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2:45 PM ET, February 1, 2009


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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
One-Click iPhone App Cracker Released to the Public  —  Recently we have reported on what can happen when iPhone software from the Apple store is cracked and made available to the public.  In our articles we briefly touched on how these applications were cracked, via a piece of code known as Crackulous.
Dom Sagolla / 140 Characters:
How Twitter Was Born  —  Twitter was born about three years ago, when @Jack, @Biz, @Noah, @Crystal, @Jeremy, @Adam, @TonyStubblebine, @Ev, me (@Dom), @Rabble, @RayReadyRay, @Florian, @TimRoberts, and @Blaine worked at a podcasting company called Odeo, Inc. in South Park, San Francisco.
Adobe's Narayen Says Flash on IPhone Is a Challenge  —  Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) — Adobe Systems Inc. faces a challenge in creating a version of its Flash video software for Apple Inc.'s iPhone, Chief Executive Officer Shantanu Narayen said.  —  “It's a hard technical challenge …
Kevin Michaluk / blogs:
Best Yet?  OS Leaked for the BlackBerry Storm 9530  —  Notice the blog post title starts with Best Yet followed by a question mark?  That's because every time one of these unofficial Storm OS updates surfaces in the wild and I deem it Best Yet out of starting gates …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget Mobile
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Credit problem takes down the iTunes store  —  I just opened the iTunes store to attempt to buy last night's episode of Battlestar Galactica and was greeted with a message telling me that my store credit balance is currently unavailable.  I found that odd because I don't currently have any credits …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and, Thanks:sampad
Peter Baker / New York Times:
New Symbol of Elite Access: E-Mail to the Chief  —  WASHINGTON — Anthony Lake served as one of Barack Obama's principal counselors on foreign affairs during the campaign and exchanged e-mail messages with him regularly.  But now that Mr. Obama is president, Mr. Lake no longer has his e-mail address.
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Happy Birthday, Lifehacker: Our Best Posts from 2005 to 2009  —  The first Lifehacker post hit the tubes four years ago today.  Since then, we've published thousands of tips, tricks, guides, and tools to streamline your life.  Here's a brief history of Lifehacker, 2005 to 2009.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Davos09: Open Bank  —  At the end of my Davos week, I finally saw tiny notes of hope - faint LEDs at the end of a long tunnel - and they came not from the business, government, and journalistic leaders here but instead from technologists, entrepreneurs, and educators.
Fred / A VC:
When Talking About Business Models, Remember That Profits Equal Revenues Minus Costs  —  There is no shortage of discussion about Internet business models these days.  And they almost always focus on revenues.  But revenues are only half of the value creation equation.  The other half is costs.
Matt Hickey / Crave: The gadget blog:
Dell's rumored smartphone: Look out RIM  —  OK, so Dell and Apple have been locked in a marketing war for years.  Dell has long been considered the default PC for enterprise, while Apple has positioned itself as the most influential consumer computer brand in the world.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:   The Killer Meme - Alive and Well in 2009
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
The Future of SlingPlayer Mobile  —  While I'm not quite ready to speculate on Sling Media's future retail presence and hardware initiatives, in light of recent defections, we do have a few clues as to their current mobile strategy.  —  SlingPlayer Mobile (SPM), which enables you to watch …
Peter Cooper / Ruby Inside:
Ruby 1.9.1 Released - First Production Release of the Fastest Ruby Ever!  —  Note: This post was intentionally delayed due to going down for maintenance shortly after the release of 1.9.1.  I've been kindly given a copy of 1.9.1 to mirror, however.
Discussion: and Slashdot
Stefanie Hoffman / ChannelWeb:
Fannie Mae Logic Bomb Attack ‘Tip Of The Iceberg’  —  The contracted Fannie Mae engineer indicted Tuesday by the Justice Department for allegedly planting a logic bomb represents the beginning of a trend of insider attacks responding to layoffs and job insecurity because of the weak economy, experts say.
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