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5:40 PM ET, September 21, 2010

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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.
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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.
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 …
Google Mobile Blog:
Updated Gmail app in Android Market  —  We just released a new version of the Gmail app in Android Market, so Gmail updates aren't tied to Android version releases anymore.  Now you can get new Gmail stuff faster without having to wait for system updates.  To start you off …
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.  Canaccord Genuity initiated coverage of Apple (AAPL) Tuesday with a “buy” rating and a price target of $356 per share.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple And Facebook Talked For More Than A Year — Then Apple Launched Ping Without Facebook's Help  —  Three weeks after Apple launched Ping, its new social networking service, Apple still hasn't been able to work out a deal with Facebook to integrate its vast social network into Ping.
Discussion: MacRumors, TiPb, MacStories, MacNN and iClarified
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Google report shows where its content is blocked  —  Google's Transparency Report shows which countries are asking the company to remove certain content.  —  In the wake of Google's censorship battles with China and other nations, the search giant has launched a new tool to reveal …
Nicholas Carlson / The Wire:
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, Gawker and All Facebook
Aaron Greenspan / The Huffington Post:
The Legend of Mark Zuckerberg  —  Bill Gates got me into Harvard.  I had never met the man even once in my life, and I had certainly never been the beneficiary of his unparalleled personal fortune in any direct sense.  I had, of course, used his company's software, and throughout high school …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
VideoEgg Will Acquire Six Apart And Rename Itself SAY Media  —  Advertising network VideoEgg will acquire blogging and advertising network Six Apart, and the combined entity will be renamed Say Media.  The companies will officially announce the transaction tomorrow.
Discussion: The Next Web and VentureBeat, Thanks:susanbeebe
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Deciphers The Balance Of Power Across The U.S.  —  Google has consistently offered consumers useful ways to interact with election and politics online including “In Quotes,” maps of where to vote, and town hall meetings on YouTube.  Today, the search giant is helping you see where the balance …
Jon Fortt / Tech Check:
iPad Tops in Consumer Satisfaction: Report  —  Big news for Apple and Apple investors: The iPad is the highest-scoring product that a leading consumer satisfaction index has ever tracked.  —  The implication here is that the iPad's popularity may well have real staying power heading into the all-important holiday quarter.
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 …
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.
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 and Gizmodo, Thanks:srikardhanakoti
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Yahoo's Bartz Makes Her Pitch To Wall Street  —  It has been a rough couple of weeks for Yahoo; (NSDQ: YHOO) CEO Carol Bartz has come under sharp criticism for her handling of the company's relationship with China's Alibaba Group, and just today an analyst pointed out that the stock market …
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Visa's “Wave to Pay” Offers Transit Purchases via iPhone Swipe  —  Paying for your subway ride may soon require just a wave of your iPhone rather than a swipe of a metro card.  —  Visa announced today initiatives in New York and California to create more convenient payment experiences for riders of mass transit.
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.
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Facebook fraud a ‘major issue’  —  Site says it is developing new ways to verify users' identities and detect when their accounts have been hacked  —  Hacking of Facebook accounts to scam people out of money has become a “major issue” for the social networking site, its head of European public policy …
Discussion: All Facebook, p2pnet and Inquirer
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 …
Bappa Majumdar / Reuters:
India in talks on BlackBerry e-mail access-source  —  (Reuters) - India is in talks with Research In Motion Ltd (RIM.TO) to gain access to BlackBerry corporate e-mails after securing access to instant messages sent via the devices, a senior government source said on Tuesday.
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 …
Kellex / Droid Life:
Breaking: DROID X Android 2.2 Update Starting Tomorrow at 12PM EST  —  Just as we said yesterday, the Droid X 2.2 update will be released tomorrow to the masses.  The update will become available at 12:00PM EST giving any user with a DX the opportunity to “pull” the update manually.
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Exclusive: Comcast Reshuffles Its Digital Deck Before NBC Comes Aboard
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nvidia lets its parallel computing apps to run on any computer …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Omidyar Network Gives $55 Million to Help Government Transparency, Mobile Technology
Discussion: VentureBeat
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Google Docs gets six new fonts, including Calibri, courtesy of Google Font API
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Twitter building ‘interest graph’ to target users
Discussion: TechCrunch and Financial Times
 Earlier Items: 
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Auto-complete and Reply to All come to Twitter
Discussion: TechCrunch and Covering Web
Barbara De Lollis / USA Today:
More hotels offer 2-tiered Wi-Fi: Slow costs less than fast
Discussion: Technologizer
Jon Brodkin / Computerworld:
Microsoft's HPC server harnesses power of idle Windows 7 desktops
Discussion: internetnews.com
Matt Van Wagner / Search Engine Land:
How Google Saved $100 Million By Launching Google Instant
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