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5:30 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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Think Secret:
Apple, Think Secret settle lawsuit  —  PRESS RELEASE: Apple and Think Secret have settled their lawsuit, reaching an agreement that results in a positive solution for both sides.  As part of the confidential settlement, no sources were revealed and Think Secret will no longer be published.
Daryl Lang / PDNPulse:
Bubble Video: This Thing Ain't Over  —  Earlier today I e-mailed a few of the photographers listed in the credits of the now-infamous “Here Comes Another Bubble” video.  (For background, see previous posts here and here.)  Four of them wrote back right away.
Discussion: PlagiarismToday
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
Jason Ryan / ABCNEWS:
Microsoft, Google, Yahoo to Pay $31.5M Over Illegal Gambling Ads  —  Microsoft to Provide Additional $9M to International Center for Missing and Exploited Children  —  Three major Internet companies have settled with the Justice Department for $31.5 million for promoting illegal online gambling …
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: and WebProNews
Alice Decker / TrendLabs:
Orkut/Google Worms Compromise Over 400,000 Accounts
Discussion: Zero Day and
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.
Guy Clapperton / Guardian:
Mapping Britain's blogosphere  —  As blogging becomes a national pastime, Guy Clapperton takes a look at some of the writers who have embraced the medium to promote the cities they live in  —  Blogs are changing.  What appeared at first to be a solitary occupation behind closed doors …
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.
JKK / jkkmobile:
Asus Eee Pc with touch screen  —  Should you do it?  Yes!  If you need any help, just ask.  —  More posts about Eee PC  —  Labels: asus, Eee PC, hack  —  Anonymous said...
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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Mark Britton / Avvo Blog:
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Maciej Stachowiak / Surfin' Safari:
Announcing SunSpider 0.9  —  A New JavaScript Benchmark From the WebKit Team
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: TWICE and Gizmodo
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Yahoo! Maps adds drag and drop rerouting
Discussion: CyberNet, Ted On Flex and Mashable!
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Windows XP SP3 Release Candidate Now Available, Vista Haters Rejoice
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
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Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Can Larry Ellison Keep it Up?
Julie Webb / Digium®:
Digium's One Millionth Asterisk Download in 2007 Caps Record Year for Company
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
Digging Deeper::  When Will Google's ‘Big Project’ YouTube Bring in Profits?
Antivirus firm: Google text ad Trojan detected
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
FCC Reveals 700MHz Wireless Auction Bidders
Flash Player update available to address security vulnerabilities
Discussion:, JD on EP and Zero Day
Richard Bullwinkle / CNET
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