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4:20 AM ET, July 16, 2009

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Biz / Twitter Blog:
Twitter, Even More Open Than We Wanted  —  About a month ago, an administrative employee here at Twitter was targeted and her personal email account was hacked.  From the personal account, we believe the hacker was able to gain information which allowed access to this employee's Google Apps account …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Another Security Tip For Twitter: Don't Use “Password” As Your Server Password  —  With all the chatter about the current security issues surrounding Twitter, its workforce and the cloud-based Google apps they use, a new security issue has popped up that makes it trivially easy for anyone to access the Twitter servers directly.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter: Don't Blame Google for Twitterhack (But Do Be Careful …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Financial Forecast Shows First Revenue In Q3, 1 billion users in 2013  —  Our negotiations with Twitter (or rather Twitter's lawyers) over our intention to publish a small subset of the 310 hacked confidential documents continue.  We published the first document …
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Apple Blocks Palm Pre iTunes Syncing  —  It has begun.  With the release of iTunes 8.2.1 (via TiPb), gut46 tells us, Palm Pre syncing with iTunes is indeed kaput.  At least on this Pre user's Mac, iTunes sync isn't working after the 8.2.1 update.  * According to Apple's surprisingly forthcoming release notes:
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Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple Locks Palm Out of iTunes  —  Reports are coming in that Apple's latest update to its iTunes software has locked out Palm's Pre.  Precentral had the first reports on the matter that I saw, and now Apple is confirming the matter itself: “iTunes 8.2.1 is a free software update that provides …
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Apple demanded Microsoft to stop its Laptop Hunters ads  —  According to a Microsoft executive, Apple legal isn't too happy with Microsoft's Laptop Hunters ads.  —  Kevin Turner, Microsoft's Chief Operating Officer, told partners during his Worldwide Partner Conference keynote …
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft exec: Apple lawyers tried to squelch Windows ads  —  Kevin Turner, Microsoft's chief operating officer, made headlines today for saying that Microsoft will open some of its new retail stores “right next door to Apple stores this fall.”  But as we read the official transcript …
Discussion: PC World, Microsoft, BetaNews, CNET News and Gizmodo, Thanks:johnhcook
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to open retail stores near Apple's this fall  —  Microsoft is planning to open the first of its planned retail stores next to existing Apple stores this fall.  —  Kevin Turner, Microsoft's Chief Operating Officer, told partners the news during his Worldwide Partner Conference keynote on July 15.
Electronista:
Apple drops to 5th in US computer sales  —  Apple has sunk a full position in the US computer market during the spring, according to early estimates by IDC.  The Mac producer is expected to have dropped from fourth place in the winter to fifth in the spring as it should have shipped 12.4 …
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Working on New Twitter Integration?  —  While it's too early to tell exactly what this means, Facebook engineer Blake Ross today posted a “test” tweet from a Twitter application called “Penguin FB” that resides on Facebook development servers.  One interesting possibility …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
12% of e-mail users have actually tried to buy stuff from spam  —  Be honest: have you ever responded to a spam e-mail?  Do you know anyone who has?  If you're like most of us at Ars, you can't fathom why anyone would respond to most of the messages we get, but a new study released …
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Robert Lemos / Technology Review:   Catching Spammers in the Act
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 …
Jessica Shambora / Fortune:
New iPhone no threat to the Flip camcorder  —  Apple's iPhone 3GS has video capabilities, but Cisco's Flip still dominates point-and-shoot camcorders.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — With the launch of the Flip video camera in May 2007, the camcorder market has never been the same.
Joshua Siegel / Google Mobile Blog:
Search with My Location for iPhone 3.0.  And All that Jazz  —  I recently visited NYC where I met up with my friend Joanne, a jazz singer with a wonderful 1920's throwback style.  I wanted to find a jazz club close to my hotel on the west side for us to meet.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Google's Chiller-less Data Center  —  The equipment yard at the Google data center in Belgium features no chillers.  (Photo from Google)  —  Google (GOOG) has begun operating a data center in Belgium that has no chillers to support its cooling systems, a strategy that will improve …
Discussion: The Register
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Chris Anderson on Google vs. Microsoft in the ‘Free’ economy  —  Wired magazine editor Chris Anderson, author of “The Long Tail,” is in the Seattle region to promote his new book, “Free.”  He spoke yesterday at Amazon.com and he's at Microsoft this afternoon.
Discussion: building43
Ian Fette / Chromium Blog:
Smaller is Faster (and Safer Too)  —  We have just started using a new compression algorithm called Courgette to make Google Chrome updates small.  —  We have built Google Chrome to address multiple factors that affect browser security.  One of the pillars of our approach is to keep …
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.
Mobile Today:
Orange and T-Mobile to break O2 exclusivity on iPhone  —  Apple opens up older iphones to two new networks in six weeks  —  Apple is poised to open the iPhone 3G to Orange and T-Mobile in a bid to boost sales.  —  The move is set for as early as September and will end Apple's two year exclusive deal with O2.
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.
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Music fans still prefer buying CDs over downloads  —  The majority of music fans are still happy buying CDs rather than downloading albums or tracks, according to new research.  —  Out of 1,000 people polled, The Music Ally Speakerbox survey found that 73 per cent were still happy purchasing CDs rather …
Discussion: Music Ally
Justin Osofsky / Facebook Developers:
New Ad Targeting to Grow Your Business on Platform  —  As Facebook Platform grows, so have the businesses of many of the developers finding success on Facebook Platform.  From hiring teams to growing userbases and raising funding, developers around the world have turned their passions into profitable business.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Maps Markers Are Making Real World Appearances  —  You know the Google Maps upside-down teardrop shaped markers?  It looks like they're starting to appear in the real world, at various locations around the globe.  You can see the locations that have them on this Google Maps Favorite Places page.
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Analyst sees dimming future for AT&T wireless if Verizon gets iPhone  —  A bottom up view of a cell tower.  Credit: Locomotive8/ Flickr.  —  If Pali Research were to pick its favorite wireless carrier, it wouldn't be AT&T.  —  The market research firm believes that despite the huge success …
Discussion: Phone Arena
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Microsoft invests $1m in IT girls  —  Designing Women  —  Tune into our application security webcast, click here  —  Microsoft has made its second million-dollar grant to the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) to support the advancement of women in IT.
Discussion: NCWIT
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Spanfeller Resigns From Forbes.com; Starting A New Company  —  We're hearing from a trusted source this evening that Jim Spanfeller, the CEO of Forbes.com, is resigning, and have confirmed it from him as well.  No word yet on who, if anyone, would replace him.
Discussion: MediaMemo and DailyFinance, Thanks:triciad
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Samsung Comeback priced at $130; come again?  —  As the flurry of tween phones continues to do anything but bowl us over, the upcoming Samsung Comeback is one of the more interesting of the bunch no doubt.  Its specs were finally revealed yesterday and while the colorful handset is hardly drool-worthy …
Discussion: Phone Arena, MobileCrunch and TmoNews
 
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Bill Tancer / Hitwise Intelligence:
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Bruce Nussbaum / Business Week:
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Reader Takes Another Social Step With People Search And “Likes”
Discussion: Official Google Reader Blog, Thanks:gsharma
Kevin Anderson / Guardian:
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Josh Cohen / European Public Policy Blog:
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
GNR Uploader Gets Two Months House Arrest, Plus Will Produce Propaganda For RIAA
Discussion: Threat Level
abovethecrowd.com:
Bill Gurley On The “Free” Business Model
Discussion: bijan sabet
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Zookz: A license to infringe?
Discussion: Techdirt and AppScout
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Dirty Little Secret of Apple's App Store
Discussion: mocoNews
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
The Onion Said To Be Negotiating Sale
Discussion: CNET News
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Gates: Natal to bring gesture recognition to Windows too