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7:50 AM ET, July 31, 2009

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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Researchers attack my iPhone via SMS  —  LAS VEGAS—Researchers have discovered a way to take complete control over an iPhone merely by sending special SMS messages and demonstrated it on my iPhone at the Black Hat security conference on Wednesday.  —  Although an attacker could exploit …
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Andrew Brandt / Technologizer:
Your GSM Phone is (Probably) Vulnerable to Malicious Text Messages  —  Virtually all GSM phones (such as Apple's iPhone) and GSM wireless operators (such as AT&T and T-Mobile) on the planet appear to be vulnerable to attacks using specially crafted SMS text messages discovered by security researchers Zane Lackey and Luis Miras.
Arik Hesseldahl / BusinessWeek:
The Truth About The iPhone Virus / Vulnerability Thing
Discussion: Mashable!
Tan Weizhen / The Straits Times:
World's first tablet PC  —  Singapore firm launches touchscreen tablet computer  —  A SINGAPORE company is racing to be the first in the world to bring an almost mythical creature - the touchscreen tablet computer - to the market.  —  The start-up, Fusion Garage, has teamed …
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DC / dchieng:
crunchpad specs revealed
Discussion: Techgeist, Thanks:dchieng
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Microsoft's Long, Slow Decline  —  There were two interesting Windows-related news stories last week.  First, Joe Wilcox's story on a report from NPD claiming that 91 percent of $1,000-and-higher retail computer sales now go to Apple.  Second, Microsoft's quarterly financial results …
Discussion: Technovia, ParisLemon and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Will Windows 7 Win Back Defectors to the Mac?  Probably Not.  And That's OK.  —  Daring Fireball's John Gruber has posted a piece titled “Microsoft's Long, Slow Decline.”  As with most of what he writes, it's both provocative and thought-provoking, whether you agree with all of it, some of it, or none at all.
Gmail Blog:
Send mail from another address without “on behalf of”  —  Quite a few of you use Gmail's custom “From:” to send messages with one of your other email addresses listed in place of your Gmail address.  Since these messages are sent by Gmail's servers but “from” a non-Gmail address …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Softpedia News and Lifehacker, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
The Windows Mobile-Windows continuum: The plot thickens  —  One of the most interesting question-and-answer exchanges between Wall Street analysts attending Microsoft's Financial Analyst Meeting (FAM) and company execs has been around the convergence/divergence between mobile devices and PCs.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The New MySpace Mail Quietly Emerges As A Big-Time Email Competitor  —  We've been covering the new web email project MySpace has been working on in stealth mode for the past several month.  Now it's ready to begin a quiet rollout today, in beta, for users around the globe.
Laura Farrelly / NewsGator Daily:
Google and NewsGator - What's It All About?  —  We announced today that our best-of-breed consumer applications will synchronize with Google Reader going forward.  We announced yesterday that we've hit the 1 million enterprise user mark.  As part of the announcement about our relationship …
Discussion: Shooting at Bubbles and TechCrunch
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Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Lawsuit: Amazon Ate My Homework  —  An Orwellian gaffe involving the Kindle e-book reader just won't go down the memory hole for Amazon.com. … On Thursday, a Chicago-based law firm filed a suit in federal court in Seattle against Amazon on behalf of Justin D. Gawronski, a 17-year-old Michigan high school senior.
Andrew Culf / Guardian:
McKinnon loses extradition appeal  —  • McKinnon's family and supporters express dismay at decision  —  • High court rules that Jacqui Smith had taken Asperger's into account  —  The British computer hacker Gary McKinnon failed today in his latest legal attempt to avoid extradition …
The Official Google Blog:
I now pronounce you monetized: a YouTube video case study  —  (Cross-posted from the YouTube Biz Blog)  —  Last week the world watched in wonder as Jill Peterson and Kevin Heinz's wedding party transformed a familiar and predictable tradition into something spontaneous and just flat-out fun.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Let's Fix Facebook  —  Four ways to redesign one of the world's most-annoying, least-intuitive Web sites.  —  Back in March, I asked people to quit whining about Facebook's redesign.  It wasn't that I liked the radical changes the site had made—they were unquestionably terrible.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
CentOS Linux developers threaten mutiny  —  Offering a free clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux turned out not to be such a simple matter after all.  —  The CentOS project aims to reproduce Red Hat's tested, supported, and certified version of the operating system, without its per-server subscription fees.
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
‘Take Back the Beep’ Campaign  —  Over the past week, in The Times and on my blog, I've been ranting about one particularly blatant money-grab by U.S. cellphone carriers: the mandatory 15-second voicemail instructions.  —  Suppose you call my cell to leave me a message.
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Yahoo: Losing the Geek Factor  —  Surrendering search responsibilities to Microsoft will likely take a toll on Yahoo's engineering and innovation prowess  —  An identity crisis gripping Yahoo! (YHOO) had reached Shakespearean proportions by late 2007, when Apple (AAPL) …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Firefox Will Hit 1 Billion Downloads Tomorrow  —  Mozilla's Firefox browser is about to hit a major milestone: 1 billion total downloads.  As you can see on this Twitter account set up to monitor the download numbers, it just crossed the 999,000,000 threshold earlier today.
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Find Local Business Information at Your Fingertips  —  Many of you are probably already familiar with the Yahoo! Shortcut that appears at the top of the Yahoo! Search results page when you search for a local business,.  Starting today, we're enhancing the Yahoo! Shortcut for local businesses …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
China Unicom's iPhone gets regulatory approval, pictured  —  Still having doubts that an iPhone will ever come to China via legitimate means?  Have a gander at this.  According to the listing after the break, which was discovered on China's State Radio Regulatory Commission (SRRC …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and PC World, Thanks:kiranpatch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
I Quit The iPhone  —  I have loved the iPhone, but now I am quitting the iPhone.  —  This is not an easy decision.  —  I was there in January 2007 when it was announced and I bought the first iPhone as soon as it was available.  I happily bought the iPhone 3G a year later.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wall Street Journal Creating New “LinkedIn Killer” Called WSJ Connect  —  The Wall Street Journal has long envied the success of professional social network LinkedIn and its 15 million or so monthly visitors (WSJ.com has just a third of that).  In late 2008 they launched WSJ Community, a social network bolted onto the main WSJ site.
Discussion: The Real McCrea and Seeking Alpha, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Silicon Valley's Jobless Unplug From Tech  —  As Region's Unemployment Rises to 11.8%, Above National Average, Clean Energy and Health Care Draw More Applicants  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Jobless workers in Silicon Valley are giving up on the region's dominant technology industry and trying …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ty McMahan / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Film Company Blowtorch Burned By Hedge Fund Flame-Out  —  (The following was originally published in VentureWire, a daily publication covering start-ups and venture capital that, like this blog, is owned by Dow Jones & Co.)  —  Blowtorch Entertainment Corp., the start-up that gathered $50 million …
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechFlash and paidContent
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Ads Follow Web Users, and Get Much More Personal  —  For all the concern and uproar over online privacy, marketers and data companies have always known much more about consumers' offline lives, like income, credit score, home ownership, even what car they drive and whether they have a hunting license.
 
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