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6:55 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 …
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.
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Dell Belatedly Buys Domain For Its Hot Notebook  —  Last week, a blog post hit Techmeme detailing how Dell had screwed up by not securing for its ultra-thin notebook, which CrunchGear's John Biggs spotted at SXSW a day before its official release on March 17.
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.
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.
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.
Elizabeth Holmes / Digits:
A Twitter Spinoff Launches for Moms  —  Can mommy bloggers become mommy tweeters?  —  Rachael Herrscher  —  A new microblogging site targeting moms and modeled after Twitter launched Friday.  Rachael Herrscher, a 31-year-old mother of three, has added the abbreviated commenting feature to her site Today's Mama.
Discussion:, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Surpasses 200 Million Users  —  Tomorrow Facebook should theoretically be crossing the 200 million users level tomorrow based on our estimates but according to Wei Zhu of Facebook, the number could be as high as 280 million.  While speaking at a Facebook Tech Talk …
Discussion: TRANSPARENT REAL ESTATE and Social Network, Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is Facebook Purposefully Lowballing Its Official User Numbers?
Discussion: Lonely CEO Media, Thanks:atul
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Discussion: Associated Press
Paul Boutin / Industry Standard:
David Pogue's secret weapon: Patience
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:ilamont
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Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Prosecutor Who Threatened Teens With Child Porn Charges For Taking …
Discussion: MyFox New York and Slashdot
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Don't get taken in by the Conficker panic
Nicole Loux / The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox 3.0.8 security release now available
Discussion:, PC World, Mozilla and SEO and Tech Daily, Thanks:atul

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