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9:55 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.
Discussion: MediaFile and Shoemoney, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Maggie Shiels / BBC:   Twitter calls lawyer over hacking
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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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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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.
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 …
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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:
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 …
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 …
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
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life:
Green shoots in the music industry?  —  Is it possible that the music industry has finally spotted the light at the end of the tunnel - and it's not the flashing light on the oncoming Pirate Express locomotive?  —  This week a big piece of research has come up with two startling conclusions …
Discussion: Softpedia News and broadstuff
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Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Music fans still prefer buying CDs over downloads
Discussion: Music Ally and TechVi
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.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Reader's Social Evolution  —  For more than a year, Google Reader has been struggling to add social features and almost all the new features were contrived, difficult to use and only cluttered the interface.  —  Originally, Google Reader's only social feature was sharing items in a public page.
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is There Really a Recovery in the Works?  Time to Check with Google  —  Is the ad market really starting to rebound?  Or is the (muted, cautious) happy talk we were hearing this spring just happy talk?  Time to take a peek at Google's quarterly earnings this afternoon, which might give us some insight.
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / VentureBeat:
Mobile OS company Symbian enters app store fray: Launches Horizon  —  Symbian, the company that makes operating systems for a large number of the world's mobile phones, today will be announcing the launch of Horizon, its own path into the thick forest of app stores.
Discussion: mocoNews and InformationWeek
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace CEO: “Our users don't know if we're a social portal, a music site, or an entertainment hub”  —  One thing that's great about MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta - his emails to employees always have at least one good sound bite.  In June the zinger was his reference to laid off employees as “bloat.”
Discussion: paidContent and paidContent
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.
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.
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.
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 …
 
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John Plunkett / Guardian:
FT editor: ‘almost all’ news sites will charge within a year
Discussion: paidContent
Mike / Understanding Google Maps & Local Search:
Is Google Overriding Title Tags with Business Name?
John Leyden / The Register:
Zombies bite into Symbian smartphones
Schneier on Security:
Laptop Security while Crossing Borders
Discussion: Network World
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Franken Quizzes Supreme Court Nominee Sotomayor On Net Neutrality
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Dell Shopping Spree Unlikely to Include Acer, Finance Chief Gladden Says
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Bits Of Destruction Hit the Book Publishing Business: Part 1
Discussion: Telegraph, Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Chris Anderson on Google vs. Microsoft in the ‘Free’ economy
Discussion: building43
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Microsoft invests $1m in IT girls
Discussion: NCWIT
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Analyst sees dimming future for AT&T wireless if Verizon gets iPhone
Discussion: Phone Arena
Josh Cohen / European Public Policy Blog:
Working with News Publishers
Discussion: Search Engine Land