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12:30 PM ET, September 21, 2010

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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Twitter worms spread quickly thanks to blatant security flaw  —  Anyone checking twitter.com this morning was probably greeted with a mess of JavaScript, mouseover effects, and spam retweets, after a flaw in the site's handling of hyperlinks allowed attackers to inject scripts into Twitter's pages.
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Twitter Status:
XSS attack identified and patched  —  We've identified and are patching a XSS attack; as always, please message @safety if you have info regarding such an exploit.  We expect the patch to be fully rolled out shortly and will update again when it is.  Update (6:50 PDT, 13:50 UTC): The exploit is fully patched.
Guardian:
The Twitter hack: how it started and how it worked  —  A Japanese developer was the first to notice the weakness in Twitter's site and says he reported it as far back as mid-August.  He put up a demonstration - and then the exploits flourished  —  The original discovery of the weakness …
Discussion: Telegraph, Inspired? No and Asiajin
Maija / Nokia Conversations:
Nokia N8 shipping update  —  ESPOO, Finland - There have been a few stories this morning about the N8 availability which we feel need clarification.  As we have previously said, we still expect to start the shipments by the end of the third quarter.  As with every global launch …
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Agence France Presse:
Nokia rejects rumours of new mobile phone delay
Surur / WMPoweruser.com:
Full specs of the Windows phone 7 HTC Mozart leaked  —  A kind tipster has sent us this video of the HTC Mozart in action (which we have seen before) and also the full specs of the device, which we have not.  —  He confirms the device runs a 1GHzQualcomm QSD 8250, with 512 MB ROM and 8GB storage …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Has Quietly Implemented A De-Facto Follow Feature  —  A few days ago, Facebook made what seemed to be a small tweak to its Friend Requests area.  As first noted by Inside Facebook, the social network changed the way friend rejections work.  Previously, you could either Confirm or Ignore (deny) a request.
Discussion: All Facebook and Gizmodo, Thanks:srikardhanakoti
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Google Reports on Government Requests and Censorship  —  Google has lately found itself on the receiving end of criticism from privacy and transparency advocates.  But with two new tools, Google is trying to convince them that the company is on their side.  —  On Tuesday, Google will introduce …
Matt Van Wagner / Search Engine Land:
How Google Saved $100 Million By Launching Google Instant  —  It seems fitting that from the moment it was announced, Google Instant became an instant headline news story.  —  For the past few week, industry pundits have been talking, tweeting and writing about Google Instant and offering …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
When Larry Ellison Met Marc Andreessen-A Silicon Valley Settlement Story (Plus Mark Hurd Returns Some Dough!)  —  According to multiple sources, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison (pictured right) approached Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) board member Marc Andreessen (pictured left) to help broker a settlement between the companies.
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foursquare:
Introducing foursquare 2.0: Tips + To-Dos + Add to foursquare + More!  —  When we started foursquare, we dreamed it would be much more than check-ins.  We really wanted to build tools that would help people collect and share their real-world experiences.  Today we're rolling out the 2. version …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Apple Working on a 7-Inch Screen iPad?  —  Apple, perhaps worried about competition from the Android camp, may be looking to develop a new version of iPad, this one with a 7-inch screen.  It would bring such a device to market some time in 2011, according to a research note put …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Regarding Ashok Kumar's Track Record on Apple
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Credit Suisse: Verizon iPhone will get 1.4M users from AT&T in 2011  —  An estimated 1.4 million AT&T subscribers will shift to Verizon with the advent of a Verizon iPhone in early 2011, according to a report released today by Credit Suisse.  Credit Suisse's report relies on a supposed February 15 launch …
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check:
The truth about iPad: It's only good for two things  —  Because of the iPad, 2010 will likely be remembered as a landmark year in computing.  It will rank right up there with 1984 when the graphical user interface debuted to the masses in the first Macintosh, and 1995 when the launch …
Andrew Lyle / Neowin.net:
Microsoft: over 2 million IE9 beta downloads  —  Last week Microsoft unveiled their Internet Explorer 9 beta to the world, showing off the tremendous power behind the totally revamped web browser.  Loaded with features and improvements, Internet Explorer 9 showed that Microsoft still knows …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
TerreStar Genus hybrid satellite phone hits AT&T at long last for $799  —  It's been just shy of a year since TerreStar's Windows Mobile-based Genus was announced for AT&T, offering a unique combination of GSM / HSPA backed up with satellite capability for those times when you find yourself …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Thanks to Fuze Box, you can run meetings from your iPad  —  Popular online meeting services WebEx and GoToMeeting were both in the first wave of applications for Apple's iPad, but they lacked one key feature — the ability to actually host meetings.  That's where a company called Fuze Box has been able to top them.
Brad McCarty / Top stories for TNW Network:
Auto-complete and Reply to All come to Twitter  —  All things considered, the new Twitter is a raging success.  However, there are always new features that can be added to make a great thing even greater.  Hearing that call, Twitter has implemented two features today that Twitter developer Dustin Diaz hinted at recently.
Hamid Tehrani / Global Voices Advocacy:
Iran: Jailed blogger, Hossein Derakhshan ("Hoder") may face death penalty  —  A reliable source has told Global Voices that Tehran's prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for jailed Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan (also known as “Hoder").  The presiding judge, named Salavati, has not yet ruled in the case.
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Google Bringing Document Editing to Android, iPad  —  Google unveiled a new mobile login verification system today, and perhaps more importantly, said that editing of Google Docs would be coming soon to Android and the iPad.  The ability to edit docs on the two mobile platforms will bring real-time collaboration to mobile users.
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Dan Nosowitz / Fast Company:   Google Docs Coming to iPad in “the Next Few Weeks” to Slap iWork Around
Jon Brodkin / Computerworld:
Microsoft's HPC server harnesses power of idle Windows 7 desktops  —  Windows HPC Server now integrates with Excel workbooks and harnesses the power of idle Windows 7 desktops.  —  Microsoft made its latest Windows HPC Server software available Monday, saying new features that integrate …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
CE-Oh no he didn't!:  Anssi Vanjoki says using Android is like peeing in your pants for warmth  —  You've been asking and imploring, so Anssi Vanjoki — straight shooter, that he is — now has an answer.  Why doesn't Nokia switch to Android?  Because Google's software represents …
 
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Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Google M&A boss presides over record year
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Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Secrets of Apple's customer success
Discussion: CNNMoney.com
Dan Gillmor / Salon:
The new Oracle: Bigger and badder than ever
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Microsoft Pushes Zune Expansion Outside the US
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
British Chip Designer Prepares for Wider Demand
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Apple Quietly Launches New Game Section on Its Website
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 Earlier Items: 
Alastair Jamieson / Telegraph:
Girl, 14, fears 21,000 party guests after Facebook invite blunder
Discussion: BBC, Switched and The Blog Herald
Peter D. Csathy / Digital Media Update:
Think H.264 is Now Royalty-Free? …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
How to pitch your company at Techcrunch or get investors to write checks
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:dondodge
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
Why No Second Internet Bubble?
Discussion: FM Blog
John Cook / TechFlash:
Fox, NBC, MLB and others look to squash Seattle startup ivi Inc.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Cade Metz / The Register:
Yahoo! ‘owns several patents’ on Google Instant