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1:50 PM 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.
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
How Google Was Impacted By The Twitter-Facebook Denial of Service Attacks  —  A small group of users of Google's Blogger blogging service and Google Sites wiki experienced an hour-long outage.  However, Google's core Web services, including its search engine, Gmail and Docs …
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 …
Tom Parfitt / Guardian:
Georgian blogger Cyxymu blames Russia for cyber attack
Emily Steel / Digits:
Twittering in the Dark: Lance Armstrong, Andy Dick, Perez Hilton Weigh In
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple's $1.2 billion tablet computer  —  Apple's next gadget?  Image: Piper Jaffray  —  Piper Jaffray senior analyst Gene Munster took another crack at the Apple (AAPL) tablet computer he's been writing about for months, issuing a report to clients Friday that included …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's tablet will be more than a niche product - report  —  A new financial analysis predicts that Apple's yet-to-be-announced tablet will launch in early 2010 and sell about 2 million units in its first year — and at an estimated $600 each, that would be an additional $1.2 billion in revenue.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
As Apple Starts Talking About App Rejections, Another Popular One Is Pulled  —  The timing, really couldn't be more perfect.  Just as no less than Apple VP Phil Schiller has started making comments on the record about App Store rejections, Apple yanks another very popular one from its store.
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 …
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Yahoo Chief: ‘We Have Never Been a Search Company’  —  The dust has settled - for the moment - on the Microsoft and Yahoo search and advertising deal.  So, perhaps there's room for a bit of reflection.  —  Last week, Brad Stone and I interviewed Carol Bartz, Yahoo's chief executive …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Revisionist History: Bartz Claims Yahoo Was Never A Search Engine
Maria Bartiromo / Business Week:
Eric Schmidt on Where Google Is Headed  —  Maria Bartiromo talks to the Google CEO about where the opportunities are in the future  —  The news on Aug. 3 that Google (GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt was resigning from the board of Apple (AAPL) took many by surprise.
Discussion: GigaOM and 9 to 5 Mac
James Robinson / Guardian:
Sunday Times site to be paid-for testbed  —  • Pay-to-view website to launch in November  —  • Move follows plunging profits at News Corp titles  —  Rupert Murdoch will use the Sunday Times as a testbed for a radical new strategy designed to transform the finances …
Patrick Smith / paidContent: Considering iTunes-Style Micro-Payments Model
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
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:   Consumers Not Convinced They Need E-Reader
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 and AppScout
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Google Wave dev preview hands-on and impressions  —  After an impressive debut at Google I/O, the company's newest experiment and collaborative chat client has been making its way into the hands of developers in the lead-up to a torrent of new testers on September 30th.
Discussion: eWeek and
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Where ‘Ramen Profitable’ Startups Host  —  Where do budget-conscious startups host their sites?  The Y Combinator venture incubator, renowned for its “ramen profitable” approach to bootstrapping new enterprises, provides an interesting case study.  Rackspace, SoftLayer and Amazon …
Discussion: Tech~Surf~Blog
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple's curious PR problem  —  Senior VP Phil Schiller.  Image: Apple Inc.  —  The tech press is buzzing this week with the news that a senior Apple (AAPL) vice president took the time to e-mail a blogger.  —  The senior VP was Phil Schiller, one of Steve Jobs' top lieutenants.
Robert D. Hof / Business Week:
Betting on the Real-Time Web  —  No one knows how the microblogging site and similar online social networks will make money, but investors see a new Web revolution  —  John Borthwick speaks softly, but he can't hide his excitement.  Co-founder and chief executive of the New York Internet …
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 …
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 …
Corynne / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
The Kindle Lawsuit: Protecting Readers From Future Abuses  —  Not surprisingly, Amazon's recent deletion of George Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm from its customers' Kindle e-book readers has sparked a class action lawsuit by Kindle users.  After all, not only was the remote deletion “stupid …
Discussion: Podcasting News
Wall Street Journal:
Washington vs. Silicon Valley  —  Treasury's financial reform treats venture capital like hedge funds.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Here's a stumper: In the Treasury financial reform proposal, who comes in for more regulatory retooling: Fannie Mae, or your average 14-man venture capital shop?
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, TechCrunch and AppScout
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