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11:20 AM ET, February 25, 2009

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John Leyden / The Register:
Gmail phishing attack hits on heels of outage  —  Oh the humanity  —  Free whitepaper - Lower security risks and costs by minimizing the time to protection  —  Gmail users, still swooning from the extended outage on Tuesday, were hit with a widespread phishing attack hours after the blackout.
Discussion: Sophos
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Trial Day 8: Pirates Kill the Music Biz  —  Today's first witness is Tobias Andersson from Piratbyrån and later on the IFPI's CEO John Kennedy will testify, although it's not expected that he will respond to the open letter and peace offering issued yesterday by the ‘Kopimists’.
Discussion: Gizmodo, p2pnet and digg.com
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Roy Blount Jr / New York Times:
The Kindle Swindle?  —  BEING president of too many well-meaning organizations put my father into an early grave.  The lesson in this was not lost on me.  But now I am president of the Authors Guild, whose mission is to sustain book-writing as a viable occupation.
Ryan Spoon:
Perez Hilton Hits 14,000,000 Pageviews Yesterday.  Wow.  —  You might not be interested in celebrity news and gossip...  You might not consider it important or meaningful...  But to the web, it is significant and marks a major move in the Digital Media space.
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Google blames Gmail outage on data centre collapse  —  Domino effect crashes through the cloud  —  Free whitepaper - Lessons learned in successful implementation of enterprise learning  —  Google has apologised for yesterday's major Gmail meltdown after some of its data centres in Europe failed …
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Acacio Cruz / Gmail Blog:
Update on today's Gmail outage
Amazon Web Services Blog:
New AWS Public Data Sets - Economics, DBpedia, Freebase, and Wikipedia  —  We have just released four additional AWS public data sets, and have updated another one.  —  In the Economics category, we have added a set of transportation databases from the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
Discussion: Beyond Search and bytes|genes
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon Exposes 1 Terrabyte of Public Data
Discussion: WinBeta
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The unrecognizable Internet of 1996.  —  The Internet of 1996 is almost unrecognizable compared with what we have today.  —  It's 1996, and you're bored.  What do you do?  If you're one of the lucky people with an AOL account, you probably do the same thing you'd do in 2009: Go online.
Discussion: Vacuum, The Progress & … and Slashdot
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Connected Life Head Marco Boerries to Leave Yahoo  —  Yahoo's top mobile exec, Marco Boerries, is departing Yahoo, according to an internal email obtained by BoomTown that he sent to some staffers on Sunday.  —  I have also confirmed Boerries's departure with company insiders familiar with the situation.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Members of Congress twitter through Obama's big speech  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Members of Congress twittered their way through President Obama's nationally televised speech Tuesday night, providing a first-of-its-kind running commentary that took users of the social networking site inside the packed House chamber.
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Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb:
Just Work Please: Mainstream Media Meets the Fail Whale
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Microblink
Bad Science:
“Facebook causes cancer”  —  I was on newsnight a second ago, debating the rather indulgent claims of Baroness Professor Susan Greenfield and Dr Aric Sigman about Facebook and Twitter.  It's 40 minutes in to the show, which can be seen here as a wmv/rm file or here on iPlayer:
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:   Age Concern backs social networks but Ben Goldacre's blood pressure still rising
WMPoweruser.com:
Windows Mobile 7 coming next year, says Ballmer  —  Microsoft has had an conference call earlier today, and Steve Ballmer spoke about Windows Mobile as one of its 7 big businesses.  —  According to Ballmer, Microsoft has been ramping up expenditure in the Windows Mobile segment over the last few years …
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Bloomberg:   Ballmer Says He Doesn't Want to Become ‘Jerry Yang’ of Web Search Market
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple updates Apple TV software to version 2.3.1 [Ux2]  —  Apple overnight released a minor software update for owners of its Apple TV set-top media box that has thus far been revealed to include a new Network Test function and improvements when using Apple Remote for iPhone.
Sundar Pichai / Google Public Policy Blog:
Browsers powered by user choice  —  Last month the European Commission confirmed that it had sent a statement of objections to Microsoft about the tying of Internet Explorer to the Windows operating system, which it said “harms competition between web browsers, undermines product innovation and ultimately reduces consumer choice.”
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Kevin J. O'Brien / International Herald Tribune:
Microsoft fears EU fine over browser
Discussion: BetaNews and Silicon Alley Insider
Lester Haines / The Register:
Ryanair trades blows with ‘idiot blogger’  —  Online booking glitch provokes almighty punch-up  —  Free whitepaper - Lessons learned in successful implementation of enterprise learning  —  Hats off this fine morning to Ryanair, which last week traded blows with “idiot blogger” …
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Telecom industry may see over $12 million in fines  —  The FCC has proposed more than $12 million in fines for the telecommunications industry, after hundreds of carriers failed to certify that they are instituting proper protections of customer data.  —  The carriers either failed to file …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel to launch new CPUs for ultra-thin notebooks  —  Intel plans to launch two new ultra low voltage (ULV) CPUs by the end of March this year mainly targeting the company's consumer ultra low voltage (CULV) platform for ultra-thin notebook products, according to sources at notebook makers.
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
15 online photo editors compared  —  Tools that let you edit photos in the Web browser have come a long way in the last few years.  We wanted to take a moment to do a feature comparison with a grouping of editors—big and small, to see what each one is capable of.
IDC:
Worldwide Server Market Contracts Sharply in Fourth Quarter as Market Revenues Decline to $53.3 Billion in 2008, According to IDC  —  According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, factory revenue in the worldwide server market declined 14.0% year-over-year to $13.5 billion …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Gizmodo's Amazon Kindle 2 Review Matrix  —  You don't wanna wear out your eyes reading superlong Kindle 2 reviews before you get one, right?  Well here's our review matrix for quick, easy-on-the-eyes digestion of reviews from tech's biggest names.  —  We've got reviews here from the NYT's David Pogue …
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
What Sells Online?  Unsexy Newsletters  —  They're not the newest fad, but these daily digests sent via e-mail can generate some much needed ad revenue when there's not much of it to go around  —  We San Franciscans think New York isn't quite as Web savvy are we are.
 
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RockYou Gears Up to Distribute Content
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UK government backs open source
Discussion: Slashdot
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life blog:
Who profits from the App Store?
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Texting ‘improves language skill’
Discussion: DailyTech
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Michael Moritz: Lessons from a Long-Ball Hitter
Discussion: Time
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Ryan Lawler / Contentinople:
Global Crossing Confirms CDN Initiative
Discussion: PR Newswire
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Aster Data raises $5M more for data warehousing
Discussion: GigaOM
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
World Economic Forum Announces New Batch Of Young Global Leaders …
Discussion: White African
Paul Venezia / The Deep End:
Could the Childs case put all network admins in danger?
Discussion: Slashdot
Times of India:
Bloggers unite against SC verdict
Ben Rothke / Computerworld:
Why Information Must Be Destroyed
Discussion: Beyond Search