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9:55 PM ET, July 15, 2009

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Biz / Twitter Blog:
Twitter, Even More Open Than We Wanted  —  About a month ago, an administrative employee here at Twitter was targeted and her personal email account was hacked.  From the personal account, we believe the hacker was able to gain information which allowed access to this employee's Google Apps account …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
In Our Inbox: Hundreds Of Confidential Twitter Documents  —  Here's a dilemma: The guy ("Hacker Croll") who claims to have accessed hundreds of confidential corporate and personal documents of Twitter and Twitter employees, is releasing those documents publicly and sent them to us earlier today.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Another Security Tip For Twitter: Don't Use “Password” As Your Server Password  —  With all the chatter about the current security issues surrounding Twitter, its workforce and the cloud-based Google apps they use, a new security issue has popped up that makes it trivially easy for anyone to access the Twitter servers directly.
Discussion: MediaFile and Guardian, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter: Don't Blame Google for Twitterhack (But Do Be Careful …
Discussion: Continuations
Michael Eisenberg / Seeking Alpha:
Twitter Theft: It's Really All About Google
Discussion: Webomatica
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life:
The Twitter hack and the cloud
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Apple Blocks Palm Pre iTunes Syncing  —  It has begun.  With the release of iTunes 8.2.1 (via TiPb), gut46 tells us, Palm Pre syncing with iTunes is indeed kaput.  At least on this Pre user's Mac, iTunes sync isn't working after the 8.2.1 update.  * According to Apple's surprisingly forthcoming release notes:
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Arik Hesseldahl / BusinessWeek:
Apple To Palm: It's On.  The Pre Is Locked Out Of iTunes  —  Reports are coming in that Apple's latest update to its iTunes software has locked out Palm's Pre.  Precentral had the first reports on the matter that I saw, and now Apple is confirming the matter itself: “iTunes 8.2.1 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Financial Forecast Shows First Revenue In Q3, 1 billion users in 2013  —  Our negotiations with Twitter (or rather Twitter's lawyers) over our intention to publish a small subset of the 310 hacked confidential documents continue.  We published the first document …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to open retail stores near Apple's this fall  —  Microsoft is planning to open the first of its planned retail stores next to existing Apple stores this fall.  —  Kevin Turner, Microsoft's Chief Operating Officer, told partners the news during his Worldwide Partner Conference keynote on July 15.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Gates: Natal to bring gesture recognition to Windows too  —  Microsoft doesn't just want to bring gesture recognition to the Xbox with Project Natal.  It also wants the technology in Windows, according to a very good source—Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates.  —  In an interview with CNET News this week …
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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Now Connecting 250 Million People  —  As of today, 250 million people are using Facebook to stay updated on what's happening around them and share with the people in their lives.  The rapid pace of our growth is humbling and exciting for us, and it affirms that people everywhere are realizing …
The Official Google Blog:
Google Voice mobile app for Blackberry and Android  —  It's been an exciting few months since we announced Google Voice.  The feedback from early users has been terrific, and the requests for invites have been flowing in.  We started sending invites a few weeks ago and will keep sending them daily.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Working on New Twitter Integration?  —  While it's too early to tell exactly what this means, Facebook engineer Blake Ross today posted a “test” tweet from a Twitter application called “Penguin FB” that resides on Facebook development servers.  One interesting possibility …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
Mobile Today:
Orange and T-Mobile to break O2 exclusivity on iPhone  —  Apple opens up older iphones to two new networks in six weeks  —  Apple is poised to open the iPhone 3G to Orange and T-Mobile in a bid to boost sales.  —  The move is set for as early as September and will end Apple's two year exclusive deal with O2.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple may extend antiglare display option to more Macs  —  Apple made a bold move roughly two years ago to begin transitioning its entire Mac product line away from matte displays and towards glass-enclosed glossy ones, but the company may be nearing a concession that these shiny, highly-reflective screens may not be for everyone.
Discussion: Ars Technica
Ian Fette / Chromium Blog:
Smaller is Faster (and Safer Too)  —  We have just started using a new compression algorithm called Courgette to make Google Chrome updates small.  —  We have built Google Chrome to address multiple factors that affect browser security.  One of the pillars of our approach is to keep …
Jessica Shambora / Fortune:
New iPhone no threat to the Flip camcorder  —  Apple's iPhone 3GS has video capabilities, but Cisco's Flip still dominates point-and-shoot camcorders.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — With the launch of the Flip video camera in May 2007, the camcorder market has never been the same.
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Microsoft invests $1m in IT girls  —  Designing Women  —  Tune into our application security webcast, click here  —  Microsoft has made its second million-dollar grant to the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) to support the advancement of women in IT.
Discussion: NCWIT
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft exec: Apple lawyers tried to squelch Windows ads  —  Kevin Turner, Microsoft's chief operating officer, made headlines today for saying that Microsoft will open some of its new retail stores “right next door to Apple stores this fall.”  But as we read the official transcript …
Discussion: CNET News and Microsoft, Thanks:johnhcook
abovethecrowd.com:
Bill Gurley On The “Free” Business Model  —  Filed under: Internet, Venture Capital, Web/Tech, advertising, online video, video |  I have been intrigued by the back and forth between Chris Anderson, Malcolm Gladwell, and Mark Cuban on the topic of “Free” as a strategy and business model.
Discussion: bijan sabet
Josh Cohen / European Public Policy Blog:
Working with News Publishers  —  Last week, a group of newspaper and magazine publishers signed a declaration stating that “Universal access to websites does not necessarily mean access at no cost,” and that they “no longer wish to be forced to give away property without having granted permission.”
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Google's Chiller-less Data Center  —  The equipment yard at the Google data center in Belgium features no chillers.  (Photo from Google)  —  Google (GOOG) has begun operating a data center in Belgium that has no chillers to support its cooling systems, a strategy that will improve …
Discussion: The Register
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Amazon sued for cracking Kindles, $5-plus million sought in class action  —  You've heard about cracking open a book, but how about cracking open a Kindle?  —  Apparently this is happening to some owners of Amazon.com's electronic book who also bought the optional, $30 protective cover …
Bing / Search Blog:
BingTweets Debuts  —  As part of our ongoing efforts to explore options in real-time search, we've partnered with Federated Media and Twitter to create BingTweets which fuses Bing search results and real time content from Twitter in an interesting new interface.
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Analyst sees dimming future for AT&T wireless if Verizon gets iPhone  —  A bottom up view of a cell tower.  Credit: Locomotive8/ Flickr.  —  If Pali Research were to pick its favorite wireless carrier, it wouldn't be AT&T.  —  The market research firm believes that despite the huge success …
Discussion: Phone Arena
tradingmarkets.com:
Sources: China-targeting iPhone 3G Version in Production  —  SHENZHEN, Jul 15, 2009 (SinoCast Daily Business Beat via COMTEX) — AAPL |  PowerRating — Foxconn Technology Group (Foxconn), the contracted iPhone maker for Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), is manufacturing a 3G version of iPhone tailored …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, iPhone Buzz and MacRumors
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Maps Markers Are Making Real World Appearances  —  You know the Google Maps upside-down teardrop shaped markers?  It looks like they're starting to appear in the real world, at various locations around the globe.  You can see the locations that have them on this Google Maps Favorite Places page.
Justin Osofsky / Facebook Developers:
New Ad Targeting to Grow Your Business on Platform  —  As Facebook Platform grows, so have the businesses of many of the developers finding success on Facebook Platform.  From hiring teams to growing userbases and raising funding, developers around the world have turned their passions into profitable business.
IDC:
PC Outlook Improves As Consumer Spending Stabilizes Shipments, According to IDC  —  As in the first quarter of 2009, global PC shipments again came in slightly ahead of expectations in the second quarter (2Q09), lessening fears over the extent of the PC market slump.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Next New Networks Reorgs, Reduces, Refocuses With New Hire  —  Online television studio Next New Networks today reorganized its staff, bringing on producer Kathleen Grace to head up programming.  Grace, creator of The Burg and The All-for-Nots, had already been working closely with NNN …
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Reader Takes Another Social Step With People Search And “Likes”
Discussion: Official Google Reader Blog, Thanks:gsharma
Paul Armstrong / Don't Fear the Firehose:
An open letter to the Newspaper Licensing Agency (by Kevin Taylor / CIPR)
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Kevin Anderson / Guardian:
How Craigslist turned small ads into big business
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Big game publishers muscle in on iPhone's upstarts
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Zookz: A license to infringe?
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