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9:25 PM ET, April 12, 2009


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17-year-old claims responsibility for Twitter worm  —  Brooklyn, NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) — Mikeyy Mooney, the 17-year-old creator of from Brooklyn, has admitted responsibility for the Twitter worm that rapidly spread through Twitter on Saturday, stating in an email to BNO News …
Mikko / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
Twitter worm outbreak over Easter  —  A cross-site scripting worm was spreading in Twitter profiles for several hours last night.  —  People started reporting that their profile had sent Twitter messages without their knowledge.  Messages looked like this:  —  Later on the messages morphed several times:
Biz / Twitter Blog:
Wily Weekend Worms  —  On a weekend normally reserved for bunnies, a worm took center stage.  A computer worm is a self-replicating computer program sometimes introduced by folks with malicious intent to do some harm to a network.  Please note that no passwords, phone numbers …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
mikeyy: Another Twitter Worm on the Loose
Discussion: Social Business, and a.k.a Elpie, Thanks:atul
Erica Friedman / Examiner:
Online censorship?  Amazon strips ranking of Gay and Lesbian books  —  One of the most powerful indicators of how a book is doing sales wise and can be a leading factor for generating or killing interest in a book.  Though many factors go into the sales ranking system, the primary driving factor has been sales-number of books sold.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
New Swiveling Nokia hitting Verizon Wireless?  —  If this wasn't from one of our normal ninjas we probably wouldn't publish it, but since it is, here we go... We've been told that there's a “swiveling E71-type handset” that's going to be launched on Verizon around the July/August time-frame.
Philip Lam / Your Source for Palm Pre News:
Palm hints at new Touchstone Product Line, Inductive data transferring?  —  After watching a 45 minute long Palm Pre demo video from Myriam over at tnkgrl, an interesting tidbit slipped out from a marketing manager at Palm.  —  “The Touchstone is the name of a entire line of products.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and jkOnTheRun
Associated Press:
Conficker worm hits University of Utah computers  —  SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — University of Utah officials say a computer virus has infected more than 700 campus computers, including those at the school's three hospitals.  —  University health sciences spokesman Chris Nelson said the outbreak …
Louis Gray:
Are Your Writing Your Headlines for Google or for Twitter?  —  While RSS still plays a very important role for practically all online publications to get their news out to subscribers, and Google plays a critical role for the stories to get picked up by casual visitors …
Discussion: Scobleizer
Nick / Rough Type:
Google in the middle  —  Three truths:  —  1. Google is a middleman made of software.  It's a very, very large middleman made of software.  Think of what Goliath or the Cyclops or Godzilla would look like if they were made of software.  That's Google.  —  2. The middleman acts in the middleman's interest.
Discussion: The Noisy Channel, Thanks:atul
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Does Google Really Control The News?
Discussion: and
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Easter Logos From Search Engines But Not Google or Yahoo  —  Today is the holiday of Easter, it is also Passover.  Some search engines have special logos and themes for the day, while others don't.  Google, Yahoo & AOL are all missing special logos for Easter or Passover.
Michael Geist Blog:
Wikileaks Posts ACTA Documents Revealing Enforcement Cooperation and Practices Info  —  Wikileaks has posted additional original ACTA documents, including draft language for several sections of the treaty.  The leaked documents are consistent with earlier reports on the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Chapter.
Discussion: Wikileaks
James Doran / Guardian:
IBM set to axe thousands in move to cheap labour abroad  —  IBM is planning to axe thousands of jobs in Britain, Germany and Ireland as part of a broader move to shift much of its workforce to cheaper outlets in eastern Europe, China, India and South America, the Observer has learned.
Discussion: Bloomberg
VC Firms Bet on Digital Pen Technology  —  Today, Adapx announced that it brought in $9M in second round funding led by UV Partners.  OVP Venture Partners, and Paladin Capital Group joined this round as well.  Founded 10 years ago the Seattle, Washington based firm has been developing natural …
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Software That Monitors Your Work, Wherever You Are
Tom Jowitt / PC World:
Card Turns Aging PCs Into Thin Clients
Discussion: Thin Clients
Miker / Mike Rowehl:
Please Don't Mistake My Apathy For A Lack of Understanding
Discussion: VentureBeat and greg hughes
Eric Brewer / The Raw Story:
White House: Obama ‘absolutely’ …
Discussion: Political Punch