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10:25 AM ET, September 5, 2009

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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 …
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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!!!
Mike Knoop / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches New Widgets Center  —  Today Facebook officially released its new Widgets Center to the masses.  It features a number of widgets that Facebook has already made available, and will likely feature new widgets as the company rolls them out.  Many users were greeted today with this message:
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Foursquare Gets $1.35 Million To Play With From Union Square And O'Reilly AlphaTech  —  As we alluded to two days ago, the location-based social network Foursquare has just raised its first round of funding.  PaidContent found out about the seed round through an SEC document, and we've confirmed the round with the company.
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Joe Nocera / New York Times:
The Cloud Hanging Over Skype  —  Early this week, eBay announced that after four years of owning Skype, the popular, and free, online phone service, it had sold the company to an investor group for around $2 billion.  The investors included the Silicon Valley private equity firm Silver Lake Partners …
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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Fox's Twitter TV Experiment Tweets Its Way to Epic Failure  —  digg_url = ‘http://www.fastcompany.com/blog/kit- eaton/technomix/foxs-twitter-tv- overlays-tweet-their-way-epic- failure’; digg_skin = ‘compact’; When Fox revealed its plan to broadcast reruns of Fringe and Glee with a live Twitter feed overlay …
David Pierson / Los Angeles Times:
China's favorite Internet craze: ‘Jia Junpeng, your mom is calling you to come home and eat.’  —  The post appeared on a computer gaming forum in July and became a viral joke, popping up on T-shirts and ads and celebrated in song and doctored photos.  Its author and motive are unknown.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Neighbors Adds Community Conversation To Local Search  —  After a trial run in four markets, Yahoo has just launched Neighbors nationwide.  Neighbors is an interesting and potentially very strong addition to Yahoo Local's offerings.  It's been around since November 2007, when it debuted in two California markets.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless Touch Pro2 to land September 11th, $199.99  —  As if an Android handset and a couple of Blackberry handsets weren't enough, Verizon Wireless customers may have yet another handset coming quickly down the pike.  A trusted ninja let us know that VZW's Touch Pro2 is slated …
h-online.com:
Mozilla to protect Adobe Flash users  —  The upcoming Firefox 3.5.3 and Firefox 3.0.14 releases, currently in beta, will check the version of Adobe Flash plug-in installed in the browser and warn the user if that plug-in is out of date.  Johnathan Nightingale, “Human Shield” (Security Lead) …
Jeff Leins / News in Film:
Cast Set for David Fincher's Social Network?  —  Rumor has it David Fincher has found his cast for The Social Network, a story focusing on the early days of Facebook written by Aaron Sorkin.  The screenplay was based on the novel “The Accidental Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich (21).
Discussion: Gawker
Marianne Schultz / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
TomTom Car Kit Release Pushed Back to October  —  TomTom's FAQ for its iPhone navigation app now notes that the anxiously-awaited Car Kit will not be released until October: … This update to the FAQ comes surprisingly close to the kit's run through the FCC for approval just last week.
Marisa Taylor / Digits:
How Old Is This Internet Thing, Again?  —  Poor Al Gore has been teased mercilessly for supposedly claiming he invented the Internet. … But that's not the only portion of cyber-history that's in dispute.  —  Media outlets are celebrating Sept. 2 as the 40th anniversary of the day the Internet was invented.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
23andMe Co-Founder Linda Avey Leaves Personal Genetics Start-Up to Focus on Alzheimer's Research  —  BoomTown just got the following email from Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of 23andMe, the personal genetics start-up, about the departure of her co-founder, Linda Avey (pictured here).
Discussion: TechCrunch
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon: We're Not Setting Broadband Definition Bar Low - We're just, well, setting the broadband definition bar low  —  As noted earlier this week, a number of carriers have responded to the FCC's request for a concrete definition of broadband with the suggestion that the FCC stick …
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Inside Mac OS X Snow Leopard: GPU Optimization  —  As jingle-pundits desperately try to denigrate Snow Leopard as a “Service Pack,” Apple's new operating system reference release actually expands the reach of the Mac platform in several important and under-reported new directions.
Mark V / Bike Hugger:
Charge your iPod with your bike  —  This is freakin' genius.  Dahon will introduce the BioLogic FreeCharge, a device that connects to any dyno hub on the market to charge your iPod, iPhone, GPS unit, or other small electronic item through a USB port.  The BioLogic FreeCharge siphons off juice …
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Microsoft: Cyber-crooks exploiting unpatched IIS bug  —  IDG News Service - Microsoft says that cyber-criminals are starting to exploit an unpatched bug in its IIS server software that was made public earlier this week.  —  The flaw can be exploited to let an attacker take control of an older IIS …
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
WebOS 1.2 Accidentally Leaked!  —  go4craig in our Palm Pre Forums has just posted that he applied the webOS Doctor (the ‘last resort’ method for getting your Pre back to factory standard) and, wonder of wonders, it installed webOS 1.2 for him.  Guess what - same thing happened for forum member Leathal.
 
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