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4:20 AM ET, September 19, 2007


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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Mint Wins TechCrunch40 $50,000 Award  —  Jason Calacanis just announced that Mint was chosen as the best presenting company at TechCrunch40.  The provider of an impressive personal finance application will receive $50,000 as part of the award.  —  Mint presented its application …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Mint: The easiest way to manage your personal finances  —  [Update: Mint has won the TechCrunch 40 conference's competition, which goes to the most impressive presenting company from among the 40 participants.  Mint will receive a $50,000 cash award and other services and awards from corporate sponsors.]
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Mint wins Techcrunch. Latest start-ups: mEgo, Wixi, Xtr3D, Flowplay
Discussion: TechCrunch
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch40 Session 5: Productivity & Web Apps
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Email company Xobni launches, may steal Techcrunch prize
Rafe Needleman /
Mint: Solid but incomplete online personal finance
Discussion: Download Squad
Stuart Miles / Latest News:
Apple promises 3G iPhone for 2008  —  You can expect a 3G iPhone later next year...  Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, has confirmed that there is a 3G iPhone in the works, although fell short of saying when we could expect to buy one.  —  Making the comments at the "Mum is no longer the word" …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Jobs says Apple will fight iPhone unlocking hacks  —  'It's a cat-and-mouse game,' says CEO in London  —  Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs said today that it's his company's job to stymie hackers who try to unlock the iPhone — the first time the company has officially said it would fight attempts …
Elizabeth Judge / Times of London:
Apple unveils launch of £1,000 UK iPhone
Discussion: p2pnet and Financial Times
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
First Look: Go, Go, Google Gadget Ads!  —  Google has just announced the limited launch of Google Gadget Ads, a new interactive ad format that will run on their content network.  Unlike Google AdWords' existing array of text, video and graphical ads, Google Gadget Ads are designed to be interactive …
Louise Story / New York Times:
Google Program Enlists Mini-Sites as Selling Tool for Advertisers  —  Google is seizing on the popularity of widgets — small online tools that function like mini-Web sites — for its latest push into advertising.  —  The online giant will announce today a Gadget Ads program that will provide tools …
Uninformed Journal:
OS X Kernel-mode Exploitation in a Weekend  —  Abstract:  —  Apple's Mac OS X (OS X) operating system is attracting more attention from users and security researchers alike.  Despite this increased interest, there is still an apparent lack of detailed vulnerability development information …
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Hacker publishes notorious Apple Wi-Fi attack (finally)  —  A year after Black Hat uproar, David Maynor's ready to tell all  —  More than a year after claiming to have found a way to take over a Macintosh computer using a flaw in the system's wireless card, David Maynor has published details of his exploit.
Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:   Intel to ship new chips in November
Jeff Clavier / Jeff Clavier's Software Only:
Announcing SoftTech VC's $12M seed fund - the Return to the Dark Side  —  After 3 years of angel investing in 20+ Consumer Internet startups (and profitably selling 5 of them), I am very excited, and humbled, to announce the launch of my very own VC fund, SoftTech VC II …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch40: Jeff Clavier Launches $12 Million Venture Fund  —  Angel investor and startup advisor Jeff Clavier (pictured with Digg founder Kevin Rose) just announced a new $12 million early stage venture fund today at the TechCrunch40 conference.  The new fund will be called SoftTech VC II.
Stephen Shankland / Crave:
USB 3.0 brings optical connection in 2008  —  Update: I added some details about USB 3.0 device availability and performance.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Intel and others plan to release a new version of the ubiquitous Universal Serial Bus technology in the first half of 2008, a revamp the chipmaker …
Discussion: Gizmodo and WinBeta
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Gelsinger demos USB 3.0, PICe 3.0 and other new toys
Discussion: Ars Technica
Brian Briggs / BBspot:
Vista SP1 Will Install XP  —  Redmond, WA - In response to customer demands Microsoft announced that instead of patching bugs and improving features of Windows Vista in the next service pack release, they would just install XP.  —  "We're focused on giving the customer what they want …
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Vista Service Pack 1: XP
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Ooma starts selling a land-line phone with unique features  —  Landline phones haven't changed much in decades.  But Palo Alto-based ooma has created what it calls a true next-generation voice-over-Internet protocol phone.  It has applied some clever technology to deliver a lot …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Rachel Konrad / Associated Press:   Free phone calls with startup's $399 box
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch40 Session 8: Entertainment for All Ages  —  We're live blogging each session, adding to the summary of each company direct from the floor of TechCrunch 40.  Click Refresh to view.  —  FlowPlay  —  FlowPlay is a virtual world community built around browser-based casual games.
Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2007-28  —  Code execution via QuickTime Media-link files  —  Impact:  —  Critical  —  Announced:  —  Reporter:  —  Petko D. Petkov  —  Products:  —  Firefox, SeaMonkey  —  Fixed in:  —  Firefox  —  On his blog Petko D. Petkov reported …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Privacy Problems Introduced Through Presentations  —  Google's Presentation tool is just freshly released but already introduced a first privacy vulnerability for Google Accounts... independent of whether or not you look at a presentation.  Using a straightforward hack discovered by TomHTML …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Murdoch making the case for free WSJ online
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch40 Session 6: Revenue Models & Analytics
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Breaking up isn't hard to do
Fred / A VC:
Tough Times Ahead For The Web?