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11:50 AM ET, April 12, 2009

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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
How StalkDaily Opened a Gaping Hole in Twitter  —  UPDATE: Minutes ago, Twitter confirmed that they have successfully closed the hole that allowed this worm to spread.  You're safe to visit Twitter profiles again The below still stands as the most complete explanation of how the attack was conducted: please do give it a read!
Discussion: Twittercism and Network World
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Warning: Twitter Hit By StalkDaily Worm (Updated)  —  A bad week for Twitter just got even worse.  The service has apparently been infected by a worm originating from the owners of the website StalkDaily (Note: Do not visit this website, as it may cause your computer to become infected).
Damon / DCortesi . blog:
Twitter StalkDaily Worm Postmortem  —  Twitter got hit with a little security incident this afternoon we'll call the “StalkDaily Worm”.  I have no clue if the StalkDaily site was actually associated with the worm at this point or if it was simply a misdirection.  I believe it to be the latter.
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.
Discussion: Twittercism and Pocket-lint.com
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 and mathewingram.com/work, Thanks:atul
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
How Google Stole Control Over Content Distribution By Stealing Links  —  There is so much misunderstanding flying around about the economics of content on the web and the role of Google in the web's content economy that it's making my head hurt.  So let's see if we can straighten things out.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Does Google Really Control The News?
Discussion: digg.com
Mathew Ingram / Nieman Journalism Lab:   Why Nick Carr is wrong on Google as a middleman for news
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: WinExtra
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Cristine Gonzalez / VentureBeat:
iPhone devotion blinds Silicon Valley app developers  —  The rush to develop iPhone applications is blinding Silicon Valley software developers to other platforms with potentially wide global audiences, most notably Nokia's Ovi Store.  So said Ewan MacLeod, a U.K.-based mobile entrepreneur …
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Tom Jowitt / PC World:
Card Turns Aging PCs Into Thin Clients  —  Igel Technology is offering businesses an updated version of a card that converts aging desktop PCs into thin clients, thereby extending the operating life of old equipment.  —  The PC to TC (thin client) Conversion Card also gives businesses …
Discussion: Thin Clients
 
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Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
Details of HTC Android phones emerge through new style of marketing
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
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
iLike changes Facebook tune to ‘Music’
Eric Brewer / The Raw Story:
White House: Obama ‘absolutely’ …
Discussion: Political Punch
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Brian Solis / TechCrunch:
Can the Statusphere Save Journalism?
Discussion: PR 2.0, Thanks:bobcaswell
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Steve Jobs Still Running The Apple Show
PC World:
Netbooks and Linux: A Complicated Story
Discussion: Slashdot
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Tech Recruiting Clashes With Immigration Rules
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