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8:20 AM ET, July 29, 2008

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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's next-gen Macs to have something special under the hood  —  A new generation of personal computers on the way from Apple Inc. may sport some of the most significant architectural changes since the Mac maker made the jump from PowerPC processors to those manufactured by Intel Corp., AppleInsider has learned.
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Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
Rumor: MacBook updates to include glass trackpad, other goodies  —  As I hinted in my “fun” blog, I have been hearing some interesting things about Apple's upcoming line of portable computers.  The talk amongst insiders on the new MacBooks is kind of scattered but here's a summation of what I've heard:
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Wow, How Did Cuil Get So Much Publicity on Day 1?!  —  An alternative search engine launched last night.  It's called Cuil and, if you're a reader of tech blogs and/or the New York Times, you've no doubt been hammered with the news all day.  We checked Cuil out and had a mixed user experience …
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Cuil shows us how not to launch a search engine
Kevin Donovan / Techdirt:
Is Privacy That Cuil?  —  Search engines are no stranger to questions of privacy.
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Video: Microsoft's Sphere display in action  —  In the video above, Hrvoje Benko of Microsoft Research demonstrates Sphere.  Here's an advance look at the story I wrote for Tuesday's newspaper. — tb  —  Flat-panel displays might be all the rage, but at least in some situations …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Knol is Google's Wikia  —  Wikia is Jimmy Wales' dream of doing to Google what Wikipedia did to Britannica.  Unfortunately for Wales and his investors, Google had a 10-year lead, and a huge ecosystem had been built up around it.  Google is a thriving coral reef, and one doesn't just show …
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Andrew Lih:
Google Knol/Wikipedia Comparison Faulty
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Electronista:
Dell takes on Mac mini with Studio Hybrid  —  Dell tonight leapt into the mini desktop business with the Studio Hybrid [link ready soon].  The system is described as the company's “first step” in eco-friendly PCs and uses notebook components to dramatically reduce both its size and power draw …
Eric Maurice / The Oracle Global Product Security Blog:
Security Alert for CVE-2008-3257 Released  —  Hi, this is Eric Maurice.  —  Oracle today issued a Security Alert for a vulnerability affecting the Apache plugin for Oracle WebLogic (formerly BEA WebLogic).  It is the first Security Alert since the introduction of the Critical Patch Update process in January 2005.
Discussion: The Register and Zero Day
Capen Karr / Apple iPhone Apps:
MagicPad: iPhone Copy / Paste & More (Video)  —  In a follow-up to the story we broke last week, Apple iPhone Apps has new information about an app that will, amongst other things, finally bring copy & paste functionality to the iPhone.  —  MagicPad is a rich-text editor that was recently submitted …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Wanted: New Alcatel-Lucent leaders to fix merger debacle  —  Alcatel-Lucent said chairman Serge Tchuruk and CEO Patricia Russo-the architects of the 2006 merger that formed the company-are out.  —  The Alcatel-Lucent merger hasn't gone so hot and both Tchuruk and Russo get the blame.
Tilly McLain / The MyBlogLog Blog:
MyBlogLog, a long overdue site redesign!  —  You know in the movies when they get the nerdy girl to untie her ponytail and remove her glasses?  All of a sudden she's the hottest chick at school?  Yeah, it's kinda like that.  We always knew MyBlogLog was one hot little number, now she's got the look to prove it.
Peggy Anne Salz / msearchgroove:
Is Flat-Rate Data Really The Catalyst For The Mobile Web & Mobile Advertising?  Or Are We Missing The Point?  Also: How Mobile Operators Can Earn Billions More  —  I am amazed how so many individuals - from telecom execs to ad agency reps - at so many industry events can share the singular belief …
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
DNS cache poisoning attacks exploited in the wild  —  Numerous independent sources are starting to see evidence of DNS cache poisoning attempts on their local networks, in what appears to be an attempt to take advantage of the “recent” DNS cache poisoning vulnerability : … Surprised?
Kristi E. Swartz / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
EarthLink returns to dial-up for its future  —  EarthLink invested for years in potential replacements for its once-thriving dial-up Internet business: a mobile phone service aimed at teens, citywide wireless high-speed Internet and broadband that runs over utility power lines.  —  None of them worked.
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DSLreports:   Earthlink Pins Future Hopes On......Dial-Up? …
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
FCC probably can't police Comcast's BitTorrent throttling  —  Federal regulators are planning to meet on Friday and declare that Comcast violated Net neutrality principles when throttling BitTorrent traffic on its network.  This would become the U.S. government's first Net neutrality-related ruling.
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Earnings: McGraw Hill Q2 Revs Slip; Media Up 6.8 Percent  —  BusinessWeek publisher McGraw Hill reported Q2 revenue of $1.67 billion, a decrease of 2.6 percent from the prior year.  A 10.4 percent decline at its trouble financial services business was the main culprit.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
heise online UK:
Apple's Safari browser vulnerable to session fixation attacks  —  Apple's Safari web browser, when handling cookies in multipart top level domains (TLDs), contains a vulnerability that potentially allows attackers to access the web services used by the victim.
Discussion: The Next Web and Zero Day
IDG News Service:
Sony Q1 Profits Halved on Electronics, Cell Phones  —  The effects of tough price competition in the electronics and cell phone businesses hit Sony's profits during the April to June quarter, it said Tuesday.  —  Net profit fell 47 percent against the same period last year to ¥35 billion …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 
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