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6:45 AM ET, June 6, 2007


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Niels Provos / Google Online Security Blog:
Web Server Software and Malware  —  In this post, we investigate the distribution of web server software to provide insight into how server software is correlated to servers hosting malware binaries or engaging in drive-by-downloads.  —  We determine server operating system by examining the 'Server …
Discussion: Computerworld and Zero Day
Robert McLaws /
Time for Microsoft to Change Its Patch Policy?
Discussion: Channel 9
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Google shivs server crowd with PeakStream buy  —  Exclusive Google has stunned the server world by acquiring superstar start-up PeakStream, The Register can confirm.  —  PeakStream's website and phone lines mysteriously crashed yesterday, indicating that the software maker was struggling to pay its bill or had been gobbled.
Google Buys Sequoia-backed, Multi-Threaded Code Startup Peakstream
Discussion: 901am
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
WordPress vs. Movable Type: Open Source Blogging Software Showdown  —  Movable Type has just released version 4.0 and reversed a decision that nearly killed MT 3.0 and led to the rise of WordPress — MT 4.0, currently in beta, will be released in open source later this year.  (See Read/WriteWeb coverage.)
Discussion: Fast Wonder, Web Strategy and Six Apart
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Clearspring Lands Major Deal With NBC  —  Clearspring is going to annouce tomorrow that it was chosen by NBC to be its exclusive widget platform for the next year.  This is a major deal for Clearspring, and for NBC as well.  The specific terms of this business arrangement have not been disclosed.
Discussion: Mashable!, Widgify and alarm:clock
Will Watts / The Register:
Microsoft threatens its Most Valuable Professional  —  Who said you could improve our software?  —  What's the best way to attract a pile of threatening lawyers' letters from Microsoft?  Sell pirate copies of Windows?  Write a DRM-busting program?  —  Londoner Jamie Cansdale has just discovered a new approach.
Red Sweater Blog:
MarsEdit 1.2: Growl, Picasa and Vox!  —  MarsEdit 1.2 is now available for download (or just "Check for Updates" from the app).  This is a free update for all registered MarsEdit users.  —  Three relatively big changes in this release:  —  Growl support.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: Commercial: Now on YouTube  —  Ok, we got a copy of the actual TV ad we mentioned earlier today and uploaded it to YouTube.  This will supposedly be broadcast on TV tonight for the first time.  The basic idea of the ad is a guy singing "I got what I was looking for," …
Business Wire:
EA Appoints Kathy Vrabeck to Lead EA Casual Entertainment  —  New Group to Focus on Lighter Games for Family and New Consumers  —  REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS - News) today announced the formation of EA Casual Entertainment …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Party at August Capital on July 27  —  Update: Ok, tickets are selling faster than we thought.  We've sold 300 in about 45 minutes.  We are going to shut down the list for now and re-open it in a few days.  —  After a long hiatus of old-fashioned social networking (a.k.a parties) …
Porsche Design Mobile Phone P'9521 presented  —  Stephane Bret, director of Porsche Design Mobile Group, holds a Porsche Design Mobile Phone P'9521 in Essen June 4, 2007.  The Porsche Design Group and Sagem Communication are presenting the first Porsche Design Mobile Phone, the P'9521, at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen.
New York Times:
Doll Web Sites Drive Girls to Stay Home and Play  —  Presleigh Montemayor often gets home after a long day and spends some time with her family.  Then she logs onto the Internet, leaving the real world and joining a virtual one.  But the digital utopia of Second Life is not for her.
Discussion: Clickety Clack
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Product loyalty: consumers mistake familiarity with superiority  —  Anyone who has followed consumer electronics and online services knows that once a product reaches dominance, it becomes very hard for it to be dethroned (hello, iPod, Google, and Windows).  Economists have argued …
Lay-Offs Hit SCEA HQ Today  —  441 Views  —  Roughly 80 to 100 employees of Sony Computer Entertainment of America's Foster City headquarters were laid off today, Kotaku has learned from a source who was among those asked to hand in their badge and keys before leaving the premises.
Anthropology: Facebook frenzy  —  "How come you're not at All Things Digital?"  I asked James Hong.  The Hot or Not founder's distracted answer: "I'm too busy working on Facebook apps.  It's the new internet."  The excitement around Facebook's new 'platform' — a set of rules for third parties …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Major League Gaming acquires GotFrag  —  It could be said that GotFrag, a news and social networking site for fans of competitive video gaming, just got pwned—but in a good way.  New York-based professional gaming league Major League Gaming announced Wednesday that it has purchased GotFrag for an unspecified amount.
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Anne Broache / CNET
Politicos threaten schools over campus piracy
Discussion: Inquirer
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
What Apple TV Costs to Make
Discussion: Inquirer
Intel steps up cheap laptop race
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Ubergizmo
Guy Kawasaki / How to Change the World:
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Discussion: Andy Beard and digg
New route for Volpi as Joost CEO
Discussion: Profy.Com
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
HTC Touch At A Glance
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Amp'd Mobile Runs Out of Juice
Smashing Magazine:
Google PageRank: What Do We Know About It?
 Earlier Items: 
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Firefox 3.0 may block sites fingered by Google
Discussion: Ministry of Tech
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Sony shows off range of enviro-friendly "odo" gear
Discussion: Gizmodo
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Google at odds with the locked-down enterprise
Tony Long / Wired News:
June 5, 1977: From a Little Apple a Mighty Industry Grows
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Intel updates compilers for multicore era
Discussion: The Register and Slashdot
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Intel, Asus Announce $199 'Eee PC'
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