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8:25 PM ET, January 23, 2010

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Chris / cdixon.org:
How to disrupt Wall Street  —  Sarah Lacy has a very interesting post on TechCrunch where she conjectures that the internet is finally starting to disrupt Wall Street.  I'd love nothing more than to see Wall Street get nailed by the internet the way, say, publishing and advertising have.
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Scott Patterson / Wall Street Journal:
The Minds Behind the Meltdown  —  How a swashbuckling breed of mathematicians and computer scientists nearly destroyed Wall Street  —  On Thursday, President Barack Obama proposed new rules to curb a number of Wall Street's risky—and highly profitable—trading activities.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Voice Extension For Chrome Adds Click To Call And Other Killer Features  —  I've just changed my default browser from Safari to Chrome.  The reason - the official Chrome Google Voice extension, which was updated on Friday.  If you're a Google Voice user (I'm possibly the most rabid one around …
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David Chartier / Switchers' Blog:
A 1Password alpha for Chromium is here  —  You've shown your support for 1Password in Chrome by emailing, posting in our forums, tweeting, Facebook poking, shipping sacrificial lambs (tip: FedEx is much more lamb-friendly than UPS), offering first-borns, and even a really good pie.
Discussion: Download Squad
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Why We Should Boycott ComScore (and *perhaps* why traders should short their stock)  —  From my email newsletter today.... if you want these first, sign up for it!  —  Forwarded message —  From: Jason Calacanis
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Why AAPL dropped 10.32 points Friday  —  Apple got whacked for no good reason in advance of Monday's earnings report  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: AAPL Sanity's sepod  —  I don't pretend to understand much about how derivatives work or what hedge fund managers do, but I've been watching …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Gives Harman His Name Back, Apologizes  —  An update to our post last night - Facebook Snatches User's Vanity URL And Sells It To Harman International.  Facebook says they'll be giving Harman Bajwa his /harman vanity URL back shortly: … Here are the Facebook guidelines on trademark squatting.
Discussion: Erictric and Open Gardens, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
O'Reilly drops ebook DRM, sees 104% increase in sales  —  It's been 18 months since O'Reilly, the world's largest publisher of tech books, stopped using DRM on its ebooks.  In the intervening time, O'Reilly's ebook sales have increased by 104 percent.  Now, when you talk about ebooks and DRM …
Discussion: TOC Combined Feed
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
With Kindle, the Best Sellers Don't Need to Sell  —  Here's a riddle: How do you make your book a best seller on the Kindle?  —  Answer: Give copies away.  —  That's right.  More than half of the “best-selling” e-books on the Kindle, Amazon.com's e-reader, are available at no charge.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft cites Apple Macs as a defense in Xbox antitrust case  —  If Apple can prevent another computer maker from selling unauthorized Mac OS X machines, then Microsoft should be able to stop another accessory vendor from selling unauthorized Xbox 360 plugins loaded with video-game cheats.
internetnews.com:
Twitter Says Flash Flaw's Been Fixed  —  Researcher had alerted Twitter to a flaw he said could expose user's accounts.  —  Twitter said it has addressed a security flaw that relied on a widely known flaw and could take over a user's account, according to one researcher.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
PS3 finally properly hacked?  —  In a post titled “Hello hypervisor, I'm geohot,” hacker George Hotz (already known in the iPhone community) has made a strong claim: that he has cracked the PS3.  The system has remained (mostly) uncompromised for over three years now, with a few exceptions here and there.
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
‘Public’ Consultation Over ACTA In Mexico Almost Required NDAs …
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Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Microsoft's Danger Zone
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
@ Midem: Kodak Owns A Stake In TweetPhoto Service
Discussion: The Next Web
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Dorian Benkoil / E-Media Tidbits:
Young Online Newspaper Audience Dropping; Older Consumers Adopting Social Media
Discussion: Lost Remote
Niftycurly / Instructables:
Make a $2 Adjustable Smartphone Car Mount in 10 minutes
Discussion: TUAW
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Keeping computers from ending science's reproducibility
Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
Google's Nexus One muzzles the foul-mouthed
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Journalists' Social Media Sideshow Will Prove Nothing
Discussion: broadstuff, Thanks:mathewi