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2:55 PM ET, April 21, 2007

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Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
MacBook hacked in contest at security event  —  update VANCOUVER, B.C.—Shane Macaulay just got himself a free MacBook.  —  Macaulay, a software engineer, was able to hack into a MacBook through a zero-day security hole in Apple's Safari browser.  The computer was one of two offered as a prize in the …
Discussion: Apple 2.0, Slashdot and digg
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Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Myth crushed as hacker shows Mac break-in  —  Dino Di Zovie was able to remotely break into a Mac as part of a contest designed to illustrate security flaws in OS X  —  A hacker managed to break into a Mac and win a $10,000 prize as part of a contest started at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver.
Discussion: Neowin.net and Channel 9
Jbrjake / HandBrake:
HandBrake 0.8.5b1 Released  —  "I don't want to go on the cart!  I feel fine.  I... feel... happy!"  —  After a 14-month hiatus, a brand new development team, a project forked then unforked, and literally hundreds of revisions...  We are pleased to announce the release of HandBrake 0.8.5b1 !
Discussion: The Apple Blog, parislemon and digg
Bob Caswell / Computers.net:
Social Networking Dethroning Sex in Terms of Online Traffic  —  The Economist (subscription required) has an interesting piece on sex and the Internet, which revolves around the graph pictured to the right.  While the online porn industry was valued at $1 billion back in 2002 …
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Women in Computer Science  —  In a recent NY Times article entitled Computer Science Takes Steps to Bring Women to the Fold, Cornelia Dean points out that the number of women in computer science has been on the decline since 1985: … The article details efforts at a number of universities …
Valleywag:
MODERN AND AWKWARD: The six things you can't say in Silicon Valley  —  NICK DOUGLAS — God, these people are uptight!  The recent tiffs over some startupper dissing the women of Microsoft and another startupper's wandering wifi sniffer reminded me one of the reasons this culture bores me to tears …
Discussion: digg
Miguel de Icaza:
Microsoft Happenings  —  A couple of things.  —  Panel at Microsoft's Mix 07  —  My friend Joshua Allen invited me to participate in an open source panel at Microsoft's Mix 07 conference in Las Vegas.  —  I will be paneling with Rob Conery (he is behind Subsonic, a rising star in the ASP.NET world) …
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
BUYYOURFRIENDADRINK UPDATE: IT WORKS!  —  I'd initially been skeptical about BuyYourFriendADrink.com (BYFAD), the Web site that just opened today (see previous coverage) in which you can remotely order drinks for your friends that they can redeem at participating bars by showing the bartender a code in a text message.
Discussion: Download Squad
GamePolitics.com:
Jacklash??  Mainstream Media Skepticism of Thompson Game Violence Claims  —  Call it a media Jacklash.  —  Perhaps surprisingly, mainstream media outlets are pushing back against game-hatin' attorney Jack Thompson's claims that a video game provoked Monday's horrific Virginia Tech rampage.
Discussion: Cathode Tan, Neowin.net and Joystiq
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
AMD gooses Opteron to 3 gigahertz  —  Advanced Micro Devices has begun quietly selling new 3GHz versions of its dual-core Opteron server processor.  —  The new "special edition" models, the 2222 SE and 8222 SE, feature higher performance but consume up to 120 watts compared with 95 watts …
Discussion: Neowin.net and Slashdot
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Eric Schmidt Interviewed by John Battelle  —  John Battelle interviewed Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt, at Web 2.0 Expo four days ago.  Eric Schmidt answered questions about Microsoft, the DoubleClick deal, users' privacy, YouTube and the future of Google.  This was the place where Google …
Robert Mullins / InfoWorld:
Microsoft hit with patent suit over .Net  —  Vertical Computer Systems is suing Microsoft for allegedly using without permission its patent for a 'method of generating Web sites' as part of the .Net framework  —  Vertical Computer Systems is suing Microsoft for patent infringement related …
Discussion: IMT Blog and Slashdot
CanSecWest Applied Security Conference:
CanSecWest Vancouver 2007  —  Register Conference Dojo Speakers Agenda Past Events Hotel & Travel Contact  —  CanSecWest 2007  —  The eighth annual CanSecWest conference will be held April 18-20 2007, a t the Mariott Renaissance Harboursider hotel in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Thomas Ptacek / Matasano Chargen:
Hot Off The Matasano SMS Queue: CanSec Macbook Challenge Won
Ian Austen / New York Times:
R.I.M. Offers a Reason for BlackBerry Failure  —  The installation of an insufficiently tested piece of software set off a chain reaction that eventually cut off BlackBerry service to more than five million users in North America users, the devices' maker said late Thursday.
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BBC:
Blackberry reveals failure cause
Discussion: TechSpot News, Gadgetell and Slashdot
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
U.S. Database Exposes Social Security Numbers  —  The Social Security numbers of tens of thousands of people who received loans or other financial assistance from two Agriculture Department programs were disclosed for years in a publicly available database, raising concerns about identity theft and other privacy violations.
Discussion: Techdirt
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
How much video content is too much content?  —  This week I've put up tons of videos.  I know there's no way many of you are watching them all, but we're living in a Google World.  What's that?  It's a world where there are billions of little buckets.  The more buckets you put some content into the more traffic will come your way.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Oh Valleywag  —  I think they're all smoking crack down there, or abusing small animals, or sticking things in orifices god never intended things to be stuck in, or maybe all of the above (at the same time), because their brains seem to be shrinking, visibly, every day.
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Valleywag:
PODCASTING: Battle over — and Apple won
Discussion: The Last Podcast
 
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Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
I'd rather be Microsoft than Yahoo
Wolfgang Gruener / Tom's Hardware Guide:
AMD reports $611 million loss
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Live Spaces Rolls Out New Features
Discussion: Download Squad and TechFold
Mindy McAdams / Teaching Online Journalism:
What a hiring editor looks for (or, what's your URL?)
Lorelle VanFossen / The Blog Herald:
When Was The Last Time You Thanked Those Who Made Your Blog?
Google Blogoscoped:
The Bourne Ultimatum Google Tie-in
MediaShift:
VIRGINIA TECH SHOOTING Can Media Get Beyond Reactive Response to Tragedy?
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Times Co., Gannett and Tribune Co. Report Declines
Mac OS X Downloads / Apple:
iPod + iTunes  —  The latest iTunes and iPod software for Mac and Windows.
Don MacAskill / SmugBlog:
Lifetime free Pro accounts to developers
AppleInsider:
Target stores to pick up Apple TV
Tom / New Scientist Technology Blog:
Seeing through walls