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8:30 PM ET, September 18, 2008

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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Palin E-Mail Hacker Says It Was Easy  —  A person claiming to be the hacker who obtained access to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's private Yahoo e-mail on Tuesday has posted a supposed first-person account of the hack, revealing the relatively simple steps he says he took to crack the private e-mail …
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Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Alleged 1st-person tale of Palin e-mail hack comes and goes  —  With news of Alaska Governor and Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin's personal Yahoo e-mail account being hacked coming to light yesterday, details on how the hack may have taken place may be emerging.
JR Raphael / Today @ PC World:
Palin Hack: How It Happened and How to Keep Your Account Safe
Discussion: VentureBeat
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Ads Featuring Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld Not Canceled  —  From a trusted Crispin Porter source, we've learned that the internet has jumped the gun and that the Microsoft Gates/Seinfeld ads have not been axed.  It's true, Microsoft apparently asked the agency to focus on the new “I'm a PC” spots.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sergey Brin Launches A Personal Blog, Talks About His Risk Of Parkinson's  —  Google Cofounder Sergey Brin launched a personal blog today at too.blogspot.com.  —  In his first blog post, he explains the blog name: “Welcome to my personal blog. … In the second blog post, he gets a little more serious.
Amazon Web Services Blog:
We're Never Content  —  We've got something new and cool in the works and I'm excited to be able to tell you a little bit about it today!  —  Before the end of the year we are planning to release a new service for content delivery.  This new (and as yet unnamed) service will provide …
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
O'Reilly: Stop throwing sheep, do something worthy  —  NEW YORK—Tim O'Reilly, founder of O'Reilly Media, is known as a futurist, but his keynote address on Thursday morning at the Web 2.0 Expo was heavy on the realism in the wake of sobering news from Wall Street.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google execs cheery about Silicon Valley economy  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—The national and global economy is suffering something between a setback and a meltdown, but Google's top executives said Wednesday they're bullish about Silicon Valley's economic prospects.
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Austin Modine / The Register:
Google to DoJ: The clock is ticking
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Joost:
Notice anything different? … One of the great things about working at a startup is the ability to be flexible and make changes when our users, trends or data suggest a new direction.  For much of the past year, we've listened to the feedback we've received from many of the people who use Joost …
Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Sues NSA, President Bush, and Vice President Cheney to Stop Illegal Surveillance  —  The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency (NSA) and other government agencies today on behalf of AT&T customers to stop the illegal, unconstitutional …
Discussion: The Register and DSLreports
Bret Taylor / FriendFeed Blog:
New FriendFeed design launched... with an exciting new feature!  —  You might have noticed the new look for FriendFeed.  We've been tinkering with a new design for a few weeks, and after spending some time in beta, it's finally ready for primetime.  —  larger screenshot
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Potential iPhone usability and interface improvements  —  A new series of iPhone-related patent filings touch on some interface enhancements that could potentially find their way into a future version of the handset's operating system, including more immediate access to application settings …
Discussion: MacRumors and VentureBeat
mikeash.com:
The iPhone Development Story  —  I just got my first application in the iTunes App Store, and I wanted to tell the story of what it's like to publish one, from start to finish.  The app, NetAwake, is an independent project I wrote with my friend Joshua.  It makes an interesting story …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T launch updates: HTC Fuze, Samsung Mirage, Bold moved to November?  —  Bear with us folks.  We've just got ahold of an AT&T product sheet dated September 17th.  Also known as “the most up to date doc you've seen”.  Before we get into the BlackBerry Bold nonsense, here's a break down on what the sheet says:
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's “Submit Your Content” Page Changes Into Content Central, One Stop Shopping For Publisher Advice  —  In the old days, getting listed on Google just meant having a web site.  These days, you can get in by selling products through a virtual store, by having a book …
Discussion: Content Central Blog
Tapan Bhat / Yodel Anecdotal:
Testing, testing...a new Yahoo.com  —  Ever since Jerry and David began categorizing the Web back in 1994, people have visited our homepage to find out what's happening.  That's 100 million of you in the US and 314 million of you globally starting your day on a Yahoo! homepage, so we must be doing something right.
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
FriendFeed solves noise problem with redesign, duplicate roll-up  —  On Thursday afternoon social aggregator FriendFeed pushed out its new look to all its users.  —  Several things have changed since the company launched its beta program late last month, with the biggest being the look and feel of the site …
 
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Report: Google Search Market Share Huge ... Again
Discussion: CNET News
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Lenovo Thinkpad X200 Tablet, 12 Inches of Touchtasticness
Discussion: Crave and Gearlog
Jennifer Leggio / Feeds:
Pandora opens up: Q&A with Tim Westergren
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Birch backs Wordia - a video dictionary? Oh yes.
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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Thoughts on the Evolution of Facebook
Discussion: The Social and Mashable!
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
iPhone 3G has a hidden data matrix code
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and Gizmodo
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
All eyes on the MacBook
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
The first 6 steps to homegrowing basic startup analytics
Tony Smith / The Register:
Toshiba takes wraps off netbook