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10:05 AM ET, August 26, 2009

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AWS Evangelist / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Introducing Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)  —  Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) lets you create your own logically isolated set of Amazon EC2 instances and connect it to your existing network using an IPsec VPN connection.  This new offering lets you take advantage of the low cost …
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Werner Vogels / All Things Distributed:
Seamlessly Extending the Data Center - Introducing Amazon Virtual Private Cloud
Discussion: Rational Survivability and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Who's Driving Twitter's Popularity?  Not Teenagers  —  Kristen Nagy, an 18-year-old from Sparta, N.J., sends and receives 500 text messages a day.  But she never uses Twitter, even though it publishes similar snippets of conversations and observations.  —  “I just think it's weird …
James / Dave Naylor a UK SEO and Search Marketing:
Twitter Exploit Still Works  —  Yesterday I posted an article about a serious vulnerability I found in Twitter.  As it was a bit on the geeky side, it may well have gone over a few people's heads, so I thought I'd try to explain it in a bit more detail.  Incidentally I don't think Twitter …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:   Massive Twitter Security Problem Not Resolved Just Yet
Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
Intel Next-Gen Mobile Platforms Make Windows 7 Launch an Awesome Time to Buy a Laptop  —  Windows 7's launch is going to be a hell of a busy time for laptops.  Expect a slew of higher-end Intel Core i7 mobile rigs and thin notebooks powered by new dual-core ULV processors when the OS ships.
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Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
MSI Confirms Wind U150 Netbook with Touchscreen and Intel's Next Atom  —  We heard that MSI may release a touchscreen netbook with Intel's next generation Pine Trail Atom platform, and it will.  According to MSI, the new Intel Atom chipset is planned to be officially launched at CES.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
RSS: A good idea at the time but there are better ways now  —  The Google Reader team posted a blog entry today with some results of a survey it conducted.  The team wanted to know what an elite group of “Power Readers” were reading online - presumably using their Google Reader account …
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Zach Yeskel / Official Google Reader Blog:
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Golden Ratio (That No One Likes To Talk About)  —  If you're new to Twitter, life is easy.  A notification comes in that someone is following you, and you probably follow them back.  After all, you're going to want some tweets in your stream.  After a couple dozen of those …
Discussion: @vanelsas
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Nokia to offer ARM-based smartbook in addition to Booklet 3G, say Taiwan makers  —  Nokia, in addition to its recently unveiled netbook, the Nokia Booklet 3G, will offer an ARM-based smartbook and soon settle ODM orders, according to Taiwan-based handset makers.
Aaron / YouTube Biz Blog:
In the future, everyone will monetize their 15 minutes  —  We first launched the YouTube Partnership Program (YPP) to help some of our more popular users make money from their videos on YouTube.  While we've focused on accepting prolific users who regularly produce videos that reach a wide audience …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft apologizes for race-swap photo incident  —  Microsoft apologized Tuesday for using photo editing techniques to change the race of a person depicted on the company's Web site.  —  In a photo on its U.S. Web site">photo on the company's U.S. Web site, three businesspeople—one black …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Free Software Foundation trashes Windows 7  —  The Free Software Foundation is using the launch of Windows 7 to try to convince businesses to dump Windows in favor of an open-source operating system.  —  (Credit: Free Software Foundation)  — Home - News - Beyond Binary  —  Beyond Binary
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple to retain, redesign plastic MacBook family  —  Once rumored for extinction, Apple's entry-level polycarbonate MacBooks are on the verge of a refresh that will solidify them at the base of the Mac maker's notebook offerings for the foreseeable future, AppleInsider has learned.
Nokia:
Nokia Money, a new mobile financial service enables financial management and payments from a mobile phone  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia today introduced Nokia Money, a new mobile financial service offering consumers with mobile device access to basic financial services.
Discussion: Mobile Roar, SlashGear and IntoMobile
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Apple adds malware blocker in Snow Leopard  —  Apple's commercials may give the impression that Macs are virus-free (.mov) but the company isn't taking any chances with the newest Mac OS X refresh.  —  Apple has quietly added a new Snow Leopard feature to scan software downloads for malware …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft: Prove you're human by reading and regurgitating an ad  —  Looks like nothing is safe from becoming an advertisement these days.  A newly surfaced Microsoft patent application proposes to create ads out of human interactive proofs, also known as CAPTCHAs, those lines of fuzzy …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Makes a Few Design Tweaks  —  This evening, Facebook made a couple design tweaks designed to make the site more consistent.  While none of the changes affect any core Facebook features, many users will likely notice the subtle updates.  —  1. Feedback on ads has been changed from “Thumbs up/Thumbs down” to “Like/X.”
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Film Fresh to offer Hollywood movies in DivX  —  Online movie retailer Film Fresh announced today the availability of movies from four Hollywood studios in the DivX format, marking the latest step forward for the downloadable movie business.  DivX had previously announced licensing agreements …
Discussion: Between the Lines and Engadget
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
‘The Analyzer’ Pleads Guilty in $10 Million Bank-Hacking Case  —  Ehud Tenenbaum, aka “The Analyzer,” quietly pleaded guilty in New York last week to a single count of bank-card fraud for his role in a sophisticated computer-hacking scheme that federal officials say scored $10 million from U.S. banks.
Humberto Saabedra / PhoneNews.com:
First Live Images of Samsung Code for MetroPCS  —  The above is the first live image of the as yet unannounced Samsung SCH-i220 Code for MetroPCS, which will be the regional flat-rate carrier's first Windows Mobile smart device.  —  The device features Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard …
Discussion: Samsung Hub and WMPoweruser.com
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Mininova Ordered to Remove All ‘Infringing’ Torrents  —  Mininova were sued this spring by BREIN, an outfit which protects the rights of several large entertainment industry corporations.  —  Today, the judge ruled that the world's largest BitTorrent indexer has been ordered to clean …
Discussion: p2pnet
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Terrible Online Game with Terrible Ads Is Also Slimy, Litigous  —  Remember Evony, the online game whose banners epitomize the worst in online advertising?  It turns out the company doesn't like people talking about its deceptive practices.  —  The company's banner ads featured buxom women never seen …
Discussion: Offworld
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New myTouch Android Commercial Stars Whoopi Goldberg, Phil Jackson & Jessie James  —  T-Mobile will unveil “the largest product launch advertising campaign in T-Mobile history” for the Android myTouch tomorrow with a television, online, cinema, print and search advertising campaign.  The stars?
Markus Goebel / TechCrunch Europe:
Germany's version of LastFM files for insolvency  —  German free music streaming service Roccatune has officially filed for insolvency.  —  After weeks of silence on their situation, Roccatune CEO Constantin Thyssen has now announced the news on their company blog.
Discussion: Music Ally
Larry Magid / CNET News:
Survey: Users of social networks take risks despite concerns  —  A study commissioned by Web security company AVG Technologies and the Chief Marketing Officers Council (CMO) points out an interesting contradiction between people's concerns and actions regarding security risks on social networking sites.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Archos' Android-based A5S and A5H Internet Tablets outed by FCC?  —  You know those confidentiality agreements companies sign with the FCC to keep our prying eyes away?  Well, Archos didn't sign one.  The result is a treasure trove of information about its new A5S (model 7501) …
MediaShift:
Was Twitter Document Theft and Publication by TechCrunch Legal?  —  In June of this year, the personal email account of a Twitter employee was accessed, apparently as a result of an insecure password.  By Twitter's own account, the unauthorized access to that account was the first in a series …
Discussion: TheLetterTwo.com, Thanks:atul
 
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James Niccolai / Computerworld:
Fujitsu aims for 10-petaflop supercomputer
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Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
Digital Takes Bigger Slice Of Shrinking WPP Pie, Now Accounts For 25%
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Wikipedia community grapples with changes
Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
Worldwide Semiconducter Sales To Decline in 2009, Report Says
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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia bets on Linux in iPhone battle: sources
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
GooseGrade Uses Crowdsourcing To Edit Website Copy
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