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7:15 AM ET, November 1, 2007

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Intego:
INTEGO SECURITY ALERT - October 31, 2007  —  OSX.RSPlug.A Trojan Horse Changes Local DNS Settings to  —  Redirect to Malicious DNS Servers  —  Description: A malicious Trojan Horse has been found on several pornography web sites, claiming to install a video codec necessary to view free pornographic videos on Macs.
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Rob Mead / Tech.co.uk:
Is Apple's Leopard still in beta?  —  Mac users are hitting problems galore in Mac OS X 10.5  —  Even a casual glance across the Mac web in the last few days will reveal a litany of problems faced by users upgrading to Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.  —  Problems range from application crashes to login problems …
Discussion: Channel 9 and Ars Technica
Shaun Nichols / vnunet:
Phishing trojan targets OS X  —  Security vendor Intego claims to have found a new trojan attack that targets Apple's OS X operating system.  —  The OSX.RSPlug.A trojan allegedly disguises itself as a video codec that would provided access to a pornographic video.
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Mac OS malware targets porn surfers
Ivan / creativebits:
Mac OS X viruses and trojans
Discussion: Technovia
Rob Griffiths / Macworld:   Trojan Horse warning: What you need to know
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Open Social: screencast and screenshots  —  In yesterday's post, I described the new Open Social API, sponsored by Google and supported by a wide range of Internet companies including my company Ning.  —  In this post, I present a screencast and a series of screenshots that show Open Social in action.
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Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
Nearly 150,000 installs of AppSnapp (iPhone 3rd party app/jailbreak tool) in 3 days  —  The demand for unofficial third-party applications on iPhones is, by at least one account, staggering.  AppSnapp, a Web-based script that jailbreaks (allows read-write access to the filesystem) …
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Tom Krazit / Crave: The gadget blog:
More than 100,000 iPhone owners break out of jail
Discussion: Gizmodo
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
FTC asked to enact new Internet regulations  —  Updated at 3:22 a.m. PDT: Two public-interest groups are asking the U.S. government to target what they claim are "invasive" online marketing schemes—especially those involving social-networking Web sites or targeting children and teenagers.
Discussion: Mashable! and Valleywag
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Jon Swift:
Facebook Declares War on the Blogosphere  —  Just as in earlier times a man was only as good as his family name, today we are defined by the social networks we belong to.  So imagine my horror when I learned that I have become a virtual bastard.  Earlier this week I logged into Facebook …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Google Phone: The Story So Far, Some Launch Details & What's Next  —  The Wall Street Journal has been reporting on Google's mobile phone efforts and how it is beginning to draw some interest from carriers, especially in the United States.  Sprint (S) and Verizon (VZ) are in talks with Google …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hey, Look Who's Now The 5th Biggest Company in the US  —  That's right: Google (GOOG).  And trading at a not-preposterous 55-times trailing 12-month earnings, too.  —  Rank Company Market Cap (Bil) Ticker  —  1 Exxon Mobil $505 XOM
Anthony Grafton / New Yorker:
FUTURE READING  —  Digitization and its discontents. … In 1938, Alfred Kazin began work on his first book, "On Native Grounds."  The child of poor Jewish immigrants in Brooklyn, he had studied at City College.  Somehow, with little money or backing, he managed to write an extraordinary book …
Discussion: The End of Cyberspace and TeleRead
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Hakia Adds Social Networking - But Does Search Need Social Networking Features?  —  Semantic search engine Hakia has just released a new social networking feature, called Meet Others (MO).  The basic idea is to "meet others" who asked the same query.  This is something I've never seen …
InfoWorld:
Experts skeptical of alleged Nov. 11 cyber jihad  —  Security experts are saying that a reported al-Qaeda cyber jihad attack planned against Western institutions should be treated with skepticism.  —  The attack was reported by DEBKAfile, an online military intelligence magazine.
Reuters:
AOL to let users block targeted Web ads  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Time Warner Inc's AOL Internet division said on Wednesday that it would let users opt out of online advertisements that are presented to individuals based on the Web sites they have visited.  —  Such behaviorally targeted ads use …
Discussion: Download Squad and Mashable!
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Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
$200 Everex Green PC Now Available  —  Everex's TC2502 gPC is the first mass-market $200 desktop computer, featuring a custom distribution of Ubuntu Linux and headed for selected Wal-Mart stores.  —  "It's $200, with no gimmicks or subsidies," Everex spokesman David Liu said.
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Steve / CO-ED Magazine:
Facebook Music is Coming!  —  As reported earlier this year, Facebook has been rumored to announce an online music service to compete with iTunes and MySpace in the near future.  —  This just in: the "Facebook Music" platform will serve as the social networking giants first step into the music space.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Google's worst nightmare [Brad Fitzpatrick]  —  Google's worst nightmare  —  Our spy cameras have penetrated the inner sanctum of the Googleplex!  Sneaking up on Brad Fitzpatrick from behind, we caught a picture of his "epic" Halloween costume.  "He is dressed as one of Google's largest fears!" an informant whispers.
 
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google launches privacy channel on YouTube
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Is Google adding multi-protocol chat to Gmail?
Discussion: CyberNet, ParisLemon and Mashable!
Nokia:
Nokia Music Store goes live in the UK
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
Traditional Media Evolves for Wildfire Coverage, But Hyper-Local Still Lacking
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Prosper Registers With SEC to Create a $500 Million Secondary Market …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Sony's Folding@home project gets Guinness record
Discussion: Engadget and Opposable Thumbs
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Messenger 9, GTalk integration, Messenger API, new client …