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8:25 AM ET, December 20, 2007


 Top Items: 
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.
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.
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 …
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: CNET and broadstuff
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 …
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
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
Mobile phone driving jail threat  —  Motorists caught driving dangerously while using a handheld mobile phone face jail under new guidelines.  —  The Crown Prosecution Service guidance follows a policy change announced in September because of concerns that too many drivers flouted the ban.
Discussion: The Register and PalmAddicts
Bill Ray / The Register:
N95 struggles to find itself  —  The latest firmware for the Nokia N95 offers many new features and much better memory management, and is free to download - but it also takes away the tracking feature from Nokia Maps, which the company now claims was a limited-time promotional offer.
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...
Maciej Stachowiak / Surfin' Safari:
Announcing SunSpider 0.9  —  A New JavaScript Benchmark From the WebKit Team  —  Here in WebKit-land, we strive for great performance and we love to make things faster.  When doing performance work, it's critical to be able to measure how fast you are at any given time and track changes.
Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
Polar Phone Concept For Winter Gloves and Fat Fingers  —  The Polar mobile phone is a concept piece from Yuta Watanabe that is intended for cold weather climates where thick gloves are obstacles to effective communication.  The phone looks to be a bit bulkier than usual, with bigger buttons arranged in an easy-to-press vertical layout.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
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Guy Clapperton / Guardian:
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Mark Britton / Avvo Blog:
Judge Dismisses Browne v. Avvo
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Hop-On (who!?) launches GSM/CDMA smartphone (what!?) for gamblers (wtf!?)
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Dan Stober /
Stanford's nanowire battery holds 10 times the charge of existing ones
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
WorkLight secures Facebook for enterprises
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
Digging Deeper::  When Will Google's ‘Big Project’ YouTube Bring in Profits?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
FCC Reveals 700MHz Wireless Auction Bidders
Flash Player update available to address security vulnerabilities
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Developing apps for Google Android: it's a mixed bag