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4:05 AM ET, August 4, 2007

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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Dateline Mole Allegedly at DefCon with Hidden Camera — Updated: Mole Caught on Tape  —  DefCon security on Friday warned attendees at the annual hacker conference that Dateline NBC may have sent a mole with a hidden camera to the event to capture hackers admitting to crimes.
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Robert McMillan / PC World:
Hacking Conference Infiltrated by 'Media Mole'  —  DefCon organizers are worried that Dateline NBC has sent an undercover producer with a hidden camera to cover the show.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Trust nobody.  —  That's what organizers of the 15th annual DefCon hacking conference …
Discussion: eWEEK.com and The Register
George Ou:   Undercover NBC Dateline reporter bolts from DEFCON 2007
Business Wire:
Apple iPhones Will Be Sold for 99¢; Only to the First Nine Customers at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the First 99¢ Only Stores® on Thursday, August 9th, 2007  —  COMMERCE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—99¢ Only Stores® invites all to join in celebrating our 25th anniversary!
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MacDailyNews:
Apple 4GB iPhones just 99-cents for first nine in line at 99 Cents Only Store
Discussion: IntoMobile
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Breaking: First Third-party Native iPhone Application  —  Google Code has the first third-party native application ever for the iPhone.  A real full-fledged iPhone application with a graphic user interface and its own icon in the iPhone home screen.  Yes, this is not a Web 2.0 app but the real thing …
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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Journeys inside the iPhone's SDK
Discussion: Download Squad and digg
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Billboard Expands Hot 100 Chart To Include Streaming Media Data  —  Billboard is augmenting its ranking of digital music sales for its Hot 100 chart formula by including weekly streamed and on-demand music data from Yahoo and AOL Music.  The magazine began factoring in the sale of digital tracks …
Discussion: Mashable!, WebProNews and Contentinople
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eMediaWire:
Billboard Revamps Hot 100 Chart With Online Music Data From AOL Music and Yahoo!
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Blogging Ethics: When And What Should Bloggers Disclose?  —  Is there a new blogger scandal brewing?  Allen Stern over at CenterNetworks seems to think so.  Allen takes issue with the new video blog Webb Alert (which mentioned Read/WriteWeb today), saying that the blog doesn't disclose …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bear Stearns: Yahoo Must Form A Social Networking Strategy  —  There is a bit of buzz around the presentation Bear Stearns Internet analyst Robert Peck gave a couple of days ago.  It recommends a broad strategy for Yahoo to get their act together in the social networking space …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Average PC is a smorgasboard for a new MP3-eating trojan  —  It's no secret that people like to collect music on their PCs, with music files taking up more and more hard drive space as time goes on.  Recent data from Comscore says that as of April of this year the typical computer …
Sunir / Fresh Thinking:
Amazon Flexible Payment Service  —  Introducing Amazon Flexible Payment Service  —  A couple months ago the good folks at Amazon invited FreshBooks to be among their first few 3rd party integrators with Amazon Flexible Payment Service (FPS), the next leg in their amazing line up of web services.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Amazon vs. Paypal vs. Google Checkout
Discussion: Epicenter and TechCrunch
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Facebook Is NOT For Business  —  Facebook's closed platform and data lock-in are coming under seige from Dave Winer and others.  It's time to call another Facebook foul — the notion that Facebook is suddenly a killer app for business that will unseat LinkedIn, simply because Facebook opened its doors to everyone.
Insanely Great Tees:
Paperclip: Designed by Apple in California  —  Shortly after I got my iPhone, the rubber ring around the screen started to come out.  I tried pushing it back in, but it kept getting worse, so I brought it back to the store.  Because it had been more than two weeks since I bought it, I had to send it in for repairs!
Direct2Dell:
XPS M1330: What's Going On?  —  Since my last post, many of you made it clear that you want us to share more details about what's going on with the XPS M1330.  I want to apologize for the frustration that these delays are causing you.  I understand that no amount of explanation is a substitute …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Engadget
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
True Story: Man Goes Through Vasectomy to Get iPhone  —  A Gizmodo reader underwent a vasectomy to get an Apple iPhone, following his wife's orders after a road trip with his kids to Boise, Idaho.  But fear not, dear readers-with-your-manly-parts-still- intact, because his amazing tale …
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
New Wi-Fi network proves critical in Minneapolis bridge disaster  —  Only partially completed, it was working in the downtown area near the bridge  —  A new Wi-Fi network in Minneapolis — only partially completed and just two months old — is nonetheless giving the city critical help …
Vivek / StartupSquad.com:
PolarRose beta - Discover people in your browser  —  After months of development, testing, waiting(on our part) PolarRose has finally started opening up it's private beta to external users.  Playing around with app for the past few mins, I think it is bound to get good deal of traction with the users.
Discussion: Mashable! and Webware.com
 
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Lock-in and the web, day 2  —  Every day I dish up a number of topics …
Discussion: Valleywag
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
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Discussion: Inquirer
Ryan Block / Engadget:
More details revealed on Dell's Latitude XT tablet
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Twitter Is Now An Extension Of My Blogging
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
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Discussion: Epicenter and dslreports.com
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Yahoo!'s bet on Hadoop