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8:15 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: Epicenter, Infocult and Digital Daily
Emily Steel / Digits:
Twittering in the Dark: Lance Armstrong, Andy Dick Weigh In  —  and Elizabeth Holmes  —  Twitter went silent for a few hours on Thursday, and popular Tweeters had plenty to say about it.  —  Comedian Andy Dick complained that the outage kept him from blocking a user who had taken a swipe at his celebrity status.
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
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 …
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 …
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!
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 …
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Microsoft releases Open XML fix for Mac Office 2008 SP2  —  Microsoft's Mac Business Unit has released a minor update to Office 2008 for Mac that fixes a bug when opening Open XML files.  The update, version 12.2.1, has just been posted to the Office for Mac downloads site.
David Pogue / New York Times:
New Entry in E-Books Is a Paper Tiger  —  Suppose there are two rival companies — let's call them A and B. Each wants to dominate the blossoming world of electronic books.  —  Company A (that's A as in “Amazon") began life selling physical books online.  Its reading gadget, the Kindle …
Discussion: TeleRead
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
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 …
Cara Duckworth / RIAA Music Notes Blog:
MUSINGS ON TENENBAUM CASE  —  Some facts on the Joel Tenenbaum case, for those interested:  —  FACT: Tenenbaum was caught illegally downloading and distributing thousands of songs to millions of anonymous strangers using various p2p networks (including Napster, LimeWire, Morpheus, iMesh, AudioGalaxy, Kazaa and the like) since 1999.
Discussion: Techdirt
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Rejected By Apple, iPhone Developers Go Underground  —  Apple is the exclusive gatekeeper to its iPhone App Store, able to reject apps at will — as it did July 28 with Google Voice.  But some developers aren't taking the rejection lying down: They're turning instead to an unauthorized app store called Cydia …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and digg.com
 
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