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8:35 PM ET, December 19, 2007

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Internet Explorer 8 and Acid2: A Milestone  —  As a team, we've spent the last year heads down working hard on IE8.  Last week, we achieved an important milestone that should interest web developers.  IE8 now renders the “Acid2 Face” correctly in IE8 standards mode.
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Charles / Channel 9:
IE 8: On the Path to Web Standards Compliance - ACID 2 Test Pass Complete  —  The IE team has been very hard at work on IE 8 for the past several months and they hit a huge milestone last Friday evening.  The IE dev team checked in a bunch of code that included several new features implemented …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Internal Microsoft IE 8 build passes the Acid standards test
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Friend Lists let you manage your “friends” more effectively  —  This morning Facebook launched a new “Friend Lists” feature that will make the problem of organizing your hundreds of Facebook friends a little easier.  —  Facebook wants their “social graph” (your friend list) …
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Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
My New Facebook Strategy and the FB Power Level  —  I had heard there was a 5k friend limit on Facebook.  I just didn't take it to heart.  Until I reached 5k and tried to add 5001., at which point FB reminded of the limit.  —  It was a weird moment ,but actually one that I have come to respect and appreciate.
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:   Twitter and Facebook: The BIG Illusions of Friendship and Influence
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Mac OS X 10.5.2 to deliver sprawling list of fixes for Leopard  —  Mac OS X 10.5.2 Update, the next in a year-long series of planned updates to Apple's new Leopard operating system, promises to be one of the most hefty maintenance releases put out by the company for its operating system software in recent years.
Chris Remo / Shacknews:
Duke Nukem Forever Teaser Debuts on Shacknews  —  Following yesterday's screenshot release, Shacknews is pleased to premiere the first new Duke Nukem Forever teaser trailer in over six years.  According to George Broussard of developer 3D Realms, the approximately minute-long video …
Pew Internet:
Teens and Social Media: The use of social media gains a greater foothold in teen life as they embrace the conversational nature of interactive online media  —  Amanda Lenhart Mary Madden Alexandra Rankin Macgill Aaron Smith  —  Content creation by teenagers continues to grow …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Girls blog, boys post video - report
Discussion: PDA and Switched
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Developing apps for Google Android: it's a mixed bag  —  The software development kit for Google's Linux-based Android mobile phone operating system has been out in the wild for a over a month now, plenty of time for developers to form opinions of the platform and assess the capabilities of the API.
Direct2Dell:
Linux Update: Ubuntu 7.10 and Built-In DVD playback  —  Many people don't realize how young our consumer Linux client program is...we started in May this year.  I've been along for the ride every step of the way - from the time we heard loud and clear that there was a need not being met by any other major PC manufacturer at the time.
Adobe:
Flash Player update available to address security vulnerabilities  —  Vulnerability identifier: APSB07-20  —  CVE number: CVE-2007-6242, CVE-2007- 4768, CVE-2007-5275, CVE-2007- 6243, CVE-2007- 6244, CVE-2007- 6245, CVE-2007-4324, CVE-2007- 6246, CVE-2007-5476
Discussion: eWEEK.com, Zero Day and JD on EP
Google Talkabout:
Merry Christmas, God Jul and  —  OK, I cheated.  I don't really speak Chinese.  But I know a bot that does, and we're releasing it today together with number of other translation bots.  For those not familiar with bots, a (ro)bot is a piece of software that acts as a chat contact and provides some fun or useful functionality.
Vinay Mahadik / McAfee Avert Labs:
Orkut spam worm spotted!  —  I analyzed some suspicious scrap “2008 vem ai... que ele comece mto bem para vc” from a bunch of friends on Orkut.  For a while it was all over Orkut!!  Translated to English, it reads “2008 is coming...I wish that it begins quite well for you".
Discussion: WebProNews
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Alice Decker / TrendLabs:
Orkut/Google worms Compromise over 400,000 accounts
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
FCC Reveals 700MHz Wireless Auction Bidders  —  Yesterday, the FCC announced the list of applicants to the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction.  Of the 266 applications submitted, only 96 were accepted, and another 170 were deemed incomplete (but these will be given a chance to provide the required information and participate).
Sara Rimer / New York Times:
At 71, Physics Professor Is a Web Star  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Walter H. G. Lewin, 71, a physics professor, has long had a cult following at M.I.T. And he has now emerged as an international Internet guru, thanks to the global classroom the institute created to spread knowledge through cyberspace.
Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3 Beta 2 now available for download  —  Please note: We do not recommend that anyone other than developers and testers download the Firefox 3 Beta 2 milestone release.  It is intended for testing purposes only.  —  Firefox 3 Beta 2 is now available for download.
Grant Gross / PC World:
Microsoft, Google, Yahoo settle gambling charges  —  Microsoft, Google and Yahoo have agreed to pay a total of US$31.5 million to resolve claims that they promoted illegal gambling, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.  —  Recommend this story?
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
WorkLight secures Facebook for enterprises  —  Social networks are growing like weeds.  This creates a difficult weeding problem for enterprises, who fear adverse impact from employees spending time and sharing company info in Facebook groups, which aren't protected by corporate firewalls.
 
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Windows XP SP3 Release Candidate Now Available, Vista Haters Rejoice
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Daryl Lang / PDNPulse:
Bubble Video: This Thing Ain't Over
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Google: Microsoft-Viacom deal helps our DoubleClick defense
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Can Larry Ellison Keep it Up?
Jane Horvath / Official Google Blog:
New privacy tips video series
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Oracle: Strong second quarter; Outlook in line; BEA book closed
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Stanford's nanowire battery holds 10 times the charge of existing ones
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New York Times to Run Amateur News Videos
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Who Are My Gmail Contacts?  —  Google has an awkward way of dealing …
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Richard Bullwinkle / CNET News.com:
An Apple fanboy's lament
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
VantagePoint Venture Partners kills 3Guppies, a $20M investment
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Intuit Puts Quicken on iPhone
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel to delay launch of three 45nm quad-core CPUs on poor AMD performance
Business Wire:
The NPD Group: 50 Percent of Mac Users in the U.S. Paid to Purchase …
Wired News:
David Byrne and Thom Yorke on the Real Value of Music
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