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11:20 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 …
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 …
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
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.
Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
IPhone changes dynamics of game software industry  —  After years of building large, graphics-intensive blockbusters, developers are starting to make shorter, less expensive games for the iPhone and its phone-less sibling, the iPod Touch.  —  Reporting from San Francisco — Only a few years ago …
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.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Ad network Collective Media raises $20M more, targets the big three  —  Collective Media, an ad network you probably haven't heard of, has been slowly rising through the ranks of ad networks.  It is the 19th largest ad network, according to the most recent Comscore data (February), up from 21st last year.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Josh / Bokardo:
The Slow Erosion of Google Search  —  Editor's Note: this is a guessay, a portmanteau of the words “guess” and “essay”, which means that I'm officially making this stuff up.  —  I remember it very clearly.  Four of us were getting together for breakfast last year at SXSW.
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunchIT
Erica Sadun / Ars Technica:
The problem with push: can small developers afford it?  —  In March, Apple announced its support for push notification.  Ars looks at push and wonders if small- and medium-sized developers can afford this technology.  —  Push was the big buzz this past March.
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 …
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?
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