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8:50 AM ET, July 17, 2009

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Internal Strategy Laid Bare: To Be “The Pulse Of The Planet”  —  On Tuesday evening more than 300 confidential Twitter documents and screenshots landed in our inbox.  We said we were going to post a handful of them only, and we've spent much of the last 36 hours talking directly …
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Biz / Twitter Blog:
Someone Call Security  —  Early yesterday, we were contacted by two blog journalists who had just been offered internal business documents stolen from Twitter by a hacker.  —  First, it's important to note how these documents were stolen.  In this case, a Twitter employee used the same non-unique password on multiple services.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Twitter Widens Blog War  —  Twitter seems only to have grown more furious at the tech blog that published its internal documents, accusing TechCrunch of lying and hinting at legal action.  Bizarrely, TechCrunch is refusing to fight back.  —  TechCrunch this week published internal Twitter documents obtained by a computer hacker.
Discussion: Gawker and WebProNews
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:   Twitter's Delicate Dance With Google, Microsoft, & Others
Sam Bayard / citmedialaw.org:
First Amendment Protects TechCrunch's Publication of (Some) Hacked Twitter Documents
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Possible Twitter lawsuit would dive into murky blog waters
Discussion: AttentionMax and digg.com
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Search Ad Deal With Microsoft “Down to the Short Strokes"-But Caution Also Advised  —  Unless there is some major glitch, there might finally be a search and online advertising deal struck between Yahoo and Microsoft at long last.  —  Top executives at Microsoft-including SVP …
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24/7 Wall Street:
Yahoo! (YHOO) Deal With Microsoft (MSFT) “Imminent”  —  Sources at a major client of investment house ThinkEquity say that the firm considers a Microsoft (MSFT) link-up with Yahoo! (YHOO) in the search business to be “imminent”.  The comments were made by analyst William Morrison.
Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com:
App stores are not the future, says Google  —  Apple customers may have downloaded 1.5bn applications from its AppStore in the past year for their iPhones and iPod touches, but the service does not represent the future for the mobile industry, according to Google.
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Google Investor Relations:
GOOGLE ANNOUNCES SECOND QUARTER 2009 RESULTS  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2009.  —  “Google had a very good quarter, especially given the continued macro-economic downturn.  While most of the world's largest economies shrank …
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Google Blogoscoped:
The Great Google Doodle Triforce Conspiracy  —  In many well-known programs there are hidden features or messages called easter eggs, being put there by the developers for you to find.  Like in some applications from Google: Docs (Cliply), Picasa (bears) and Reader (ninja and the end of internet).
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Who Does Twitter Love?  Breaking Down The Twitter Suggested Users List  —  In some ways, it's the Who's Who of Twitter — the Twitter Suggested Users list.  These are the 241 people Twitter currently suggests that new people should follow.  Below, a look at who makes it by categories, such as media or sports.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Music industry wants cut of Pirate Bay sale  —  The music industry will attempt to seize money paid to acquire the Pirate Bay, according to a high-level music industry source and a spokesman for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the trade group representing the music industry worldwide.
Discussion: paidContent
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Michael Osinski / New York Times:
Steal This Code  —  GOLDMAN SACHS'S announcement this week of record quarterly profits has thankfully overshadowed another news event there earlier this month.  Sergey Aleynikov, a former programmer for Goldman, was arrested and accused of stealing computer programs that make rapid …
Discussion: Snarkmarket
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Opera: Microsoft's ‘minor tweak’ of Windows 7 not enough  —  Microsoft may have felt forced to leave parts of IE within Windows, since some of the OS's functionality, particularly Windows Update, likely depends on those components.  —  A month ago, Microsoft acknowledged that its unilateral move might …
Discussion: The Register
Jared Newman / Technologizer:
Games Industry Suffers From Recession, Finally  —  After a few months of lagging sales, market researcher NPD Group is finally saying the recession caught up with the video games industry.  All it took was for gaming to suffer its biggest year-over-year sales drop in 9 years.
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
New Xbox Live Update: Full Game Downloads, Expanded Netflix Features and More  —  The newest Xbox live update is in the process of filtering out to the masses, and it brings with it some pretty sweet features.  It'll offer downloadable Games on Demand (full games!), new Netflix options and a bunch more.
Discussion: Engadget and I4U News
Chris Dannen / Fast Company:
The Big, Awkward Problem of YouTube Fees  —  YouTube has become our national trove of free video, a place where a company can find a free platform for video marketing junk and individuals can watch dogs sleepwalk.  But as we've discussed before, the Web's video giant costs Google …
Discussion: Bits
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Wants You To Know A Google Docs Redesign Is Coming (I Wonder Why)  —  On the Google Docs blog today, the company took the time to make a non-announcement.  Basically, there's a bunch of words that bury the real story: That Google Docs will soon be launching a “brand new shiny interface.”
Discussion: Docs Blog and Electricpig.co.uk
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Bit.ly Starts Warning About Malicious Links  —  Since it became the default URL shortener for Twitter, Bit.ly has been growing like crazy.  And as we learned from Spider-Man, with great power, comes great responsibility.  —  Bit.ly has started warning users of potentially malicious sites …
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Mary Kay Sues Yahoo For Inserting Ad Links In Emails  —  We've seen way too many lawsuits involving companies suing search engines for trademark infringement due to paid search adveritisng, but the latest lawsuit is a bit different.  It appears that Mary Kay (who has a long history …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former AOLer Jim Bankoff Scores $7 Million for Sports News and Community Start-Up  —  Jim Bankoff-the well-regarded former AOL exec who runs an online sports news network called SB Nation-has nabbed $7 million in funding from investors to grow the company, including Comcast Interactive Capital, said sources.
Discussion: Softpedia News and paidContent
Jack Margo / eWeek:
Twitter Leak Illustrates Google Chrome OS Security Hazards  —  Recently leaked Twitter documents that were stored on Google Apps highlight a deeper issue - namely, when everything you do is stored online, how will you protect your personal data?  As Google revs up its new Chrome OS, phishing and hacker attempts will be exacerbated.
Discussion: Computerworld and GigaOM
Softpedia News:
Firefox 3.5.1 Patches a Critical Security Bug  —  The first update to 3.5 has launched ahead of schedule  —  A critical security vulnerability in the latest Firefox 3.5 was disclosed a few days ago affecting the Just-in-Time (JIT) JavaScript compiler.  The bug could be used by an attacker …
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
IE6 Must Die for the Web to Move On  —  Just six years ago, the web was dominated by one browser: Internet Explorer, specifically Internet Explorer 6.  Without Netscape to compete against it and the ability to bundle its browser with Windows XP, Microsoft experienced superior market share - up to 95% at the peak.
Discussion: digg.com
Sridhar / Zoho Blogs:
Companies Don't Get Killed by Competition, They Commit Suicide  —  One reaction to Microsoft's announcement of Office 2010 which we find amusing (or whatever the term that is appropriate in discussing one's own obituary) is “This spells the end of Zoho.”  What most people fail to realize …
Discussion: Internetnews Blog
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel CEO keen on ‘ultra-thins’ as alternative to Netbooks  —  During Intel's earnings conference call Tuesday, CEO Paul Otellini said inexpensive “ultra-thins” will give users what they're missing in Netbooks, a theme that the chipmaker has been reiterating in various forums lately.
Discussion: bit-tech.net and SlashGear
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Analysts pull Mac sales numbers out of a hat  —  IDC, Gartner can't agree on whether U.S. sales are up or down at Apple  —  Computerworld - Apple's Mac sales are up.  Unless they're down, say analysts.  —  Second-quarter estimates of Mac sales by Gartner Inc. and IDC split yesterday …
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Shows The Business Potential Of Location-Based Services
Discussion: foursquare and Google Watch
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
FCC Considers Propping Up Old School Journalism, As Copps Blames …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Web's Anonymity Makes Cyberattack Hard to Trace
Discussion: 24/7 Wall Street
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
No, @Oprah doesn't really want you to watch that pirated copy of Harry Potter
Discussion: The Blog Herald
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