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10:20 AM ET, April 13, 2009


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Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Deconstructing Apple's Tiny iPod Shuffle  —  A teardown by researchers shows the device's components cost a mere 28% of its retail price—a fat profit margin.  Biggest supplier: Samsung  —  When the first iPod graced store shelves almost eight years ago, it could pack about 1,000 songs …
Discussion: iLounge, Softpedia News, The Toybox and PMP Today, Thanks:dmac1
Lynne Pope / a.k.a Elpie:
Mikeyy Twitter XSS Mutates & Continues to Attack  —  After a weekend that saw three XSS attacks on Twitter, apparently all originating from the same hacker, Twitter users are now seeing yet another variation of the script.  —  F-Secure warned yesterday that:
New York Times:
‘Hyperlocal’ Web Sites Deliver News Without Newspapers  —  If your local newspaper shuts down, what will take the place of its coverage?  Perhaps a package of information about your neighborhood, or even your block, assembled by a computer.  —  A number of Web start-up companies are creating …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Seagate: Revenue better than expected; Raises cash to pay debt  —  Seagate Technology on Monday said revenue in its fiscal third quarter will be about $2.1 billion, better than the $1.88 billion projected by Wall Street.  Meanwhile, Seagate said it has raised $430 million in a private bond offering …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
PR Newswire:   Seagate Technology Announces Selected Preliminary Fiscal Third …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple's best move: Jobs as chairman with Cook as CEO  —  Apple chief Steve Jobs is involved with all of the company's key product plans, had a hand in the iPhone 3.0 launch and at least a few people expect him to return in June.  —  Those interesting takeaways appeared in a Wall Street Journal story …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
You Will Be Using FriendFeed In The Future — But It May Be Called Facebook  —  Last week, we wrote that FriendFeed was in danger of becoming “the coolest app that no one uses.”  The thought was that while FriendFeed is doing some great things both in terms of its technology and feature-wise …
Discussion: The FASTForward Blog, Thanks:bobcaswell
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Update, Open Sourced  —  It doesn't have an interface, it's always running in the background, ready to silently update your Google software: Google Update is the service that makes Google's desktop applications behave more like the constantly updated web applications.
Discussion: CNET News and Beyond Search
Martyn Williams / PC World:
Google Disables Uploads, Comments on YouTube Korea  —  Google has disabled user uploads and comments on the Korean version of its YouTube video portal in reaction to a new law that requires the real name of a contributor be listed along each contribution they make.
Jesse Stay /
Twitteronia vs. The Battle for Hosted Microblogging Begins  —  By Jesse Stay of Stay N' Alive (Facebook/FriendFeed)  —  It's no secret that I'm a huge proponent of self-hosted Microblogging.  I've written numerous times on and my own blog about the benefits business can see by …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why eBay Should Accept Skype Founders' Buyout Offer  —  Over the weekend, The New York Times reported that Skype founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis were in talks with private equity groups to raise about $1 billion and buy their Internet calling service back from eBay.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
BoomTown Channels Miss Cleo: A Twitter Transaction?  More Facebook Follies?  And Will There Finally Be a Yahoo-Microsoft Deal?  —  This weekend on Twitter, someone paid BoomTown a compliment of a sort: “I read you because you are a solid fact-based reporter with a Miss Cleo intuition :)”
Owen Fletcher / Network World:
Analyst: Dell in smartphone talks with China Mobile  —  Dell has strongly hinted it plans to launch a smartphone or mobile Internet device  —  Dell is in talks with China Mobile to offer a smartphone based on the carrier's mobile operating system, a move that would take Dell into a huge …
Carolyn Kellogg / Jacket Copy:
Amazon responds to queries, blames a ‘glitch’  —  As readers continue to try to figure out what happened in Amazon's database so that the sales rankings of certain books and not others disappeared — which caused some to be omitted from search results on the site — it seems that Amazon is doing much the same thing.
Erica Friedman / Examiner:
Online censorship? Amazon strips ranking of Gay and Lesbian books
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac: offering Apple official unlocked iPhones for $799  — is offering an official Apple Unlocked iPhones now for $799.  This is an official Apple iPhone which isn't jailbroken.  You can do iTunes updates and not have to worry about locking your iPhone up again.  Apple warranty also applies.
Discussion: SlashPhone and CrunchGear
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Digggate: Conspiracy Theory or Brave New World for Digg  —  Last week, Danny Sullivan, editor-in-chief of Search Engine Land, coined the term Digggate in response to concerns of a potential scandal surrounding Digg, Google and the Diggbar.  According to Sullivan, Digg is deliberately skirting …
Michael Bush / AdAge:
Bloggers Be Warned: FTC May Monitor What You Say  —  Proposed Plan Would Hold Web Writers Liable for False Brand Discourse  —  NEW YORK ( — Thinking about letting a big-name blogger test-drive your new hybrid in the hope he'll post a glowing review about it …
Dave Greenfield / Team Think:
New Skype Vulnerability Discovered  —  A new phishing attack demonstrated by the folks over at Secure Science allows hackers to gain access to a user's Skype client and then pose as a financial institution or proxy outbond calls.  The technique is called “SkypeSkrayping” …
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Paul Marks / New Scientist:
Our ears may have built-in passwords
Discussion: Softpedia News
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
What iPhone Apps Are Used Most? Hint: Not Games
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Wireless Carriers: Your New PC Retailer?
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Vista/7 more secure than Linux and Mac OS X
PR Newswire:
Satyam Selects Tech Mahindra to Acquire Majority Interest
Discussion: Between the Lines
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Time Warner's Broadband Cap Plans Draw Lawmaker's Ire
Discussion: DSLreports
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
On (to) TechCrunch  —  Matt Marshall has taught me a lot of things.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Should Online Scofflaws Be Denied Web Access?
 Earlier Items: 
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Times change: print no longer default MLA citation style
Rhee So-eui / Reuters:
EBay buys Korean rival's stake for $413 million: report
Discussion: Associated Press
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Ad network Collective Media raises $20M more, targets the big three
Discussion: MarketingVOX and TechCrunch
Erica Sadun / Ars Technica:
The problem with push: can small developers afford it?
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
IPhone changes dynamics of game software industry
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog