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12:45 PM ET, July 10, 2007

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Firefox "firefoxurl" URI Handler Registration Vulnerability  —  Critical:  —  Highly critical  —  Impact:  —  System access  —  Where:  —  From remote  —  Solution Status:  —  Unpatched  —  Software:  —  Mozilla Firefox 2.0.x  —  A vulnerability has been discovered in Firefox …
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Critical Firefox security flaw discovered  —  A "highly critical" security flaw has been discovered in Firefox, which could allow a malicious attacker to gain remove control of a user's system, according to an advisory issued by Secunia.  —  The security flaw is found in Firefox 2.0 and later versions …
Thor Larholm / Larholm.com:
Internet Explorer 0day Exploit  —  There is an input validation flaw in Internet Explorer that allows you to specify arbitrary arguments to the process responsible for handling URL protocols.  This is the same type of input validation vulnerability that I discovered in the Safari 3 beta …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's CRM Live: Two versions coming, but not until 2008  —  Microsoft is expected to try to use cut-rate pricing to compete with Salesforce.com and other software-as-a-service (SaaS) players when it finally launches its Dynamics CRM Live service in 2008.
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Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft Live CRM pricing undercuts Salesforce.com  —  Microsoft today is giving a more detailed glimpse of how it will try to compete with Salesforce.com in the market for Web-based customer relationship management software.  For starters, Microsoft will bring its new Dynamics Live CRM …
Discussion: CNET News.com
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft to Pitch Software Plus Services to Partners
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:
New Web metric likely to hurt Google, help YouTube  —  Nielsen/NetRatings to use total time spent by users of a site as its primary measurement metric  —  In a nod to the success of emerging Web 2. technologies like AJAX and streaming media, one of the country's largest Internet benchmarking companies …
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Danny Sanchez / Journalistopia:
Almost official: Nielsen drops page views as primary metric
Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
The promise of open platforms in the upcoming spectrum auction  —  As I've written before, Google has become increasingly involved in U.S. spectrum policy issues this year.  One of our top public policy objectives is to expand the Internet's reach to more Americans.
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New rules could rock wireless world
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Feds to require 'open' wireless networks?
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Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Ning news: new investment round  —  If you follow such things, you may have seen a report that my new Internet company, Ning, has just raised a new investment round.  —  To date, Ning has been mostly internally financed by me and a small group of angel investors who are close friends and colleagues of ours.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Big, Big Round of Funding For Ning  —  This is just a rumor at this point, and I haven't confirmed it with the company (update: this is now confirmed, see below), but I'm hearing that Ning has closed a very large round of financing, led by Legg Mason - $44 million total on a $170 million pre-money valuation.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bay Partners Launches Facebook-Apps-Only Fund  —  Here's another indication of the importance of the new Facebook platform: Silicon Valley VC fund Bay Partners has earmarked millions of dollars for investments in startups creating applications for Facebook.  The new program, called AppFactory, will be officially launched on Tuesday.
N'Gai Croal / Newsweek Blogs:
Pardon Me, But How Do You Say 'WTF?'  In Hindi?  —  In advertising, as in many other creative endeavors, it's difficult to achieve greatness without pushing the envelope.  Sony Computer Entertainment, it seems, has a history of obliterating the envelope, whether it's pushing buttons on race, religion, or viral marketing.
Discussion: Kotaku and Blue's News
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Romney Joins Web Ad Buying, Clinton Drops Out, McCain Still Leads  —  Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney may have run more radio and TV spots through the start of June than other commander-in-chief wannabes, but Nielsen reports his opponent John McCain ran more than twice the number of online display ads as Romney in May.
Discussion: WebProNews and paidContent.org
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone Hackers: "we have owned the filesystem"  —  The kooky hacking kids over at IRC channel #iphone claim to have gained full ownership of the iPhone filesystem.  In an update titled "How to Escape Jail," they highlight the technical steps required to enable custom ringtones, wallpapers and more for your iPhone.
Associated Press:
TiVo Users Can Get Amazon Movies From TV  —  ALVISO, Calif. (AP) — Users of TiVo Inc.'s digital video recorders will be able to order movies from Amazon.com Inc. directly from their TVs starting Tuesday.  —  The two companies partnered in March to deliver Amazon's Unbox download service to TiVo machines …
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google: UBS Sees Q2 Results Above Consensus; Ups Target
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Dell rolls out SMB notebooks dubbed Vostro sans 'Trialware'
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iPhone in depth: the Ars review
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Michael Capellas has landed
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The $300 Linux-Powered 'iPhone Killer' Arrives
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Google Buys a Manager of E-Mail
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usability lab  —  As mentioned here before, the del.icio.us team …
 

 
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