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1:50 AM ET, April 13, 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 …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
mikeyy: Another Twitter Worm on the Loose
Discussion: Social Business, a.k.a Elpie and, Thanks:atul
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Did Amazon Really Fail This Weekend? The Twittersphere Says Yes
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:atul
Erica Friedman / Examiner:
Online censorship? Amazon strips ranking of Gay and Lesbian books
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 …
Discussion: HyperlocalBlogger
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Cooliris raises $15M for (improved) 3D wall  —  Cooliris is launching a new version of its 3D wall today, one that makes it easier to explore images and other media on the web, on social networking sites, and now, even on your computer desktop.  The Palo Alto, Calif. company is also announcing …
Discussion: BoomTown
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.
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 …
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
Rhee So-eui / Reuters:
EBay buys Korean rival's stake for $413 million: report  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - EBay Inc has agreed to buy a controlling stake in South Korean online retailer Gmarket Inc for $413 million, at a 32.5 percent premium, news service eDaily reported on Monday.  —  The long-discussed deal …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Times change: print no longer default MLA citation style  —  The Modern Language Association's (MLA) new handbook for academic citations does away with the primacy of print, along with the need to include URLs for Web citations.  All hail the rise of the Internet.
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.
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.
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Louis Gray:
Are You Writing Your Headlines for Google or for Twitter?
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 Earlier Items: 
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple Offers Another Fleeting Glimpse At The App Store's All-Time Leaders
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and Inside Facebook, Thanks:mrinaldesai
James Doran / Guardian:
IBM set to axe thousands in move to cheap labour abroad
Discussion: Bloomberg