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3:30 PM ET, August 6, 2009


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BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Denial of Service Attack  —  On this otherwise happy Thursday morning, Twitter is the target of a denial of service attack.  Attacks such as this are malicious efforts orchestrated to disrupt and make unavailable services such as online banks, credit card payment gateways, and in this case, Twitter for intended customers or users.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Twitter Attack Brings a Day Without Social Media  —  Noooo: Both Twitter and Facebook are flailing this morning.  How will people plan their evening drinking sessions?  And are they expected to actually put in an honest day's work in the meantime?  It's a Thursday in August, for God's sake.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Twitter, Facebook and LiveJournal Back Up and Running After Attacks
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Phil Schiller Responds Regarding Ninjawords and the App Store  —  Tuesday's piece on Ninjawords was really about two stories.  The small story is that of a clever $2 iPhone dictionary app, the developers of which removed “objectionable” words from its dictionary so as to get it published in the App Store.
Erica Alini / Wall Street Journal:
Coffee Shops Pull the Plug on Laptops  —  They Sit for Hours and Don't Spend Much; Getting the Bum's Rush in the Big Apple  —  A sign at Naidre's, a small neighborhood coffee shop in Brooklyn, N.Y., begins warmly: “Dear customers, we are absolutely thrilled that you like us so much that you want to spend the day...”
Andrew Clark / Guardian:
Murdoch plans charge for all news websites by next summer  —  Times and Sun readers to pay as loss-making Murdoch declares end to free-for-all  —  The billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch suffered the indignity of seeing his global empire make a huge financial loss yesterday and promptly pledged …
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Microsoft is now the proud new owner of  —  As of two days ago, Microsoft has been indeed confirmed to be the new owners of the domain that one clever commenter on this blog made a note of almost a month ago (thanks Bob).  —  The transition of this valuable domain …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
London is the capital of Twitter, says founder @ev  —  Twitter was featured on the BBC's Newsnight programme last night.  There weren't any great revelations about the service, however the confirmation from the CEO that London remains the top Twitter-using city in the world is pretty interesting.
Discussion: Techgeist, and AppScout
Bing / Search Blog:
The Bing Jingle Winner is...  We want to thank everyone who submitted their Bing jingles to our Bing YouTube site.  We were amazed at the creativity and variety of all the entrants.  After much anticipation, a multitude of voting and discussion, we are very pleased to announce that the winner …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Bing Has Succeeded... In Finding The Worst Jingle Ever
Cade Metz / The Register:
Is Google spending $106.5m to open source a codec?  —  The price of web standards  —  After acquiring On2's video compression codecs in a deal valued at approximately $106.5 million in stock, will Google simply turn around and open source them?  —  It certainly looks that way.
Sascha Segan / AppScout:
Opera Mobile for Android in the Works  —  Opera Mobile 9.7 is a great alternative browser for Windows Mobile and Symbian, but so far it hasn't been available on other smart phone platforms.  In an interview with today, Opera Software CEO Jon von Tetzchner said the browser might come …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Meet Sherpa, the Hottest Android App  —  Sherpa, a location-based services application developed by Santa Monica, Calif.-based startup Geodelic, is among the fastest-growing applications for Google's Android.  In the past week, the company claims that it has seen 50,000 downloads from the Android market.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple working on device abuse detection technology  —  Apple has investigated a system where portable devices like iPods and iPhones would detect and store into memory “consumer abuse events” such as exposure to extreme cold, heat or moisture in void of warranty, a new patent application reveals.
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7 RTM Available Today for MSDN & TechNet Subscribers  —  As we previously announced, today MSDN & TechNet Subscribers will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English.  On October 1st, the remaining languages will be released.  —  The bits are available now!
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
For Today's Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — At Harvard, Carrie Grimes majored in anthropology and archaeology and ventured to places like Honduras, where she studied Mayan settlement patterns by mapping where artifacts were found.
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:atul
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Software Pricing: Are We Doing It Wrong?  —  One of the side effects of using the iPhone App store so much is that it's started to fundamentally alter my perception of software pricing.  So many excellent iPhone applications are either free, or no more than a few bucks at most.
Discussion: Webomatica
Richard Wray / Guardian:
T-Mobile to unveil turnaround plan  —  Richard Moat, the new boss of T-Mobile UK, will unveil his plan to reverse the fortunes of Britain's struggling fourth-placed mobile phone network in the next few weeks.  —  News that Moat, who joined only in June, is poised to reveal his turnaround plan came …
Discussion: mocoNews and
Cyberkids quit social networking sites  —  • Datablog: get the numbers behind this story  —  From uncles wearing skinny jeans to mothers investing in ra-ra skirts and fathers nodding awkwardly along to the latest grime record, the older generation has long known that the surest way to kill a youth trend is to adopt it as its own.
Discussion: Switched and TechCrunch
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
What's The Google Brand Worth These Days?  $100 Billion.  Probably Less.  —  WPP subsidiary Millward Brown Optimor released its highly regarded annual brand ranking BrandZ Top 100 (PDF) back in April.  It identifies the world's most valuable global brands as measured by their dollar value.
Discussion: Google Watch and UMBC ebiquity
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Adobe kills low-end Photoshop, urges users online  —  Photoshop Album Starter Edition, the lowest rung on Adobe Systems' ladder of image-editing software products, and the company is nudging its users toward the online site.  —  Adobe launched Photoshop Album Starter Edition in 2003 as a free …
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
What is Happening to Windows 7?  —  Blame the tricky upgrade process—and, by extension, the Registry—for the backlash against Windows 7.  —  Why has Windows 7 suddenly fallen off the track with negative publicity?  What happened?  What changed?  —  This is one of the strangest developments …
Discussion: MacDailyNews and Technovia
Tomio Geron / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Turning Out The Lights: SplashCast  —  (Note: We're keeping an ongoing tally of venture-backed company shutdowns this year as VentureWire reports on them.  See the list below.  Look for these postings under the title, “Turning Out The Lights.")  —  SplashCast Corp.,, which lets people …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Kathrin Hille / Financial Times:
Google set to take on Apple in China  —  Google is set to go head-to-head with Apple in China as the country's largest mobile operator prepares to launch a range of customised smartphones based on Google's Android operating system.  —  China Mobile, the world's largest mobile operator by subscribers …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: Makes Coupons More Social; Jason Calacanis Joins Board  —  Coupon site just got a redesign and a new board member: Mahalo CEO (and TechCrunch50 co-host) Jason Calacanis.  “They've broken $10 million in revenue after just a couple of years,” says Calacanis, “and are crushing it in the deals space.
Discussion: MediaPost and VentureBeat
W. David Gardner / InformationWeek:
WiMax Versus WiMax In Texas Towns  —  The battle is likely a harbinger of the wireless future in which different high speed wireless technologies will compete against each other on a wide scale.  —  Mobile WiMax is still in its deployment infancy, but two providers are already competing …
James Carswell / Periscopix:
Google Testing New PPC Ad Layout in SERPs  —  With increasing numbers of people throwing out their bulky old CRT monitors and switching to large flat screen monitors with their increased resolutions, this is a very welcome change to the search engine results page (SERP) layout on Google.
Rochelle Garner / Bloomberg:
Chambers Server Push Ends Cisco's ‘Cozy’ Partnership With Hewlett-Packard  —  Aug. 6 (Bloomberg) — Cisco Systems Inc. Chief Executive Officer John Chambers, facing four straight quarters of falling sales, is taking on the computer industry's biggest companies to expand beyond networking equipment into computer servers.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Marissa Mayer On iGoogle's New “Social Gadgets”  —  This morning Google is rolling out a program in Australia enabling developers to create “social gadgets” that permit sharing, collaboration and groups on the iGoogle homepage.  The social gadgets will come to the US and other markets in the future, but the timing is undetermined.
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Former employee hits Apple with unpaid overtime suit
Discussion: InformationWeek
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Computer ‘agents’ take to the web
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Putting lipstick on Microsoft's pigs
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