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1:05 AM ET, July 31, 2009


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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Researchers attack my iPhone via SMS  —  LAS VEGAS—Researchers have discovered a way to take complete control over an iPhone merely by sending special SMS messages and demonstrated it on my iPhone at the Black Hat security conference on Wednesday.  —  Although an attacker could exploit …
Andrew Brandt / Technologizer:
Your GSM Phone is (Probably) Vulnerable to Malicious Text Messages  —  Virtually all GSM phones (such as Apple's iPhone) and GSM wireless operators (such as AT&T and T-Mobile) on the planet appear to be vulnerable to attacks using specially crafted SMS text messages discovered by security researchers Zane Lackey and Luis Miras.
Dwight /
Calm down: It's not doomsday for your iPhone  —  When the word came down Wednesday that researchers were planning to demonstrate how an iPhone could be remotely controlled by sending it a series of text messages, you'd think the world had ended.  —  The story, which [broke] …
Arik Hesseldahl / BusinessWeek:
The Truth About The iPhone Virus / Vulnerability Thing
Discussion: Mashable!
Tan Weizhen / The Straits Times:
World's first tablet PC  —  Singapore firm launches touchscreen tablet computer  —  A SINGAPORE company is racing to be the first in the world to bring an almost mythical creature - the touchscreen tablet computer - to the market.  —  The start-up, Fusion Garage, has teamed …
Discussion: Engadget and
DC / dchieng:
crunchpad specs revealed
Discussion: Techgeist, Thanks:dchieng
The Official Google Blog:
I now pronounce you monetized: a YouTube video case study  —  (Cross-posted from the YouTube Biz Blog)  —  Last week the world watched in wonder as Jill Peterson and Kevin Heinz's wedding party transformed a familiar and predictable tradition into something spontaneous and just flat-out fun.
Gmail Blog:
Send mail from another address without “on behalf of”  —  Quite a few of you use Gmail's custom “From:” to send messages with one of your other email addresses listed in place of your Gmail address.  Since these messages are sent by Gmail's servers but “from” a non-Gmail address …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:mrinaldesai
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The New MySpace Mail Quietly Emerges As A Big-Time Email Competitor  —  We've been covering the new web email project MySpace has been working on in stealth mode for the past several month.  Now it's ready to begin a quiet rollout today, in beta, for users around the globe.
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
‘Take Back the Beep’ Campaign  —  Over the past week, in The Times and on my blog, I've been ranting about one particularly blatant money-grab by U.S. cellphone carriers: the mandatory 15-second voicemail instructions.  —  Suppose you call my cell to leave me a message.
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Showing Our Thanks to Windows 7 Beta Testers....  Last week, I blogged that members of the Windows Technical Beta Program would not be receiving a complimentary copy of Windows 7.  Normally I hate to be wrong but in this case, I'm stoked that I am.  —  To show our appreciation …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft does a 180: Tech testers to get a copy of Windows 7 for free
Discussion: PC World
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Lawsuit: Amazon Ate My Homework  —  An Orwellian gaffe involving the Kindle e-book reader just won't go down the memory hole for … On Thursday, a Chicago-based law firm filed a suit in federal court in Seattle against Amazon on behalf of Justin D. Gawronski, a 17-year-old Michigan high school senior.
Nick Wingfield / Digits:
Microsoft Needs Smarter Phones  —  Now that Microsoft has finally cleaned up its act in Internet search and Windows, there's one critical consumer market where the company is still visibly stumbling: mobile phones.  —  Microsoft  —  Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft's entertainment and devices division
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Ordered To Close In The Netherlands  —  In an Amsterdam court last week, BREIN's lawyer argued that The Pirate Bay is responsible for millions of copyright infringements every day, and that the site should therefore be blocked to visitors from The Netherlands.
Ty McMahan / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Film Company Blowtorch Burned By Hedge Fund Flame-Out  —  (The following was originally published in VentureWire, a daily publication covering start-ups and venture capital that, like this blog, is owned by Dow Jones & Co.)  —  Blowtorch Entertainment Corp., the start-up that gathered $50 million …
Discussion: VentureBeat, paidContent and TechFlash
Jon Fortt / Brainstorm Tech:
Bartz and Ballmer on the Yahoo/Microsoft search pact  —  Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer pose for the cameras after doing a search deal.  Image: Yahoo  —  Soon after Yahoo (YHOO) and Microsoft (MSFT) announced their search deal on July 29, I spoke with Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Firefox Will Hit 1 Billion Downloads Tomorrow  —  Mozilla's Firefox browser is about to hit a major milestone: 1 billion total downloads.  As you can see on this Twitter account set up to monitor the download numbers, it just crossed the 999,000,000 threshold earlier today.
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Motorola Sholes Android phone headed for Verizon?  —  On the lookout for the Motorola / Android / Verizon trifecta, we dug up some handset renders over at that seem to fit the bill quite well, thank you.  According to the site, “Sholes” is a 3.7-inch (480 x 854) …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wall Street Journal Creating New “LinkedIn Killer” Called WSJ Connect  —  The Wall Street Journal has long envied the success of professional social network LinkedIn and its 15 million or so monthly visitors ( has just a third of that).  In late 2008 they launched WSJ Community, a social network bolted onto the main WSJ site.
Discussion: Seeking Alpha, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Finally Discontinues Shake?  [Updated]  —  Alongside today's introduction of updated Time Capsule models, Apple appears to have finally discontinued Shake, its long-standing high-end digital compositing and visual effects software package.  While Shake's product pages remain available on Apple's site …
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Meter Hackers Find Free Parking in San Francisco  —  San Francisco's ambitious plans to roll out computerized smart parking meters have hit a snag: They can be hacked for free parking.  —  Security researchers say that it is easy for a technically savvy hacker to make a fake payment card that gives them unlimited free parking.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Newsgator Shuts Down Its Online Feed Reader  —  NewsGator, the company behind the popular FeedDemon and NetNewsWire feed readers, just announced that it will shut down the NewsGator Online Reader on August 31, 2009.  The company will provide users with instructions on how to migrate to Google Reader.
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Android system extends grip on smartphone market  —  In the movies, androids are always taking over the world.  In real life, not so much.  —  The invasion began last October, when T-Mobile USA launched its G1 cellphone.  It was the first to feature Android, Google Inc.'s operating system …
Discussion: Computerworld
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Ads Follow Web Users, and Get Much More Personal  —  For all the concern and uproar over online privacy, marketers and data companies have always known much more about consumers' offline lives, like income, credit score, home ownership, even what car they drive and whether they have a hunting license.
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
What's to become of Microsoft's answer to the iPod?  —  The Zune faces steep sales declines, low market share ahead of update  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Microsoft Corp.'s quarterly earnings report last week featured a number of grim statistics, including a relatively overlooked …
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Intel's prescription for national healthcare reform: x86 Rx  —  With healthcare reform currently the number one topic of discussion in Washington DC, chipmaker Intel is seizing the moment in order to gain exposure for its own health product, the Intel Health Guide.
Discussion: eWeek
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
New Sony Reader PRS-300 and PRS-600 details leaked  —  You know the drill — service manuals get posted for new / unannounced products, the kids in the forums pounce, and then Sony makes 'em disappear (the documents, that is — Sony doesn't rub people out, at least not yet).
John Chan / CNET Asia:
Hands-on with the Creative Zii Egg  —  We were invited to the Creative office today to learn more about the recently announced Zii Egg.  Though all its features point to it being a consumer-oriented media player like the Apple iPod touch, the difference is that Creative isn't selling it as such.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and MacRumors
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Andreessen Horowitz Adds Ex-Opsware Execs  —  Newbie venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz is a bit of an enigma, when it comes to its public profile.  —  On the one hand, it's impossible to say the firm is in stealth mode, given that Andreessen has done more interviews in the past month than Barack Obama.
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