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6:20 PM ET, March 28, 2009

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John Markoff / New York Times:
Vast Spy System Loots Computers in 103 Countries  —  TORONTO — A vast electronic spying operation has infiltrated computers and has stolen documents from hundreds of government and private offices around the world, including those of the Dalai Lama, Canadian researchers have concluded.
Discussion: Gawker, Silicon Alley Insider and Slashdot, Thanks:blogfisher
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple uses a jailbroken iPhone in patent application  —  Uh oh Apple — it looks like even your attorneys are dirty, thieving jailbreakers.  Tipster a|  e  § was poring through that iPhone biometric security patent application we posted earlier and noticed that the images show a jailbroken phone …
Rob Minto / Financial Times:
The genius behind Google's web browser  —  About five miles outside Aarhus in Denmark - the country's second-­biggest city and the unofficial capital of Jutland - sits a converted farmhouse.  Inside, in a large wood-floored space with vaulted ceilings - once part of the stables …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
How Google Shot Microsoft After It Took A Knife To A Gunfight  —  Google's a split-personality company.  On the one hand, it wants people to believe that it could lose its customers at any time, lest it get viewed as a monopoly.  But question its ability on the technical front, and the Big G will go off on you like nobody's business.
Discussion: Beyond Search, Thanks:atul
James Urquhart / CNET News:
Cloud computing: What we learned from Manifestogate  —  Cloud computing is the first major IT market disruption that has taken place in the world of open source software, “the wisdom of crowds” and the community collaboration revolution of Web 2.0.  The concept of the cloud is trying to grow …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
RIAA, MPAA Copyright Warnings: Facts and Fiction  —  It's has been a good week for the entertainment industry lobbyists.  Hundreds of news outlets wrote in detail about how the RIAA and MPAA are negotiating with Internet service providers to warn alleged copyright infringers.
David Pogue / New York Times:
When Laptops Go Light  —  Did you hear about the new Hilton NanoSuites?  You get a single bed in a room about 8 feet square — and no shower.  —  There, you can dine on McDonald's new McSliders: burgers the size of a half-dollar, with two drops of ketchup.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Jonathan Rochelle / Official Google Docs Blog:
Just to clarify...  Yesterday, a researcher publicly reported some concerns with Google Docs.  At Google, we treat the privacy and integrity of our users' data with the highest priority.  We quickly investigated, and we believe that these concerns do not pose a significant security risk to our users.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Dell Belatedly Buys Adamo.com Domain For Its Hot Notebook  —  Last week, a blog post hit Techmeme detailing how Dell had screwed up by not securing Adamo.com for its ultra-thin notebook, which CrunchGear's John Biggs spotted at SXSW a day before its official release on March 17.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Is Facebook Growing Up Too Fast?  —  WHEN Facebook signed up its 100 millionth member last August, its employees spread out in two parks in Palo Alto, Calif., for a huge barbecue.  Sometime this week, this five-year-old start-up, born in a dorm room at Harvard, expects to register its 200 millionth user.
Thanks:atul
TechCrunch:
Steel Cage Debate On The Future Of Online Advertising: Danny Sullivan Vs. Eric Clemons  —  Editor's note: Last Sunday, we published a guest post by Wharton Professor Eric Clemons on “Why Advertising Is Failing On The Internet.”  The post questioned a basic assumption that many of us in the tech industry hold near and dear.
Thanks:sampad
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Annoying Lawyer Invents Most Annoying Legal Specialty  —  Gregory Fayer, a 2004 Columbia Law graduate, has put out a press release touting his amazing legal skills: Getting Twitter to take down celebrity impostors' accounts.  It's a tricky legal process which involves sending email.
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
AAPL May Take 20% Of China Smartphones, Analyst Says
Deborah Yao / Associated Press:
Consumers can be stuck when Web sites change terms
Discussion: Associated Press
Paul Boutin / Industry Standard:
David Pogue's secret weapon: Patience
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:ilamont
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Palm Throws Down a C&D Warning on the TealOS Skin
Elizabeth Holmes / Digits:
A Twitter Spinoff Launches for Moms
Discussion: RotorBlog.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Google layoffs don't stop hiring efforts
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Tracking The Online-Only Seattle P-I: Traffic Down 20 Percent
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Prosecutor Who Threatened Teens With Child Porn Charges For Taking …
Discussion: MyFox New York and Slashdot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is Facebook Purposefully Lowballing Its Official User Numbers?
Discussion: Lonely CEO Media and All Facebook, Thanks:atul
Luis Corrons / PandaLabs:
Don't get taken in by the Conficker panic
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and ITworld.com
 

 
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Robert G. Kaiser / Washington Post:
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