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1:20 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 …
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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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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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.
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 and Softpedia News
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FBHive:
Facebook Screenshots Reveal Upcoming Features?
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 …
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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Paramount, Lionsgate, Warner Bros. & Sony Pictures movies finally …
Discussion: DailyTech
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
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 …
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 …
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) …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Robert Capps / Wired News:
The Good Enough Revolution: When Cheap and Simple Is Just Fine  —  In 2001, Jonathan Kaplan and Ariel Braunstein noticed a quirk in the camera market.  All the growth was in expensive digital cameras, but the best-selling units by far were still cheap, disposable film models.
Discussion: digg.com, Thanks:atul
 
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Peter / Features and editorial:
Qualcomm readying handheld FLO TV Personal Television device
Discussion: SlashGear and Engadget, Thanks:jcole
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: 
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
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft: Prove you're human by reading and regurgitating an ad
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Apple adds malware blocker in Snow Leopard
 

 
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Gamergate and how Internet users think about gaming and harassment

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