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2:10 PM ET, September 21, 2010

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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Twitter worms spread quickly thanks to blatant security flaw  —  Anyone checking twitter.com this morning was probably greeted with a mess of JavaScript, mouseover effects, and spam retweets, after a flaw in the site's handling of hyperlinks allowed attackers to inject scripts into Twitter's pages.
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Bob Lord / Twitter Blog:
All about the “onMouseOver” incident  —  The short story: This morning at 2:54 am PDT Twitter was notified of a security exploit that surfaced about a half hour before that, and we immediately went to work on fixing it.  By 7:00 am PDT, the primary issue was solved.
Twitter Status:
XSS attack identified and patched  —  We've identified and are patching a XSS attack; as always, please message @safety if you have info regarding such an exploit.  We expect the patch to be fully rolled out shortly and will update again when it is.  Update (6:50 PDT, 13:50 UTC): The exploit is fully patched.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
The Twitter hack: how it started and how it worked  —  A Japanese developer was the first to notice the weakness in Twitter's site and says he reported it as far back as mid-August.  He put up a demonstration - and then the exploits flourished  —  The original discovery of the weakness …
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
CE-Oh no he didn't!:  Anssi Vanjoki says using Android is like peeing in your pants for warmth  —  You've been asking and imploring, so Anssi Vanjoki — straight shooter, that he is — now has an answer.  Why doesn't Nokia switch to Android?  Because Google's software represents …
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Electronista:
Nokia: switching to Android a bad short-term fix
Maija / Nokia Conversations:
Nokia N8 shipping update  —  ESPOO, Finland - There have been a few stories this morning about the N8 availability which we feel need clarification.  As we have previously said, we still expect to start the shipments by the end of the third quarter.  As with every global launch …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Has Quietly Implemented A De-Facto Follow Feature  —  A few days ago, Facebook made what seemed to be a small tweak to its Friend Requests area.  As first noted by Inside Facebook, the social network changed the way friend rejections work.  Previously, you could either Confirm or Ignore (deny) a request.
Discussion: All Facebook, Gizmodo and TechSpot, Thanks:srikardhanakoti
Surur / WMPoweruser.com:
Full specs of the Windows phone 7 HTC Mozart leaked  —  A kind tipster has sent us this video of the HTC Mozart in action (which we have seen before) and also the full specs of the device, which we have not.  —  He confirms the device runs a 1GHzQualcomm QSD 8250, with 512 MB ROM and 8GB storage …
Matt Van Wagner / Search Engine Land:
How Google Saved $100 Million By Launching Google Instant  —  It seems fitting that from the moment it was announced, Google Instant became an instant headline news story.  —  For the past few week, industry pundits have been talking, tweeting and writing about Google Instant and offering …
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Credit Suisse: Verizon iPhone will get 1.4M users from AT&T in 2011  —  An estimated 1.4 million AT&T subscribers will shift to Verizon with the advent of a Verizon iPhone in early 2011, according to a report released today by Credit Suisse.  Credit Suisse's report relies on a supposed February 15 launch …
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Google M&A boss presides over record year  —  (Reuters) - In the fast-paced world of Silicon Valley innovation, Google's (GOOG.O) chief dealmaker David Lawee puts many a youthful engineer to shame.  —  As head of Google's M&A group, he has powered up the search giant's acquisition machine …
Discussion: DealBook and Silicon Alley Insider
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Thanks to Fuze Box, you can run meetings from your iPad  —  Popular online meeting services WebEx and GoToMeeting were both in the first wave of applications for Apple's iPad, but they lacked one key feature — the ability to actually host meetings.  That's where a company called Fuze Box has been able to top them.
Andrew Lyle / Neowin.net:
Microsoft: over 2 million IE9 beta downloads  —  Last week Microsoft unveiled their Internet Explorer 9 beta to the world, showing off the tremendous power behind the totally revamped web browser.  Loaded with features and improvements, Internet Explorer 9 showed that Microsoft still knows …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Pie chart: Apple's outrageous share of the mobile industry's profits  —  Cupertino is raking in the cash as its competitors struggle to post any profit at all  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Canaccord Genuity and IDC  —  Canaccord Genuity initiated coverage of Apple (AAPL) Tuesday with a …
Hamid Tehrani / Global Voices Advocacy:
Iran: Jailed blogger, Hossein Derakhshan ("Hoder") may face death penalty  —  A reliable source has told Global Voices that Tehran's prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for jailed Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan (also known as “Hoder").  The presiding judge, named Salavati, has not yet ruled in the case.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
TerreStar Genus hybrid satellite phone hits AT&T at long last for $799  —  It's been just shy of a year since TerreStar's Windows Mobile-based Genus was announced for AT&T, offering a unique combination of GSM / HSPA backed up with satellite capability for those times when you find yourself …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Facebook Movie Is An Act Of Cold-Blooded Revenge - New, Unpublished IMs Tell The Real Story  —  On October 1, Columbia Pictures will release The Social Network, a film that portrays Facebook's CEO and cofounder, Mark Zuckerberg, as an arrogant nerd-punk who betrays friends and classmates …
Discussion: TechCrunch, All Facebook and Gawker
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check:
The truth about iPad: It's only good for two things  —  Because of the iPad, 2010 will likely be remembered as a landmark year in computing.  It will rank right up there with 1984 when the graphical user interface debuted to the masses in the first Macintosh, and 1995 when the launch …
Barbara De Lollis / USA Today:
More hotels offer 2-tiered Wi-Fi: Slow costs less than fast  —  Some upscale hotels are offering price options for going online: basic Wi-Fi service for free or at a reduced price to guests for checking e-mail, or better service at a higher cost for guests who want a faster connection.
Discussion: Technologizer
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Google Docs gets six new fonts, including Calibri, courtesy of Google Font API  —  It's about time!  You can now choose from almost twice as many fonts when editing a Google Docs document.  Calibri, Cambria, Droid Serif, Droid Sans, Corsiva and Consolas are now available.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
When Larry Ellison Met Marc Andreessen-A Silicon Valley Settlement Story (Plus Mark Hurd Returns Some Dough!)  —  According to multiple sources, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison (pictured right) approached Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) board member Marc Andreessen (pictured left) to help broker a settlement between the companies.
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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Auto-complete and Reply to All come to Twitter  —  All things considered, the new Twitter is a raging success.  However, there are always new features that can be added to make a great thing even greater.  Hearing that call, Twitter has implemented two features today that Twitter developer Dustin Diaz hinted at recently.
Jon Brodkin / Computerworld:
Microsoft's HPC server harnesses power of idle Windows 7 desktops  —  Windows HPC Server now integrates with Excel workbooks and harnesses the power of idle Windows 7 desktops.  —  Microsoft made its latest Windows HPC Server software available Monday, saying new features that integrate …
 
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Omidyar Network Gives $55 Million to Help Government Transparency, Mobile Technology
Discussion: VentureBeat
Bappa Majumdar / Reuters:
India in talks on BlackBerry e-mail access-source
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Twitter building ‘interest graph’ to target users
Discussion: TechCrunch
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Secrets of Apple's customer success
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and The Tech Report
Dan Gillmor / Salon:
The new Oracle: Bigger and badder than ever
Discussion: InformationWeek
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Microsoft Pushes Zune Expansion Outside the US
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Bertrand Vasquez / Erictric:
Apple Quietly Launches New Game Section on Its Website
Discussion: VentureBeat
Alastair Jamieson / Telegraph:
Girl, 14, fears 21,000 party guests after Facebook invite blunder
Discussion: BBC, msnbc.com, Switched and The Blog Herald
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
Why No Second Internet Bubble?
Discussion: FM Blog
John Cook / TechFlash:
Fox, NBC, MLB and others look to squash Seattle startup ivi Inc.
Discussion: Inquirer
Cade Metz / The Register:
Yahoo! ‘owns several patents’ on Google Instant
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