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7:35 AM ET, August 7, 2009

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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Twitter, Facebook attack targeted one user  —  A Russian activist blogger with accounts on Twitter, Facebook, LiveJournal and Google's Blogger and YouTube was targeted in a denial of service attack that led to the site-wide outage at Twitter and problems at the other sites on Thursday, according to a Facebook executive.
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Researcher: Twitter attack targeted anti-Russian blogger  —  Joejobbing Cyxymu  —  Free whitepaper - Avoiding 7 common mistakes of IT security compliance  —  As Twitter struggled to return to normal Wednesday evening, a trickle of details suggested that the outage that left 30 million users unable …
Chris Dannen / Fast Company:
Think You're Pissed at Facebook and Twitter?  —  This morning you logged on to Facebook and Twitter, only to find you had no way of announcing to the world that you were starting a new diet.  Or eating Raisin Bran.  Or hungover.  So you stormed away from your computer, irate: how could the intertubes have failed you so utterly?
Discussion: Infocult and Digital Daily
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.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple's Phil Schiller Speaks On Censored iPhone Dictionaries …
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Schmidt's Apple Gig: He Worked for Free  —  Former Apple director Eric Schmidt took no salary or stock for his board service.  What did the Google chief accept?  Lots of Apple gear  —  Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt served on Apple's board essentially without pay …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Is Adobe the next (pre-2002) Microsoft?  —  If you are a criminal and you want to break into a network a common attack method is to exploit a hole in software that exists on most computers, has its fair share of holes and isn't automatically updated.  —  In 2002, that would have been Windows.
Discussion: Computerworld
Owen Fletcher / Computerworld:
Chinese Microsoft Office rival launching on Web soon  —  IDG News Service - A Chinese company that offers a rival suite to Microsoft Office is following industry trends by turning its software into a Web-based service.  —  Evermore Software, based in the eastern Chinese city of Wuxi …
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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!
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Does Google Want On2 for a Gaming Console?  —  Table of Contents:  —  Google's acquisition of On2 Technologies prompts punditry and blog posts from all over the Web.  Some say buying the video compression specialist was a YouTube play.  Others believe Google will leverage the On2 codecs …
Google LatLong:
New data in Google Earth show wider swath of destruction in Darfur  —  On the side of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum west wall is a quote etched into the rock from General Dwight D Eisenhower, who witnessed firsthand the conditions in the concentration camps in 1945, after they were liberated:
Discussion: Softpedia News and TechCrunch
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Microsoft blunders with a confusing Windows 7 upgrade chart  —  Someone at Microsoft is secretly working for Apple.  —  That's the only possible explanation I can come up with for why they sent this “Official Windows 7 Upgrade chart” to Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal …
WindowsITPro:
In five years all browsers will block internet advertisements by default.  —  If you want to earn money through publishing content on the Internet you only have a few options.  The first is to put up a paywall where people can only access the content after they have paid a subscription fee.
Discussion: Slashdot
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Microsoft is now the proud new owner of Office.com  —  As of two days ago, Microsoft has been indeed confirmed to be the new owners of the Office.com domain that one clever commenter on this blog made a note of almost a month ago (thanks Bob).  —  The transition of this valuable domain …
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
PayPal now available for US Xbox LIVE Accounts  —  If you are in the United States, you can now use PayPal as a method of payment for the Xbox LIVE Marketplace.  —  You can use PayPal to buy Microsoft Points without having to associate your credit card information to your Xbox LIVE account.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Techgeist, VG247 and Kotaku
Mmaser / Digg the Blog:
Digg Ads beta rolling out this week  —  As announced earlier this summer, I'm excited to let you all know that we're rolling out an early beta version of Digg Ads.  —  A recap of how it works: your Diggs, buries and clicks influence a quality score that determines how often the ad gets displayed …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Pressure-sensitive keyboard lets you express fury, tenderness  —  Microsoft's hardware division has always pushed the envelope, and its latest prototype is no exception: this pressure-sensitive keyboard looks exactly like a normal 'board, but each key can register up to eight levels of pressure …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
This Is Quite Possibly The Spotify Cap Table  —  Hot European music startup Spotify is back in the news today.  On August 4 we broke the news that the big music labels have secretly been shareholders in the company since 2008, and that they paid roughly the same price for their preferred stock …
Cody Brown:
MySpace is to Facebook as Twitter is to ______  —  The past few weeks have come with two major reveals for the weirdos who follow online social networks.  The first was big news.  Twitter's internal documents leaked and the identity-crisis of earth's most popular start-up is now public.
Discussion: Forbes and Gawker
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.
John Cook / TechFlash:
Urbanspoon looks to take a bite out of OpenTable's reservations  —  Urbanspoon — the wildly popular online restaurant directory — is hosting a big bash tonight in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.  No specific reason was given for the party in the invite, but the company certainly …
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
iRex prepping new wireless e-book reader  —  Just got an image of a mock-up for a new e-Reader from iRex that's due out this holiday season.  Not much info on this thing but it's larger than the Kindle 2 and just-announced Sony Readers.  —  Here's the little we know:  — 8.1-inch display
Don Dodge / TechCrunch:
TechStars Incubator Hatches 10 New Companies  —  Editor's note: The following report comes from Don Dodge, who blogs at Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing and is a business development executive for Microsoft.  TechStarsis a startup incubator that selects 10 teams and provides funding of $18,000 per team …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Team Apart Joins The Startup Crusade Against WebEx (Invites)  —  It's no secret that group collaboration services like WebEx can be a major pain, particularly when they require proprietary browser plugins (some of them don't even support Macs at all).  Team Apart, a new startup launching …
 
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Cara Duckworth / RIAA Music Notes Blog:
MUSINGS ON TENENBAUM CASE
Discussion: Techdirt
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What's Green, Made of Corn and Has Buttons?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
TwitCause Is Yes, A Causes For Twitter
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast: 80% DOCSIS 3. Coverage By Year's End …
Discussion: Electronista
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
DirecTV to Join TV Everywhere
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Earnings: CBS Net Income Plunges 96 Percent; Interactive Rev Down 8 Percent
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Confirmed: Layoffs at RealNetworks' Rhapsody
Discussion: TechFlash and paidContent
Economist:
Fabless and fearless  —  How a Taiwanese firm became …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
For Today's Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics
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