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Twitter was the victim of another denial of service attack yesterday. The attack, similar to the one experienced last week, crippled the site for many users, although it did not last for long. Twitter noted that they were ‚Äúresponding to a site outage”, however, the attack, which also hit but did not affect Facebook, is really challenging Twitter’s infrastructure.

Facebook’s search tool is now capable of searching real-time information. Rather than only being able to scour users profiles, fan pages and groups, the new search bar will be able to return search queries for keywords across the site, regardless of where said keywords are located. The move finds Facebook challenging Twitter’s status as the home to the best social real-time search feature.

The recorded music industry is preparing a new digital format to sell online. CMX, which will compete with the prominent MP3 format, will bundle songs, lyrics, video, liner notes and other aspects of physical records into a digital file able to be purchased online. However, the news comes as Apple, the world’s largest retailer of digital downloads, is set to unveil a similar offering dubbed Cocktail.

Sony purchased the rights to footage of Michael Jackson rehearsing for his final tour. The footage, which Sony bought for $60 million, will see a worldwide theatrical release on October 30th. Entitled “This Is It,” the film will feature footage from throughout Jackson’s career, as well as interviews with friends and scene’s from his final rehearsals.

Leaked screen shots of Apple’s iTunes 9 show that the company may be integrating social networking components into its entertainment software. The screen shots reveal that social networks like Facebook and Twitter will be be part of the new iTunes, as will music-based social network Last.fm. The reported “social application” aspects of the new iTunes will allow users to broadcast and share what they are listening with friends and followers on each of their preferred networks.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.

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