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10:45 PM ET, September 5, 2010

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Randall Stross / New York Times:
A Strong Password Isn't the Strongest Security  —  MAKE your password strong, with a unique jumble of letters, numbers and punctuation marks.  But memorize it — never write it down.  And, oh yes, change it every few months.  —  These instructions are supposed to protect us.  But they don't.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Pitos Blog
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Your Post-Craigslist Guide to Buying Sex Online  —  As you've probably heard, Craigslist shut down its ‘Adult Services’ section this weekend, caving to pressure from Attorneys General and anti-trafficking groups.  But Craigslist is far from the only place to score sex on the Internet.
Discussion: New York Times
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Craigslist Censored: Adult Section Comes Down
Wall Street Journal:
Mark Hurd in Talks With Oracle  —  Mark Hurd, who resigned as chief executive of Hewlett-Packard Co. last month, is in talks to join Oracle Corp. as a top executive, people familiar with the matter said.  —  The exact nature of Mr. Hurd's new job couldn't be learned.
Newsweek:
Efforts Afoot to Oust Assange as WikiLeaks Leader  —  As frontman for wikileaks.org, Julian Assange, the floppy-haired Australian computer hacker, has become an internationally celebrated advocate for would-be whistle-blowers.  But now that Swedish prosecutors have reopened a rape investigation …
John Markoff / New York Times:
The Boss Is Robotic, and Rolling Up Behind You  —  SACRAMENTO — Dr. Alan Shatzel's pager beeped at 9 on a Saturday morning.  A man had suffered a stroke, and someone had to decide, quickly, whether to give him an anticlotting drug that could mean the difference between life and death.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
HTC's dual-mode CDMA / GSM Android slider hits the FCC, decked out in shades of Verizon  —  Remember that big, honking red-and-black HTC slider that dwarfed an EVO 4G?  It's back sporting Verizon colors just as we were told, and with a few more confirmed specifications thanks to the ever-reliable FCC.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Real Social Network: Your Mobile Contacts  —  The term “social network” is of course synonymous with online networks like Facebook.  But think about what you're actual social life is like for a second.  Are you really closest to the people whose items you “like” the most on Facebook?
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Emergency Facetime calls?  —  Interesting little button on lower right hand corner of the 4th generation iPod touch Passcode screen.  —  Is this another Photoshop error by Apple's web artisans?  Or maybe VoIP falls under the Emergency calling guidelines.  —  Here's another Photoshop error (see the phone icon?)
Discussion: BlogsDNA and Erictric
Michael Stevens / Security Week:
Defense Department's Cyberwar Credibility Gap  —  Undersecretary of Defense William J. Lynn has published an essay in Foreign Affairs magazine redefining the United States' stance towards cyberwarfare, and he's already getting shot at - primarily by IT pundits who find it hard to believe …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Blogging And Mass Psychomanipulation  —  If I ever write another book it will probably be about one of three topics.  The first is the truth about how the press and journalism really works - the sausage making - to show just how much of a beautiful, subjective and chaotic mess it all is.
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Mr. Extreme Closeup suggests next-gen iPad is testing FaceTime... right now  —  Honestly, from this distance it's hard to tell what's going on, but 9 to 5 Mac says we're looking at a next-gen camera-equipped iPad fielded specifically to test video calls.  As you may recall …
 
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James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Tech revolution spurs debate over antitrust law
Jack Schofield / ZDNet:
Google's Buckyballs doodle costs people money, drives users away
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Dell's enterprise challenge remains after 3Par
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Huge Push In Brazil To Legalize File Sharing
Discussion: ZeroPaid.com
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ex-Digg Architect Tells Kevin Rose “Keep The Crap Off The Site”
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Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
AirDropper lets people put files into your Dropbox ... without signing …
Discussion: Appletell and Lifehacker
Economist:
Untangling the social web
Discussion: Gawker and UMBC ebiquity
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
MapRejuice Is SETI@Home on Steroids