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12:00 PM ET, September 6, 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).
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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.
Shane Richmond / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Google UFO logo ‘mystery’ solved  —  The internet was apparently baffled yesterday when Google changed its logo to show a UFO abducting one of Google's Os.  Our story on the “mystery” is currently our most-viewed technology story, with 220 comments.  —  While some of our readers are speculating …
Discussion: Telegraph and TechCrunch
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Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten / The Next Web Blog:
Technorati now hiring bloggers (and biting the hand that feeds them?) … Technorati used to be the darling of the Blogging industry.  Unfortunately they have lost some of their shine in these past years with declining market share, bugs and downtime, and an unclear strategy for the future.
Discussion: Venture Chronicles and Mashable!, Thanks:mgcreed
Marco.org:
This Wednesday (September 9th) is Apple's annual iPod event, where they're likely to refresh most or all of the iPod lineup like they've done at nearly every fall iPod event.  —  The iPod line is admittedly lower-profile since many Apple fanatics have switched to iPhones …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Texting?  No, Just Trying to Read Chapter 6  —  IN our digital age, miniaturization rules.  This is a welcome thing — in most cases.  Squeezing two billion transistors onto a small chip?  All good.  Squeezing an enormous printed textbook down to iPhone-size?  Not so good.
Discussion: TeleRead
Paul Graham:
The Anatomy of Determination  —  Like all investors, we spend a lot of time trying to learn how to predict which startups will succeed.  We probably spend more time thinking about it than most, because we invest the earliest.  Prediction is usually all we have to rely on.
Discussion: bijan sabet
Scott Heiferman / New York Times:
The Pursuit of Community  —  I GREW up with four siblings who were 12 to 17 years older, so I was exposed early to the fields they were interested in — science, art and business — and the diversity influenced me.  When I was a preteen, I programmed an Apple II computer to manage the inventory for my parents' paint store.
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Google Wave: 5 Ways It Could Change the Web  —  Google Wave arrives on September 30th.  On that day, Google will start sending out 100,000 invites to non-developers to its much-anticipated real-time communication platform.  —  It's not even released and it's generating more hype than almost any other web product in recent memory.
Discussion: surchur hot topics
George Chen / Reuters:
Ex-Google China chief to fund Chinese tech start-ups  —  HONG KONG (Reuters) - Kai-fu Lee, Google Inc's former China chief who quit the search giant this week, said on Sunday he will launch his own business next week to fund Chinese technology start-ups.  —  Lee, described by Chinese media …
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
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Elliott Ng / CNReviews:
Kaifu Lee to launch Innovation Works incubator
Discussion: China Web 2 …, Thanks:elliottng
Arn / Touch Arcade:
C64 Emulator Approved by Apple and Now Available  —  Manomio's Commodore 64 emulator [$4.99] has finally been approved by Apple.  We first reported on the project back in June, after Manomio had received their first rejection from Apple.  The rejection was particularly disappointing considering …
Discussion: Sean Percival's Blog
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 …
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 …
 
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Meg / meish dot org:
The many ways in which the experience of Twitter's development …
Thanks:atul
Matthew Moore / Telegraph:
50 things that are being killed by the internet
Discussion: digg.com
Joe / joestump.net:
Why I switched from PHP to Python
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Icon Porn: Feast Your Eyes On Snow Leopard's Beautiful Icons
Discussion: TUAW and MacDailyNews
 Earlier Items: 
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Touchscreen popularity fuels lots of startups
Discussion: blogs.ft.com
Jonathan Ansfield / New York Times:
China Web Sites Seeking Users' Names
Discussion: ZDNet Government and Gawker
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Google bigotry  —  Google has an image problem - not a PR problem …
Discussion: The Noisy Channel, Thanks:atul
Larry Magid / CNET News:
Parental control company sells data on what kids say