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4:05 PM ET, November 14, 2010

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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Just Announced Updates To AOL Mail  —  AOL just put out a press release announcing updates to AOL Mail.  —  Weird timing, since it's 12 pm eastern on a Sunday, which is not exactly the prime time for news.  —  Maybe it is just trying to get the jump on Facebook which is expected to announce its email product on Monday.
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JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
‘Project Phoenix’: Aol tries to raise email from ashes  —  Having lost the email crown long ago to Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo, Aol wants to jump back into the fray with ‘Project Phoenix,’ a web-based client built from scratch.  —  Since Google (GOOG) first introduced Gmail back in 2004 …
Discussion: CNET News, Erictric and Gizmodo
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Breaking the Web's Cookie Jar  —  The Firefox add-in Firesheep caused quite an uproar a few weeks ago, and justifiably so.  Here's how it works:  — Connect to a public, unencrypted WiFi network.  In other words, a WiFi network that doesn't require a password before you can connect to it.
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Kevin Marks / Epeus' epigone:
Firesheep, enterprise software and other broken models
Thanks:kevinmarks
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
4chan vs. Tumblr: Whoever Wins, We All Lose  —  At 5pm today the unruly message board 4chan plans to take down the blogging platform Tumblr. 4chan has successfully cowed everyone from Gene Simmons to the Tea Party, but they may have finally met their match.  —  Tumblr users are freaking …
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Cole Stryker / Urlesque:
4chan Users Try to DDoS Tumblr, Tumblrs Raid 4chan in Revenge  —  The final phase of Operation Overlord, 4chan's loosely-orchestrated effort to bring down Tumblr, is on.  And this time they're bringing their LOIC's.  LOIC stands for Lower Orbit Ion Cannon, the nickname of a program that will DoS …
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
HP Slate 500 sees ‘extraordinary demand,’ experiences six-week shipping delay (update)  —  Yes, the HP Slate 500 is officially backordered, less than a month after its enterprising debut, and Hewlett-Packard claims it's because of “extraordinary demand,” a phrase that's presently not quantifiable.
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Google engineer: Raise leaker exposed us to mugging  —  There are some things about which Google doesn't comment.  However, it is entirely true that many Google employees are human beings with feelings, sometimes even strong ones.  —  So, though the company itself refused to go into detail …
Kaja Whitehouse / New York Post:
Thiel's pay pall — Silicon Valley high flier crashes on Wall St.  —  Tweet  —  Ask anyone who knows Silicon Valley venture capitalist and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel and the first thing they will tell you is that he's really, really smart.  —  Ask the same people why it is, then …
Discussion: The Social and CNET News
Fred / A VC:
Self Expression Matters  —  Erick at Techcrunch sent me this chart yesterday and asked me why Tumblr was growing so fast.  I guess it was related to this post he wrote about Tumblr yesterday.  —  I told him I had no idea but I could make an observation.  My daughter came home from college …
Information Arbitrage:
The challenge of being Google  —  The question: What are the key challenges and risks Google currently faces?  The answer: read on.  —  google is most directly threatened by scale.  every other problem is derivative - lack of focus, monopolistic behavior and heightened government scrutiny …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Verizon's Pantech and LG LTE modems leak out in ad form  —  Verizon's promised a 38-city LTE launch by the end of the year, and it looks like things are ramping up — we were just sent this ad for the LG VL600 and Pantech UML290 4G USB modems.  We've seen the VL600 at the FCC and in the wild before …
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Should You Be Snuggling With Your Cellphone?  —  WARNING: Holding a cellphone against your ear may be hazardous to your health.  So may stuffing it in a pocket against your body.  —  I'm paraphrasing here.  But the legal departments of cellphone manufacturers slip a warning about holding …
Discussion: SAI and Gizmodo
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
GoDaddy Replaces .Com with .Co, Now Default Choice  —  A big lift for .co this weekend as world's largest registrar promotes .co to top of search box.  —  You might be in for a bit of a surprise if you visit GoDaddy today.  This is what the search box looks like:  —  That's right.
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Adam Mills / The Next Web:
Huge victory for .co domain. …
Discussion: Elliot's Blog and Techie Buzz
 
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Privacy: The Street View & Wifi Scorecard
Thanks:mattmcgee
Agence France Presse:
Pope says internet users risk ‘solitude’
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Irrationality, Welcome Back to Silicon Valley
Discussion: Scobleizer and TechCrunch
Thomas O'Toole / TechLaw:
Magistrate: Lenz Waived Attorney-Client Privilege Through Chats, Blogging
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
You've Got FMail  —  The news on Monday appears to be that Facebook will reinvent email.
Discussion: Mario Sundar, Thanks:mariosundar
 Earlier Items: 
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
What's That Torrent Thing Google Keeps Suggesting?
Discussion: Examiner and Techie Buzz
Ben Horowitz / TechCrunch:
Meet the New Enterprise Customer, He's a Lot Like the Old Enterprise Customer
Greg Peters / The Netflix Blog:
Netflix on Android  —  Hi, this is Greg Peters, from Netflix product development.
Tom Krazit / Relevant Results:
Why you're a pawn in Facebook vs. Google
Discussion: Epicenter