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5:00 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  —  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 …
Discussion: Social Business, and a.k.a Elpie, Thanks:atul
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Does Google Really Control The News?
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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
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
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 …
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.
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
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.
Cristine Gonzalez / VentureBeat:   iPhone devotion blinds Silicon Valley app developers
Kevin /
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 …
Discussion: Regular Geek and WinExtra
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Matthew T. Sanderson / Washington Post:
A Dot-Pol of Their Own  —  Long before she began forming …
Discussion: Domain Name Wire, Thanks:jeff_foust
Eric Brewer / The Raw Story:
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Discussion: Political Punch
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
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