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6:35 PM ET, September 18, 2008

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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.
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Michelle Malkin:
The story behind the Palin e-mail hacking  —  This afternoon, I mentioned an infamous group of hackers whose Internet bulletin board was the gathering place for those who bragged about and publicized the Sarah Palin private e-mail hacking.  —  A tech-savvy reader who monitors …
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 …
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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Werner Vogels / All Things Distributed:
Expanding the Cloud  —  For many the “Cloud” in Cloud Computing signifies the notion of location independence; that somewhere in the internet services are provided and that to access them you do not need any specific knowledge of where they are located.  Many applications have already …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Amazon Launches Content Delivery Network.  Rivals, Watch Out!  —  It was a matter of when, not if, that Amazon would launch a content delivery business in addition to its current suite of web services that include S3 storage service and EC2 on-demand computing.
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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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 …
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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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Palm moves more than 1 million smartphones in quarter  —  Palm moved a lot of smartphones-1,029,000 to be exact-and revenue was well ahead of expectations, but the company's turnaround is still a work in progress.  —  The company, which has been living off the $99 Centro …
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Business Wire:
Palm Reports Q1 FY09 Results
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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: DSLreports, The Register and p2pnet
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Search for music on Yahoo!, play songs on search results page  —  Companies like SeeqPod and Skreemr have made a business model out of letting you search for a song or musician by name and then streaming the MP3s found on the web.  The sites don't actually host any of the music - just the tools to locate and play it.
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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.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Nvidia cuts workforce 6.5 percent  —  Responding to “business realities,” Nvidia is cutting its workforce 6.5 percent.  —  Nvidia, the world's largest graphics chip supplier, on Thursday announced a workforce reduction “to allow for continued investment in strategic growth areas,” the company said in a statement.
Discussion: VentureBeat, eWeek and TG Daily
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Oracle's first quarter allays worries  —  Oracle reported first quarter earnings that topped expectations as new software licenses were in line with estimates.  Revenue, however, was light.  —  In a statement Thursday, Oracle said it reported earnings of $1.1 billion, or 21 cents a share (preview).
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.
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:
 
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Patrick Brown, the chief executive of Impossible Foods, is coming to Disrupt  —  Impossible Foods is having quite the year.  In the past seven months, the company has signed a nationwide deal with Burger King …
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Savio Rodrigues / Open Sources:
Canadian party includes open source software in election platform
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
T-Mobile expands its 3G network
Discussion: eWeek
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Thoughts on the Evolution of Facebook
Discussion: The Social and Mashable!
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
ABC.com: How'd You Like Some More Ads With Your Free Videos?
Discussion: Beet.TV
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
What's New in the Windows Live Wave Betas
Discussion: LiveSide
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Potential iPhone usability and interface improvements
Discussion: VentureBeat
mikeash.com:
The iPhone Development Story
Discussion: TUAW
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
iPhone 3G has a hidden data matrix code
Discussion: The iPhone Blog, Gizmodo and TUAW
 Earlier Items: 
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
All eyes on the MacBook
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Sometimes Google Isn't Enough: New Research Engine Searches “Deep Web”
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
The first 6 steps to homegrowing basic startup analytics
The Official Google Blog:
The intelligent cloud  —  The Internet has had an enormous impact …
Discussion: Outside the Lines
Tony Smith / The Register:
Toshiba takes wraps off netbook