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1:50 PM 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  —  At this 3rd anniversary of the launch of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), it is amazing to see the impact this service has had on the industry.  It is truly disruptive technology and its impact …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Will Amazon's Virtual Private Cloud Be Private Enough?
Discussion: insideHPC
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 …
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.
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Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Nokia just became PayPal with the launch of Nokia Money; built on top of Obopay  —  Nokia (NYSE: NOK) just announced “Nokia Money” which will be shown off next week at Nokia World.  We told you about the Nokia Money trademark a little over a month ago, and it looks like the service is going to launch some time early next year.
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 and IntoMobile
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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FBHive:
Facebook Screenshots Reveal Upcoming Features?  —  Screenshots posted in a note on the Facebook Design Page today may have revealed a little more than just the differences between rounded and square corners.  —  FBHive have noticed two mysterious new features on Facebook Product Designer Alexandre Roche's profile.
Discussion: Inside Facebook and TechCrunch
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Makes a Few Design Tweaks
Discussion: TechCrunch and Softpedia News
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.
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
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) …
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia bets on Linux in iPhone battle: sources  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia Oyj will try again to tackle Apple Inc's iPhone in the top-end of the handset market with a bet on Linux software, several industry sources told Reuters.  —  Top handset maker Nokia will show its first high-end phone running …
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 …
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 …
SendStation:
SendStation releases tiny PocketDock Line Out Mini USB adapter for iPod  —  SendStation Systems today released the world's smallest Mini USB-to-iPod adapter with integrated Line Out jack: the brand-new PocketDock Line Out Mini USB.  —  Mini USB has become the connectivity standard …
GamesIndustry.biz:
Microsoft “destroyed development culture” at FASA - Weisman  —  FASA Interactive founder Jordan Weisman has spoken out about Microsoft's acquisition of his highly-regarded studio, saying that the corporation “destroyed” its development culture and came close to doing the same with Halo developer Bungie.
Peter / Features and editorial:
Qualcomm readying handheld FLO TV Personal Television device  —  You know I like to keep my ear close to the ground when it comes to new gadgets, and I just got the scoop via a very reliable source about a new portable digital TV that Qualcomm is going to be introducing soon.
Discussion: I4U News, SlashGear and Engadget, Thanks:jcole
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 …
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Adobe Creative Suite 3 Unsupported on OS X Snow Leopard  —  Adobe Principal Product Manager for Photoshop John Nack reports that the company has put together a Snow Leopard FAQ (PDF) notifying customers that while its Creative Suite 4 package is compatible with Apple's forthcoming Mac OS X Snow Leopard …
Sean Harvey / Inside AdSense:
Getting the most revenue from every impression through AdSense  —  We've been hearing your requests for new ways to generate revenue in AdSense, and new ways to maintain control over the ads that appear on your sites.  With that in mind, we're pleased to announce plans to give you the ability …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Sources: Apple to unveil new iPod lineup on September 9  —  Apple currently plans to host a media event on Wednesday, Sept. 9 to introduce its 2009 iPod offerings and make a host of other music-related announcements, AppleInsider can independently confirm.  —  People familiar with the matter …
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 …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft files appeal in Word injunction case  —  Microsoft late Tuesday filed its formal appeal of a patent infringement case that threatens to halt sales of Word in its current form.  —  In May, a jury ordered Microsoft to pay $200 million for infringing on a patent held by Canada's I4i.
Discussion: TechFlash
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Texting While Driving: Are You an Offender?  —  For the growing number of tech companies developing safety measures for texting while driving, the reasons are often personal.  —  Zoomsafer  —  Matt Howard, a co-founder of Reston, Va.-based Zoomsafer, began work on the service after nearly hitting …
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 …
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
 
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Arista vEOS Targets Virtual Machine Mobility
Discussion: TechCrunchIT and Arista Networks
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Hyperdistribution  —  The newspaper industry should be sobered …
Thanks:atul
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Video ad network Tremor snaps up funds from SAP
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Microsoft Sings a New Zune
Discussion: MacDailyNews and 9 to 5 Mac
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
BB OS Leaks: 5.0.0.190 for Bold and 8900 w/ threaded SMS …
Discussion: BlackBerry Cool
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Capps / Wired News:
The Good Enough Revolution: When Cheap and Simple Is Just Fine
Discussion: digg.com, Thanks:atul
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
‘Arrandale’ chip will be an Intel laptop first
Discussion: Digits
Humberto Saabedra / PhoneNews.com:
First Live Images of Samsung Code for MetroPCS
Larry Magid / CNET News:
Survey: Users of social networks take risks despite concerns
MediaShift:
Was Twitter Document Theft, and Publication by TechCrunch, Legal?
Discussion: TheLetterTwo.com, Thanks:atul
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Behind 10 eyebrow-raising App Store rejections
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Terrible Online Game with Terrible Ads Is Also Slimy, Litigous
Discussion: Offworld
 

 
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