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11:50 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  —  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 …
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  —  Yesterday UK-based SEO specialist Dave Naylor made headlines by detailing a significant Twitter cross-site scripting vulnerability, which allowed him to insert JavaScript code into tweets simply by adding some code to the field …
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
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.
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
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:   DivX Gets Hollywood Flicks
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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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
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 …
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 …
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) …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: GigaOM, MediaFile and FierceWireless
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: Softpedia News and TechCrunch
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.
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 …
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 …
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: Softpedia News and p2pnet
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.
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 …
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Don't Want to Let Go of Your Ex?  Yes, There Are Apps for That [Video]  —  There's an app for just about everything.  They can save your life, stream live TV, help you with school, locate marijuana, and even improve your sex life.  Yes, those Apple commercials are telling the truth when they say “there's an app for that.”
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
‘Arrandale’ chip will be an Intel laptop first  —  Intel's upcoming “Arrandale” will be the first highly integrated chip of its kind from Intel and is expected to run the gamut of laptop designs, from ultrathin to mainstream.  —  Due by the fourth quarter, it will be the first Intel product …
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
BB OS Leaks: 5.0.0.190 for Bold and 8900 w/ threaded SMS; 5.0.0.154 for Storm 9530; OS 5.0.0.140 for Tour!  —  Holy Geebus.  Talk about leaky leaky.  After OS 5.0.0.154 showed up in the forums for the BlackBerry Storm 9530 late last night, our pal TimBuk2 sent in some BlackBerry OS download links for the Tour, Bold and Curve 8900.
Discussion: BlackBerry Cool
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Hyperdistribution  —  The newspaper industry should be sobered by Martin Langeveld's calculations, based on the Newspaper Association of America's misplaced bragging about Nielsen internet data, that only about a half one one percent of time spent online is spent on newspaper sites.
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Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Video ad network Tremor snaps up funds from SAP  —  Tremor Media, the large online video advertising network, announced that it brought in an undisclosed amount from SAP Ventures, SAP's investment arm, among others, in a strategic round of funding.  According to the regulatory filing with the SEC …
Discussion: PR Newswire and NewTeeVee
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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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Microsoft Sings a New Zune
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PR Newswire:
IBM Global Business Services Awarded Sweeping Application Services Contract With BP
Markus Goebel / TechCrunch Europe:
Germany's version of LastFM files for insolvency
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Larry Magid / CNET News:
Survey: Users of social networks take risks despite concerns
James Niccolai / Computerworld:
Fujitsu aims for 10-petaflop supercomputer
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Wikipedia community grapples with changes
MediaShift:
Was Twitter Document Theft, and Publication by TechCrunch, Legal?
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GooseGrade Uses Crowdsourcing To Edit Website Copy
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Terrible Online Game with Terrible Ads Is Also Slimy, Litigous
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Aaron / YouTube Biz Blog:
In the future, everyone will monetize their 15 minutes
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Apple to retain, redesign plastic MacBook family
 

 
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