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4:10 PM ET, March 21, 2009


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Jeanne Meserve / CNN:
‘Smart Grid’ may be vulnerable to hackers  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Is it really so smart to forge ahead with the high technology, digitally based electricity distribution and transmission system known as the “Smart Grid”?  Tests have shown that a hacker can break into the system …
Discussion: Computerworld and CNET News
Jacob Weisberg / Slate:
How the Kindle will change the world.  —  I'm doing my best not to become a Kindle bore.  When I catch myself evangelizing to someone who couldn't care less about the marvels of the 2.0 version of Amazon's reading machine—I can take a whole library on vacation!  Adjust the type size!
Discussion: A VC, Thanks:techcrunch
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Even Facebook Employees Hate the Redesign  —  The feedback on Facebook's new look, which emphasizes a stream of Twitter-like status updates, is almost universally, howlingly negative.  Why isn't CEO Mark Zuckerberg listening to users?  Because he doesn't have to, he's told employees.
Facebook's redesign: Good concept, but not there yet  —  Has Facebook just destroyed its usefulness?  Is the design, introduced a week ago, killing the site's ability to help you share information with your real-life friends?  That's what a vocal and perhaps large group of people think.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Turns Three  —  Twitter, that ubiquitous little collection of emotional grunts and other 140 character ramblings, is turning 3 years old today at 1:02 PM California time.  Founding CEO Jack Dorsey Twittered earlier today linking back to one of the first Twitter messages …
Discussion: GigaOM, and Mashable!, Thanks:blogfisher
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Psycho-Thriller ‘Blank’ Premieres For Free on BitTorrent  —  Times are certainly changing and slowly but surely people are beginning to realize that rather than trying to fight piracy and destroy file-sharing networks, the best approach is to embrace your one-time rivals and try and create something positive.
Discussion: TeleRead
Rex Hammock / Rex Hammock's
A RexBlog Guessay: Why I believe Apple will announce an 8 1/2 x 11 inch iPod Touch within the next 45 days  —  Please note, I gave this post the title “Guessay,” which is a portmanteau of the words “guess” and “essay.”  What you'll read in this post is my conjecture based on several years …
Opportunities for Integrating Technology with Your Institution's Goals … Leaders & Administrators IT Professionals  —  Teachers & Professors  —  The New iMac line The new 20-inch and 24-inch iMac deliver a 30 percent larger display, twice the memory, and twice the storage.
Discussion: CrunchGear
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
What if the Palm Pre Bombs?  —  Palm has a lot of prestige and funds riding on the success of the Palm Pre smartphone.  Advance buzz for the device has reached a fever pitch, but in the face of such enormous expectations, not to mention competition from the Apple iPhone and RIM BlackBerry mobile …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Bug Reveals Private Photos, Wall Posts  —  Earlier this evening we came across a privacy flaw on Facebook that allowed users to gain access to portions of their friends' profiles that they should not have been able to see.  We contacted Facebook about the issue over an hour ago …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Are we headed into an era of “dumb tech?”  —  Cisco bought Flip Video.  The Peek e-mail device is outselling some smartphones and launching a new version.  The wi-fi-enabled media player is fighting it out with the TV for precedence in the living room and netbooks are beating down desktops at school and in the den.
Discussion: Industry Standard, Thanks:atul
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
The Next Target For Google: Corporate IT Budgets  —  There's an old debate in the Valley about whether Google (GOOG) is really a media company or a technology company.  In a sense, it is a silly debate, which is mostly a matter of semantics.  A better question is this …
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Report: Improper use of Deep Packet Inspection could be Internet game-changer  —  There are legitimate uses for a technology called Deep Packet Inspection.  But it's the “improper” use of the technology that prompted Washington-based Free Press to release a report this week entitled …
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Jen Granito / The LinkedIn Blog:
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Is Oracle Forking Red Hat Linux?
Discussion: Datamation and Slashdot
Robert McMillan /
Report links Russian intelligence to cyber attacks
Discussion: Slashdot
Steve Smith / MediaPost:
Google Watches Its Language
Markcuban / blog maverick:
Why Do Internet People Think Content People Are Stupid ? - updated
Discussion: and The Silicon Angle
 Earlier Items: 
Rebecca Buckman / Forbes:
Shake-Up At Sequoia  —  The VC firm has lost some key managers …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Kaminsky: MS security assessment tool is a ‘game changer’