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5:25 PM ET, September 5, 2009

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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
I don't feel safe with Wordpress, hackers broke in and took things  —  A few weeks ago some hackers broke into my blog here (this was before 2.8.4 was released).  At first I thought they just left some porn sites in a couple of blog entries.  So we upgraded Wordpress (I was on 2.7x back then).
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Matt / WordPress:
How to Keep WordPress Secure  —  Filed under Development, Security.  —  A stitch in time saves nine.  I couldn't sew my way out of a bag, but it's true advice for bloggers as well — a little bit of work on an upgrade now saves a lot of work fixing something later.
Discussion: Mashable!
Lorelle VanFossen / Lorelle on WordPress:
Old WordPress Versions Under Attack  —  Otto42 of OttoDestruct, a key WordPress developer and supporter, reports that there is an “attack” on older versions of WordPress right now.  The number of sites hit by this is growing every hour.  Protect your WordPress blog now: UPDATE NOW!!!
Blassey / Brad's Blog:
Fennec Alpha 3 for Windows Mobile  —  We're very happy to announce the availability of Fennec Alpha 3 for Windows Mobile.  There are lots of great features and fixes included in this release.  You can find the release notes here and a cab installer here.  Personally, I'm turning off my iPhone …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Today's Google “Unexplained Phenomenon” Flying Saucer Logo  —  Aliens in a flying saucer have abducted one of the Os out of the Google logo today.  Normally when there are special Google logos like this, the holiday or special occasion is pretty clear.  But this one is a stumper.  What's it for?
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T's ‘Blogger Guy’ Faces Public Backlash - Customers apparently not accepting AT&T's apology  —  AT&T's new self-proclaimed “blogger guy” Seth Bloom has been tasked with damage control in the face of AT&T's recent wireless network congestion PR problems.  While Bloom put a welcome human face …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Google bigotry  —  Google has an image problem - not a PR problem (that is, not with the public) but a press problem (with whining old media people).  Google is trying hard - too hard, perhaps - not to argue with the guys who still buy ink by the barrel.  Google is only causing them to buy fewer barrels.
Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Maps Wars: How Google, Microsoft And Yahoo Deal With Bridge Closure  —  Residents of San Francisco are a bit put off by the temporary closure of the Bay Bridge this holiday weekend.  For the next 2+ days, the short bridge commute between the city and the East bay is closed …
Jonathan Ansfield / New York Times:
China Web Sites Seeking Users' Names  —  BEIJING — News Web sites in China, complying with secret government orders, are requiring that new users log on under their true identities to post comments, a shift in policy that the country's Internet users and media have fiercely opposed in the past.
Discussion: Gawker
Elliott Ng / CNReviews:
Kaifu Lee to launch Innovation Works incubator  —  Google China President Kaifu Lee resigned from Google on Saturday and rumors immediately began circulating about the reasons why and his next steps.  In Kaifu Lee's latest blog post entitled “Goodbye, Google,” (zh) he ends his post with a quote …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and PE Hub Blog, Thanks:elliottng
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Touchscreen popularity fuels lots of startups  —  Display technologies are constantly in flux.  Since Apple introduced the multitouch display for the iPhone a couple of years ago, touchscreens have become all the rage in the computer industry.  Al Monro of NextWindow wrote about how Windows 7's support …
Discussion: blogs.ft.com and Forward Thinking
Mike Knoop / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches New Widgets Center  —  Today Facebook officially released its new widgets web site to the masses.  It features three widgets that Facebook has already made available, a couple new ones, and will likely feature new widgets as the company rolls them out.
 
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Larry Magid / CNET News:
Parental control company sells data on what kids say
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Is Apple losing another board member?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:mattpol
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: The iPhone Cash Machine
Discussion: MacNN
David Pierson / Los Angeles Times:
China's favorite Internet craze: 'Jia Junpeng, your mom is calling …
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
The Cloud Hanging Over Skype
Discussion: Techgeist, Thanks:atul
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Neighbors Adds Community Conversation To Local Search
Discussion: Softpedia News
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Cabbie's tweet reunites lost BlackBerry with owner
Marianne Schultz / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
TomTom Car Kit Release Pushed Back to October
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon: We're Not Setting Broadband Definition Bar Low …
Discussion: VoIP Watch and Ars Technica
Marisa Taylor / Digits:
How Old Is This Internet Thing, Again?