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9:50 PM ET, November 14, 2010

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Did Tumblr Just Reverse Take Down 4Chan?  —  Today was supposed to be the day that 4Chan took down Tumblr.  Instead, it looks like 4Chan itself is down.  Could Tumblr be behind it?  —  As you can see, 4Chan is down for everyone, not just me.  And it has been that way for at least the past 15 minutes.
Discussion: Techie Buzz
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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 …
Discussion: Urlesque
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, Gizmodo and Erictric
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 …
Discussion: Examiner
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
The iPadification of OS X - Part II  —  Two weeks ago, I argued that iOS will evolve into the operating system for future incarnations of iMacs and MacBooks.  The comments on the article provided abundant food for thought, so much so that I decided to argue the opposite point of view: Yes …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
The Phone Call Is Dead  —  more info (via: Wylio) In the tech industry saying that something is dead actually means “It's on the decline.”  And yes, the phone call is on an inexorable decline.  —  My original title for this post was “The Phone Call Will Be Dead In __ Years” …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Pulse, Popular App, Moves to Attract More Users  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — Publishers' offices at print newspapers and magazines are tension-filled places these days, as executives watch readers and advertisers flock to the Web and cellphone screens.  —  Contrast that to the atmosphere …
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: Examiner, SAI, Gizmodo Australia and Gizmodo
Nick Bilton / Bits:
One on One: Tim Wu, Author of ‘The Master Switch’  —  Tim Wu, the Columbia law professor who came up with the term “net neutrality” in a research paper, has just written a new book, “The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires,” published by Knopf.
Discussion: Slate
Daniel Rubino / WPCentral.com:
Verizon's “excited”, waiting on Microsoft for Windows Phone 7  —  A few months ago it seemed Verizon Wireless was giving the cold shoulder to Microsoft and their new OS, taking a “wait and see” approach.  However, things may have changed recently, possibly due to positive word-of-mouth that WP7 may have potential after all.
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com and Engadget, Thanks:rawmeet
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
 
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Ron Lieber / New York Times:
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Kaja Whitehouse / New York Post:
Thiel's pay pall — Silicon Valley high flier crashes on Wall St.
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 Earlier Items: 
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Self Expression Matters
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Privacy: The Street View & Wifi Scorecard
Thanks:mattmcgee
Agence France Presse:
Pope says internet users risk ‘solitude’
Discussion: Gawker
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Irrationality, Welcome Back to Silicon Valley
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Verizon's Pantech and LG LTE modems leak out in ad form