Mail Hacker Says It Was Easy  —  A person claiming to be the hacker who obtained access to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's private Yahoo e-mail on Tuesday has posted a supposed first-person account of the hack, revealing the relatively simple steps he says he took to crack the private e-mail …
Michelle Malkin:
The story behind the Palin e-mail hacking  —  This afternoon, I mentioned an infamous group of hackers whose Internet bulletin board was the gathering place for those who bragged about and publicized the Sarah Palin private e-mail hacking.  —  A tech-savvy reader who monitors …
Amazon Web Services Blog:
We're Never Content  —  We've got something new and cool in the works and I'm excited to be able to tell you a little bit about it today!  —  Before the end of the year we are planning to release a new service for content delivery.  This new (and as yet unnamed) service will provide …
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Werner Vogels / All Things Distributed:
Expanding the Cloud  —  For many the “Cloud” in Cloud Computing signifies the notion of location independence; that somewhere in the internet services are provided and that to access them you do not need any specific knowledge of where they are located.  Many applications have already …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Amazon Launches Content Delivery Network.  Rivals, Watch Out!  —  It was a matter of when, not if, that Amazon would launch a content delivery business in addition to its current suite of web services that include S3 storage service and EC2 on-demand computing.
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Ads Featuring Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld Not Canceled  —  From a trusted Crispin Porter source, we've learned that the internet has jumped the gun and that the Microsoft Gates/Seinfeld ads have not been axed.  It's true, Microsoft apparently asked the agency to focus on the new “I'm a PC” spots.
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Joost:
Notice anything different? … One of the great things about working at a startup is the ability to be flexible and make changes when our users, trends or data suggest a new direction.  For much of the past year, we've listened to the feedback we've received from many of the people who use Joost …
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Search for music on Yahoo!, play songs on search results page  —  Companies like SeeqPod and Skreemr have made a business model out of letting you search for a song or musician by name and then streaming the MP3s found on the web.  The sites don't actually host any of the music - just the tools to locate and play it.
Discussion: Yodel Anecdotal and Mashable!
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Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
Yahoo And Rhapsody Team Up For Full Song Playback In Search Results
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google execs cheery about Silicon Valley economy  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—The national and global economy is suffering something between a setback and a meltdown, but Google's top executives said Wednesday they're bullish about Silicon Valley's economic prospects.
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Austin Modine / The Register:
Google to DoJ: The clock is ticking
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Palm moves more than 1 million smartphones in quarter  —  Palm moved a lot of smartphones-1,029,000 to be exact-and revenue was well ahead of expectations, but the company's turnaround is still a work in progress.  —  The company, which has been living off the $99 Centro …
Discussion: Business Technology
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Business Wire:
Palm Reports Q1 FY09 Results
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Sues NSA, President Bush, and Vice President Cheney to Stop Illegal Surveillance  —  The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency (NSA) and other government agencies today on behalf of AT&T customers to stop the illegal, unconstitutional …
Discussion: DSLreports, The Register and p2pnet
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
O'Reilly: Stop throwing sheep, do something worthy  —  NEW YORK—Tim O'Reilly, founder of O'Reilly Media, is known as a futurist, but his keynote address on Thursday morning at the Web 2.0 Expo was heavy on the realism in the wake of sobering news from Wall Street.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Nvidia cuts workforce 6.5 percent  —  Responding to “business realities,” Nvidia is cutting its workforce 6.5 percent.  —  Nvidia, the world's largest graphics chip supplier, on Thursday announced a workforce reduction “to allow for continued investment in strategic growth areas,” the company said in a statement.
Discussion: VentureBeat, eWeek and TG Daily
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sergey Brin Launches A Personal Blog, Talks About His Risk Of Parkinson's  —  Google Cofounder Sergey Brin launched a personal blog today at too.blogspot.com.  —  In his first blog post, he explains the blog name: “Welcome to my personal blog. … In the second blog post, he gets a little more serious.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Potential iPhone usability and interface improvements  —  A new series of iPhone-related patent filings touch on some interface enhancements that could potentially find their way into a future version of the handset's operating system, including more immediate access to application settings …
Discussion: MacRumors and VentureBeat
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T launch updates: HTC Fuze, Samsung Mirage, Bold moved to November?  —  Bear with us folks.  We've just got ahold of an AT&T product sheet dated September 17th.  Also known as “the most up to date doc you've seen”.  Before we get into the BlackBerry Bold nonsense, here's a break down on what the sheet says:
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Oracle's first quarter allays worries  —  Oracle reported first quarter earnings that topped expectations as new software licenses were in line with estimates.  Revenue, however, was light.  —  In a statement Thursday, Oracle said it reported earnings of $1.1 billion, or 21 cents a share (preview).
 
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Birch backs Wordia - a video dictionary? Oh yes.
Savio Rodrigues / Open Sources:
Canadian party includes open source software in election platform
Discussion: The Open Road
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Thoughts on the Evolution of Facebook
Discussion: The Social and Mashable!
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
ABC.com: How'd You Like Some More Ads With Your Free Videos?
Discussion: Beet.TV
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
What's New in the Windows Live Wave Betas
Discussion: LiveSide
mikeash.com:
The iPhone Development Story
Discussion: TUAW
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
iPhone 3G has a hidden data matrix code
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and Gizmodo
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
All eyes on the MacBook
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Sometimes Google Isn't Enough: New Research Engine Searches “Deep Web”
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
The first 6 steps to homegrowing basic startup analytics
The Official Google Blog:
The intelligent cloud  —  The Internet has had an enormous impact …
Discussion: Outside the Lines
Tony Smith / The Register:
Toshiba takes wraps off netbook