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6:15 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 …
DC / dchieng:
crunchpad specs revealed
Discussion: Techgeist, Thanks:dchieng
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, Softpedia News and Lifehacker, Thanks:mrinaldesai
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Microsoft's Long, Slow Decline  —  There were two interesting Windows-related news stories last week.  First, Joe Wilcox's story on a report from NPD claiming that 91 percent of $1,000-and-higher retail computer sales now go to Apple.  Second, Microsoft's quarterly financial results …
Discussion: Technologizer and ParisLemon, Thanks:atul
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.
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.
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.
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Yahoo: Losing the Geek Factor  —  Surrendering search responsibilities to Microsoft will likely take a toll on Yahoo's engineering and innovation prowess  —  An identity crisis gripping Yahoo! (YHOO) had reached Shakespearean proportions by late 2007, when Apple (AAPL) …
Laura Farrelly / NewsGator Daily:
Google and NewsGator - What's It All About?  —  We announced today that our best-of-breed consumer applications will synchronize with Google Reader going forward.  We announced yesterday that we've hit the 1 million enterprise user mark.  As part of the announcement about our relationship …
Discussion: Shooting at Bubbles and TechCrunch
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Let's Fix Facebook  —  Four ways to redesign one of the world's most-annoying, least-intuitive Web sites.  —  Back in March, I asked people to quit whining about Facebook's redesign.  It wasn't that I liked the radical changes the site had made—they were unquestionably terrible.
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.
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
Andrew Culf / Guardian:
McKinnon loses extradition appeal  —  UFO-obsessed computer ‘eccentric’ based in London broke into Nasa and defence networks  —  The British computer hacker Gary McKinnon failed today in his last-ditch attempt to avoid extradition to the US where he could face a sentence of up to 60 years in a high-security prison.
Discussion: BBC and Associated Press
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.
Alexandria Sage / Reuters:
EBay says no changes to Skype IPO plans  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - EBay Inc shrugged off speculation on Thursday that its planned spinoff of Skype could be in danger, given an ongoing dispute over the technology used in the online telephone unit and new plans to develop proprietary software.
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Find Local Business Information at Your Fingertips  —  Many of you are probably already familiar with the Yahoo! Shortcut that appears at the top of the Yahoo! Search results page when you search for a local business,.  Starting today, we're enhancing the Yahoo! Shortcut for local businesses …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
CentOS Linux developers threaten mutiny  —  Offering a free clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux turned out not to be such a simple matter after all.  —  The CentOS project aims to reproduce Red Hat's tested, supported, and certified version of the operating system, without its per-server subscription fees.
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: The Real McCrea and Seeking Alpha, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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) …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Joel Tenenbaum admits in court he shared music files
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Asus UX30 review - portability with style
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Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Security experts mock Mac security
Discussion: Techgeist