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6:35 PM ET, August 10, 2008

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Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report:
Live video of HTC's “Dream” Android phone?  —  Yeah, it's not the highest quality video we've ever seen, but if you can look past the blurriness and Darth Vader breathing noises you might be pleasantly surprised.  Thanks to an eagle-eyed tipster, we've some video footage of what might be the HTC Dream.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Goodbye, Passwords.  You Aren't a Good Defense.  —  THE best password is a long, nonsensical string of letters and numbers and punctuation marks, a combination never put together before.  Some admirable people actually do memorize random strings of characters for their passwords …
Matthew Hines / eWeek Security Watch:
Apple's Rotten Decision  —  One of the more hotly-discussed topics among attendees of this year's Black Hat conference in Las Vegas was Apple's last minute decision to cancel its scheduled presentations, and the somewhat disengaged stance it continues to maintain regarding the vulnerability research community in general.
Discussion: Tech~Surf~Blog
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Intel's Nehalem chips to get ‘Core’ branding  —  Intel's next-generation desktop processors will be branded “Intel Core” with an “i7” identifier for the first wave of products.  —  The i7 identifier will apply to the first crop of high-end desktop processors, according to George Alfs, an Intel spokesperson.
Discussion: PC World, eWeek, Electronista and Engadget
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Who Will Be First to Sue Alexa?  —  Alexa, oh Alexa, how you kill thee.  I've written and spoken about Alexa since they began operations nearly a decade ago.  I've watched agencies pitch advertising based on Alexa charts.  There are still ad networks that use Alexa rankings as a baseline for pricing Web site advertising.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Noncompete Ruling Won't Change Anything, Anywhere  —  Earlier this week, California's Supreme Court reaffirmed the state's position on noncompete clauses: they're almost never valid, except for in a few specific circumstances.  While this has been the state's policy since 1872 …
Discussion: Xconomy
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
The secret of the web (hint: it's a virtue)  —  Patience.  —  Google was a very good search engine for two years before you started using it.  —  The iPod was a dud.  —  I wrote Unleashing the Ideavirus 8 years ago.  A few authors tried similar ideas but it didn't work right away.  So they gave up.
Discussion: SEO BlackHat and RexBlog.com
Ray Beckerman / Recording Industry vs The People:
Innocent infringement defense may reduce damages to $200 per song file in Maverick v. Harper  —  In Maverick v. Harper, a San Antonio, Texas, case of which we were unaware until yesterday, the RIAA has been pursuing a college age defendant who admitted to having committed copyright infringement using …
Discussion: DSLreports, Mashable! and p2pnet
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Return To Sender  —  Almost all of the complex exploits that make news at the Defcon hacker conference are scary.  But the network vulnerability that Anton Kapela and Alex Pilosov will present is frighteningly simple.  —  Sunday at the Defcon hacker conference, Kapela and Pilosov are presenting …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent 1.8 Released, Mac Version Coming Soon  —  After months of hard work and more than six months since their previous stable release, the uTorrent team has released version 1.8 of their BitTorrent client, with significant improvements and updates.  Adding to the excitement …
Discussion: Digg
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Operator: Portable Anonymous Opera Browsing  —  I'm not a big Opera fan, but I have to say I'm pretty impressed with Operator - a portable version with built-in Tor (hence the semi-clever name) anonymous browsing.  —  Download the 7mb zip and extract it to your flash drive …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
eBay: It's a Gamble!  —  This I know: A brand has definitively jumped the shark when it's turned into a slot machine.  It's happened to That Girl and Blondie (the comic strip, not the band) and poor Dean Martin, who isn't around to give a yay or nay to gambling devices based on his likeness.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Judge orders halt to Defcon speech on subway card hacking  —  LAS VEGAS — A federal judge on Saturday granted the state of Massachusetts' request for an injunction preventing three MIT students from giving a presentation about hacking smartcards used in the Boston subway system.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Defcon: EFF defends MIT students' right to talk; federal court stops speech
Discussion: MacUser and The Register
 
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Picking Steve Jobs' Next Moves: iPods, MacBooks Yes, Tablet Maybe …
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Surfing Google may be harmful to your security
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