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1:40 AM ET, December 20, 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.
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
Discussion: Electronista
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.
Google's DoubleClick Buy to Win Clearance, People Say  —  Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc.'s $3.1 billion purchase of DoubleClick Inc. will be cleared by U.S. antitrust enforcers as early as this week, two people with knowledge of the decision said.  —  The five-member Federal Trade Commission …
Discussion: TechCrunch, The Register and Mashable!
Anne Broache / CNET
Google: Microsoft-Viacom deal helps our DoubleClick defense  —  At a Capitol Hill hearing in September, Microsoft's top lawyer skewered the proposed merger of Google and DoubleClick as a sure path to an online advertising monopoly.  —  “One company will become the overwhelming dominant gateway …
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 …
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Twitter is dangerous  —  Twitter is rapidly becoming a serious threat to corporate information protection.  The program's great strength — many-to-many messaging — becomes its great weakness in this context.  —  Imagine this scenario: 20 people are in a confidential meeting, one of them using Twitter.
Discussion: The Yourdon Report
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) …
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Twitter and Facebook: The BIG Illusions of Friendship and Influence
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and WinExtra
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 …
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.
Life of an Internet Entrepreneur:
Fraxi - The Ning of Pligg … Pligg, the creators of free web software that works like Digg (where users vote submitted content up to the front page), announced in their second birthday newsletter some exciting news.  They plan to launch Fraxi soon, which will operate like the Ning of Pligg.
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:, WebProNews, JD on EP and Zero Day
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.
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).
Dan Stober /
Stanford's nanowire battery holds 10 times the charge of existing ones  —  Stanford researchers have found a way to use silicon nanowires to reinvent the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that power laptops, iPods, video cameras, cell phones, and countless other devices.
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Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Hop-On (who!?) launches GSM/CDMA smartphone (what!?) for gamblers (wtf!?)
Discussion: SlipperyBrick and Gizmodo
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Sony dumping all rear-projection TVs to focus on LCDs?
Discussion: Gizmodo
JKK / jkkmobile:
Asus Eee Pc with touch screen
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Yahoo! Maps adds drag and drop rerouting
Discussion: Mashable!, CyberNet and Ted On Flex
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Kyte announces funding, new features
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Windows XP SP3 Release Candidate Now Available, Vista Haters Rejoice
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
Daryl Lang / PDNPulse:
Bubble Video: This Thing Ain't Over
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Richard Bullwinkle / CNET
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel to delay launch of three 45nm quad-core CPUs on poor AMD performance
Sara Rimer / New York Times:
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Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3 Beta 2 now available for download