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10:10 AM ET, February 2, 2009

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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Passport RFIDs cloned wholesale by $250 eBay auction spree  —  Video demo shows you how  —  Using inexpensive off-the-shelf components, an information security expert has built a mobile platform that can clone large numbers of the unique electronic identifiers used in US passport cards and next generation drivers licenses.
Discussion: Engadget and Gadget Lab
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's flub: Do we have a Web monoculture too?  —  Google had a rough weekend and a human error caused the search giant to list the entire Web as malware for an hour or so.  The screw-up is likely to raise questions about the risks of having a monoculture dependent on any one technology supplier.
Royal Pingdom:
Revver and Pageflakes go dark for days  —  Both the video-sharing site Revver and the personalized start page service Pageflakes have been down since last Thursday, January 29.  As of this writing, that is more than three-and-a-half days of straight downtime.
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:   Was Anyone Still In Doubt Over LiveUniverse's Demise?
Ross Hill:
Big Websites Start Small  —  It is easy to forget that the big popular sites were once small too.  —  The first version of Digg cost $200 to build and launch.  —  After Kevin Rose came up with the idea back in 2004 he found Owen Byrne through eLance to develop the idea.
Ilinca Nita / Unwired View:
Samsung to present the world's first 12MP phone at MWC 2009  —  Samsung was the first manufacturer to release an 8MP camera phone (the Innov8, outed one month before Sony Ericsson's C905), and it looks like it will also be the first to announce and launch a 12MP handset.
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Why newspapers can't stop the presses  —  Contrary to some of the ill-informed articles you might have read lately, almost every newspaper company still needs to print newspapers if it wants to stay in business.  —  Although the idea of paperless newspapers ricochets around the blogs with some regularity …
Discussion: Mark Evans
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Microsoft Claims Patent Holder Got A Job At Microsoft To Get Info Used In Patent Lawsuits  —  We see all sorts of strange patent-related lawsuits around here, but this one probably qualifies for the most extreme attempt by a patent holder to come up with info for the sake of a patent lawsuit.
John Leyden / The Register:
Black hats poison Google video search  —  Game for a hack  —  Miscreants have poisoned Google Video search results in a bid to trick the unwary into getting infected with malware.  —  Instead of video clips, researchers at Trend Micro discovered that around 400,000 queries returning malicious results …
Discussion: TrendLabs
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Despite iTunes Accord, Music Labels Still Fret  —  Last month the music industry and Apple, long uneasy partners, seemed a picture of harmony when they agreed on new terms for pricing on iTunes, Apple's online music store.  —  Behind the scenes, however, the relationship remains as tense and antagonistic as ever.
Discussion: Apple 2.0, MacDailyNews and MediaFile
Times of London:
India set to follow cheap car with £7 laptop  —  The government-developed computer prototype will assist in bridging the ‘digital divide’ between rich and poor  —  India is poised to unveil the ultimate in credit-crunch computing: a 500 rupee (£7) laptop.
Discussion: p2pnet
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple starts 2009 with strong Net gains  —  Apple (AAPL) consolidated its 2008 holiday Internet market-share gains with strong performances from the Mac, iPhone and iPod touch in January, according to preliminary data issued overnight Sunday by Net Applications.
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Joe Wilcox / Apple Watch:
Mac Share Gains Aren't Believable
Discussion: LiveSide
Jonathanhstrauss / SnowBlog:
Suggest to Techmeme Button  —  Techmeme is an essential news discovery tool for me.  It replaced my RSS reader and the totally unmanageable list of blog feeds that came with it years ago, and now I'd estimate that at least 95% of the news I consume is discovered via Techmeme or Twitter.
Discussion: The Blog Herald, Thanks:therahmin
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Moto Backing Away From Windows Mobile  —  Earlier this month reports emerged that Motorola would cut as much as 50 percent of its handset division, as it slashes down the number of phones it sells to a dozen and focus solely on Google's Android Operating System.
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link By Link: Millions of Books, but No Card Catalog  —  IN 2002, Google began to drink the milkshakes of the book world.  —  Back then, according to the company's official history, it began a “secret ‘books’ project.”  Today, that project is known as Google Book Search and …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
TVtrip Raises €7 Million More For Hotel Video Reviews  —  Paris-based TVtrip has scored €7 million (nearly $9 million) in venture capital funding on top of its previous $4.8 million Series A round, bringing the total of capital invested in the company up to a healthy $13.8 million …
Discussion: paidContent
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Lucky Magazine's iPhone Tool Is All About Shopping  —  The Condé Nast magazine Lucky has always been an unabashed promoter of shopping.  On Monday, it is going one step further, introducing an iPhone application, Lucky at Your Service, that ties into stores' inventories.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Data breach costs, customer churn up a bit; Repeat offenders abound  —  The cost of a data breach runs companies $202 per compromised record, up 2.5 percent from $197 per record in 2007 and up 11 percent from 2006, according to research from Ponemon Institute.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Chris Nicholson / New York Times:
Bringing the Internet to Remote African Villages  —  ENTASOPIA, Kenya — The road from Nairobi winds 100 miles to this town deep in Masai country.  The asphalt gives way to sand and dust, until finally it is just a dirt track climbing over broken hills and plunging back to desert flats.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Hulu's Super Bowl Ad Comes With An Ad  —  The Super Bowl is perhaps the one television event where people actually look forward to the ads because so much effort is put into each one.  And every year, there are a handful of standouts.  You can watch the ads plenty of places online, including on Hulu.
 
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John Cook / TechFlash:
Saint Valentino helps lovers find that special gift for February 14
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Local Police Want Right to Jam Wireless Signals
Discussion: Current News US and Slashdot
Rick Merritt / EE Times:
Rambus demos mobile memory interface at DesignCon
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
EU Plots Pirate Bay Ban and Piracy Clampdown
Om Malik / GigaOM:
By 2012 Koreans Will Get 1Gbps Broadband Connections
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Twitter improves service, base; next, revenue
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Playing video games linked to breast-feeding, not crime
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Twitter comes clean
Discussion: The Gillmor Gang
Mitchell LeBlanc / Neowin.net:
New owners of Ebaumsworld fire Ebaum
Discussion: NewTeeVee and eBaum.TV Blog
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon target of mysterious postal investigation
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily, Thanks:johnhcook
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Farewell to Mike Homer
Discussion: Voices and CNET News
Marin Perez / InformationWeek:
iPhone Keeps Mobile Gaming Growing
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Google Closes in on Yahoo's Leadership in Display Advertising
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
The Top 10 Money-Making MMOs of 2008
Discussion: New World Notes, Thanks:liors