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7:10 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, Erictric and Gizmodo
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
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.
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” …
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
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, Gizmodo Australia, SAI and Gizmodo
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
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
GoDaddy was just testing .co default, switches back to .com  —  The world's largest domain registration service, GoDaddy caused a bit of a stir yesterday when it began offering .co domains instead of .com as its default option.  Well, it turns out that the move was just an experiment.
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Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
GoDaddy Replaces .Com with .Co, Now Default Choice
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 …
 
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
One on One: Tim Wu, Author of ‘The Master Switch’
Discussion: Slate
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The challenge of being Google
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
 Earlier Items: 
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Verizon's Pantech and LG LTE modems leak out in ad form
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
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
What's That Torrent Thing Google Keeps Suggesting?
Discussion: Examiner and Techie Buzz
Greg Peters / The Netflix Blog:
Netflix on Android  —  Hi, this is Greg Peters, from Netflix product development.