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3:45 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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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!!!
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 …
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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google, Twitter, Aliens, And Internet Memes: The Truth Is Out There.  —  When Google officially joined Twitter back in February, its first message was sent in code.  Earlier tonight, Google reverted to using a coded message on Twitter, with a cryptic tweet stating the following …
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Techgeist, Thanks:atul
Mike Knoop / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches New Widgets Center  —  Today Facebook officially released its new Widgets center 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.  Many users were greeted today with this message:
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Is Apple losing another board member?  —  Bill Campbell.  Photo: Intuit  —  According to an SEC Form 4 filed Friday, Bill Campbell, a key Apple (AAPL) board member and a close friend and adviser to Steve Jobs, executed a “non-sale transfer” of 60,000 shares of Apple stock worth …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:mattpol
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: The iPhone Cash Machine  —  The Apple (AAPL) iPhone is making the company far more cash than the Street generally believes, according to Societe Generale analyst Vicent Rech.  —  In a research note this morning, Rech writes that due to the company's practice of amortizing iPhone revenue …
Discussion: MacNN
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.
 
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