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1:55 PM ET, July 15, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
In Our Inbox: Hundreds Of Confidential Twitter Documents  —  Here's a dilemma: The guy ("Hacker Croll") who claims to have accessed hundreds of confidential corporate and personal documents of Twitter and Twitter employees, is releasing those documents publicly and sent them to us earlier today.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Our Reaction To Your Reactions To the Twitter Confidential Documents Post
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life:
The Twitter hack and the cloud
Discussion: broadstuff
Michael Eisenberg / Seeking Alpha:   Twitter Theft: It's Really All About Google
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Bill Gates on Google's Chrome OS  —  To Bill Gates, Google's Chrome OS looks a lot like a familiar foe: Linux.  —  “There's many, many forms of Linux operating systems out there and packaged in different ways and booted in different ways,” Gates said in an interview with CNET News this week.
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Gates: Natal to bring gesture recognition to Windows too  —  Microsoft doesn't just want to bring gesture recognition to the Xbox with Project Natal.  It also wants the technology in Windows, according to a very good source—Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates.  —  In an interview with CNET News this week …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Bill Gates offers the world a physics lesson  —  It's been a year since Bill Gates left full-time work at Microsoft, but he's found plenty to keep him busy.  —  In between trying to eradicate polio, tame malaria, and fix the broken U.S. education system, Gates has managed to fulfill a dream …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Meet Google, Your Phone Company  —  Can Google be your phone company?  The answer is yes.  I came to that conclusion after I met with Vincent Paquet, co-founder of GrandCentral (a company acquired by Google) and now a member of the Google Voice team.  Earlier today he stopped by our office …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Voice Apps For Android And Blackberry Are Here  —  Google Voice, previously called Grand Central, is rolling out the first mobile apps for the service this evening.  The main function of the apps is to make it easier to use your Google Voice phone number by automatically routing …
The Official Google Blog:
Google Voice mobile app for Blackberry and Android  —  It's been an exciting few months since we announced Google Voice.  The feedback from early users has been terrific, and the requests for invites have been flowing in.  We started sending invites a few weeks ago and will keep sending them daily.
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google Voice Goes Mobile
Discussion: DailyTech, Phone Arena and Phone Scoop
Brandon Sterne / Mozilla Security Blog:
Critical JavaScript vulnerability in Firefox 3.5  —  Issue  —  A bug discovered last week in Firefox 3.5's Just-in-time (JIT) JavaScript compiler was disclosed publicly yesterday.  It is a critical vulnerability that can be used to execute malicious code.  —  Impact
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Firefox 3.5's first vulnerability ‘self-inflicted,’ says scientist
Discussion: BetaNews, Mashable! and Security Fix
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Now Connecting 250 Million People  —  As of today, 250 million people are using Facebook to stay updated on what's happening around them and share with the people in their lives.  The rapid pace of our growth is humbling and exciting for us, and it affirms that people everywhere are realizing …
Discussion: CNET News, All Facebook, VentureBeat and TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
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Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Amazon sued for cracking Kindles, $5-plus million sought in class action  —  You've heard about cracking open a book, but how about cracking open a Kindle?  —  Apparently this is happening to some owners of Amazon.com's electronic book who also bought the optional, $30 protective cover …
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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Is Your Kindle Cracking Up? Amazon Sued in $5 Million Class Action
Discussion: Gearlog
Clay Shirky / Cato Unbound:
Not an Upgrade — an Upheaval  —  In his lead essay, Clay Shirky argues that the old models of journalism are broken primarily because in today's online environment, self-created publics can parse the news however they like.  The biggest failure of journalism in the online age is the failure …
Discussion: Podcasting News
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
The Onion Said To Be Negotiating Sale  —  The Onion this month told staff that resisting advertiser pressure is a “losing game.”  But it seems the humor publication isn't just keen to sell its soul to sponsors; we hear The Onion is talking about selling everything.
Discussion: CNET News
BBC:
Windows 7 flies off virtual shelf  —  The latest version of Microsoft's flagship operating system, Windows 7, is available for pre-order in the UK.  —  Amazon said that sales of Windows 7 in the first eight hours it was available outstripped those of Windows Vista's entire 17 week pre-order period.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple may extend antiglare display option to more Macs  —  Apple made a bold move roughly two years ago to begin transitioning its entire Mac product line away from matte displays and towards glass-enclosed glossy ones, but the company may be nearing a concession that these shiny, highly-reflective screens may not be for everyone.
Discussion: MacRumors, MacDailyNews and Gizmodo
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
YouTube pulls audio from greatest music video ever  —  This is really quite sad.  —  Citing copyright concerns, YouTube has deleted the audio from a hosted video that depicts the Internet meme “Keyboard Cat” showing up in a vintage TV after-school special and then embedded in the foreground …
Discussion: p2pnet and Epicenter
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Digits:
Getting Noticed on the iPhone App Store  —  In a megastore as big as Apple's iPhone App Store, the secret to success is getting noticed.  With more than 65,000 apps in 20 categories, app developers have come up with different strategies to accomplish that.  —  Infomedia
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Rumor: Acer Will Launch Their Android Phone in September  —  Acer said they'd churn out one Android phone by the end of the year; that was all the way back in April, and they've since taken their relationship with Google's OS to the next level.  (But not too far!)
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Bing / Search Blog:
BingTweets Debuts  —  As part of our ongoing efforts to explore options in real-time search, we've partnered with Federated Media and Twitter to create BingTweets which fuses Bing search results and real time content from Twitter in an interesting new interface.
Warren Lee / AdAge:
What Sunk Veoh and Joost?  Too Much Cash Too Soon  —  The Same Scourge Will Claim Dozens of Other Media and Advertising Startups  —  In the past few months, two of the highest-profile and most heavily-funded online-video startups — Veoh and Joost — have given up trying to compete with Hulu …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
iTunes goes retro with digital 45s  —  As a throwback to the old days of the two-song 45 rpm vinyl record, the iTunes Store launched a new “D45” section Tuesday, featuring discounted prices on packs of two digital song downloads.  —  Just like old 45s, the iTunes D45 selection includes a popular single accompanied by a B-side song.
David Martin / CNET News:
Apple cops to OS 3.0 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth problems  —  A rash of Wi-Fi connectivity and signal strength complaints have cropped up after Apple's iPhone OS 3.0 software update.  Some users complain that their iPhones and iPod Touches drop from Wi-Fi unexpectedly; others that they can't connect to the Internet at all.
Discussion: Macworld and Softpedia News
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Gogo Adds Day Pass, Short Hop, Monthly Prices for In-Flight Broadband  —  Gogo goes baroque with additional pricing options on its Internet offering: Aircell has long told me that it expected to have a variety of pricing options, including subscriptions, for its in-flight Internet service, Gogo.
Discussion: PR Newswire and Engadget
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Would You Pay for Advanced Email Search?  Xobni Thinks You Will  —  Xobni, the makers of an Outlook add-in for a “smarter inbox,” have just released a slew of new premium features in a package called “Xobni Plus.”  For the most part, these new features aim to bring more advanced search tools to your inbox …
Discussion: Tech Beat and AppScout
 
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Sluggish sales of 1.8-inch drives may signal end to iPod classic
Discussion: I4U News and iPodNN
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
RIAA: Tenenbaum “fair use” defense is laughable
Discussion: PlagiarismToday
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why The Story That Bloggers Are A Few Hours Behind Mainstream Press Is Wrong
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Kdawson / Slashdot:
Wikipedia Debates Rorschach Censorship
IHS:
PayPal shuts us down
Alexandria Sage / Reuters:
EBay Live! now dead
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 Earlier Items: 
The Register:
Chrome OS: Windows killer?
New York Times:
A New World: Scheduling E-Books
Ben Grubb / iTnews.com.au:
Conroy vows to tackle illegal file sharing
Discussion: TorrentFreak, p2pnet, Techdirt and The Age
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Behind the scenes at Twitter
Discussion: Guardian and Telegraph, Thanks:mrinaldesai