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6:05 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 …
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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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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Bits Of Destruction Hit the Book Publishing Business: Part 1  —  “Bits of destruction” is a phrase Fred Wilson uses to describe the destructive part of “creative destruction” brought on by digitization.  We hear a lot about the destruction wrought on the newspaper business.
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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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry OS 5.0 to have tabbed browsing  —  You know us; we have nothing for love for RIM but it seems that its case of ADD is a lot worse than previously thought.  For the better part of a week we've been playing around with a new beta build of OS 5. and noticed that it has a new feature …
Discussion: Web Browsers and Phone Arena
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.
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.
 
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Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Music fans still prefer buying CDs over downloads
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Rafat Ali / paidContent:
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Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
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Microsoft invests $1m in IT girls
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Analyst sees dimming future for AT&T wireless if Verizon gets iPhone
Discussion: Phone Arena
Kevin Anderson / Guardian:
How Craigslist turned small ads into big business
Josh Cohen / European Public Policy Blog:
Working with News Publishers
Discussion: Search Engine Land and paidContent
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
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Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Zookz: A license to infringe?
Discussion: Techdirt, Softpedia News and AppScout
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Dirty Little Secret of Apple's App Store
Discussion: Techdirt and mocoNews