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6:40 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.
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 …
Discussion: paidContent, Silicon Alley Insider and Gawker, Thanks:gsharma
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Our Reaction To Your Reactions To the Twitter Confidential Documents Post  —  Wow, that's quite a reaction to our post earlier this evening saying that we will publish some of the confidential Twitter documents we've been forwarded.  Nearly 200 comments in a little over an hour, mostly saying we shouldn't publish.
Michael Eisenberg / Seeking Alpha:
Twitter Theft: It's Really All About Google
Discussion: Webomatica and Screenwerk
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter: Don't Blame Google for Twitterhack (But Do Be Careful …
Discussion: Continuations and Mashable!
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
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechSpot
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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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Bill Gates offers the world a physics lesson  —  It's been a year since Bill Gates left full-time work at Microsoft, but he's found plenty to keep him busy.  —  In between trying to eradicate polio, tame malaria, and fix the broken U.S. education system, Gates has managed to fulfill a dream …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Bill Gates on Google's Chrome OS  —  To Bill Gates, Google's Chrome OS looks a lot like a familiar foe: Linux.  —  “There's many, many forms of Linux operating systems out there and packaged in different ways and booted in different ways,” Gates said in an interview with CNET News this week.
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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Voice Apps For Android And Blackberry Are Here
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.
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 …
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.
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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Analyst sees dimming future for AT&T wireless if Verizon gets iPhone
Discussion: Phone Arena
Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Big game publishers muscle in on iPhone's upstarts  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - As the iPhone becomes a popular mobile gaming device, large game publishers with deep pockets are going head-to-head with smaller developers who found early success on the Apple Inc phone.
Discussion: PC World, AppleInsider and I4U News
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Yukari Iwatani Kane / Digits:
Getting Noticed on the iPhone App Store
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Dirty Little Secret of Apple's App Store
Discussion: mocoNews
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
Brandon Sterne / Mozilla Security Blog:
Critical JavaScript vulnerability in Firefox 3.5  —  Issue  —  A bug discovered last week in Firefox 3.5's Just-in-time (JIT) JavaScript compiler was disclosed publicly yesterday.  It is a critical vulnerability that can be used to execute malicious code.  —  Impact
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 …
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
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.
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
BBC:
Windows 7 flies off virtual shelf  —  The latest version of Microsoft's flagship operating system, Windows 7, is available for pre-order in the UK.  —  Amazon said that sales of Windows 7 in the first eight hours it was available outstripped those of Windows Vista's entire 17 week pre-order period.
Clay Shirky / Cato Unbound:
Not an Upgrade — an Upheaval  —  In his lead essay, Clay Shirky argues that the old models of journalism are broken primarily because in today's online environment, self-created publics can parse the news however they like.  The biggest failure of journalism in the online age is the failure …
Laura June / Engadget:
ASUS Eee PC T91 review  —  We've had our eye on ASUS' first full touchscreen tablet netbook, the Eee PC T91, since way back in January, when the hardware was on display while the software had yet to appear.  Since then, we've seen quite a lot of the T91, and now it's finally making its way onto the US retail market.
David Martin / CNET News:
Apple cops to OS 3.0 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth problems  —  A rash of Wi-Fi connectivity and signal strength complaints have cropped up after Apple's iPhone OS 3.0 software update.  Some users complain that their iPhones and iPod Touches drop from Wi-Fi unexpectedly; others that they can't connect to the Internet at all.
 
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Sluggish sales of 1.8-inch drives may signal end to iPod classic
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