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3:15 PM ET, April 12, 2009

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BNO Newsroom:
17-year-old claims responsibility for Twitter worm  —  Brooklyn, NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) — Mikeyy Mooney, the 17-year-old creator of StalkDaily.com from Brooklyn, has admitted responsibility for the Twitter worm that rapidly spread through Twitter on Saturday, stating in an email to BNO News …
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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:
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
mikeyy: Another Twitter Worm on the Loose  —  It's turning into quite a weekend for TwitterTwitter reviews : a new exploit has been created carrying the name of the 17 year old who supposedly created yesterday's StalkDaily worm.  We should emphasize that the attack is more of a nuisance than malicious …
Twitter Status:
Update on StalkDaily.com Worm  —  Earlier today we were informed of a malicious site that was spreading links to StalkDaily.com on Twitter without user consent via a cross-site scripting vulnerability.  We've taken steps to remove the offending updates, and to close the holes that allowed this “worm” to spread.
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.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Does Google Really Control The News?
Discussion: digg.com
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple Offers Another Fleeting Glimpse At The App Store's All-Time Leaders  —  Yesterday Apple announced that it was closing in on its whopping 1 Billionth application download from the App Store, which now features over 25,000 apps built by thousands of developers.
Discussion: Inside Facebook, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Software That Monitors Your Work, Wherever You Are  —  PEOPLE need to be watched.  —  Back at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, Jeremy Bentham, the English philosopher, seized on that basic management precept to design a building that would become a touchstone for architects of a new age.
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 …
Discussion: CNET News and Pulse2
Miker / Mike Rowehl:
Please Don't Mistake My Apathy For A Lack of Understanding  —  There's an interesting discussion floating around that a fanatical devotion to iPhone is blinding mobile developers to larger potential markets.  And I'm amazed.  Really, just freaking flabbergasted, that the conversation could even be taking place.
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Cristine Gonzalez / VentureBeat:   iPhone devotion blinds Silicon Valley app developers
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Some Of Our Favorite Easter Eggs  —  Just as children love hunting for Easter eggs, we love finding virtual Easter eggs in software and Web apps—those intentional hidden messages, features or jokes built into the software that users in the know may stumble upon at some point during their experience with the application.
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
Kevin / ToMuse.com:
3 Reasons Why Breaking The DiggBar Can Actually Increase Traffic To Your Website  —  Digg released their iframe based software toolbar (DiggBar) this past week and I've been trying to educate both users and publishers as to why frames are a very bad idea.  From a publisher's standpoint …
 
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Tom Jowitt / PC World:
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Discussion: Thin Clients
Matthew T. Sanderson / Washington Post:
A Dot-Pol of Their Own  —  Long before she began forming …
Discussion: Domain Name Wire, Thanks:jeff_foust
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
On the Lookout, With a Digital Security Camera
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